Directory of freelance editors

This directory lists professional editors who are members of the Canberra Society of Editors. Editors are listed in alphabetical order—once you find someone working in your subject area of interest, click on a name to go straight to the entry.

All full members of the society can ask for their names to be included in this register of freelance editors. The society can give no guarantee that a particular editor will be suitable for a particular task. You should look for an editor with the skills and experience appropriate to the work you are publishing.

It is worth reading the Guidelines on editing research theses before hiring an editor to work on a thesis (or any other work for which you are being marked).

List of editors

NameSubject areas
Doug Abrahms Business, government, academic, energy and environment, public policy, technology and finance
Richa Carneiro Alphonso AE Business, South Asia, current affairs, multicultural affairs, gender, youth issues, education, real estate, health, food, lifestyle, community
Kerry Anderson Biographics
Poetry; fiction; creative non-fiction, auto/biographical writing; memoirs; academic papers (literature, history, sociology, journalism, art, women’s studies)
Jane Aylen AE Access Editing
Business, government, education, social policy, humanities and arts, including English as a second language (ESL).
Beth Battrick AE Natural and social sciences, humanities, legislation, promotional material, and government and public sector administration.
Duncan Beard Academic, government administration, literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, biography and autobiography, general non-fiction, music, poetry, and promotional material
Francesca Beddie Make Your Point
public policy (in particular, tertiary education); foreign affairs (Australian relations with Indonesia), Asia more broadly, and Russia; international aid; history (historiography)
Hilary Bek HB Editing Services
Indigenous affairs, social policy research, social sciences, science, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, biology, health, education, international development, environment
Chris Belcher Government; annual reports, technology, governance, emergency response and management, business and corporate human resources.
Andrew Bell Superscript Science Publishing
All scientific fields, from physics, through the environment, to biology
Alex Bellis AE Broad range including government, academic, agriculture, arts, Asia (particularly South-East Asia), education, health, history, psychology, social sciences
Edwin Briggs Information Technology, fitness, government, theatre and entertainment, annual reports
Kathie Brown A+Academic Editing Canberra
Sciences and humanities
Zacharia Bruckner History, social sciences, business, commerce, law
Gaetane Burkolter AE Roam Editing and Story Coaching Services
Fiction, with a special interest in fantasy, science fiction, YA, romance, erotica, crime, thrillers and adventure.
Shirley Byrne Shirley Byrne Consulting
Children’s literature, medical, pharmaceutical, animal health, retail, administration, music, theatre, entertainment, marketing, academic essays
Gary Campbell Gadhar Academic Editing Services
Social sciences, public and social policy, education policy, heritage and museum studies, public history.
Philippa (Pippa) Carron Writing in the Gap
Science, environment, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management, health, medicine, complementary medicine, biotechnology, industry, R&D, innovation
Maria Castles AAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, VET sector training, Adult Basic Education, Northern Territory, Cross cultural communication, Corporate Governance
Sonja Chandler AE Sciences (all disciplines), social sciences, agriculture, environment and sustainability and a range of general subject areas
Rebecca Crannaford AE Economics; English; government; history; law; management; politics; public policy; social sciences
Anne Cullinan AE Cullinan Communications Pty Ltd
Science, health, medicine, engineering, environment, economics, financial services
Alan Cummine GoodWords Consulting
Agriculture, forestry, environment, rural policy, natural resource management, energy conservation, any science and technical material aimed at a lay audience
Susan Cutsforth edit-write
Adult fiction, particularly popular genres. Children’s literature, young adult fiction and children’s picture books. Memoirs and autobiography. Short stories.
Alison Darby AE academic and non-fiction, particularly in the humanities and social sciences
Amanda Dickerson Capital Letters
Defence/military/veterans, personal finance, government, annual reports, some fiction – romance, chick lit and fantasy
James Dixon AE Science, human and animal health, government, international relations, history, palaeostudies
Aine Dowling Business, academic, policy and governance, real estate, non-profit sector
David Evans-Smith Evans-Smith & Dando Communication Design
Government, business, taxation, rural, science and environment, staff/internal
Pam Faulks AE Clarity Proofreading & Editing
Business, tourism, marketing, government, education, history and humanities
Dr Cathy Fraser Textual Communication
Agriculture, plant science, biosecurity, health, and scientific and technical material
Lisa Fuller Indigenous Australian; government, academic (anthropology, linguistics and law), education, history (oral history, social/community history), social sciences, auto/biographies, women
Jo Gaha Academic, community sector, social sciences, social work, administration and public policy, gender, rural, multicultural, Australian Indigenous
Gil Garcon Cupertino Partners
Technical subjects: law, life sciences (environment, agriculture, fisheries, nutrition), program evaluation, defence, shipping, navigation. Pacific affairs; non-fiction
Irma Gold Adult fiction (literary fiction and short fiction collections), children’s literature (picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction), memoir and autobiography, arts, culture, travel, anthologies
Angela Grant anthropology, Asian studies, business, communication, criminology, environment, finance, government, health, law, social justice
Julie Harders Message matters
The arts, environment, government administration, health, housing, infrastructure, law, primary industries
Justin Harding Wizard Wordsmith
Public policy (veterans’ affairs and state-based systems of compensation), political science and constitutional history, electoral systems, sci-fi, horror and stream-of-consciousness fiction
Eris Jane Harrison AE Effective Editing
Public administration (family & children’s policy), child protection, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. HR policies & manuals. Social sciences. Theatre. Ancient History. Fiction (any genre) and scripts (stage). Basic French.
Pamela Hewitt AE Emend Editing and Writing Services
Literary fiction, academic and educational, language studies and linguistics, humanities, women’s affairs, multicultural affairs
Denise Holden AE Central Writing & Editing Services
Technical writing and editing; rewriting in plain English; layout, design and formatting, indexing, creating style guides
Karen Jayne Blue Pen Editorial Services
Mathematics, science, history, education, general non-fiction, environment, agriculture, travel, horticulture, biography, business, building and construction, design, and outdoor recreation
Terry Johnston Fiction (novels/poetry): Adventure, crime, science fantasy, romantic, spiritual, comic. Non-fiction: Government policy, marketing, small business operations, financial services and economics, psychology, superannuation, travel, biography. Sport
David Keating AE SWET (Scribes, Writers, Editors & Transcriptionists)
Broad range, including academic, government and legal, humanities and social sciences, health, education, science, medical, psychology
Cherisse Kelly Fiction, creative and general non-fiction
Dr Ben Kooyman Humanities and Social Sciences, including English, Literature, Film and Screen Studies, Theology, Drama, History, Cultural Studies, Politics, Art, Psychology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Education, and Philosophy
Shae Lalor The Write Path
Business, government, health/medical, hospitality/tourism, aged care, housing
Merran Laver Eyeline Editing
Health / medicine, science, food / nutrition, general
Cinden Lester Cinden Lester Communications
Criminal intelligence, law enforcement, renewable energy, environment, social services, education and training, governance, the arts, innovation, heritage, science, regional, business and consulting
Lisa Lines AE
Academic editing and non-fiction editing in all fields. Popular and literary fiction
Rae Luckie Luckie Consulting Services
Life Writing (memoir/biography) family history, community history, historical fiction, academic and educational
Tas Luttrell Luttrell Consulting Services
International trade, transport, science and technology, energy, economics, government, fiction and general non-fiction
Leanne Manthorpe .early mark editing
Parliament, government, public sector, English literature, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, politics, sport, popular music, dance, farming, overseas development, law, history
Maryann Martin Maryann Martin Academic Editing
Business, economics and social sciences research/policy
Mel Martin AE Edit Sense
Broad-ranging topics for government, not-for-profit sector, business, academia, researchers, and more
Sari Mattila Fine Edits and Communication
Humanities, social issues, child and youth issues, environment, health, education, change communication, brand implementation, government, annual reports, briefings
Maryanne McKay AE The Happy Apostrophe
Government, social sciences, political science, women, Indigenous Australia, community development, international development, environment, health, creative arts
Alexa McLaughlin Actuarial science, administrative law, biography, community sector, economics, education, finance, folk music, health, human resource management, personal computing, personal development
Jeneen McLeod McLeod Marketing & Management Pty Ltd
Government, tax, health, Medicare, pharmacy, aged care, childcare, community services, rural/regional programs, heritage sites
Justine McNamara AE Next Version Editing
Social sciences, humanities, public policy, economics, education, non-fiction
Jill Miller Ageing, art, East Asia (China and Japan), ESL, fiction, pets, social policy, women’s health
Elizabeth Manning Murphy Elizabeth Manning Murphy and Associates (EMMA)
Academic, humanities, educational (tertiary), linguistics, English grammar, psychology, business, public information
Kerie Newell Multicultural affairs, occupational health and safety, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, communications and communications law, international and local news, employment, education, workplace relations
Thien Nguyen Government, science, health, Indigenous Australia, travels, creative arts, research and development
Cathy Nicoll AE Environment, resource management, primary industries, science, planning, education, community, immigration, communications, health and welfare.
Louise Oliver Social sciences, humanities, health, legal, political, transport
Bernadette O’Leary AE Environment and conservation, natural resource management, government and public sector administration
Carolyn Page AE The Clear English Company
Public policy and administration; Education, employment and workplace relations; Health; Agriculture and natural resource management; Australian history.
Michele Parsons Wordflow Communications
Environment, sustainability, water, heritage, the arts, criminology, agriculture
Leanne Pattison English Editing, Writing and Training Services
Selection criteria responses; education, business and public service communication; academic and creative writing; English for people of non-English speaking backgrounds.
Ross Peake AE Government, media, politics, current affairs, international relations, social sciences
Maree Petersen AE Petersen Ink
Public sector, tendering, defence, health, intelligence, policing, finance, engineering and procurement.
Chris Pirie Comprehensive Editorial Services
Public policy and administration, including environment, climate change, rural industries, community health, drug policy, criminology, administrative law, superannuation
Katie Poidomani Edge Editing and Proofreading
Humanities, fiction, children’s literature, business, communications and marketing, specialising in proofreading
Kris Rodgers Kris Rodgers Editorial Services
Aboriginal & multicultural affairs, academic,, Asia/Pacific, education (tertiary), environment, govt info., health & welfare, humanities, legal info., loss & grief, social sciences
Tristan Viscarra Rossel AE Food, agriculture, natural resources, energy, science and technical information
Janet Salisbury AE Biotext
Science and science policy: mainly biomedical, health, agriculture and environment; government, academic, NGOs
Matthew Sidebotham AE workwisewords
public policy and administration, international relations and diplomacy, defence and national security, science and technology, social sciences, history and humanities, business and marketing, general non-fiction, literary and popular fiction
Moira A Smith AE ms editing
Social policy research, child and family wellbeing, disability, mental health, public health, narrative structure, literary theory, history of English language and literature
Helen Topor TopWords
Academic (social sciences), financial services, fiction, non-fiction, natural history, intelligence, cultural tourism, corporate communication, management and business, adult education and training, humanities, natural history
An Van den Borre Rubida Communications
Science and technical subjects: botany, zoology, ecology, environment, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, bioinformatics, biotechnology, molecular biology, information technology, process analysis, health and medical sciences.
Nicola van Dijk A+Academic Editing Canberra
All academic fields including social sciences, sciences, law etc
Mary Webb AE Mary Webb
Biological sciences (including agricultural and environmental), general science, health, education, general (non-fiction)
Mike Wilkins Government and public administration, defence and strategic studies, national security, public information, history, archaeology, education, linguistics, TESOL (Teaching English as a Second language)
Damaris Wilson Academic, art, biography, children’s fiction, fiction, food, gardening, language, military, music, poetry, theatre and travel
Virginia Wilton AE Wilton Hanford Hanover
Government and public administration, climate change, economics, energy, health, education, defence
Tessa Wooldridge Literature (including fiction and non-fiction, and writing for children and young adults), history, politics, education, culture and entertainment, spirituality, sport
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