Editor: Irma Gold

Email: irmagold@iimetro.com.au
Website: http://www.irmagold.com/

Freelance editor since 1999. Previously in-house editor for National Library of Australia, National Archives of Australia and Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt. Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra for a decade. Currently editor at the National Museum of Australia.

Formerly editor of Muse, Canberra’s former monthly arts magazine, with an ongoing interest in all the arts. Also a published author of works for adults and children, so understands both sides of the editing process.


Substantive/structural editing, copy editing, proofreading.
Project management, workshops on writing and editing, manuscript assessment and development.

Subject matter experience

Adult fiction (literary fiction and short fiction collections), children’s literature (picture books, middle grade and young adult fiction), memoir, autobiography, arts, culture, travel, anthologies.

Genre and platform

Books (fiction and nonfiction), journals and magazines, newsletters, catalogues and brochures, exhibition text panels, grant proposals, press releases and marketing materials, and websites.

Specific projects

Literary fiction: We Ate the Road Like Vultures by Lynnette Lounsbury; Wisdom Tree by Nick Earls (series of five novellas: Gotham, Venice, Vancouver, Juneau, Noho, winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award).

Middle grade: Strangers on Country by Kirsty Murray and Dave Hartley, illustrated by Dub Leffler; Amazing Grace by Stephanie Owen Reeder (winner of the NSW Premier’s Award); Midnight Burial by Pauline Deeves (winner of ACT Publishing Awards Children’s Book of the Year).

Picture books: Sorry Day by Coral Vass, illustrated by Dub Leffler (winner of the CBCA Awards, winner of Best Book for Language and Literacy Development and winner of the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards); Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly, illustrated by Robert Ingpen (winner of the CBCA Award and ABIA Children’s Book of the Year Award), The Flying Optometrist by Joanne Anderton, illustrated by Karen Erasmus (Notable Book at the CBCA Awards and shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards).

Nonfiction: William Robinson: A New Perspective by Nick Earls (Highly Commended in the MAPDA Awards); How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria (5th ed) by Ann Villiers (winner of the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year); Australia’s Wild Weather by Mark Tredinnick.

Anthologies: The Invisible Thread: One Hundred Years of Words (official publication of the National Year of Reading and the Centenary of Canberra), The Sound of Silence: Journeys Through Miscarriage (ACT Writing and Publishing Awards winner).


BA in Professional Writing (UC)
Member of Children’s Book Council of Australia
Ambassador, ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge