Editor: Kellie Nissen

Just Right Words

Email: kellie@justrightwords.com.au
Website: https://www.justrightwords.com.au/

Freelance editor since 2018.
A sympathetic and perceptive editor whose feedback is comprehensive, constructive and productive. Communication with clients is a priority. Confidentiality and building of trust are key focus areas, along with meeting deadlines. Passionate about assisting writers, at any level, to achieve their goals and make their words work.
Education specialist (25 years’ experience) – creation of curriculum-aligned teacher notes, school visit activity development support for authors and teacher/student writing and editing workshop presentation.


Substantive/structural Editing, copy editing, proofreading
Website content, blog posts, teacher notes and study guides, teacher and student workshops

Subject matter experience

Adult fiction (historical, mystery, speculative, romance and short fiction collections), children’s literature (picture books, young adult fiction), Japanese arts, education topics, nonfiction

Genre and platform

Books (fiction and nonfiction), journals and magazines, newsletters, catalogues and brochures, exhibition text panels, websites, blog posts, teacher reports and school communications

Specific projects


  • ‘Tis the Doing, Not the Deed by Susan Steggall
  • The Faraway by Christy Heather
  • 2020 Impact Anthology (published by Aussie Writers, Suzanne Kiraly)


  • Rugby League Heroes of Yesterday by Daniel Pain
  • Leadership: Keeping it Simple by Jodie Davey

Teaching notes:

  • Shadows of Olive Trees by Susanne Gervay
  • Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish by Gina M Newton
  • Bully on the Bus by Kathryn Apel (for Reading Australia)
  • Duck! by Meg McKinlay (for Reading Australia)


  • Penguin Translation: proofreading (texts translated from Japanese to English)
  • Superprof  (Online Tutoring Company): write, rewrite and edit blog posts


Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing (Open Colleges 2016)
Fiction Essentials (Australian Writers Centre)
Fiction Editors’ Short Course in Structural Editing and Appraisals (Ann Bolsch 2020)
M.Ed, Japanese Pedagogy, Mentoring and Leadership (UC 2003)
B.Ed, Primary, LOTE (UC 1997)
Member of Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Member of Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
Council Member of Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA)