Running a successful freelance editing business, with a focus on academic editing


This month’s meeting features freelance editors Justine McNamara AE and Beth Battrick AE.

You can attend either in person or via a Zoom webinar. To register to attend in person visit the Trybooking page. Registering helps us with catering, but isn’t essential.

Date: Wednesday 26 July 2023
Time: 5.45 pm (on site), 6.30 pm (webinar)
Dinner to follow at Zeytin Turkish Cuisine on the Kingston Foreshore at 8pm.
Further details below.

What does a freelancer’s day look like? How does a freelancer wind up editing for academia? Are references a joy or a chore? APA or Chicago? This month’s guest speakers, freelance editors Justine McNamara (Next Version Editing) and Beth Battrick (Teaspoon Consulting), will discuss the ins and outs of freelancing, with a focus on academic editing.

About the presentation

The conversation will touch on how both editors have established and maintain their businesses, negotiate with clients and structure their working lives, including how they deal with difficult subject matters and the cerebral rigours of the work. Come along to hear about how they got started, why they kept at it and what keeps them excited about their work.

Join us for what promises to be an informative and engaging presentation. Bring your questions!

About Justine McNamara

Justine is a Canberra-based freelance editor specialising in academic editing across a range of humanities and social science disciplines. She runs her own business, Next Version Editing. A former researcher, she has a PhD in social work and has published numerous articles in academic journals as well as reports and papers for a variety of audiences. She brings this and other community and public sector experience to her editing work. She is an accredited editor and a professional member of the Canberra Society of Editors and the Institute of Professional Editors.

About Beth Battrick

Beth is a freelance editor, proofreader and indexer based in Canberra, specialising in academic editing. After years cutting her teeth editing legislation for the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Beth swapped the public sector for the academic one and moved to ANU Press, the publisher for the Australian National University. In 2016, she launched her canoe into the freelance stream, working through her company Teaspoon Consulting. While she works predominantly in academia, on monographs, collections and theses, she also works for government clients and with general authors and publishers.

To attend in person

Please register on the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 26 July if you wish to attend in person.


The Durie Room
St Mark’s National Theological Centre
15 Blackall St (not Blackall Place)
See MAP.


The room opens at 5:45 pm. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Need to cancel?

Return your ticket directly into the TryBooking system to make it available for someone else.


We plan to dine at Zeytin Turkish Cuisine on the Kingston Foreshore at 8pm after the meeting, You can find the location and menu at:

If you’d like to join us, please REGISTER by 3pm on Wednesday 26 July so that we can finalise bookings. Please bring cash with you as the restaurant does not split bills.

To attend the webinar (via Zoom)

A link for the Zoom meeting will be supplied to all members by email. If you are not a member and wish to attend by Zoom, please send an email to the contact email address you will find on the About page and ask to be sent a link. Please do not pass on your link to other people.

The webinar audience can use Zoom’s Q&A functionality to ask questions or offer opinions.

The webinar will not be recorded.

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