I have been editing for over 25 years. I hold accreditation from the Institute of Professional Editors. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, I established Emend Editing, specialising in fiction and memoir.
Winners of the Finch Memoir Prize
• The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie (2018)
• Cold Vein by Anne Tonner (2017)
• I Knew You’d Have Brown Eyes by Mary Tennant (2016)
• Schools of Fish by Alan Sampson (2015)
• Spinifex Baby by Karen Harrland (2014)
• My Life in a Pea Soup by Lisa Nopps (2012)
Oppy: The life of Sir Hubert Opperman by Daniel Oakman, Melbourne Press, 2018,
The Priests by James M Miller (Finch, 2016)
The Bouncer by Heath Lander (Finch, 2013),
The Fat Paddler by Sean Smith (Finch, 2011),
When the Bough Breaks by Joanne W Jones (Finch, 2011),
Corrugated Roads by Ginny Lowndes (Montpelier, 2010)
News Time by Glenn Daniel (TeeDee Communications, 2018) and
My Life Through the Lens by Les Seymour (forthcoming).
Kumakana by Kevin Price (Crotchet Quaver, 2016),
Estuary by John Bartlett (Heartsong, 2013),
All Mortal Flesh by John Bartlett (Heartsong, 2009) and
Heartland by Charles Fivaz (BookPal, 2010).
Other writers and poets I have worked with include Bon-Wai Chou, Bei Ling, Michelle Cahill, Susan Butler, Susan Hampton and Natalea Iskra.
Tricky Teens by Andrew Fuller (Finch, 2014),
Caring for Coco (Vicky Marquis, 2008),
Pier Angeli: A Fragile Life by Jane Allen (McFarland & Co, 2002),
Booklovers Diary (Dymocks, 2001),
English and the Aboriginal Child by Terry Eagleson, Susan Kaldor and Ian Malcolm (Curriculum Development Centre,1982) and
Chinese Art: Twenty conversations and forty-five-years of untold journeys (1972– 2017) by Tianli Zu (forthcoming).
Academic and educational
Internationalising the Pacific (Routledge, 2002),
China’s Entry to the WTO (Routledge, 2000),
Reform and Recovery in East Asia (Routledge, 2000),
Asia Pacific Air Transport (ISEAS, 1997),
Europe, East Asia and APEC (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and
Environment and Development in the Pacific (Addison–Wesley, 1997)
Education and history
Serving the Nation: 100 years of public service (Public Service and Merit Protection Commission, 2001)
Roslyn Burge, No Peacetime Cinderellas (War Widows Guild, 2007 – with Deborah Edward)
Phillip Yungkin Lee, 250 Chinese Characters for Everyday Use, vol 1 and 2, Tuttle, 2004
Exporting for the Future: Globalisation and Overseas Trade vol 1 and 2 (Austrade, 2000–2002) (contributing editor)
Report on 1994 Quality Reviews, vol 1 and 2, 1994, Department of Employment, Education and Training, 1994–95 (editing and production)
Welcome to Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology, 1997 (contributing editor)
Work! Work! Work!, Curriculum Development Centre (contributing editor)
Community initiatives and editorial consultancy
I provided editorial advice on
The Intervention: An anthology (Concerned Australians, 2015) and
A Country Too Far, Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott, eds (Penguin, 2013),
The Beloved by Annah Faulkner (Picador, 2012, Winner of Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award) and
Dealing with the Media by Chris Rau (UNSW Press, 2010).
Editing is about teamwork, whether in face-to-face networks or online communities. Over the years, I’ve been closely engaged with the profession as a colleague, judge, mentor, researcher, working group member and writer.
An IPEd-accredited editor since 2008 when the first exam was held, I’m a long-time supporter of accreditation and was a member of the national accreditation working group, which established the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) scheme
I acted as a judge for the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Barbara Ramsden Editing Award in 2011
With David Henley, publisher at Seizure, I selected editors to work on the prize-winning manuscripts in Viva la Novella 2015, and acted as a mentor during the production process for three novellas, including Marlee Jane Ward’s Orphancorp, edited by Zoya Patel, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction
In 2001, I established the first national survey of editors, and conducted surveys at national conferences until 2009, when I invited IPEd to take over administration
My interviews with editors and writers have been published in national editing journals and literary magazines (Muse, New England Review, The Fine Print) and Editors in Conversation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007
I’ve been elected to management roles on the committees of editing societies in Canberra and NSW, participated in working groups for Council of Societies of Editors and Editors Canada as well as being an administrator of international online editing groups and independent editing groups
My articles, reviews and conference papers have been published in national editing journals and other professional publications (Books + Publishing, Vocabula Review) on topics as diverse as cliché, academic language, mentoring, matters of style, competitive quoting, accreditation, marketing, ethics and teaching editing
I’ve organised events and prepared speakers’ reports for Freeline, the Australian freelance writers’ network.