I’ve been editing for over 25 years and I’m accredited by the Institute of Professional Editors. After an in-house career in educational and academic editing, I established Emend Editing. Here are some titles I’ve worked on.


Winner of the Stella Prize, 2019

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie, HarperCollins, 2019

Winners of the Finch Memoir Prize

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

Biography and memoir

Red Herrings for Breakfast by Annabet Ousback, Bad Apple Press, 2020

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

When the Bough Breaks by Joanne W Jones, Finch, 2011

My Best Shot, A Life Through the Lens by Les Seymour, TimeWorks Media, 2018

News Time by Glenn Daniel, TeeDee Communications, 2018



Master of My Fate by Sienna Brown, Penguin, 2019

‘Being Sylvia’ by Bon-Wai Chou, Southerly, Vol 79 No 1, 2019

Kumakana by Kevin Price, Crotchet Quaver, 2016

All Mortal Flesh by John Bartlett, Heartsong, 2009

Corrugated Roads by Ginny Lowndes, Montpelier, 2010

Heartland by Charles Fivaz, BookPal, 2010



The Tao: Conversations on Chinese art in Australia by Tianli Zu, 2018

Tricky Teens by Andrew Fuller, Finch, 2014

Caring for Coco by 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

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

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

No Peacetime Cinderellas, War Widows Guild, 2007 (with Deborah Edward)

250 Chinese Characters for Everyday Use, vol 1 and 2, Tuttle, 2004

Report on 1994 Quality Reviews, vol 1 and 2, 1994, Department of Employment, Education and Training, 1994–95 (editing and production)


Community initiatives and editorial consultancy

The Intervention: An anthology, Rosie Scott and Anita Heiss, eds Concerned Australians, 2015 (copyeditor)

A Country Too Far, Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott, eds, Penguin, 2013 (editorial advice)

The Beloved, Annah Faulkner, Picador, 2012,winner of Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award (manuscript assessment)

Dealing with the Media, Chris Rau, UNSW Press, 2010 (editorial advice)

Professional activities

Editing is about teamwork, whether in person or online. Over the years, I’ve participated in the profession as a colleague, judge, mentor, researcher, working group member, moderator 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.

I was a judge for IPEd’s essay prize in 2018 and the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Barbara Ramsden Editing Award in 2011. In 2019 I joined IPEd’s Standing Committee on Awards and Prizes.

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 the first five surveys at national conferences.

My interviews with editors and writers have been published in editing journals and literary magazines (Muse, New England Review, The Fine Print, Blue Pencil, The Canberra Editor) and the collection, 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 administrating international online editing groups under the banner of Editors’ Association of Earth – EAE.

My articles, reviews and conference papers have been published in national editing journals and other professional publications (Books + Publishing, Vocabula Review, Newswrite) 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.