Freelance register

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Full members who have chosen to provide entries for the register are listed below. To find members who specialise in specific areas, such as indexing or book design, check the lists on the register’s index page. Entries are arranged alphabetically by surname or by business name.

People included in the register are professional members of the Tasmanian branch of the Institute of Professional Editors, who have provided information about themselves. We publish this information in good faith and with due care, but cannot offer recommendations, or give any guarantee that a particular editor will be suitable for a particular task. If you are planning to hire a freelance editor, we encourage you to ask for examples of previous work and check references.

Some members are Accredited Editors (AE) or Distinguished Editors (DE). Accredited editors have demonstrated their professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge by passing the IPEd (Institute of Professional Editors) accreditation exam. For more information about accreditation, see the IPEd website.

Susi Bailey

4 Anderson Road, Trevallyn 7250
Phone: 03 6331 7275
Mobile: 04 0846 1313
E-mail: susi.bailey@xtra.co.nz

Services provided: Structural editing, copy-editing and proofreading of both academic and general non-fiction books, journals and papers.

Relevant experience: In-house experience: 1987–89, journal editor for Elsevier/GeoAbstracts (UK); 1989–91, desk editor and then publishing manager for the Crowood Press (UK).

Freelance editor and proofreader since 1991. Clients include Potton & Burton, Penguin and Te Papa Press (NZ), and HarperCollins and Ivy Press (UK). I have also worked in-house on a series of travel guides (1993–94), and in partnership with two other freelance editors to provide packaging services (1996–2002).

Examples of work: Editing: Recent titles include Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts (Potton & Burton; 2013 New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award), Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed (Penguin NZ), Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa New Zealand (Te Papa Press), the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa’s annual Tuhinga research journal, and Alien Plants (HarperCollins UK, New Naturalist Library). Writing: In 2009 I updated Essential Guide to New Zealand (AA Publishing, UK). This involved checking and editing existing text, and researching and writing replacement copy as required. Other: Between 2011 and 2016 I was proofreader/sub-editor for FishHead, the magazine of Wellington city.

Special skills and interests: I specialise in editing and proofreading complex illustrated non-fiction books. My particular interest areas are natural history, geography and geology, general science and travel.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Environmental Science.

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Janice Bird

West Hobart 7000
Phone: 03 6234 6569 (office hours)
Mobile: 0424 045 945
E-mail: birdj@aapt.net.au

Services provided: Editing of all kinds (including structural advice), fiction and non-fiction. Proofreading. Writing brochures, summaries and reports. Will work in client’s preferred medium, e.g. Word with tracked changes, marking up hard copy or pdfs.

Relevant experience: Freelance since 1999, editing and proofreading fiction and non-fiction for publishers, authors, government, not-for-profits and private enterprises. Assessor for IPEd accreditation exam (2006 to present).

Started career with Turnstone Press and Lloyd-Luke Medical Books in London, in the 1980s, proofreading, copy-editing, writing blurbs and assessing manuscripts.

Examples of work: Editing: Andrea McMahon, Skin Hunger (Ginninderra Press, 2008). Peter Timms, In Search of Hobart (NewSouth, 2009). Craig Jurisevic, Blood on my Hands (Wild Dingo Press, 2010). Andrew Saniga, Making Landscape Architecture in Australia (NewSouth Books, 2012). Alison Alexander, The Ambitions of Jane Franklin (Allen & Unwin, 2013). Robert Beardwood & Melanie Napthine, English Year 12 (Insight Publications 2016).

Writing: Briefing papers. Fundraising, bequest and promotional materials for political parties and environmental groups. Magazine articles: ‘Charity begins at home’, 40° South, issue 12; ‘Custodians of the Future’, Zoo News (Magazine of the Friends of the Zoos, Victoria), Volume 19, No. 4.

Proofreading: Rob Blakers, Freycinet (Wilderness Photos, 2004). Michael Bodey, Broadcast Wars (Hachette Australia, 2011). Phill Pullinger, Tarkine Trails (Bob Brown Foundation, 2015). Lonely Planet, Central America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet 2016).

Special skills and interests: The arts, architecture, travel, fiction, tennis, wildlife, nature conservation and land management. School English language texts.

Specialist software used: Word, Adobe Acrobat, Lonely Planet’s in-house software.

Relevant memberships: Australian Society of Authors, Tasmanian Writers’ Centre.

Qualifications: Distinguished Editor (IPEd). BA (Hons) Modern & Renaissance Literature, Numerous short courses and workshops in structural editing, copy-editing, indexing, desk-top publishing, creative writing, novel writing, writing for the web; marketing, fundraising and sponsorship. First year of BA Architecture. Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, Part II (included business law and accounting).

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Philip and Mary Blake (Write On)

34 Gordon Street, Sorell 7172
Phone: 03 6265 2598
E-mail: pblake@ozemail.com.au

Services provided: We can write for you, edit your work, proofread it or help you to write it.

In-house experience: Copywriter, Senior Writer, Creative Director with various advertising agencies including ARKS (Dublin), Leo Burnett, Meridian, Barry Salter and Associates. Clients included Guinness, Fiat, Heinz, Johnson and Johnson, Irish Whiskey Distillers, Cascade, Boags and many others.

Freelance experience: Freelance writer and editor since mid-1990s. Teacher of Plain English writing since 1994.

Examples of work: Editing: Various government reports. Also Veloce Nota, the Journal of CMI, the Italian Car Club of Tasmania. Design/layout: Veloce Nota (cmitas.org) - content, not cover. Writing: Secret Tasmania (New Holland Publishers, 2002). Other: Former national magazine columnist. Sole tutor of Tasmanian Training Consortium course Writing for Government - in Plain English. This is their most popular course. Public speaker.

Special skills and interests: Literary background but with strong scientific and mechanical awareness

Qualifications: BA, DipEd, TTC.

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The Book Doctor (Dr Margaret Johnson)

69 Sandville Place, Sandford 7020

Phone:03 6239 9423
E-mail: ask@bookdoctor.com.au
Website: www.bookdoctor.com.au

Services provided: Manuscript assessments, editing, proofreading; preparing letters and CVs. We specialise in academic editing. We work in Word on Mac or Windows, usually using Track Changes. We provide a document explaining how to use Track Changes, and include a personal template (with instructions) and a custom dictionary where needed.

In-house experience: We have edited and proofread publications for the Justice Department of WA; Attorney General's Office, WA; Canning City Council, WA, The Wesley Uniting Church, Cambridge University Press, The University of Queensland Press, Ashgate Publishing, Fremantle Press and Scholastic Press. Over thirty years' experience as a teacher at secondary, tertiary and adult education levels, including courses in writing, editing, and improving style.

Freelance experience: Since 1998: assessing and editing works for self-publishers, including formatting and preparing camera-ready copy; editing and formatting theses and academic articles for students and university staff; proof-reading books for publication, including formatting to house requirements. Published author of academic work (Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tractarian Poetry) and various academic articles, plus a series of readers for ESL and challenged students.

Examples of work: Editing: government: Handbook for Justices of the Peace (Department of the Attorney General); local history: All Fired Up (The Volunteer Fire Brigade Association of Mundaring); academic: Chinese Synonyms (Cambridge University); children’s: The Four Powers of Daren Saner (Scholastic Press); mystery: A Certain Malice (Fremantle Press). Our website offers more examples. Design/layout: philosophy: The Pattern of the World; sexuality: Pros & Cons

Special skills and interests: academic editing, primarily thesis editing and formatting, and preparation of conference and journal papers. We conform to the Guidelines for editing research theses, except that we will provide an editable copy in Track Changes.

Qualifications: PhD in Literature; two-year post-doctoral research fellowship, University of Western Australia.

Relevant memberships: Australian Society of Authors; Queensland Writers Centre; Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, Writing WA.

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Christopher Brennan

PO Box 724, Glenorchy 7010

Mobile: 0419 746 228
E-mail: ckpbrennan@gmail.com

Services provided: editing, proofreading, indexing.

Relevant experience: In-house (St Pauls, Strathfield, NSW, 1998–2008): writing, manuscript assessment, copyediting, layout preparation, proofreading, indexing. Freelance (since 2008): copyediting for: authors publishing with, for example, Ashgate (Farnham, UK), Continuum (New York), Garratt (Mulgrave, VIC), Michigan State University Press (East Lansing); Australian Catholic Bishops Conference; and humanities students preparing theses.

Examples of work: Editing: Marguerite Kappelhoff, ‘The Marks of the Church as “Gift” and “Task”: A Paradigm for the Twenty-First-Century Church’ (PhD diss., Charles Sturt University, 2015); Andrew Murray, Thinking about Political Things: An Aristotelian Approach to Pacific Life (Adelaide: ATF, 2016); Matteo Nicolini-Zani, Christian Monks on Chinese Soil: A History of Monastic Missions to China, trans. Sophia Senyk and William Skudlarek (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016). Indexing: Dominic Arcamone, Religion and Violence: A Dialectical Engagement through the Insights of Bernard Lonergan (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015); Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming, Joel Hodge and Mathias Moosbrugger, eds, René Girard and Raymund Schwager: Correspondence 1974–1991 (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016); Neil Ormerod and Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, Foundational Theology: A New Approach to Catholic Fundamental Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016).

Special skills and interests: philosophy, scripture, spirituality and theology.

Qualifications: BA (Phil), BTh, STB, BDSc (Hons), Grad Dip Epid (Clin Epid), Accredited Editor (IPEd).

Relevant memberships: Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers.

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Elizabeth Dineley (Edit This)

Phone: 0401 018 203
E-mail: editthis@netspace.net.au

Services provided: Proof, copy/structural editing, assessments. From contemporary fiction to corporate profiles. Helping authors from their first draft to completed manuscript and beyond. Have been working in the literary community since establishing Edit This in 1999.

In-house experience: Proofing annual reports for government departments. Worked with corporate clients on image marketing. Editor for Reid Magazine which showcased local and international literary talents. Provided assessments for Arts @ Work Tasmania – a government body established to provide assistance to authors they view as having potential. Provided work on a pro-bono basis for first time authors. Editor China Highlights – provided editing services for websites and documentation for the Beijing Olympics. Editor Crimson Interactive – provided editing services for international companies of non-English speaking backgrounds.

Examples of work: Edited manuscripts for authors including John Biggs (Pandanas), Yenni Williams (Harper Collins), James Espion (Harper Collins), Polina Roussou (Penguin), Rocky Warren, Aaron Cootes. Worked with government departments and private corporations. Business clients include University of Tasmania, University of New England, Deakin University, Fonecorp, Department of Tourism Parks Heritage and the Arts.

Special skills and interests: Enjoy working on varied genre including contemporary fiction, memoirs, thriller, crime, fantasy and science fiction.

Qualifications: BA, Associate Diploma of Editing and Proofreading.

Specialist software used: MS Word, Office, Publisher

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Karen Enkelaar (Do Write–Edit, Design, Desktop)

Launceston

Mobile: 0428 503 436
E-mail: do_write@bigpond.com

Services provided: Launceston-based communications professional with over 20 years’ experience in the production of books, journals, reports and marketing materials, including project supervision/management, costing, budgeting, scheduling, manuscript assessment and structural development, research, writing, copy editing, proofreading, design, desktop publishing/typesetting and print liaison.

Relevant experience: Fifteen years as an editor, designer and typesetter, working externally or in-house on a variety of subjects, including: education (secondary and tertiary); business (accounting, management, finance); professional (human resources, law); science (health, botany, engineering); humanities (fine art, history, crime fiction, trade); children’s illustrated; and Indigenous (anthologies, biographies).

Examples of work: Editing: Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: A Person-Centred Approach to Care; Excel Preliminary Mathematics General Study Guide Year 11; In Our Own Right: Black Australian Nurses’ Stories; The Dutch Down Under: 1606–2006; Design/layout: Journal of Family Studies (logos, internals and cover). Writing: Press-ready brochures and manuals; website manuscript development. Other: Trainer, plain English and creative writing course, RBF, Hobart; Lecturer in Book Production (costing, printing, scheduling), Macleay College, Sydney.

Special skills and interests: Helping authors and publishers from all walks of life achieve their goal of successfully communicating with their target audiences.

Specialist software used: Windows XP; Microsoft Office; QuarkXPress; Adobe Acrobat.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature and Linguistics.

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Vern Field

374 Howden Rd, Howden TAS 7054
Phone:03 6267 2701
Mobile: 0437 475 875
E-mail: vernfield@gmail.com
Website: vernfield.com

Services provided: I am a very experienced editor, proofreader and writer with a flexible, pragmatic and diplomatic approach. I can help you with your content at any stage (whether you’re just starting to think about it, or you're almost ready to publish) and for any medium (print, web or social media).

Relevant experience: I've worked in communications roles since 1995 for commercial and educational publishers, universities, research organisations and corporates. I freelance across the spectrum from editing and proofreading self-published fiction to writing and editing educational materials, corporate documentation and social media campaigns. I am recognised for my expertise, reliability and positive relationships.

Examples of work: Books for Deakin University Press, hundreds of items of course material across all subject areas at Deakin University, corporate annual reports, scientific and technical reports, academic journal articles, plain language factsheets and industry bulletins, e-newsletters (e.g. crcforestry.com.au/newsletters), website content, self-published fiction. Writing: Plain language factsheets, blog posts and publication copy for Hydro Tasmania (e.g. hydro100.com.au/past); customer-oriented web content and thought leadership material for Entura (see entura.com.au). Teaching: Taught editing and publishing subjects in the professional writing programs at Deakin University, Gordon TAFE and Chisholm TAFE. Trained many editors at Deakin University as Managing Editor of course materials unit. Other: Media monitoring, research, correspondence, media releases and liaison, layout/formatting in Microsoft Word, website review and testing

Special skills and interests: Very experienced in plain language translation of scientific and technical materials. Expert user of Microsoft Word, especially formatting long or complex documents. Basic InDesign skills. Particular interests in literature, humanities, social sciences, politics, renewable energy. Fascinated by new media.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) (University of Melbourne), Grad Dip Editing & Publishing (RMIT)

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Dr Justin Harding

Launceston, Tas 7250
Mobile: 0418 863 416 or 0419 779 020
E-mail: Thewizard@wizardwordsmith.com or drjwjharding@bigpond.com or gogoldeadsouls@gmail.com
Website: www.wizardwordsmith.com

Services provided: Editing, proofreading, research and writing for politicians, public officials, lawyers, academics, students of the humanities, and writers of horror and sci-fi fiction. Expert advice on Australian federal and state politics and history. Expert advice on comparative electoral systems. Expert advice on constitutional theory and practice under Westminster derived parliamentary systems of government. Speechwriting for official and private functions.

Relevant experience: 15 years in-house with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; five years in-house with the James Cook University’s Department of History and Politics; and three years as a freelance working with (inter alia) the Australian Electoral Commission, the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, the (now defunct) Thuringowa City Council (QLD), the Good Shepherd Home (QLD) and the Cootharinga Society (QLD).

Examples of work: Editing: Editor, Voting in Australia, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), 2016; Member, Editorial Board, Men’s Peer Health Education, Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) 2013-2015; Editor, Review of the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) National Schedule of Equipment DVA 2008 and 2014 (Australia Day Award Recipient 2014); Editor, Rehabilitation Review Project, DVA, 2014; and Editor, Report of the Clarke Review of Veterans’ Entitlements, DVA, 2001-2002.

Writing: Book Review, “John Cain’s Years”, Electronic Journal of Australian and New Zealand History, May 1995, (journal now defunct) “Boots and All - the Benjamin Kitt Affair: Queensland’s Constitutional Crisis, 1888”, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, vol. 17, no. 5, February 2000, pp. 228-240. “A Tale of Two Chambers: Bicameralism in Queensland 1860-1885”, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, vol. 17, no. 6, May 2000, pp. 247-270. “Ideology or Expediency? The Abolition of the Queensland Legislative Council 1915-1922”, Journal of Labour History, vol. 79, November 2000, pp. 162-178. The Fiftieth Anniversary History of the Cootharinga Society of North Queensland 1951-2001, Cootharinga Society of North Queensland, April 2002.

Other: Private tuition and public performance in the arts of speech and drama, including public speaking, declamation, acting, and recitation.

Special skills and interests: The ability to refine any English language document to fit a prescribed word limit while also maintaining the integrity of the author’s message; Ancient Greek, Roman and Hittite history; and American and United Kingdom politics and political history.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Class I, PhD

Relevant memberships: Canberra Society of Editors

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J. Ann Hughes

90 Molle Street, Hobart 7000
Phone: 03 6234 2995
Mobile: 0439 954 818
E-mail: mollestreet@netspace.net.au

Services provided: Editing, proofreading and research.

Freelance experience: Proofreading and editing of reports, newsletters and annual reports, particularly for community organisations.

Examples of work: Co-editor of Words on paper: Newsletter of Papermakers of Australia.

Special skills and interests: Annual & business reports, art books and/or the arts, legal, languages: Italian and French.

Relevant memberships: Paper and Book Arts Guild, Alliance Francaise, Societa Dante Alighieri

Qualifications: BA, DipSocStuds, GradDipLib.

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Veronica McShane

14 Arthur Street, West Hobart 7000

Mobile: 0414 535 715
E-mail: vmcediting@iinet.net.au

Services provided: I have been working as a freelance editor since 2003 when I completed a postgraduate course in editing. I achieved professional accreditation (Institute of Professional Editors) in 2008. I am an active member of the Society of Editors (Tasmania), and participate in national editors’ conferences and local professional development activities.

In-house experience: I have worked principally in the education sectors – including international, indigenous and adult community education. I have written, edited and proofread a wide range of documents for online and print publication: reports, articles, information and promotional materials, grant guidelines and application forms; and a wide range of in-house documents such as policy papers, event briefings, media releases…

Freelance experience: I have edited mostly for local and state government, copyediting public consultation papers, plans and reports. I have also enjoyed working with private consultants on their research reports, information brochures, and to a lesser extent, web design and content.

Examples of work: Editing: Local government work includes Launceston Industrial Strategy 2009–2029 (2009); Liveable Launceston (2010); North Plan Discussion Paper (2010). State government work includes Disability Assessment and Advisory Team brochure (2010); Skills Tasmania 2010 Annual Report (2011). Private consultants I have worked with include Natural Resource Planning and Community Focus. Writing: I write the occasional book review for the Society of Editors (Tas) newsletter, Catchword.

Special skills and interests: My editing experience and expertise is with government writing and publishing. I also enjoy working with private clients to maximise the effectiveness of their public communication. I have a background in teaching and program coordination in international education and indigenous education, and am also trained in counselling. I have experience in marketing to international audiences, principally in Asia. I have lived and worked in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Qualifications: BA(Hons), DipEd, GradDipAppLing(TESL), GradCertEdStud(Couns&Dev), Cambridge CELTA, PGCertEdit, Accredited Editor (IPEd)

Relevant memberships: Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Specialist software used: MSWord

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Sharon Moore (In a Word)

Phone: (03) 6297 8321
E-mail: sharonm@inaword.com.au
Website: inaword.com.au

Services provided: Copy-editing and structural or developmental editing of academic work, non-fiction, fiction, and web-sites, specialising in creative non-fiction, environmental management and fiction.

In-house experience: University of Tasmania: Copy-editing two environmental policy and politics books. Many years working for government bodies researching and writing in environmental policy and conservation, for example Antarctic Division; Public Land Use Commission; Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment; Parks and Wildlife Service.

Relevant experience: Ten years as a freelance editor with my own business, In a Word, editing environmental reports, management plans, non-fiction general interest books, novels and words for websites, and newsletters for community groups. I copy-edited two academic books for Associate Professor Kate Crowley of the University of Tasmania, and arranged publication of one of them.

Examples of work: Editing: Pitt Water Nature Reserve Management Plan, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, 2012; The Stellar Doctrines, Part One of Children of the Dust, by Sonja Plitt, Balboa, 2012; Environmental Policy Failure: the Australian Story, eds Kate Crowley and KJ Walker, Tilde, 2012; Ice in the Rigging: an account of Antarctic ships and expeditions, by EA Michener, Maritime Museum of Tasmania, 2015; ‘Four Faces of the Feminine: The Modern Wisdom of Ancient Greece’, Dr Peter O’Connor, in publication 2016. Writing: I published my own novel, The Sea Pool, in 2015. I have written many environmental reports under the name of the government department I worked for, including the Australian Antarctic Division. I have produced Masters and PhD theses.

Special skills and interests: Memoir and creative non-fiction, anything to do with the natural environment, and historical, autobiographical or literary fiction.

Qualifications: BA LLB; Masters of Environmental Studies; PhD in public policy; Grad. Cert. Journalism and Media Studies; Grad. Cert. Professional Writing and Editing

Relevant memberships: Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

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Vicki Nelson (Madam En-dash)

Mobile:0447 299 726
E-mail: madam.endash@bigpond.com

Services provided: Editing, proofreading, specialising in translating environmental and biological science into policy or management in plain English.

Relevant experience: In house: Nine years in federal government project management, editing and writing science projects for policy and management, overseas environmental consultancy, development of teaching and learning resources for university. Freelance: A new adventure, I joined the freelance world in July 2011.

Special skills and interests: Science in plain English, clear government communications.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) – marine biology, PhD – marine biology, Grad Cert (Professional Writing), Accredited Editor (IPEd)

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Merridy Pugh

Mobile: 0400 186 170
E-mail: merridypugh@gmail.com
Website: merridypugh.com

Services provided: Editing, writing, proofreading, design, and research. Structural and copyediting for fiction and non-fiction books including poetry, children’s and young adult literature. Academic editing of theses, reports, course materials and textbooks. Email for a free quote.

Relevant experience: In-house experience at Leatherwood Publishing Pty Ltd, the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies and Island magazine. Freelancer since 1993 with individual and corporate clients e.g. Australian Maritime College, Charles Darwin University, AUSSI Masters Swimming, De Groots Media, Niblock Publishing, midlifexpress.com, Sandy Bay Holistic Veterinary Centre, and book authors.

Examples of work: See my portfolio at merridypugh.com.

Special skills and interests:The arts, poetry, children’s and young adult literature, fiction and non-fiction books, plain language usage, health, psychology and the social sciences, and education.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature, DipEd, Grad Dip Psych Studies

Relevant memberships: Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, 26TEN (Tasmania’s campaign for adult literacy)

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Susan G Scott

PO Box 19A, Tunnack,7120
Phone: 6254 7211
Mobile: 0429 858 498
E-mail: susanscotteditor@gmail.com

Services provided: Editing, proofreading, research, co-writing, both fiction and non-fiction; all services provided with warmth and sincerity, according to a recent client!

Relevant experience: Editor of fiction, including award-winning short stories; memoirs, booklet for dementia care professionals. Self-published author of poetry and essays. Published author of magazine articles. Successful grant writer for landcare group.

Examples of work: Editing: The Commander by Bob Leatham, The Ten Pound Pom by Bob Horsman, Life Story Books by Hazel Bucher (Nurse Practitioner Geriatrics). Writing: The Jillaroo Jam (Artemis Publishing Consultants 2012), reports for executive of landcare group, Through the Smoke of the First Shot (Guns & Game Number 73), I’d Rather Make my Own (Keeping Time), edited by Megan Schaffner 2014). Other: Currently transcribing original colonial diaries.

Special skills and interests: Farming, cooking, travel, fiction, memoir

Qualifications and training: Diploma in Library and Information Studies, Children’s Fiction at TAFE, Accredited Editor (IPEd)

Relevant memberships: Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, Fellowship of Australian Writers (Tas)

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Elizabeth Spiegel

GPO Box 729, Hobart 7001

Mobile: 0409 986 158
E-mail: edit@spiegelweb.com.au
Website: www.spiegelweb.com.au

Services provided: I can help you to make your website more effective – and keep it that way. A site report analyses the strengths and weaknesses of your site’s content, structure and compliance with standards; a structural edit presents your content in the most coherent and usable form. Effective information architecture enables site visitors to find what you’re offering; efficient content management processes save you time and money.

Relevant experience: Website publishing (including writing, editing and project management) for the Australian Taxation Office from 2000 to 2014. Delivered workshops on writing for the web to staff at the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts; delivered workshops on editing the web to the Societies of Editors in Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales.

Special skills and interests: I’m passionately committed to Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as a place where people can find information and make connections with one another. An accessibility edit can help you to avoid locking people out of your website just because they have a disability.

Qualifications: Accredited Editor (IPEd), BA (Internet Studies), GradDip Editing and Publishing, Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility Certification.

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Sheelagh Wegman

PO Box 154, South Hobart 7004
Phone: 03 6223 1114
Mobile: 0438 568 364
Fax: 03 6224 6716
E-mail: wegmans@internode.on.net

Services provided: Writing/rewriting, editing, proofreading, formatting, for print and web; design and layout; desktop publishing to pre-press; liaison with e-book publishers. I provide a ‘package’ for smaller publications and self-publishing authors.

Relevant experience:Desktop publishing of special interest newsletters, concert programs; production editor of print and online magazine for Anglican Diocese Tasmania; website testing and updates; pre-press editing/layout for self-publishing authors. Since 2005 I have edited novels, autobiographies, annual lectures, a natural history guide and websites. I can talk with printers and e-book  publishers.

Examples of work: Editing: Tasmanian Anglican magazine, novels, annual lectures, special interest newsletters, concert programs. Design/layout: Tasmanian Anglican magazine, novels, annual lectures, special interest newsletters, concert programs. Writing: Tasmanian Anglican magazine, newsletters, concert programs. Other: Formatting Word documents for department requirements.

Special skills and interests: Many people feel they ‘have a book in them’ but lack the confidence to get into print. Self-publishing is an attractive option but readers are turned off by poor writing and bad presentation - an editor can help to polish your text without losing your voice. I have a passion for enabling others to tell their stories their way.

Relevant memberships: Australian Religious Press Association (ARPA), Tasmanian Writers’ Centre

Specialist software used: Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, Microsoft Publisher.

Qualifications: BA (English, French, German), Accredited Editor (IPEd)

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Contact the Society: e-mail: info@tas-editors.org.au
Post: Society of Editors (Tasmania), PO Box 4512, Bathurst Street PO, HOBART TAS 7000

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