If not, don’t submit before getting a professional editor to look over your work.
To help you find someone who can look over your book with a critical eye, we’ve compiled the following list of 19 top book editors in Australia.
Note: As always, when selecting a book editor, be sure to do your due diligence. Request an editor’s CV, read reviews authors may have left of an editor’s services, ask to see samples and double-check you understand exactly what you’ll be getting for your dollars.
1. Kat Betts
Kat Betts is an Australian book editor who specializes in fantasy and science fiction manuscripts, but also loves to work with works of speculative fiction. He has a diploma and a degree in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Secondary Teaching. She is a member of the Institute for Professional Editors, Editors Victoria, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Kat has worked with authors like Ash Oldfield, author of the Rachaya Series, and Louise Guy, author of “Everyday Lies.”
As an editor, Kat offers several different editing services and packages. She offers a full publishing package which includes two rounds of line editing, and one to two rounds of proofreading. The standard rate for this package is $65 AUD per 1000 words. She also provides line editing services beginning at $40 AUD per 1000 words, developmental editing with a rate of $45 AUD per 1000 words, proofreading services starting at $30 AUD per 1000 words, structural editing at $25 AUD per 1000 words, and copyediting services starting at a rate of $35 AUD per 1000 words. For more information on her editing services, or to get in contact with Kat, click here.
2. AJ Collins
AJ Collins is an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors. She has an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, and is currently working as the Chief Editor for Go Festival Magazine. She loves to work with authors who’ve written fantasy, thriller, or romance manuscripts. She’s worked with authors like C.R. Turner, author of “Canine Maximus,” and Ellie Marnie, author of “No Limits.”
She offers beta reading services, manuscript assessments, developmental editing services, copyediting, and proofreading services. While her rates are not explicitly stated on her website, she highly recommends that you get in contact with her to receive a rate for your manuscript. She’s also happy to provide a sample edit to help you get a better feel for her editing style. When you contact her, she asks that you mention how long your manuscript is so that she can better get you an accurate project quote. For more details, click here.
Glenda Downing is a book editor who has had nearly thirty years of experience in Sydney, Australia’s publishing industry. She’s worked with companies like HarperCollins, ABC Books, Random House, and Allen & Unwin. She loves to work on young adult and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction (memoirs, cooking parenting, lifestyle, and Australian history). She worked on recent titles like “The Slipping Place” by Joanna Baker and “Give the Devil His Due” by Sulari Gentill.
Glenda offers a wide variety of editing services including author mentoring, manuscript assessments, structural editing, copyediting, and manuscript formatting. To receive a quote or to discuss your project, she recommends that you get in contact with her via email.
With over ten years of experience with trade publishing houses, Sarah JH Fletcher has a highly skilled and talented freelance editorial consultant. She also happens to be a member of the Institute of Professional Editors and the Freelance Editors Network. She’s worked with clients like Allen & Unwin, Hachette Australia, HarperCollins Publishers Australia, and Penguin Random House Australia.
She specializes in editing and manuscript typesetting/layout. She prefers to work with fiction manuscripts, but is more than happy to edit nonfiction works, as well. She provides structural editing services, as well as copyediting. Sarah also happens to be highly knowledgeable about digital publishing, which may help authors who are interested in breaking out in the field of e-books. For more information or to get a quote, the best way to contact Sarah is via email.
Based out of Canberra, Australia, Jessica Friedman is both a writer and editor. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010, having written an Honours Thesis in Creative Writing. She is currently available for editing work on a freelance basis. She offers proofreading services, copyediting, and manuscript assessments. For those interested in receiving a quote from Jessica, or to ask for more information on her editing and writing services, you can contact her via email.
6. Liz Kemp
Liz Kemp is a freelance editor and transcriptionist that is ready and happy to help you polish up your manuscript before submission. She offers copyediting, line editing, structural editing, manuscript assessments, report writing, proofreading, and transcription services. She is able to work with an electronic copy of your manuscript or paper-based, and she has a specific preference for children and young adult fiction and nonfiction works.
She also likes to work on fiction for adults, especially works of the romance and fantasy genres. To receive a quote for your project, the best way to contact her is via phone or email. Be sure to mention the type of work you wish to submit, along with an estimated word count so that she can more accurately provide you with a fair project quote.
With over twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, Martine Lleonart is a freelance writer and editor. She has worked with authors like George Martindale, author of “Dodging the Devil,” and Lorna Hendry, author of “Wrong Way Round.” Some of her other clients include Random House, Allen & Unwin, Murdoch Books, and the State Library of Victoria.
Martine offers manuscript assessments and development services, editing and proofreading, and even project management services. Her rates aren’t explicitly stated on her website, but should you have any questions or are interested in working with her, the best way to get in contact with Martine is either through her own agent (Pippa Masson at Curtis Brown) or through her website’s online contact form, found here.
8. Nikki Lusk
Nikki Lusk is an Australian freelance book editor with a ton of experience working as an in-house trade editor. She’s worked on projects like John Hughes’ “Asylum” and Ruth Clare’s “Enemy.” She offers manuscript development and assessment, copyediting, and proofreading services. The best way to get in contact with Nikki is via email in order to get a quote for your project. Be sure to include a brief author bio to introduce yourself, the type of manuscript you’ve written, as well as an estimated word or page count to get a more accurate quote.
9. Kylie Mason
Kylie Mason knows what it’s like to be an editor for some of the biggest names in the publishing industry in Australia. She began her career with HarperCollins Publishers Australia and later joined Pan Macmillan Australia. Kylie has been a freelance editor since 2009 and has worked with authors like Andy Muir, author of “Something for Nothing,” and Kirsty Eagar, author of “Summer Skin.”
She offers several different types of editing services including structural editing starting at $2250 for 70,000 words, structural reporting beginning at $800 for manuscripts up to 90,000 words and $1000 for manuscripts up to 120,000 words, copyediting starting at $2000 for a 70,000-word manuscript, and proofreading services. According to her website, she is currently not taking on any new clients, but encourages you to check back at a later time when her availability opens up. She’s an editor in high-demand, but definitely keep trying!
Alexandra Nahlous is a freelance editor who’s worked on projects like C.S. Pacat’s The Captive Prince trilogy and Cathryn Hein’s book, “The Falls.” She’s had nearly twenty years of experience in the Australian publishing industry, so she knows exactly how to work with your manuscript to make it agent or publisher-ready. She specializes in fiction and narrative non-fiction works, with specific interest in women’s fiction, romance, crime, thriller, action and adventure, literary and young adult manuscripts.
She offers manuscript assessments beginning at $550 for up to 90,000 words, developmental and structural editing, copyediting starting at $60 AUD per hour, and proofreading services starting at$45 AUD per hour. To get a better idea what her rate would be for her developmental editing service, contact her to get a project quote. The best way to get in contact with Alexandra is through her website’s online contact form, found here.
11. Abigail Nathan
Abigail Nathan is the owner of Bothersome Words, an editing and writing service founded in 2004. Abigail has an extensive background as a professional editor, having worked with publishing houses like HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, and more. She’s worked with authors like Alastair Reynolds, author of “Revenger,” and Gavin Smith, author of “The Hangman’s Daughter.”
Abigail Nathan and her team at Bothersome Words offer structural editing, copyediting, proofreading, manuscript assessments, flash feedback, query letter editing, synopsis writing, sample pages editing, and mentoring packages. At Bothersome Words, rates are tailored to every single project. You can receive a free quote, feel free to use the Bothersome Words’ contact form, found here.
12. Kate O’Donnell
Kate O’Donnell is an editor with Line Creative Services. She’s been an editor since 2006, beginning her career with HarperCollins Publishers Australia. In 2010, Kate officially became freelance and has worked with several clients including Simon & Schuster, Allen & Unwin, Random House Australia, and more. She’s also a member of the New South Wales Society of Editors and the Freelance Editor’s Network.
Kate offers manuscript assessments starting at $0.01 AUD per word, copy editing starting at $1800 AUD for novels up to 70,000 words, and marketing support starting at $150 AUD per hour. For more information on the types of services she offers, or if you have any questions, you can always contact Kate via email or check out her editing services page.
13. Nicola O’Shea
Nicola O’Shea is a freelance editor with over twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s worked with big publishing companies like HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Random House, Allen & Unwin, and more. She’s worked with authors like Alison Goodman, author of the Dark Days series, and Jackie French, author of “The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentleman.”
Nicola specializes in structural editing, and prefers to work with adult and young adult ficton, as well as memoirs. Her rates are as follows: $1500 AUD up to 70,000 words, $1950 AUD for works up to 90,000 words, $2400 AUD up to 110,000 words, and $2850 up to 130,000 words. For manuscripts that exceed this length, she recommends that you get in contact with her to get a free quote for your project. The best way to get in contact with Nicola is via email.
14. Anne Reilly
Anne Reilly has over twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry, having worked with clients like John Howard, author of “Lazarus Rising,” and Julia Gillard, author of “My Story.” She offers editing and proofreading services, as well as freelance writing and coaching packages. She’s worked as an in-house editor with HarperCollins Australia, Penguin Random House, and McGraw-Hill. The best way to get in contact with Anne is either via phone, email, or through her website’s online contact form. She’d be more than happy to provide you with a quote for your editing needs.
15. Tony Ryan
Tony Ryan is a freelance book editor who specializes in both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. He is a member of the Institute of Professional Editors, as well as the Freelance Editors’ Network. Tony graduated from the University of Melbourne’s publishing program and has worked with clients like Richard Vos, author of “Dad, I Wish I was Normal,” and Andy Lanyon, author of “Lie with Me.”
Tony offers copyediting, structural editing, proofreading, and manuscript assessments. Since the length of time needed to complete projects depends on a variety of factors, he recommends that you get in contact with him to receive a free quote. He’s also happy to give you a sample of his editing capabilities. You can contact Tony either by phone or through his website’s online contact form, found here.
Deborah Singerman is an experience editor who offers developmental editing, structural editing, copyediting, project management packages, and proofreading services. She specializes specifically on nonfiction manuscripts and has a particular interest in Australian architects, the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and media representations of Asia. In order to get a quote for Deborah’s services, you can use her website’s online contact form to send her a message.
17. Carly Tenille
Carly Tenille is a freelance writer and editor who’s had extensive experience as an in-house editor for several large international publishing companies. Based out of Melbourne, Australia, Carly offers a wide range of services including structural editing, copyediting, proofreading and beta reading. Her editing rates begin at $65 AUD per hour, and her beta reading services start at $2 AUD per 1000 words (only for projects of a minimum of $50 AUD). The best way to get in contact with Carly about her editing services is via email. She’s more than happy to answer any questions that you may have!
18. Cathie Tasker
As a member of the Freelance Editor’s Network, Cathie has worked with several major publishing houses including HarperCollins Publishers, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books. Cathie specializes in structural editing. She likes to work on novels, children’s novels, picture books, short story collections and memoirs. She also provides manuscript assessments, books consultations, and author mentorships for those seeking a bit more guidance in terms of their writing career.
Due to the fact that all manuscripts are different, and therefore require different levels of attention, Cathie prefers to provide quotes on a project-to-project basis. To receive your free quote, feel free to contact Cathie using her website’s online contact form. Be sure to mention the genre and category of your manuscript, the estimated word count, provide a synopsis of your story, a few sample chapters, a brief author biography to introduce yourself, and the type of editing service that you think you’ll need.
19. Louise Thurtell
With over twenty-five years of experience in the publishing industry, Louise Thurtell is a seasoned freelance editor. She’s worked with companies like HarperCollins, Transworld and even Random House. As a testament of her skills, she was the recipient of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in 2005.
Louise officers structural editing and copy editing, with specific interest in literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, and also likes to work with corporate documents. The best way to contact Louise is via email. Be sure to mention that you’re looking for a free quote for her editing services, and provide a bit of information about your manuscript so that she can give you an accurate estimate.
Are you aware of any other book editors in Australia? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.