I wanted to work in publishing because I loved reading, and loved books; after years of working on them, that still holds true. To relax with a good novel remains one of my greatest delights!
After completing a Masters of Arts in Bibliography and Textual Criticism, I worked as an editorial secretary in Batsford Publishers, learning the trade from the ground up. After receiving my editorial training in Collins Professional and Technical Publishers, I worked as an editor in Heinemann Educational and then in Routledge & Kegan Paul, London.
Moving to Sydney, I worked as an in-house editor in Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers. Appointed Chief Editor at OTEN (Open Training and Education Network), TAFE NSW, I managed all stages of the publishing process and established guidelines to ensure quality control. As Consulting Editor at the State Library of NSW, I worked on the website combining the State Library and the Mitchell Library.
Balancing work and family commitments, I worked as a contract editor for Cambridge University Press and Horwitz Educational (primary education), before turning to independent publishing and helping new writers develop their ideas and shape their manuscripts.
- Member of the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) and the Society of Editors NSW.
- Fiction: Published two short stories (Papyrus Publishing, 1994-5).
- Short-listed for the inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Prize, 2017, for my work on Jerome & His Women: http://www.iped-editors.org/News_and_events/View_News/Rosie_Award_shortlist_announced.aspx
- Poetry: ‘Now he is here’ (Other Terrain Journal, 2018 http://www.otherterrainjournal.com.au/issues/issue-five/now-he-is-here/); ‘And the Nuns Wore Lipstick’, ‘Honolulu Breakfasts’, and ‘I’m Lucky’ (New Reader Magazine, 2018 (https://www.newreadermagazine.com/)
In progress: Mini Style Guide (An introduction to writing and manuscript presentation) to assist writers and editors, due for release October 2018.