Me & My Work

What I do…

  • Assessment of manuscripts for children and young adults.
  • Editing of fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, for adults, children and young adults.
  • Proofreading of manuscripts of all kinds (poetry, non-fiction and fiction, for adults, children and young adults).

Where I come from…

Since 2014 I’ve worked as a freelance editor, proofreader and manuscript assessor in Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to this, I was a corporate PA, and before that, I worked for Booksellers New Zealand where, as part of a team of two, we executed two New Zealand Book Awards campaigns annually (one for children, one for adults). I was involved in all areas of executing these campaigns and was privileged to be invited to sit around the judges’ table for the children’s awards. This allowed me a good deal of insight into what judges are looking for (for example, the importance of professional presentation), and how a book’s merits and failings might be debated.

How I got here…

I have a diploma in publishing from Whitireia and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington. I wrote my honours thesis on Maurice Sendak and how his work reflects fairy tale theory. I’m most passionate about children’s books and always have been. I have a vast collection (my pride and joy), which began long before having my own son justified me in buying more. I truly believe that books can be magical. How many things make you smile in just a few short pages, the way a picture book can?

Why I get out of bed…

I genuinely love working with authors and supporting them to make their work as brilliant as it can be. I will justify my feedback and will follow your lead on how blunt you would like that feedback to be. I believe that your manuscript contains a little part of your soul and that you are understandably protective of that. We both want your work to be great and I will work with you to help you to achieve that.

Bragging Rights…

Children & Young Adult Fiction

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain, by Julie Lamb (co-editor), (Makaro Press 2016)
Winner of the Best First Book Award, NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017

Lonesome When You Go, by Saradha Koirala, (Makaro Press 2016)
Notable Book at the Storylines Book Awards 2017

Snails, Spells and Snazzlepops, by Robyn Cooper, (Makaro Press 2016)

Moon Boy, by Kathy Sutcliffe, (Makaro Press 2017)

Time Twins, by Sally Astridge and Arne Norlin, (Makaro Press 2018)

Slice of Heaven, by Des O’Leary (co-editor), (Makaro Press 2018)
Finalist for the Best First Book Award, NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2019

Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped, by Felicity Williams (co-editor), (Ahoy 2019)

Harriet and the Eye of the Bird, by Julie Lamb (co-editor), (Ahoy 2019)

Super Spare Parts and the Nemerons from the Twelfth Quadrant, by C.J. Parker (co-editor), (Ahoy 2019)

Avis and the Promise of Dragons, by Heather McQuillan, (Ahoy 2019)
Notable Book at the Storylines Book Awards 2020 

Adult Fiction

The Ash, The Well and the Bluebell, by Sandra Arnold (co-editor), (Makaro Press 2019)

Murder in Mud, by Rodney Strong, (Amazon Digital Services LLC 2018)

Murder in Doubt, by Rodney Strong, (Amazon Digital Services LLC 2019)

Poker Chips and Poison, by Rodney Strong, (Amazon Digital Services LLC 2019)

Non-Fiction

Glam Italia: How to Travel Italy, by Corinna Cooke, (Glam World Publishing LLC 2018)

Glam Italia: 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Rome, by Corinna Cooke, (Glam World Publishing LLC, 2019)

Coming Soon…

Silvermoon Mystery 2: Hip flask and Hanging, by Rodney Strong, (Amazon Digital Services LLC 2020)

Glam Italia: 101 Fabulous Things to Do in Florence, by Corinna Cooke, (Glam World Publishing LLC 2020)