Editing
Academic Texts

I’ve specialised in academic editing for more than a decade, focusing on scholarly books and articles, PhDs and other theses. Clients have included university departments and individuals across the arts and humanities, in disciplines such as continental philosophy, cultural studies, practice-based creative arts (PhD exegeses), social sciences and media studies, among others. In preparing manuscripts for publication in Australia, the UK and the USA, I’ve gained a strong understanding of the differences in English spelling and punctuation conventions. I am also well versed in editing standards, limitations and appropriate processes for working with PhD candidates.

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I can assist authors with both copy editing and structural/substantive editing, as needed. In addition to attending meticulously to spelling, grammar, syntax and style, I have helped many authors with higher-level editing including resolving structural issues, converting dissertations to book manuscripts, and abridging works to meet publisher word limits. Recent books include Amanda Third’s Gender and the Political: Deconstructing the Female Terrorist, Emma Keltie’s The Culture Industry and Participatory Audiences and Ľubica Učník’s The Crisis of Meaning and the Life-World: Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Patočka; as well as two major edited collections of continental philosophy/phenomenology (Springer and Traugott Bautz), with a third in press (2017).

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I have worked with a large number of scholars who write in English, but are not native English speakers, at all career levels, from across Australia, Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, and Asia. I am committed to preserving the particular voice of each author and the nuances of their expression, within the ‘standard English’ style. I am familiar with many of the specific grammar/syntax differences experienced by writers from particular language groups; and I am skilled in communicating clearly and precisely with authors to ensure that their ideas are expressed accurately, according to their intentions.

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I also have long experience as an editor and proofreader across the broader publishing sector, working with major state and independent arts organisations, corporate clients, small businesses and individuals.

 

Mentoring
Individual Consultation

I mentor authors at all stages of their writing careers, helping them to develop writing, editing and related skills or to tackle specific projects and tasks. I can work with authors by phone, Skype, email or in person.

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At the most basic level, I can teach the essentials that, for many adults nowadays, were not taught in school: the rules of grammar and syntax and how they can support strong, clear and rigorous writing; good sentence and paragraph structure; how to effectively structure articles or theses; self-editing; and how to develop a narrative arc – the ‘storyline’ for their work. I work with writers rigorously, but informally – using plain language, and basing sessions on discussion, explanation and practice related to the writer’s own work.

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Mentoring can also help writers to achieve particular tasks, such as completing a PhD or adapting a thesis for publication. My own concurrent practice as a writer and journalist means that I bring an additional perspective: I keenly understand the creative and practical challenges of the writing process, including the challenge of viewing one’s own work from a critical distance.

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Particular challenges exist for creative practitioners undertaking practice-led PhDs. For many, the PhD exegesis may be their first major piece of academic writing, produced alongside the creative outcome. My background in the arts, including my own practice as a creative writer, musician and artist, gives me a unique and sensitive perspective from which to mentor candidates and scholars working in practice-based creative arts; with a knowledge-base that means, more often than not, that we ‘speak the same language’.