So, you’ve finished your first draft and are feeling pleased with yourself. Now the real work begins.
Structural and copy editing make a huge difference to the readability of your work. A professional editor can make the difference between someone quickly losing interest or finding your book hard to put down.
Our team of experienced editors are available to work directly with you to help bring out the best in your book, whether you need a structural edit, copy edit, or a manuscript assessment.
Pricing will vary depending on how much work is required and our editors will always do their best to try and work within your budget constraints.
Making your book come alive
To enquire about getting one of Rack and Rune’s editors to help with your project simply fill out the ‘Request a Quotation’ form.
- Manuscript Assessments
- Copy editing fiction (specialising in fantasy and speculative fiction)
Claire Bradshaw is a freelance editor and proofreader based in Newcastle, NSW. She offers manuscript assessment, copyediting and proofreading services for writers in Australia and around the world.
Whether you’re an independent author preparing a book for self-publishing, or a writer getting ready to submit a manuscript to agents or publishers, Claire would love to work with you. She is available to work on adult and young adult fiction of all genres, and specialises particularly in fantasy books and series.
Find out more about Claire and her editorial services at www.clairebradshaw.com.au.
- Manuscript Assessments
- Structural and copy editing for poetry, short stories, fiction, memoirs and textbooks
Brian Purcell graduated with a Masters of Writing (majoring in the novel) at Sydney’s UTS in 2001. One of his first manuscript assessments/partial edit was of a colleague’s novel; Julia Leigh’s ‘The Hunter’ became an international success, and was later made into a movie starring Willem Dafoe. From 2003-06 Brian assessed manuscripts for the Lynk Manuscript Assessment Service, specialising in poetry, novel and memoir, though occasionally extending to YA and even business writing.
From 2008-13 he worked for his own one-person agency, Renaissance Manuscript Service, then from 2014-16 for the Manuscript Appraisal Agency. From 2016-20 he worked as a writer and editor in Marketing at Scholastic Australia. Brian is also a painter and during the 80’s, was the lyricist/singer for the Sydney band Distant Locust, who toured and released records internationally.
His award-winning poetry has been published widely, and his new book ‘The Leaving’ will be published by Flying Islands in early 2022.
- Structural and copy editing for poetry, picture books, short stories and junior fiction
Natalie is a freelance proofreader and editor who has always enjoyed working with words. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a postgraduate diploma in Secondary Education (English and Drama).
Natalie writes poetry, picture books, short stories and junior fiction and is passionate about honing her craft. A full list of her professional development can be found on her website: www.natpetrohelos.com.au
When she is not writing, Natalie is busy singing in her acapella group, daydreaming under her Japanese Maple tree or chasing her children around the house.
- Structural and copy editing for picture books
Emily S. Smith is a lover of all things ‘children’s literature’ and the author of 4 picture books. She self-published the first two ‘Betty the Yeti’s Disappointing Day’ and ‘Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just a Chair’ in collaboration with Graham Davidson through their early years’ literacy project ‘Storytime Lane.’
Her second two books, ‘Garbage Guts’ and ‘How to Hug a Cactus’, are published through Larrikin House.
In addition to being a published author, Emily has also assisted fellow authors in the editing of several contracted stories that will be released soon.
Fiction, non-fiction & academic works.
- Manuscript assessment
- Structural and copy editing
David-Jack Fletcher provides manuscript assessment, copy editing and proofreading for fiction, non-fiction, and academic manuscripts. He has worked in academia for the past decade, with publications specialising in Cultural Studies and Sociology, and operates a small academic skills business, ‘Academiology’. His PhD thesis published in 2021 through Palgrave Macmillan. David-Jack has transitioned into the creative arts over the past eighteen months and recently accepted contracts across the US, the UK and Australia for three of his short stories. He specialises in horror, crime/thriller, humour (including dark, bizarro and romantic), and anything LGBTQI+. David-Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in creative arts (majoring in Creative Writing), an Honours and a PhD in Cultural Studies, and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing with the University of Southern Queensland. David-Jack is writing his first novel.