David Brewster – Writer, Ghostwriter
I came to professional writing later than some, having spent my early career in various line management and consulting roles. My background has given me the advantage of a broad range of valuable experience and insights which help me better understand the sorts of things my clients are trying to achieve.
In approaching my work, I draw on aspects of:
- writing/ghostwriting of over a dozen books including three of my own.
- a 28-year career in business management and small business ownership
- experience as a management consultant and educator
- tertiary qualifications in writing, science and information management
I guarantee a fresh perspective and a healthy dose of authenticity in the words I produce for you. At the same time, I'm happy to share my knowledge and experience of the book publishing process and will work closely with you to ensure that your book project is seen through to the end.
I will always ensure that your message is clear and understandable.
You will find it easy dealing with me. I pride myself on flexibility, organisation and a solid grasp of the language. All of which means you will comfortably meet your deadlines with minimal reworking along the way. I'm acutely aware of the importance of sticking to word counts and deadlines.
I live with my family in Brunswick, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, though of course I can work with you wherever you are. And most of the time when I'm not writing, I'm taking photographs.
For more general information on me and my background, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
Books & Ghostwriting
I am the named author of three books:
- Scattered Pearls, with Sohila Zanjani, published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster Australia.
- One Bite at a Time : How every manager can use Six Sigma to make a difference (Monterey Press, 2006; 2nd ed. 2008), co-written with Gary Calwell
- Success with Simplicity : Take Management Back to Basics (Monterey Press, 2005)
I've also ghostwritten more than ten other business books, company histories and executive memoirs and is usually working on at least two more.
I have been freelance writing and ghostwriting for the last decade. As a ghostwriter and copywriter, I've written hundreds of blog posts, articles, company profiles, web pages and other content.
Over the years I've also contributed pieces to The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Adelaide Advertiser and The Canberra Times.
Ann Bolch AE – Writer and editor
Ann combines over eight years’ professional writing experience with more than a decade of group facilitation and teaching know-how. She brings active, engaged and personalised words to her clients’ projects. With a strong passion for the rhythm of words and an editor’s eye for detail, Ann will make sure your message sounds right, feels right and reads right. (Er, correctly.)
Ann always delivers on time, to brief and within word limit. (Read more about Ann’s approach to her work on this post on The Future of Long Form blog.)
Writing qualifications & experience
Ann is an Accredited Editor (IPEd) and has tertiary qualifications in writing, editing, teaching & outdoor education and continues to update her skills (e.g. attending, in 2011, the CAE Grammar for working editors workshop and ASE Manuscript appraisal short course). She has published numerous informative articles, profiles, travel, reviews, essays and fiction. Ann has written and edited web text, brochures, media releases, guides and reports for businesses and organisations across sectors as diverse as health, education, accounting, employment, volunteering, tourism and logistics management. No matter the field, Ann enjoys listening and learning to help you express what you really want to say.
Ann’s other experience includes:
Manuscript appraisals, publishing proposals, support and strategies
Ann’s work with people on appraising their manuscripts focuses on finding and strengthening the freshness of the material. Whether it’s a short story, essay, chapter or full-length manuscript, Ann creates ways to dissolve blocks and wrangle difficulties to uncover your best work.
- Structurally edited several book-length manuscripts
- Provided one-to-one manuscript guidance – teasing apart a manuscript’s themes and ideas, challenging assumptions, using association to bring up fresh ideas and making unique links to strengthen the work
“Thorough and insightful with a sensitivity to the text, its writer and its intended audience. Ann knows how to get the most out of a manuscript.” Richard Holt. Read more…
Ann also works with budding authors and people with great ideas to develop their thoughts and jottings into pitchable proposals. Together, you’ll brainstorm, discuss and devise to create a strong non-fiction proposal worthy of any editor’s eye.
Other work Ann has done over the years includes:
Editing and proofreading
- Editing of newsletters, blogs, articles, essays and fiction
- Proofreading of book-length fiction manuscripts and non-fiction
- Selected and worked with authors for Woorilla magazine, including editing and proofreading articles, fiction & poetry
- Profiles for The Age (Melbourne magazine, Metro, My Career), Outback magazine, Pakenham-Berwick Gazette
- Informative articles for Grassroots, Forty South, The Age
- Travel articles for Herald Sun, The Age, Australian Traveller
- Weekly book reviews for The Age (My Career, 2007-2009)
- Essays for The Age (A2), Australian Traveller, The Australian, Woorilla
- A monthly column about writing, words and reading Signpost magazine
- Interviewed, wrote & formatted the inaugural Fernlea House hospice guest memoir
- Interviewed and written web profiles for Volunteering Victoria
- Working on final stages of novel manuscript Fourth Drop – about a sawmilling family and community struggling between the extremes of the Tasmanian forest debate
Ann also runs her own business, A story to tell.
Heather Kelly – Book and website editor, and proofreader
Heather completed a BA at Melbourne University and then joined Melbourne University Press (MUP) as a trainee editor, before heading overseas for two years. Her extensive career has included:
- working as an editor for many publishing companies, in-house or freelance, including: Melbourne University Press, Pitman, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Macmillan and Monash University ePress
- five years as senior editor at the federal government’s Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research
- several years at content production company Media Giants where she edited and proofread websites, magazines and books for clients including Tourism Victoria, Department of Justice, VicHealth, Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs and Sensis.
Recently Heather has edited an academic book for Monash University ePress, an academic journal several times a year, and various reports and books for Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements. She has also sub-edited a weekly newspaper and edited several large reports and books for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria).
Editing and proofreading annual and other reports is another area of Heather’s expertise; organisations she has done this for include:
- Environment and Natural Resources Committee (Parliament of Victoria)
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- St Vincent’s Hospital
- East Gippsland Water
Like all good editors, Heather is a stickler for detail and will see an out-of-place comma or apostrophe at 100 metres.
Heather can be contacted directly via her own website, i-edit.com.au.