Merlene Fawdry Services for Writers

Merlene Fawdry Editing and 

                            Writing Services

Qualified editor and proofreader with over fifteen years experience in providing professional services for writers, specialising in mentoring beginning and emerging writers in developing their submissions to submission ready. I offer a reliable and professional service on a freelance basis, with thorough attention to detail without unnecessary corrections. I keep abreast of publishing trends and update my qualifications regularly to ensure the services I provide are informed and current.  



Manuscript Development
Even the most experienced authors can find developing a manuscript in isolation a challenging process. A professional Writing Coach will help you outline your original ideas into a strong framework to carry your story and evaluate chapters while you write. Understanding rules of etiquette for contacts and submission protocols of the publishing industry gives novice authors a better chance to be published in a this rapidly changing competitive market.

Copy Editing
This involves checking for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as factual errors; applying consistency and house style; preparing queries for the author and publisher; and ensuring all elements of the typescript are present, correct and clearly identified.

Manuscript Appraisal
A manuscript appraisal will give you a thorough and constructive report on your manuscript; highlighting its strengths and suggesting where change may enhance the work. Appraisals include structural attention to style, dialogue, characterisation, structure and narrative pace.

Ten years experience in conducting creative writing and poetry workshops and facilitating start-up writing groups.

Service Delivery
Available online or in-home service in Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Ararat, Stawell and surrounding areas.


Reference Materials used:
Macquarie English Dictionary
Roget's Thesaurus
The Australian Style manual for authors, editors and printers
The Chicago Manual of Style
Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors and Publishers

House style guides as supplied

Editing and proofreading experience:
- novels
- memoir
- student dissertations
- professional documents and papers
- newsletters
- press releases
- submission letters
- organisation brochures and documents

Other relevant experience:
- published author and poet
- freelance book editor
- award winning author and poet
- freelance ghost writer
- creative writing teacher
- writing and poetry workshop facilitator
- short story and poetry competition judge
- author talks

- Mentoring memoir, life story and autobiography
- Delivering writing workshops

Relevant Academic Qualifications:
- Diploma of Arts Professional Writing and Editing,     University of Ballarat (2001-2004) D (distinction)        
- Professional Editing and Proofreading, Australian College of Journalism (2011-1012) D 

Memberships and Affiliations:
- Writers Victoria (2000-current)
- FAW Victoria (2000-current))
- Australian Poetry 2010- current)
- Tasmanian Writers (2002-2010)
- FAW Tasmania (2002-2008)
- Society of Women Writers Tasmania (2003-current)
- Poets United (2012)
- Writer’s Web (2012)
- Copyright Agency Ltd (Current)


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For some reason I'm yet to fathom I'm unable to reply to comments left by others so thank you for dropping by and taking the time to read and comment. Merlene