Do you need thesis editing before you submit?

Do you have an academic journal article or book project that needs work to meet the requirements of the publisher?

Are you an emerging fiction writer who would like to take your book to the next level?

Do you want to make sure your manuscript is ready to send to a publisher?

Editing services include:

  • Masters and PhD thesis editing
  • editing of academic writing for journals and books
  • manuscript assessment
  • editing of fiction manuscripts (erotica not accepted)
  • proofreading of marketing materials (eg pamphlets, websites etc.)
  • writing and editing of reports/professional documents
  • formatting of documents, including insertion of table of contents, table of figures etc.
  • indexing

All editing work follows the Australian Standards for Editing Practice. Thesis editing adheres to the Guidelines for Editing Research Theses.

I offer a special discounted package rate for PhD and Masters theses. Please note that you require thesis editing on the contact form below and I will provide you with full details.

All other jobs are charged by the hour. For a quote, use the contact form below. Mention the type of manuscript, the work required and the word count. Please provide as much detail as possible.

About Rachel

I hold a Master of Creative Media (Writing) from RMIT, a PhD in Writing from Swinburne University and a Diploma of Proofreading and Editing. As a freelance editor I have completed close to 30 Masters and PhD theses as well as text books, journal articles and other papers for academics. Many of the theses I have worked on have been for students from a non-English speaking background. I also have indexing experience. I am a published author (Harlequin’s Riddle) with experience in manuscript assessment and fiction editing. A key strength is in structural editing.

As an editor I aim to ensure that the student’s voice remains central, so I offer alternatives wherever possible rather than blanket corrections. Where there is any uncertainty or ambiguity I remain in close contact to clarify what is intended.

I hold full Professional Membership of the Institute of Professional Editors (Australia).

Areas of Thesis Editing Speciality

I have worked on theses/dissertations covering the arts (art, writing, music, theatre, film), medicine, business, tourism, education, sociology, social work, and history.

As a freelance academic I have run workshops and classes in research skills, academic writing and practice based research. My expertise traverses numerous fields, including PhD editing, creative writing, social work, community work, music, literature, English as a second or other language, sociology, history, education, narrative inquiry, counselling, drama, and theatre and film. When working outside these areas I will liaise closely with you regarding specialised terms and concepts, and always play close attention to relevant standards and guides.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing) 2014  Swinburne University, Melbourne
  • Master of Creative Media (Writing) 2006  RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education 2016  Victoria University, Melbourne
  • Diploma of Professional Proofreading and Editing 2007  Cengage Education
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2009  Selmar Education
  • Narrative Therapy / Advanced Narrative Therapy 2000  The Hobart Narrative Centre
  • Bachelor of Social Work 1991  University of Sydney

Academic Publications

‘You’re not going to magic away their disability are you?’: the ethics of magic and the ethics of realism’, Australian Association of Writing Programmes conference proceedings 2011, ISBN 978-0-9807573-4-7

Merging theory and practice through artefact and exegesis, academic article in Bukker Tillibul, the Journal of Swinburne University of Technology, Vol. 7, 2013

Emergent eco-narrative in the third space, Australian Association of Writing Programmes conference proceedings 2012, ISBN 978-0-9807573-6-1

Maintaining writerly identity during the creative PhD, Australian Association of Writing Programmes conference proceedings 2014, ISBN 978-0-9807573-8-5


I am a bit stunned and very, very grateful to have such a talented and committed editor.  You truly are a gem and I consider myself blessed to have had your input into my work.

DM, PhD Thesis by artefact and exegesis

I have relied on Rachel’s editorial expertise on two occasions. Rachel responded quickly to my requests and was flexible enough to accommodate my changing timeline. Rachel was unfailingly supportive and encouraging. Her help was invaluable to me. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone wanting to refine his or her thesis presentation.

SP, Masters Thesis

Rachel is an amazing and very supportive editor who is not only able to edit fiction with great skill, but also academic work – from journal articles, to PhD submissions. I will always be immensely grateful to her for the time she gave, editing my PhD artefact and exegesis. Throughout the whole process, Rachel worked with me to ensure my work was as perfect as possible and ready to submit for examination. The end result was not only the successful completion of a PhD that was highly commended by both examiners, but also the publication of my PhD artefact, The Light in the Labyrinth.

Wendy J. Dunn, author (Dear Heart, How Like You This?, The Light in the Labyrinth, Falling Pomegranate Seeds)

Rachel is thoroughly professional in her approach, delivers on time and well understands the brief provided. Across the project she was in regular contact and her editing skills are impressive. I would not hesitate to engage Rachel again and have recommended her to colleagues.

Professor Tanya Fitzgerald, La Trobe University