Professional Editing Services

Dr Rachel Le Rossignol specialises in editing academic and creative writing. Her extensive experience includes:

  • Masters and PhD editing across a broad range of subject areas
  • editing academic journal articles and text books
  • editing curriculum documents for RTOs
  • creating information books for community and private organisations
  • manuscript assessment
  • editing of novels and non-fiction books across various genres (including historical fiction, fantasy, crime, short stories, romance, fan fiction etc.)
  • writing speeches, project reports, theatre programs, newsletters, and web content

Do you want help making sure your manuscript is fully polished before you send it to a publisher?

Are you an early career fiction writer who would like help working out how to take your book to the next level?

Do you need to make sure your PhD thesis is 100% polished and ready for submission?

Do you have a journal article, book chapter or book project that needs work to meet the requirements of the publisher?

Editing Services

The following services are available:

  • PhD editing and Masters thesis editing
  • editing of academic writing for journals and books
  • manuscript assessment and editing of fiction manuscripts
  • proofreading of marketing materials (eg pamphlets, websites etc.)
  • writing and editing of reports/professional documents
  • formatting of documents
  • indexing

All editing work follows the Australian Standards for Editing Practice and the Guidelines for Editing Research Theses.

Ask about the special discounted package rate for PhD and Masters theses.

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.

About Rachel

Dr Rachel Le Rossignol is the director of Nightingale Writing Services. An award-winning playwright, she holds both a Masters degree and PhD in Creative Writing as well as qualifications in proofreading and editing.  Rachel’s PhD examined the cultural narratives that shape how we respond to climate change. Research interests include: the craft of creative writing, the role of cultural narratives and storytelling in shaping lives, how to teach academic skills, and research and evidence based practice.

As a freelance academic she has run workshops in research skills, academic writing and practice based research. She has written academic articles about the craft and study of creative writing. With a background in Social Work, theatre, music, retail and the TAFE and tertiary education sectors, she is able to offer knowledge, advice and experience across a range of subject areas.

Skilled with Microsoft Office and Adobe In Design, Rachel can also offer formatting and design services.

Rachel holds full Professional Membership of the Institute of Professional Editors (Australia).

Areas of Speciality

PhD editing, creative writing, academic writing, social work, community work, music, literature, English as a second or other language, sociology, history, education, research skills, narrative inquiry, counselling, drama and theatre, film, the Arts.

When working outside these areas she will liaise closely with you regarding specialised terms and concepts, and always cross checks against relevant standards and guides.


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