Heather Kelly

20160413-Heather Kelly-0825- © David Brewster 2016-edited-edited-edited-editedHaving studied the sciences in Year 11 and the humanities in Year 12, I could not decide in which direction I wanted to go; so I completed a BA in politics, philosophy and geography at Melbourne University.

Having no idea of what editors do, by a very lucky circumstance I was interviewed for an editing job and found that the breadth of my studies was considered a great asset, rather than a liability. I was taken on as a trainee at world-renowned Melbourne University Press (MUP) and was immediately in love with the whole process of editing and creating books. A manager there once said to me that when books get in your blood you never get rid of them. And so it has turned out to be. (I still love the smell of a new book!)

In some strange way I was attracted to the pedantry of looking for typos and grammatical errors, but also to the idea of helping authors to produce better work, whether that be a more entertaining novel, more user-friendly textbook or more readable copy on a website.

I like nothing better than to sit at my computer with the first page of a new work in front of me, not knowing what I am going to learn today.

My 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, Monash University ePress and the Education Department
    • 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, editing and proofreading websites, magazines and books for clients including Tourism Victoria, Department of Justice, VicHealth, Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs and Sensis.

I’ve also edited memoirs, novels, several PhD theses, an academic journal and many annual reports for organisations that include:

    • Environment and Natural Resources Committee (Parliament of Victoria)
    • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    • St Vincent’s Hospital
    • EPA
    • VicHealth.

I would love to help you improve your writing, in whatever form it is – and I will learn from you in the process, I am sure.