You can’t find me on Reedsy

While you can’t find me on Reedsy, you CAN find me listed on the Australian Writers Marketplace website:

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The editor as midwife.

So you’ve been carrying this thing for the last 9 months – maybe longer, maybe shorter, there’s no defined gestation period.

When it started life it was *so small*! Just one word, then a sentence. Paragraph followed paragraph, chapter followed chapter and now look at it! Your literary baby, it’s almost complete. It’s nearly perfect. But you’re not quite sure about the next bit, or all the bits after that?

Time to call (a literary) midwife to encourage and support you through the final stages, to check over your non-fiction, novel or memoir, make sure that it’s healthy and will thrive.

I’m a writer with over 40 years experience. I’m a professional editor who has been editing for more than 15 years.

I promise I won’t drop your literary baby!

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Editing CV

Editing work: 

  •  Marketing to Islamic Purchasers. Mohammed Razzaque, University of NSW, February 2020.
  • 2 science fiction short stories for Chris Jones (Jan, April 2020)
  • Service Offshoring, Tony Lu (with Gary Gregory?), University of NSW, July 2019
  • Branding for Non-profits: Explaining New Donor Decision Making in the Charity Sector, Gary Gregory, University of NSW, February, 2019
  • Blood For Ink by Chris Jones. As yet unpublished SF/Fantasy novel, 2018-2019
  • Zig Zag Zali by May Pax. Published children’s picture book, 2018
  • Large (200,000 words) fantasy novel, as yet unpublished. Title and author details supressed at author’s request. 2017-2018
  • Heartlines, a collection of medical recollections by Brendan Carson, 2017
  • Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, a novella by Simon Petrie, Peggy Bright Books, 2017
  • On Unification: Works of Professor Sakhawat Hossain, Sakhawat Hossain, Shapla Books, 2017
  • Compilation of 800 psychological affirmations, Gary Pike, Byron Clinic, October, 2017
  • Identity of pregnant women and new mothers, thesis by Georgina Duncan, 2017
  • Australian Team Handbook, 2017
  • Giant Steps: celebrating 21 years of living, laughing, striving and learning, (proof-reading text), Astonish publications, 2017
  • Essay on schizophrenia, Georgina Duncan, December 2016
  • The Chocolatier’s Ghost by Cindy Lynn Speer, Dragonwell publishing (US), 2016
  • The Tame Animals of Saturn written and illustrated by Adam Browne, Peggy Bright Books, 2016
  • Compiling data from interviews with three young women regarding their experiences with their first pregnancy for Georgina Duncan, 2016
  • Researching and compiling data on the history of laughter, for presentation by, David B., 2016
  • I want my rib back, yet to be published book on feminism, Bill McGlynn, 2016
  • Life of Pride: a story of adventure from Broken Hill to Cricklewood by way of darkest Africa, the memoirs of Alan G. Pride, transcribed handwritten manuscript by Marilyn Pride, 2016
  • Bitroux: Book 1: The Metalsmith, Jordan Harcourt-Hughes, Digital Jazz, 2016
  • The Other Bennets, yet to be published historical novel by Hazel Nair, 2016-2017
  • Short stories (various), Pascal Innard, 2016
  • Ashamett, desert born, by Terry Jackman, Dragonwell Publishing (US), 2015
  • Four short stories in Fire and Shadow by Imogen Howson, Dragonwell Publishing (US), 2015
  • Taken home (working title), yet to be published novel, Elle Clarke, 2015
  • Does the design of mobile phones affect their sale? Thesis by Samrand Toufani, University of Western Sydney
  • Various counselling, psychology assignments, Georgina Duncan, 2015
  • Transcribing 3 audiotaped interviews, Georgina Duncan, 2015
  • Negotiation via email, chapter/proposal
  • Three spec fic short stories by Michelle Goldsmith (including The Jellyfish Collector, (short listed in the 2015 Aurealis Awards)
  • Difficult Second Album, second collected work by Simon Petrie, Peggy Bright Books, 2014
  • Use Only As Directed anthology, Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (eds), Peggy Bright Books, 2014. (‘Dellinger’, by Charlotte Nash, short listed for ‘SF Short Story”, Aurealis Awards, 2014)
  • Caging the Phoenix: which Australian Laws are the most appropriate to deal with the problem of fraud, deceit, phoenix activity? (thesis) Maneka Siva Nathan, (University of NSW?), 2014
  • Lex Talionis by RSA Garcia, Dragonwell Publishing, 2014. (Received starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, April, 2014)
  • Tallawoladah, (working title), yet to be published historic novel, Kathryn Walls, 2013-2014
  • Undergraduate assignments, (various subjects, clients) Jan-June, 2013
  • Flight 404/ Hunt for Red Leicester (2 novellas bound as I book) Simon Petrie, Peggy Bright Books, 2012
  • Life, Death & Detention by George Ivanoff, Morris Publishing, Australia (pre-publication editorial suggestions), 2012.
  • Breeding Barefoot Bookworms, children’s novel by Dr Serrie Kamara, 2012
  • Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear, spec-fic anthology Edwina Harvey, Simon Petrie (eds),. Peggy Bright Books, June 2012
  • Rare Unsigned Copy: Tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude and Giant Mutant Vegtables; a collection of work by Simon Petrie. Peggy Bright Books, 2010
  • Andromeda Spaceways Infligh Magazine, edited issues 12, 24,33,42,54 (2003-2014)
  • Andromeda Spaceways Infligh Magazine, subedited issues 8, 10, 16, 17, 35 , 40, 49 (2003-2013)
  • Editor, Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet (monthly newsletter, co-edited with Edwin A. Scribner) Issues 1 – 101, April 2002, to August 2010.
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Writing CV



  •  “Where is Evil?”, Devil’s Ways anthology, Dragonwell Pess (US) June, 2020.
  • “Neanderthal”, Antipodean SF 250th special issue, Ion Newcombe (ed), May, 2019
  • “Full Moon Above”, Antipodean SF 250th special issue, Ion Newcombe (ed),May, 2019
  • “Never Forget”, a novelette, Peggy Bright Books, May, 2019
  • “On the Consequences of Clinically-Inhibited Maturation in the Common Sydney Octopus”, Simon Petrie & Edwina Harvey A Hand of Knaves, CSFG, 2018, (short listed for Best Short Story category, Aurealis Awards, 2018)
  • “Dancing West to East” Edwina Harvey & Simon Petrie TE KORERO AHI KA (To Speak of the Home Fires Burning) Speculative Fiction NZ, 2018
  • “There’s no place like home”, Antipodean SF Issue 221, Ion Newcombe (ed), December 2016
  • “Trike Race”, Simon Petrie & Edwina Harvey, Never Never Land, CSFG, October 2015
  • “Where the Last Human Went”, Antipodean SF, Ion Newcombe (ed), February, 2015
  • “’Next’ Cried the faun”, Next anthology, CSFG, April 2013
  • “HG”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 54, June 2012
  • “Teach your children well”, Antipodean SF, 164, Ion Newcombe (ed) February 2012
  • Rocket and Sparky”, Worlds next Door, Tehani Wesseley (ed). Fablecroft Publications, 2010
  • “I Belong to this Red Earth”, Belong, Russell B Farr (ed). Ticonderoga press, 2010
  • “When Whales Cry”, (reprint) Under the Rose, David Hutchensen.(ed), 2009
  • “She Just Dropped In”, (reprint), Strange Pleasures 3, David Hutchensen.(ed), Prime Books, UK, 2005
  • “Following a Haunch” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 9, October 2003
  • “When Whales Cry”, Potato Monkey Issue 3, September, 2003
  • “Zinc of Me”, Consensual: The Second Coming, Cathy Cupitt, Elaine Kemp and Stephen Dedman (eds) ,April, 2003
  • “Divorce”, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 4, December, 2002
  • “Back Looks”, Cohorts 6, November, 2002
  • “Mug”, Andromeda Spaceways Inglight Magazine 2, August 2002
  • “My Sweet 286”, AustrAlien Absurdities Anthology, Chuck McKenzie and Tansy Rayner Roberts (eds), May 2002
  • “Keep My Things They’ve Come to Take Me Home,” Fables and Reflections Issue 2, Lily Chrywenstrom, March 2002
  • “Get me to the Worldcon on Time”, Fables and Reflections Issue 1, Lily Chrywenstrom (ed), Nov 2001
  • “Riding the Range With Mary-Jane”, Riding High (chapbook) Thrillogies, Paul Collins and Meredith Costain (eds), Longman Press. September, 2001
  • “Eggs”, On the Case (chapbook) Thrillogies, Paul Collins and Meredith Costain (eds) Longman Press, September, 2001
  • “Pharlap Revisited”, Antipodean SF, 40, Ion Newcombe (ed), June 2001
  • Ride a Fine Horse”, ConSensual 1, Cathy Cupitt, Elaine Kemp and Stephen Dedman (eds), April 2001
  • “She Just Dropped in”, (updated reprint) Vile Temptress 1, Zara Baxter (ed), April 2001
  • “Peace by Piece”, (reprint), Redsine 1, August, 2000 (e-zine)
  • “Writers Hands”, Antipodean SF, 23, Ion Newcombe (ed), January 2000
  • “Legends Never Die”, Chronicles Issue 64, Susan Batho, Joanne Kerr (eds), 1999
  • “A Vulcan’s most sensitive organ”, Beyond Antares Issue 36, Susan Batho, Joanne Kerr (eds), 1999
  • “Up on the Roof”, Harbinger Speculative Fiction, 4, Erika Lacey (ed) September, 1999
  • “Off course, of course”, Antipodean SF, 18, Ion Newcombe (ed), August, 1999
  • “Only Women Bleed”, Harbinger Speculative Fiction, 2, Erika Lacey (ed), April 1999
  • “The Dragon Ring”, Harbinger Speculative Fiction Issue 1, Erika Lacey (ed), Jan, 1999
  • “Helga”, Leaves of the Forest Muse Anthology, 1997. (published 1999) Calembeen Writers Group
  • “Party” and “Moving On”, Antipodean SF Anthology #1, 1998-1999, Ion Newcombe (ed)
  • “Earth Girls Aren’t Easy”,  Antipodean SF, 10, Ion Newcombe (ed), Dec 1998
  • “Aliens Here”, Under Magellenic Clouds, 4, Winter/Spring 1998
  • “Moving On,” Antipodean SF. 3, Ion Newcombe (ed), May,1998
  • “Moving On,” (reprint)Nuggets e-magazine. May,1998
  • “Peace by Piece,” Horrorscope, Issue 1, February, 1998
  • “Party”, Antipodean SF. Issue 1, Ion Newcombe (ed) February, 1998
  • “Chippies”, Aurealis, Issue 19, June/July, 1997
  • “An Audience of One”, Homosapien Five, 1997
  • “Heart of Stone”, Cohorts 3, IIBNF Press, 1997
  • “Two of Us”, Cohorts 3, IIBNF Press, 1997
  • “A.W.O.L”, Homosapien Four, 1996
  • “Nut Cutlet”, Cohorts, (1 ?),  IIBNF Press, 1995
  • “Married to the Job” , Homosapien Trois, 1993
  • “On the Up”,  Backtrack 7, 1993
  • “When You’re In Love You Want to Tell the World”, No Shadow of Another No. 2, 1992
  • “Dreamfasting”, Chronicles, 47, 1991
  • “Dragonrider’s Lament”, Eye of Newt, 5, Smith and Kerr (eds), 1991
  • “The Breaker”, Backtrack1, 1989
  • “On a Hot Tin Roof”, Conspire Program Book, 1989
  • “Metaphysical Company”, Chronicles, 35, 1988
  • “Where the Last Unicorn Went”, Conglomeration 2, 1988 (?)
  • “Post Blake With Fangs”, Eccentricon Productions, 1987
  • “No Pets Allowed”, Out of the Ashes, Merv Beamish (ed), 1986
  • “Lone Survivor”, Chronicles 25, 1986
  • “Once Bitten”, Lip Service, 1984
  • “To Catch a Thief”, Chronicles 12/13, 1984
  • “Travesty”, Medtrek 84 zine, 1984
  • “Such a Brave Man”, T’salta 2, Mary G.T Weber (ed), 1984
  • “Reunited”, Eye of Newt 2, Smith and Kerr (eds), 1983
  • “Only the End of the World Again”, Multiverse 10, N. White (ed), June 1983
  • “Space Cow”, Yggdrasil (Magazine of the Melbourne University Science Fiction Assoc), 1983
  • “McCoy: The Right Kind of Different”, Beyond Antares 21,  Sue Clarke (ed), 1982
  • “Servalan”, Chronicles. 7, Sue Clarke (ed), 1982
  • “The Wanderer”, Eye of Newt 1, Clarke and Kerr (eds), 1982
  • “She Just Dropped In”, Ron Clarke (ed), 1982 (?)
  • “It takes a Thief,” Chronicles 1, Sue Clarke (ed), 1981
  • “Old Stiff Bones,” Medical Journal 1, 1981
  • “Greengags”, Beyond Antares 16, Sue Clarke (ed), 1981
  • “Tyger”, Beyond Antares 15, Sue Clarke (ed),1980
  • “We Wonder” Beyond Antares 9, Sue Clarke (ed), 1979.
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A challenging book to edit – a co-operative effort

In an idle conversation with a neighbour a little over a year ago he divulged that he was a writer, and I divulged that I was a writer and an editor. Had I ever edited academic manuscripts? he asked. Well, I’d edited a few theses on a variety of subjects. Would I like to look at a manuscript he was looking at publishing? I said yes, and was emailed a large manuscript – the collected writings of Professor Sakhawat Hossain who spent much of his life looking for something that even Einstein couldn’t find – a Theory of Everything!

I was intrigued with the Professor’s concept that the patterns of Nature are reflected in the most minute – the orbits of electrons around neutrons in an atom for instance, to the most expansive – the orbits of planets around a star and galaxies around their centre.

A few challenges faced me in editing this book. Firstly, while I’m interested in science, I haven’t studied it at the high level of the Professor’s writing.  Secondly, the Professor had  passed away close to 40 years ago so he couldn’t be directly consulted to explain what he meant. While this book had been commissioned on behalf of two of the Professor’s sons, who had been tutored by their father on his pet subject, there were often times when they couldn’t give a definitive answer of what the author had meant.

We were fortunate that the commissioning editor had studied under the Professor, and also fortunate that  Simon Petrie, the book designer, whose background is in academic Chemistry, also has a wider interest in general science.

It became a  collaborative effort between all of us as the original text (a collection of papers published over a period of years) was refined and refined and refined into the finished book, the cover of which looks particularly handsome thanks to the artistic skills of Eleanor Clarke, who it is always a pleasure to work with.

The book should be officially launched in India in December.


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Editing References and Recommendations


I am deeply grateful to Edwina Harvey who edited my many drafts of ‘Tallawoladah: on the Rocks’. As a fledgling author, I found her guidance, patience and attention to detail invaluable. Her general knowledge of the historical era was outstanding as was her helpful tips with regard to horses of which I know very little. Edwina was also very helpful with all aspects of the publishing industry and guidelines for self-publishing. Although we never met, I found her style of editing friendly and never condescending. Edwina was always ready to help me no matter how small the detail. Thanks, Edwina!

Kathryn Walls

Author of historic novel, ‘Tallawoladah: on the Rocks’. August 2020.


I would like to thank editor, Edwina Harvey for her invaluable work that she is doing in  editing my essays for my Masters degree during the past 2 years. She is not only correcting grammatical spelling or making the document read fluently. She catches the meaning of my ideas and she gives me choices if she is in doubt. I am very happy to work with her, she is a professional and a person with an abundant knowledge.

A satisfied customer
GEORGINA DUNCAN,  September, 2016.


“I certainly feel like my work is in very safe hands with you and I really appreciate everything you’ve done so far to help me sharpen my writing up!”

Jordan Harcourt-Hughes, author and illustrator of Bitroux: The Metalsmith (revised edition, 2015.)


I am pleased to add a personal recommendation from R.S.A Garcia, author of Lex Talionis, Dragonwell Publishing, 2014:

“Edwina, Lex Talionis would have been one screwed up book without you. Full of potential and nothing else. It was your guidance and eye that helped me find the way through to a book good enough to make PW take notice. I will forever be grateful, and yes, if all goes well, we will work together again 🙂 I would LOVE that.”


I’m pleased to add the following reference from Dragonwell Publishing (USA).

I have worked with Dragonwell as a freelance editor on several novels now, and look forward to working with them on future books.


To whom it may concern:

I am glad to write this letter as an enthusiastic reference to Ms. Edwina Harvey in her capacity as a freelance editor.

We have been employing Edwina Harvey as a lead editor for Dragonwell Publishing during the past 2 years. In this capacity Ms. Harvey has edited a number of our manuscripts and we hope she will continue working with us for the years to come.

Ms. Harvey is an outstanding editor, exceptional both in the quality of her work and in being reliable and dependable, able to keep the schedule and meet deadlines if needed. She is an insightful and intuitive editor who can work with an author to engender their confidence and help them produce a clearer, more readable work of fiction. She is able to see the best in each work and is flexible and open-minded in her approaches to making this best stand out and shine in the finished book. Her abilities as an editor and her professional qualities have made her an important asset to our publishing house. We consider it a joy and privilege to work with her.

We would gladly recommend her to any author or publisher looking for an editor to help them enhance their work.


Dawei Dong.


Dragonwell Publishing

(February, 2014)


“Edwina is an absolute pleasure to work with. She has a sharp editorial eye and a real skill for bringing out the essence of any story. I’m very happy to recommend her, and hope to work with her again soon.”

– Jo Anderton, author of Debris and Suited. September 2012


“Edwina Harvey was my editor for some short fiction I wrote for her issue of ASIM. As the best editors should, she made me proud of the finished product and I was happy to make the journey with her.”

– Sue Bursztynski, author of Crime Time: Australians Behaving Badly, and Wolfborn, September 2012


“Edwina worked on the new edition of my YA short story collection Life, Death and Detention, helping me to update the stories from their original 1990s setting to the 21st Century. Her editorial input was invaluable in the shaping of this new edition, her feedback incisive and honest.”

– George Ivanoff, author of Life, Death and Detention, August  2012


Edwina is a skilled and incisive editor with a keen feel for language and a commitment for recommending changes that will benefit your writing. She’s conscientious, communicates clearly, and is warm and approachable. I trust her with my own work (she’s edited several of my short stories as well as my debut collection of fiction), and will continue to do so. I’ve also worked extensively with her, as a colleague at Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine since 2007 and recently as a co-editor for a small-press anthology. I can heartily recommend her services as an editor.

Simon Petrie, July 2012

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“On the Consequences of Clinically-Inhibited Maturation in the Common Sydney Octopus”, Simon Petrie & Edwina Harvey (A Hand of Knaves, CSFG) short-listed, Best Science Fiction Short Story, Aurealis Awards, 2018.

“Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things”, published by Peggy Bright Books, short-listed for an Australian Science Fiction Foundation (Ditmar) Award, 2018 (Best Collected Work)

“A Harem of Six Legs” short story published in Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things, (Peggy Bright Books) short-listed for an Australian Science Fiction Foundation (Ditmar) Award, 2018 (Best Short Story)

“Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body” by Simon Petrie, edited by Edwina Harvey, published by Peggy Bright Books, short listed for an Australian Science Fiction Foundation (Ditmar) Award, 2018. (Best Novella or Novelette)

“There’s No Place Like Home” short story published in Antipodean SF Issue 221, short-listed for an Australian Science Fiction Foundation (Ditmar) Award, 2017. (Best Short Story).

“The Tame Animals of Saturn” written and illustrated by Adam Browne, edited by Edwina Harvey, published by Peggy Bright Books, short listed for an Australian Science Fiction Foundation (Ditmar) Award, 2017. (Best Artwork)

“The Back of the Back of Beyond”, written by Edwina Harvey, edited by Simon Petrie, published by Peggy Bright Books, finalist for a Ditmar Award in “Best Collected Works” category, 2014.

“Lex Talionis” by R. Garcia, Dragonwell Publishing, 2014, awarded silver medal in Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2015 also received starred review, Publishers Weekly, April 2014

Flight 404 by Simon Petrie, (edited by Edwina Harvey. Peggy Bright Books, 2012) won “Best Novella” category, Sir Julius Vogel Awards (NZ) July, 2013.

Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear (anthology) cover art by Les Petersen won “Best Professional Artwork* category, Sir Julius Vogel Awards (NZ) July, 2013.

Short stories, “The D_____d” by Adam Browne and “Five Ways To Start A War” by Sue Bursztynski, from Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear (anthology) short listed for Chronos Awards (Vic) 2013.

Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear anthology (edited by Edwina Harvey & Simon Petrie, Peggy Bright Books, 2012 ) Short listed for a Ditmar Award (Best Collected Work), 2013

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Defaulting clients.

The following is offered as a service for other editors. It is a listing of people I have done editing work for who have defaulted on their payment.

* Jimmy Choi (aka Choi Kam Chuen)

  • Wang Hoa and Jiang Xiaoyi
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It takes TIME.

Dear Potential Client, (especially those needing academic editing),

As a fellow writer, I realise that feeling of accomplishment you get when your major work. be it story, novel of thesis, is finally (almost) finished.

You’ve worked on it for months, or maybe even years. Possibly it’s dominated your life, especially if it’s a major academic work with a specific deadline.

I appreciate you’ve spent a lot of time writing your work, and you want it to look its very best. And as your (potential) editor, that’s what I want too. But it takes *me* time to read and re-read your work, understand it and make considered comments on how you might be able to  improve it.

Please keep that in mind, and try to allow for it when selecting me, or any other editor to edit your work.

Thank you.

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Diploma of Book Editing and Publishing

I received my Diploma of Book Editing and Publishing from Macleay College in 2012, receiving a pass in On-screen editing of manuscripts, a credit for Editing manuscripts, a credit for Book design, a distinction for Publishing management and production process, and a high distinction for Book indexing.

I am also a member of IPED (Institute of Professional Editors), NSW Branch.


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