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 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. Yet to be published?)


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.” http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-940076-12-6#path/978-1-940076-12-6



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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“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 http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-940076-12-6#path/978-1-940076-12-6

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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Diversified editing expertise.

Edwina’s Editing Services offers editing experience in the following areas:

Fiction: general fiction, (books, short stories), with particular emphasis and experience in speculative fiction (science fiction & fantasy), Children’s and Young Adults fiction.

General non-fiction: All subjects considered. I have past experience in law, libraries/ librarianship, community medicine, personal memoirs and life stories, self-help books,  animals especially canine, feline, equine, cetaceans.

Academic editing, (ESL a specialty) assignments, research proposals, research papers, theses.

Additional services:  help with manuscript development including  ghost-writing dictated books, transcribing written/typed text, transcribing from videoclips or audiofiles.

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