Resources and Recommendations

Please contact us if you would like referrals for arts lawyers, cover designers, copy editors, structural editors, ghostwriters, licensing and permission experts, or printers. AAPS is not affiliated with any service it recommends and does not endorse the quality or reliability of the services offered. However, we only recommend those we know to be genuine and experienced in the publishing industry.

For a comprehensive list of all industry professionals, we highly recommend the Australian Writers’ Marketplace.
For copyright fundamentals, refer to the Australian Copyright Council’s excellent information sheets.

Freelance Editors (including Manuscript Assessments)

Abigail Nathan at Bothersome Words offers a full range of writing and editing services, with a focus on SFF.

Stephanie Smith,,with many years championing SFF in Aus, Stephanie bring outstanding editorial skills to bear on your manuscript.

Deonie Fiford

Kylie Mason at Kylie Mason Editorial Services provides copy or structural editing, or a structural report.

The Nash Agency – Editorial services and advice.

Sarah Fletcher at Sarah JH Fletcher offers structural editing, proofreading and project management services.

Shel Sweeney at A Worded Life – editorial, manuscript assessment and ghost writing.

Sib Duff at Siboney Duff Editing offers manuscript assessments and comprehensive edits.

For a highly trusted group of professional editors, I also recommend Freelance Editor Network.

Manuscript Development and Mentoring

Louise Cusack offers mentoring or manuscript development services at If You Must Write…

Digital and Social Media Coaching for Creatives

The incomparable Marianne de Pierres is offering her formidable experiences with social media and marketing to authors at MDPWeb.

Author and social media guru Gary Kemble offers excellent consultancy and training in social media and digital strategy at Gary Kemble Consultancy.


Shannon Horsfall S+MDesign – brilliant graphic design for small, large, one off or ongoing work.

Punch Bowl Design Book and graphic design.

Kathleen Jennings Illustrator and author.

Marketing and Publicity for Authors

Critical Mass – Publishing strategy, production and marketing

Town Crier Consultancy – Digital marketing and social media

Cinnamon Watson at Cinnamon Watson Publicity.

Lucy Birchley

Melanie Saward at Little Red Writes

Legal advice

AAPS does not provide legal advice, but is happy to recommend the following law firms who do.

Creative Legal– Melbourne, Perth.  Arts, entertainment and creative industries.

Simpsons Lawyers– Sydney.  Entertainment and intellectual property.

Woods Prince Lawyers– Brisbane.  Commercial solicitors, conveyancing, wills & estates.

IdeaLaw – Brisbane.  IT specialist lawyers.

Highly Recommended: Authors should also considering contacting the Arts Law Centre of Australia or the legal advisory service at the Australian Society of Authors for further help and advice.