Are you a writer looking for help to prepare your manuscript for submission to publishers?

Or an indie author who wants to work with an editor to create a professional self-published book?

I’ve been working as a book editor since the mid-1990s, initially in legal and educational publishing, and then in general books. In 2004 I left my senior editor position at HarperCollins and set up my own freelance editing business. My clients include Australian publishing houses such as HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Random House, Allen & Unwin and Hachette Australia, as well as authors seeking editorial advice before submitting their manuscript to a literary agent or publisher.

I’m also the main editor at ebookedit, an Australian company that offers editing and file conversion services to authors who choose to self-publish.

To talk to me about your project, please email me at: nicola[at]

If you’re interested in editorial training, please visit my Structural Editing for Editors page.

Please note: I’m fully booked for freelance editing and development work at the moment. I recommend looking for an experienced editor through the Freelance Editors’ Network, or IPED’s national directory of editors.

Editing Services
Editing Services

I offer structural editing services for adult and YA fiction, and for memoir. A structural edit provides feedback on the big-picture elements of a work, such as story structure, character arcs, point of view, plotting and pace. Or maybe you’d prefer a 45-minute Skype feedback session on the first 5000 words of your novel or memoir. 

Structural Editing For Editors
Structural Editing for Editors

An online course to develop your fiction structural editing skills. Gain practical experience working on a real manuscript, and enjoy the convenience of learning in your own home.


“Any author who gets to work with Nicola O’Shea is in one of the best pairs of hands in publishing” – Cate Paterson, Publishing Director, Pan Macmillan Australia

Resources For Writers
Resources for Writers

Information about submitting your manuscript to publishers, finding a literary agent, writing prizes and writers’ centres, and books on writing.

Resources For Editors
Resources for Editors

Information about becoming an editor, professional development programs, and useful books for editors.