About AJ Collins
Professional book editor, writer, author.
Assessments, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading and beta reading.
“Creativity has always been in my soul. Words and music have been a part of my life from a young age. I have a firm belief that you should be able to continue doing what you love until the day you die.”
I’m thrilled to have been offered a placement in the 2018 professional development program Hardcopy. This year’s specialisation is fiction, and I’m looking forward to attending the intensive writing masterclasses; meeting with industry professionals, publishers and agents; and, of course, learning from my talented peers.
I have been Managing Editor of AJC Publishing since 2014. I am an Accredited Editor of the Institute of Professional Editors and a fully qualified, Freelance Writer with an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT.
I am experienced in editing fiction, creative non-fiction and academic works and I am often engaged to write memoirs for clients.
I have been published in magazines and short story anthologies, and have won first prize and several high commendations in the Monash Short Story Writing Competition. My short stories have been read on Radio Queensland and Melbourne community radio.
As an editor, I love helping everyday people with their writing projects. This might be:
– a fledgling author’s first attempt at a fantasy, thriller, or romance genre
– an experienced writer’s manuscript that needs a polish before publishing
– a personal project, meant for friends and family, which has become unwieldy
– a self-help book written to make the world a better place, or for promotional purposes
– a memoir to shed light on a life-changing event
– an academic paper that needs clarity and flow.
Whichever the case, I provide the same supportive guidance and editing service each project requires to bring it to completion.
As a writer, I enjoy interviewing people, learning about their lives and helping them to explore their untold pasts through recording and writing interviews, memoirs and biographies.
My background of thirty years in the corporate, legal and finance sectors has given me a wealth of experience in attention to detail, professionalism and time management.
In my spare time, I write novels and run a corporate function band, Nightshift Band. Work or play, I have an empathetic ear for stories and a creative flair for words and music.
You can read some of my published works here:
Published Works: articles and short stories
Inspirational Blog: content designed to inspire budding writers.