Meet the Publicious Editors

Karen Collyer

Karen's passion is helping all beings to find their voice.
Finding her own voice and the courage to express it has been her life's learning.

When she discovered public radio in 1987 her creativity and passion for life was ignited. From there life was a rollercoaster ride of finding her voice, losing her voice, finding her voice...

In 2003 Karen studied professional writing and editing, and was mentored by Leone Peguero, director of Blue Cat Books and a writer of books for children.

In 2017 Karen travelled to Hawaii with Rachael Jayne and Datta Groover, and spent four days writing in the Tom Bird Method. Thus began the memoir Karen had believed was too painful to write.

Karen's mission as an editor is to support writers and encourage them to express their voice with passion and vulnerability.

The editing process is highly intuitive, as Karen tunes in to the writer, their message and what they hope to achieve by sharing their story - be that fiction, non-fiction or memoirs.

To write takes courage.

You have it, it might just be that you don't realise it yet.



Lesley Wyldbore

Lesley WyldboreI have extensive experience in the academic field with some 13 years or so editing academic papers and journals for postgraduate students. More recently I switched focus to the world of professional publishing where I've had the privilege of working with top international academics within a range of fields on a variety of subjects, including the humanities (history, politics, philosophy, arts and culture); social sciences (ethnic and cultural studies, media), and economics. I am accomplished in both UK and US English, and most forms of referencing styles.

2017/18 (Book subjects include): Manipulating political decentralization (Africa); mediated politics (EU); multi-owned property development (Asia-Pacific); masculinity in cinema (Hungary); digital democracy in post-authoritarian states (Indonesia); domestic violence and its effects on society (USA); a historical analysis of contemporary issues in African society; struggles in elderly care (Poland); conspiracy surrounding the attempted assassination of a sultan (Turkey), risk management in banks in the 19th century (Germany); global labour regimes (Chinese fashion industry in Italy), social and political development in Turkey; and most recently Romania under communism.

Experience: Academic reports, dissertations, etc. for postgraduate students at a number of universities worldwide, including in the UK (England and Wales), EU (Poland) as well as several eminent universities in South Africa, including, inter alia, the University of Cape Town and the Business School at the University of Stellenbosch.

From time to time I have also currently assisted in overflow work of academic proceedings (conferences) in the Far East (Pakistan and Indonesia) for an internationally renowned publisher.

Background: advertising agency and marketing as well as some freelance journalistic work in the past; freelance copy editor on learner and lecturer guides for an international tertiary education group (Cti) and its sister companies, including the London School of Business Management, as well as an NGO in South Africa (The Africa Institute for SA) which publishes peer-reviewed academic papers on various issues in contemporary Africa.

- BA: English & Communication. UNISA (1992)
- Management Advancement Programme (MAP) post-graduate certificate (in business management). University of the Witswatersrand Business School (1993)
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). City & Guilds (2008)
- Grammar for Writers (passed with distinction). SA Writers' College (2014)
- Copy-editing and Proofreading. SA Writers' College (2014/15)



Julie Guthrie

Editor Julie Guthrie

Julie has a life-long passion for words, poetry, spelling, grammar, the English language, and clarity of expression in the written word. Her passion led her to certify in Professional Editing and Proofreading in 2011 and she is currently studying (part-time) towards her Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing) degree.

As she has written hundreds of her own poems, she was extremely proud to have one of her poems published in A Moment in Eden: The International Library of Poetry (ISBN 0-7951-5049-0).

Julie comes from a strong professional, administrative background in various industries and has brought copy editing and proofreading to every role she has been employed in. 

Julie has a particular interest in children's literature and going forward, would love nothing more than to embrace her passion and further her career as a freelance editor. When working with Julie, you can expect to receive work with excellence, fast turnaround, professionalism, and a true passion for the industry.



Debbie Watson

Debbie WatsonI am a professional member of both the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), and Editors Queensland.

I have completed Editing and Proofreading courses with Lifestyle Learning Direct, Open Learning, the Australian College and The Christian Editing Network. I continue to improve my skills doing short courses and networking.

While I have edited fiction in various genres including murder/mystery, young adult, romance and history, non-fiction is also something I love to edit and proofread.  A family history manuscript I worked on and a tale of a wonderful outback journey were both interesting and informative.

I also have experience in editing and proofreading magazines, training manuals and letters.  With university qualifications in Financial Planning and Accounting together with Business Management I am also able to edit and proofread business reports in these areas.




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