I have worked as a freelance editor, mainly for academic clients, since the late 1970s. My editing skills and experience span proofreading and copyediting, substantive and structural editing, fictional and non-fictional work, book project management, through to editorial advice to editors of journals and books, as well as publishers. I provided editorial services to Ralph Horne for his book in the Routledge Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series — Housing Sustainability in Low Carbon Cities. In the 2020s my editorial skills focus on editing book series.
BTW, if you want a simple guide to writing, read Frank Stilwell’s advice on writing political economy, which can be pretty much applied across the board.
Editing collections and book series
I am the Palgrave Macmillan series editor for another new book series, Alternatives and Futures: Cultures, Practices, Activism and Utopias with an emphasis on short and swiftly published Alternatives and Futures Palgrave Pivots and contracted works in the pipeline: Young People and the Far Right by Pam Nilan is due out 11 June 2021.
I have regularly peer reviewed for academic journals, starting off as the reviews editor and an editorial committee member of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies/Review (ILAS, La Trobe University) in 1996–1998.
I was the editor of Steering Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: Policy, Practice and Performance (2007) and co-editor of Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economies (2011), Planning After Petroleum: Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil (2016), Sustainability Citizenship and Cities: Theory and Practice (2016) and the forthcoming Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities (2018/2019).
I have professionally edited numerous theses over many decades. Usually a supervisor will contact me to see if I am available. Ideally you approach me at least one month before you plan to have your thesis ready for me to work on, so that we can discuss the job, I can make a quote on the expected cost and confirm that I can fit it in.
A Nelson (2007) ‘Sheila Allison and Pamela Ball in conversation with Anitra Nelson’ [Interview] in K Biram, D Brown and J Craig (eds) Editors in Conversation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne: 5–27.
A Nelson (2007) ‘Robyn Colman and Lee White in conversation with Anitra Nelson’ [Interview] in K Biram, D Brown and J Craig (eds) Editors in Conversation, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne: 29–59.
A Nelson (2003) ‘Copying rights and wrongs’ The (Education) Age, 19 February: 12–13.