An editor by day, and an adventurer on other days, Joanne has never looked back since a journalism degree sent her out into the freelance world with a love of language and an understanding of the power of words. They also taught her how to craft a finely tuned phrase that she twangs out as liberally as possible.

Joanne is the successful author of two travel books and has contributed to three other travel guides. She has a whopping 20 years experience writing for newspapers, magazines, blogs and assisting authors in finding their niche in the publishing world.

When not honing works into better versions of themselves, she’s stewarding millions of bees, bumping over mountain bike tracks, rumbling down rivers in canoes, or teaching photography in Asia.

Joanne graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Queensland back in 1996 and has never looked back at the constraints of the newsroom since, choosing instead to delve into the freelance world of writing, editing and traveling. However, that tenure there did teach her the power of words and language as well as how to turn a finely tuned phrase.

Joanne worked as project manager / editor on a PR project for Tourism Malaysia. She has been published in Chicago Times (USA), San Francisco Examiner (USA), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Age (Australia), The Australian (Australia), and Sunday Mercury (UK). She is also a published author with Hunter Publishing’s Adventure Guides to Sicily, Rome.

Latest Projects and Reviews

“Timeliness of your work. Price is fair. Quality is much higher than the original editing on my first 3 novels. My first 2 novels (including Roman Ice -- this project) were edited by "professional" editors found on Reedsy. Their work was sloppy and required multiple fixes. FWIW, Reedsy does not ...”
Dave Los Gatos, USA
“I really appreciated the personal communication with my editor. Her comments were encouraging and really helped me know where the weak points were in my story.”
Stephanie Royse City, USA
“The sample edit sold me on First Editing. After reading the editor's comments, I was sure that they could help me refine my manuscript. My thanks to my editor who ... Is an expert at rephrasing statements to add clarity and impact. Made excellent points on where I needed to add ...”
Cyndi MESA, USA
“My editor, Joanne, did a content edit on my manuscript. I was impressed how she clearly went word by word and provided comments. A very thorough job and aligned with the Chicago Manual of Style.”
John Danville, USA
“I am so happy and grateful for Joanne's excellent editing work. She was professional, thoughtful, with a superb knowledge of grammar, and always attentive to the story's content. From the free samples, I was sure she'd be excellent. My story is not simple, and English is not my native language, but Joanne ...”
Giancarlo Getafe, Spain
“What i liked most was that the constructive criticism felt genuine. My editor had a way of informing me of what was holding back my writing and what I needed to do in a way that was uplifting and positive, making me want to go that extra mile to pursue ...”
N. Geraldton, Australia