Editing, proofreading, manuscript appraisal, coaching, self-publishing

We offer editing, proofreading, manuscript appraisal, coaching in self-editing, self-publishing, graphic design and typing services across Australia. 

  • editing and proofreading: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, reports, websites
  • manuscript assessment: manuscripts of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, websites
  • coaching: in self-editing poetry, and memoirs
  • self-publishing (or custom publishing) services: we can manage the whole production of your book including editing, proofreading, graphic design and printing or e-publishing
  • free consultation and quote
  • signed guarantee of confidentiality.

We specialise in editing and producing self-published books written or spoken by people who are culturally and linguistically diverse, or living with mental illnesses or other disabilities. (If you are on NDIS, you can use your NDIS funds to pay for your editing, coaching or self-publishing costs.)

We consult with most of our clients via email, telephone, Zoom and other platforms. We can also consult face to face (depending on your location).

If you need graphic design (e.g. typesetting or formatting) services (e.g. cover and inside pages design of self-published books), go to: Graphic design.

If you need your manuscript typed, go to: Copy typing.

If you are interested in our editing, proofreading, coaching in self-editing, manuscript assessment, or self-publishing services, see below.

Editing and proofreading

Editing publications, reports, websites

We edit and proofread:

  • manuscripts of self-published books: life stories, memoir, oral history, family histories. Poetry. Novels (different genres).
  • academic publications (education, health)
  • reports, conference programs, policies, manuals, newsletters
  • website content and blog articles

We edit and proofread in Word, InDesign, PDF and online (websites).

Our text editors are Sally-Anne, Claire, Kellie and Elizabeth. Our image editors are Christine and Christina. For more information, go to: About our editors

Our clients

We have edited, proofread and produced publications for clients in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and Timor Leste. For information about the publications we have edited, go to: Our experience editing publications 

We have also edited and proofread reports, newsletters and policies for:

  • NT Government: Department of Education, Department of Health, PTANT, Department of Justice, Territory Families
  • Private sector: LeasePlan Australia (VIC), Financial Planning company (VIC), Brisbane aircraft company (QLD), David Mitchell Psychologist in Bendigo (VIC); various businesses in VIC, NT and Sydney, NSW (regular clients)
  • Universities: Charles Darwin University (NT), Edith Cowan University (WA).
coaching in writing, self-editing and editing

Sally-Anne Watson Kane coaches early-career writers of all ages (including children) in writing and/or self-editing.  She works collaboratively with writers to edit their manuscript together, while teaching them the skills to self-edit their manuscripts by themselves. She provides coaching via telephone, Zoom and/or track changes in Word documents. She is currently (in 2021) working closely with three young adults  funded by NDIS, coaching them in writing, self-editing and editing.

Editing poetry, and coaching in self-editing poetry

Sally-Anne Watson Kane has been writing poetry since she was five years old, and has been editing other people’s poetry for 20 years. She edits poetry consultatively and collaboratively with the poet. She provides structural assessments and structural editing (of a whole poetry books) and copy editing (of individual poems or a collection of poems).

Sally-Anne has presented an Editing your own poetry workshop, and provides coaching in self-editing your poetry via telephone, Zoom and track changes.

Sally-Anne is co-founder and facilitator of Poetry Editing Group Australia (PEGA), which meets every two months via Zoom, to workshop and collaboratively edit one another’s poetry.

For more information, go to:

Manuscript assessment

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading offers manuscript assessments (or manuscript appraisals) of novels, poetry and non-fiction (including memoir, life stories, biography and history).

The goal of our manuscript assessment is to provide you with feedback and advice (in relation to the structure, style, voice, consistency etc. of your manuscript), to help you produce a high-quality manuscript that is ready for copy editing, then either submission to publishers, or self-publishing.

Note:  we do not offer advice in relation to marketing or marketability.

Our manuscript assessors, Sally-Anne, Claire and Kellie, are full members of Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Our assessor reads through and reviews your manuscript, and writes a detailed manuscript assessment report based on our Manuscript Assessment Checklist.

For more information, go to:

Note: if you are interested in beta reading services, we recommend you go to: Australian beta readers.

Self-publishing services, or custom publishing

For an overview of the self-publishing process, go to The steps of self-publishing.

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading provides the below services:

Our self-publishing or custom publishing services include
  • explaining the processes of editing and self-publishing to you. Providing you with quotes or estimates for the different stages, at no charge
  • project planning, obtaining/allocating ISBN, obtaining quotes from printers. Writing timelines and budgets for the publication
  • structural (developmental) editing, copy editing, including line editing and fact checking
  • editing or enhancing photographs and images (Photoshop and Illustrator)
  • completing Thorpe-Bowker metadata and self-publisher information
  • managing e-publication process or Print On Demand process
  • printer liaison and proofreading the ‘final proofs’, to printed book stage.
Our clients

We have produced self-published books, from spoken word, early draft or handwritten manuscript stage, to self-published hardcopy book, for:

  • Garry Chippindal (VIC) (dec) – Hold Your Head Up High, memoir, 440 pp; self-published by his daughter Sally Barllee April 2021
  • Shirley Reynolds (SA) – My Story, memoir, 100 pp; self-published by Shirley Reynolds December 2020
  • Joannie Sammon (QLD) – I Am What I Am, memoir, 140 pp; custom published for J Sammon by Peewee Press October 2019
  • Crib Point Football and Netball Club and Crib Point Cricket Club (VIC) – Riding the Bumps with a Grin – At Crib Point!, history of club, 440 pp; self-published August 2019
  • Trafalgar Bowls Club Inc (VIC) – 100 Up – From Here to Here, history of club, 200 pp; custom published by Peewee Press 2017
  • YWCA of Darwin Inc (NT) – Sharing Our Stories, compilation of women’s stories; custom published by Peewee Press, 2006
  • Fokupers (Timor Leste) – two compilations of women’s stories – Buibere volume 1 and Builbere volume 2; self-published 2001
  • ETISC (NT) – compilation of East Timorese testimonies and interviews; self-published 1999
  • AFFET (NT) – Children of the Resistance, stories of East Timor; self-published 1996.

Charges for the above services

  • Free initial consultation and quote
  • Once a quote has been provided and you have accepted that quote, the quoted charges will apply to the work done after your acceptance of the quote
  • Our services are charged either at an hourly rate, or at a fixed rate for the whole task (based on the estimated hours for the whole task)
  • For self-publishing services or custom publishing we tend to offer one quote per each stage of the service being provided. However, we can provide an initial rough estimate for the whole service.
  • Call us via telephone, or send us an email, for a chat via phone or Zoom, or a free consultation and quote: Contact us.