Margaret McDonell Editing and Publishing

Margaret McDonell has more than twenty years’ experience of editing and indexing a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and academic writing for publishing houses, universities, government bodies, businesses and individuals. She has a particular interest in Australian Aboriginal culture, biography and languages and non-standard Englishes.

Contact details

Royston Park, Adelaide
0423 708 860


Co-ordinating Editor at IAD Press, Alice Springs: dictionaries and learner’s guides for Central Australian Aboriginal languages; memoir, fiction and non-fiction -- some multilingual; Aboriginal art, culture and environmental knowledge; children’s books; calendars and diaries Copy editing Penguin India, New Delhi: fiction and non-fiction
Copy editing and indexing of non-fiction and biography for Aboriginal Studies Press; Copy editing and indexing academic and non-fiction books for variety of publishers in Australia and UK; Structural and copy editing of David Unaipon Award winners for University of Queensland Press; Editing reports for government bodies and course notes for tertiary-level aviation studies
Editing academic writing for, and tutoring, postgraduate students; running workshops on academic writing


MPhil, University of Queensland; Grad Dip Publishing and Editing, Griffith University

Special skills

Academic editing, Database management, Indexing, Media releases, On-screen editing, Periodical publications, Picture research, Plain English writing, Project management, Report writing, Research, Teaching editing and writing skills, Wordprocessing, Writing and rewriting

Areas of expertise

Academic writing by non-native English speakers, Aboriginal studies, Agriculture and horticulture, Art and the arts, Australian studies, Aviation, Biography, Dictionaries and etymology, Environment, Fiction, Flora and fauna, Gardening, History, Literature, Multilingual publications (English and Aboriginal Australian languages), Non-standard English

Computer software capability

MS Word; Excel;
Salesforce, MS Access
Macrex Indexing software

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