Millar, Heather (Zest Communications)

With over 20 years' experience in publishing and communications, Heather – through her professional writing and editing consultancy Zest Communications – knows how to create and deliver effective communication tools.

She is a well-established freelance editor with a substantial background in magazine publishing and editing, and is also an experienced freelance and publisher-employed memoir and non-fiction editor.

Through Zest Communications she provides professional writing and editing services for a range of clients ranging from private clients for memoir/non-fiction editing to government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations for corporate communications.
 
Prior to starting Zest Communications (‘where every word counts’), she was managing editor at Hardie Grant Magazines in Melbourne from 1998 to 2001, and at John Brown Publishing in London, from 1993 to 1997. She has also worked in corporate communications and for non-profit organisations. She has been freelancing since 2001.

Contact details

Address:
PO Box 779, McLaren Vale 5171
Mobile:
0409 196 401
Email:
Website:

Experience

In-house:
Managing editor, Hardie Grant Magazines (Melbourne); managing editor, John Brown Publishing (London); senior writer/editor, WorkCoverSA; editor, Community Services Victoria; editor/communications consultant, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
Freelance:
EDITING: Highlights include: managing editor, 'medicSA', member magazine for the Australian Medical Association (SA Branch) from April 2011-current; editor 'iQ', the member magazine for RIM Professionals Australasia from November 2010-current; editor, Department of the Premier and Cabinet Annual Report, 2009-10, 2011-12; editor, 'Vital Health' magazine (for National Pharmacies) from 2000-06; sub-editor, Jetstar magazine, Ink Publishing (Singapore) from 2007-current; managing editor, 'Spice Girls' magazine (UK) 1997.
WRITING: Highlights include: feature magazine articles: 'Fleurieu Living', 'Country Style', 'Period Home Renovator', 'Interiors', 'Nature & Health'; corporate writing: 'A Step Ahead', a report on walking in the state of Victoria, for VICFIT; 'Planning for your Baby', a 16-page brochure for Coles Baby Club; 'Employers’ Guide' and website, WorkCoverSA.
GHOSTWRITING: Hardie Grant Publishing ('Breathe for Life') and Penguin ('Eli’s Wings')
Other:
Co-editor, 'Dark Dreams: Australian Refugee Stories' and 'There’s No Place Like Home' (Wakefield Press) – for Australians Against Racism

Qualifications

Dip. Professional Writing & Editing, RMIT 1992; Bachelor of Arts, Uni. Tasmania 1989

Special skills

Writing and rewriting; translating complex bureaucratic or legislative copy to simple English; editing and proofreading; writing feature articles; developing all kinds of corporate communications for clients; editing magazines and books; writing web copy, media releases, speeches; editing and producing annual reports, brochures, fliers, newsletters; report writing; research; on-screen editing; teaching editing and writing skills; project management; sourcing design and print; ghost writing books

Areas of expertise

Alternative therapies and philosophies, Biography, Environment, Government and administration, Health, Literature, Philosophy, Physical sciences, Psychology, Social services, Travel, Wine

Computer software capability

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The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, Advancing Our Profession, will be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September 2017.

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