Irma has worked as an editor since 1999, both freelance and in-house. She is currently Editor at Melbourne publisher Inkerman & Blunt, and freelances for other Australian publishers and arts organisations. Since 2008, she has been Convener of Editing at the University of Canberra.

Formerly editor of Muse, Canberra’s former monthly arts magazine, Irma has an ongoing interest in the arts, and has worked for many arts organisations. She has edited books, magazines, catalogues, exhibition panels and website materials for many cultural institutions including the National Museum of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Archives of Australia, QUT Art Museum and William Robinson Gallery.

Irma also works with indivdual writers looking to prepare their manuscript for submission to traditional publishers, or indie writers looking to create a professional self-published book. As a published author of works for adults and children herself, Irma understands both sides of the editing and publishing process.

Irma is a professional member of the Canberra Society of Editors, and a member of the Australian Society of Authors, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Society of Book Writers and Illustrators, ACT Writers Centre and NSW Writers Centre.


Editing services: Structural editing, copy editing, proofreading.

Other services: Project management, workshops on writing and editing, manuscript assessment and development.

Areas of interest: Adult fiction, particularly literary fiction and short fiction collections. Children’s literature, including picture books, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. Nonfiction, including memoir and autobiography. Materials for arts and cultural organisations, and travel organisations. Anthologies.

Examples of work

Literary fiction: We Ate the Road Like Vultures by Lynnette Lounsbury; Wisdom Tree by Nick Earls, a series of five novellas: Gotham, Venice, Vancouver, Juneau, Noho (Independent Publisher Book Award and NSW Premier’s Literary Award winners).

Middle grade: Amazing Grace by Stephanie Owen Reeder (NSW Premier’s Award winner); Midnight Burial by Pauline Deeves (ACT Publishing Awards Children’s Book of the Year).

Picture books: Sorry Day by Coral Vass, illustrated by Dub Leffler (winner of Best Book for Language and Literacy Development and shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards); Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly, illustrated by Robert Ingpen (CBCA Award and ABIA Children’s Book of the Year Award winner).

Nonfiction: Australia’s Wild Weather by Mark Tredinnick; How to Write and Talk to Selection Criteria (5th ed) by Ann Villiers (ACT Writing and Publishing Awards winner).

Anthologies: The Invisible Thread: One Hundred Years of Words (official publication of the National Year of Reading and the Centenary of Canberra), The Sound of Silence: Journeys Through Miscarriage (ACT Writing and Publishing Awards winner).


Email Irma to discuss your editing project: irmagoldATiimetro.com.au

Useful links

Irma’s blog post on the collaborative process of working with an editor.

And a post on ‘What I wished I knew before I was published’.

Listen to Irma interviewed on The First Time podcast about publishing first times and wearing the dual hats of editor and author. You can find show notes here.


Author testimonials

Irma Gold is meticulous and thoughtful, and the kind of editor I’d be happy to work with again and again.  Nick Earls

Irma did amazing work on my manuscript. It was a difficult one to edit and she managed it with great skill and gentle persuasion, making the process painless and turning my novel into something I am incredibly proud of. Irma is a writer herself, and I think this makes her an incredible editor because not only does she know good writing, but she understands an author’s connection to their work.  Lynnette Lounsbury

Irma is undeniably gifted at crafting beautiful, polished prose and equally knowledgeable in the fundamentals of elegant syntax. She is honest, too, taking your work from good to great by addressing all that lumbers and lades it. And Irma is nice. Approachable. Patient. Diligent. The kind of editor all writers need and hope for. When we’ve done all we can to see our labours of love to perfection, she actually gets it there!  Choechoe Brereton

I have loved working with Irma on two of my novels. Her commitment to maintaining the integrity of the work and her patience with me when things went wrong was so reassuring. I have really appreciated it and hope we can work together again.  Elaine Forrestal

As a developing writer, I’ve been privileged to have Irma edit my work. I’ve benefited from her extensive editing expertise and experience, and she has really helped to strengthen my craft. I’ve also attended several of Irma’s editing workshops, where I’ve learnt very useful techniques to edit my own work (and other peoples’ work).  Alex Ness

Irma Gold has edited two of my books — one a children’s picture book and the other a creative nonfiction title. I have found her editorial style professional, insightful, comprehensive and invaluable. She is also a pleasure to work with — approachable, helpful and supportive. Irma’s combination of writing and editing skills makes her one of the best editors I have worked with. 
Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder

Irma Gold is an editor with whom I felt privileged to work on my middle grade historical novel. She’s got all the moves. She knows, as a writer herself, that an author has to own his/her work, and her tactful pinpointing of trouble spots is followed by giving writers time to find solutions that work for them. She’s always right about what is a trouble spot as well. When rewriting had lengthened my story, necessitating a reduction in word count, Irma knew I wouldn’t have the detachment to make swinging cuts, so she did this for me — with results I could only applaud, even though one of my favourite scenes went under the knife. If she can make me like that, she can do anything! Juliet Blair

Gold is the perfect word for Irma. Her editorial insights are precious, her style is nothing but grace, her work with authors generous. She is wise, and thoughtful support to the publishers with whom she works, a meticulous copy editor, invaluable structural editor, and her ability to bring a project in on deadline commands my deepest respect.  Donna Ward, Publisher, Inkerman & Blunt