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Heather Millar is a freelance writer and accredited editor

I’m Heather Millar, owner of Zest Communications, a writing and editing consultancy.

I'm also the owner of Life Stories Ink, a memoir and life story writing company.

I’m an accredited editor with the Australian Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), as well as a member of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP) and Life Stories Australia. I'm also on the committee of Editors SA.

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I’m a writer, ghostwriter, life story writer, editor, proofreader …

Helping people tell their stories is a passion of mine. Before my father passed away, my sisters and I helped him to record his memoirs. I then developed them into a book about his life. It made me want to do more of this kind of work.

I volunteered at the Calvary Hospital in the Biography Program here in North Adelaide, South Australia. We record the memoirs of patients in palliative care. I see the gift it gives people – having their story witnessed before they die. It's also a gift for the family to have a record of that person’s life.

I also help people to get their stories out as a ghostwriter and life story writer. This involves spending hours interviewing them and helping to shape their stories into a book. You can find out more about that at Life Stories Ink.

I write articles and profiles for magazines. I also write content for clients in health and medicine, business, lifestyle and government. I edit medicSA for the Australian Medical Association (SA Branch). I also edited Vital Health magazine for National Pharmacies for six years.

You could say I have become an expert in content creation and publishing. I was managing editor at John Brown Publishing in London and Hardie Grant Publishing in Melbourne. That was before I set up my own editorial consultancy Zest Communications.

I have worked in communications roles in government and other organisations. I know how to make your documents and publications sing. Whether it’s a magazine article, newsletter, website content, blog post, annual report or brochure, I can help. I also specialise in turning complicated bureaucratic material into plain English.

I have been a Board member at the Cancer Care Centre. I offered communications support and edited their newsletter Healthy Living.

I was also on the Board at Australians Against Racism. During that time, I co-edited Dark Dreams: Australian Refugee Stories and There’s No Place Like Home (Wakefield Press).

My educational qualifications are as follows:
- BA in Psychology and English from the University of Tasmania
- Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT
- Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling from the IKON Institute.

You can see my LinkedIn profile here

“Engaging Heather to edit my manuscript was the smartest, wisest decision I made, as a novice writer. She was a godsend. I know Heather will treasure and shape the words you wish to share with others, while holding you and your story safe.”

Tess Spratt, author of Finding Love.


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