I’m Heather Millar, owner of Zest Communications, a writing and editing consultancy.
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, and I developed them into a book about his life. It made me want to do more of this kind of work.
I began volunteering in the Biography Program at the Calvary Hospital, recording the memoirs of palliative care patients. I see the gift it gives people – to have their story witnessed before they die, and for the family to have a record of that person’s life.
I have also ghostwritten books – spending hours interviewing people and helping shape their stories.
I write articles and profiles for magazines, and content for a range of clients in the areas of health and medicine, business, lifestyle and government. I edit medicSA for the Australian Medical Association (SA Branch), and I also edited Vital Health magazine for National Pharmacies for six years.
With over 20 years' experience in custom magazine publishing and communications, you might say I've become an expert in the professional writing and editing sphere. I was managing editor at John Brown Publishing in London in the '90s and Hardie Grant Publishing in the Noughties.
I have worked in communications roles in government and other organisations, and I know how to make your documents and publications sing … whether it’s a magazine article, newsletter, website content, web page, blog post, annual report, or brochure. I also specialise in turning complicated bureaucratic material into plain English.
I have been a Board member at the Cancer Care Centre, offering communications support and editing their newsletter Healthy Living.
My education has been wide and varied: I have a BA in Psychology and English from the University of Tasmania, a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT, and a 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.