The driving force behind Yarraboy Editorial Services is journalist (and lifelong pedant) Tony Berry. He has the distinction of being among the first cohort of Australian accredited editors, having passed the inaugural examination of the Institute of Professional Editors in October 2008.
Over his career lifetime he has done everything from reporting to feature writing, from columnist to editor. Tony has edited trade, technical and professional magazines and mass market popular publications. These include:
For the past 12 years he has been commissioned by publishing houses and individuals to edit book-length manuscripts, fact and fiction, across all genres and on a wide range of topics. He has also revised and proofread complex theses for graduate and postgraduate students.
Tony has worked in PR, written speeches for delegates at national conventions and scripts for marketing presentations and even worked as a chef and run his own restaurants. He continues to provide a monthly comment column on the foodservice industry that he first began writing in 1980.
In 2007 he completed his first novel, Done Deal, which was shortlisted for the NSW Genre Fiction Award. The sequel, Washed Up, was not only shortlisted for the same award a year later, but also won him a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors. Washed Up was published in 2012.
A third book in the series, The Devil Deals in Diamonds, was released in 2014 after being delayed while Tony completed wide-ranging research in the UK that led to the publication early in 2012 of the semi-fictional memoir From Paupers To iPads – a Journey Through Seven Generations. All are available in paperback and as an e-book.
Tony is a full member of Editors Victoria and an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors and an advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreadersin the UK. He is also a member of the Crime Writers’ Association of the UK and the Australian Society of Authors.