Tony Berry Editor

Although (an online writing aid) has trained me to write better English, it cannot –
• make words flow like you can
• give feedback
• pick up loopholes
• get involved in the story
It is not creative like you. And, it doesn’t have a heart… unable to “feel” what the reader feels.

– Comment from a fantasy book author

Words are our business. We bring more than 50 years’ experience to helping you put the final shine on all your printed, published and spoken material.

The driving force behind Yarraboy Editorial Services is journalist and lifelong pedant Tony Berry. He was among the first cohort of Australian accredited editors, passing the inaugural examination of the Institute of Professional Editors in October 2008.

Tony’s career has ranged from reporting to feature writing, from columnist to editor. He has edited trade, technical and professional magazines and mass market popular publications in the UK and Australia, including Australasian POST, Signature (for Diners Club), Motoring Manual, Travelweek and Hospitality.

For many years he was travel editor of The Age and the Adelaide Advertiser and was food and restaurant writer for Signature and the Sunday Observer.

He has since held senior editorial production roles at The Age, Cairns Post, Sun, Sunday Herald and Herald Sun.

Since 2001 he has been commissioned by publishing houses and individuals in Australia and the UK to edit book-length manuscripts of fact and fiction. His work ranges across all genres covering a wide range of topics. He has also revised and proofread complex theses for graduate and postgraduate students.

In 2007, Tony completed his first novel, Done Deal, which was shortlisted for the NSW Genre Fiction Award. The sequel, Washed Up, was shortlisted for the same award a year later and won him a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors. Washed Up was published in 2012.

The third book in the series, Death by 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.

In 2016, he was placed under contract by Endeavour Books (UK) to publish his fourth crime fiction book, Twisted Trees, and republish the earlier titles. All are available in paperback and as e-books.

The fifth crime novel and a sequel to the memoir are close to completion and seeking a publisher.

Tony is a full member of Editors Victoria, an accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and an advanced member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders in the UK. He is also a member of the Crime Writers’ Association of the UK and the Australian Society of Authors.