Fiona Marsden: freelance writer/editor

What do my clients and editors say?

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Fiona has contributed to many editions of an RMIT University magazine circulated nationally with the Australian Financial Review. She has demonstrated the valuable ability to take academic issues and language and translate them into accessible and engaging English. She is a reliable and professional writer whose copy is clean, on-time and very readable.

– David Glanz, Senior Manager Marketing & Communications, RMIT University
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Several things impress me about Fiona Marsden and her approach to book editing: her professionalism, outstanding ability to think strategically, and her genuine passion for her craft. As editor of Born to Breastfeed, Fiona elevated the manuscript to a new level, ensuring the final product was both flawless and engaging. Her sharp eye and attention to detail, together with insightful comments and valuable recommendations, ensured the language was clear, and the style and tone appropriate for the target audience. Fiona is an absolute delight to work with and there is no-one I can recommend more highly.

– Melissa Branagh, Publisher, Coretext Books
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Thank you for being such a great journalist to work with—I will certainly be passing on your details with a big ‘use this writer’ Post-it attached!

– Helen Withycombe, editor, Hardie Grant Publishing
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As a client publishing house in the science, technology and education sectors, our writers are required to convey often complex subjects to diverse readerships. For high-end publications with critical, professional readerships, this requires an extra layer of editing to ensure a nuanced balance between narrative structure (readability) and maintenance of the subject matter’s technical authority. Fiona’s skill as an editor — her authority and knowledge of the essential rules of language — and her empathy for the fields in which we write and publish are superb. We value Fiona’s work very highly.

– Brad Collis, Editorial Director, Coretext
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Fiona Marsden is a professional and reliable writer who delivers clean copy that is on time and meets the brief. She writes engaging feature articles, distilling complex material suited to the readership. I have no hesitation in recommending Fiona to other publications.

Helen Borger, Editor, National Safety magazine, Edge
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Fiona Marsden provides a fast and thorough service in copy-editing and proofreading the Victorian RSL’s membership magazine, Mufti. She always asks pertinent questions, and frequently offers helpful comments and suggestions. Her attention to detail and command of the English language definitely contribute to making my job easier, and ensure that the magazine is professionally prepared for publication. I have no hesitation in recommending Fiona.

– Karen Graham, Editor, Mufti magazine, Victorian RSL
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It has been my great pleasure to depend upon the professional skills of Fiona Marsden. In articles whose topics range from Vitamin D to tissue salts, Fiona consistently provides our readers with well-researched and easy to read information that enhances their understanding. In an industry dedicated to deadlines, we have found in Fiona a resource upon which we can rely—to produce exactly what we want, when we need it.

– Sandi Gauvin, Senior Editor, Alive Publishing Group (publisher of alive Australia magazine)
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AMES has worked with Fiona over the past few years on a number of projects with copywriting and editing requirements, including annual reports and product brochures. I’ve always found Fiona to be approachable, reliable, flexible and able to understand our need to express complex information persuasively and succinctly.

– Sarah Gilmour, Communications Coordinator, AMES (formerly the Adult Multicultural Education Service)
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Handing over control to a freelance journalist isn’t always a comfortable process, but Fiona has proven she can be trusted to deliver work that meets the brief, both in terms of content and the audience it’s targeted at, every time. Her articles for Australian Property Investor have been diverse and have often taken her outside of her comfort zone—she now knows how to fix a leaking roof, plaster walls and build a deck!

I have always found Fiona’s work to be accurate, easy to understand and enjoyable to read. This has left a positive impression on me, given the nature of some of the challenges I’ve thrown her way.

– Eynas Brodie, former editor, Australian Property Investor magazine
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Coretext’s principals have extensive media backgrounds at editor and section editor level, and understand and appreciate the skills and responsibilities required of an editor in whom we can have confidence. We have been very happy with Fiona’s work and professionalism.”

– Brad Collis, Editorial Director, Coretext

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