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As well as journalism and freelance writing I also edit books and ghostwrite for private clients. A selection of client examples are included below.
Title: “Bush Doof 101″ movie film script by Eugene E-NRG (2007)
Description: Bush Doof 101 is a mockumentary following the exploits of legend-in-his-own-bedroom DJ Jet More, who returns to Australia with his Japanese girlfriend Keiko to play at the seminal “Bush Doof” eclipse festival. The eternally hedonistic More is reunited with DJ Krusty, an old friend, who is filming a movie about More and the Doof scene in an attempt to get into film school. Along with DJ Kundalini (Krusty’s partner), DJ Baba and a film crew, the documentary-within-the-mockumentary follows More and co. through a hilarious series of events and into the colourful world of Australian psychedelic trance, or “doof” party culture, culminating in the outdoor party of a lifetime and a coming-of-age awakening.
Brief: Detailed 30 page feedback script assessment (6 pages excerpt) for a mockumentary-style independent film in the electronic trance music culture. Included two reads of script, editing notes, assessment report and ongoing client liaison (40 hours).
To read a sample click here: bush_doof_brief
Title: The Rooftop Sutras (edited 2008 )
Description: A collection of interconnected short stories by Levin A. Diatschenko that also acts as a meditation. Each story is constructed as a vehicle to convey deeper information of a magical/ spiritual /mystical bent, communicating deep esoteric issues that might not otherwise be palatable to the reader. A cry to raise above the rooftops of our own consciousness and ascend to the universal village.
Brief: To edit the collection of 13 interlocking stories, strengthen the writers aims and style, compose detailed editorial feedback for revision (30 hours).
To read a sample click here: rooftops_sutras_brief
Title: The Naked Soul by Leeorah Hursky (edited 2008 )
Description: Leeorah Hursky was an everyday housewife with two daughters and a loving husband when her world started to unravel. She couldn’t stop painting monsters, and the deep dark secret she had bottled up inside her was starting to leak out. When it broke, her realisations took her on a journey of self-discovery that led to the islands of Hawaii, where she was initiated in the art of energy healing by a Kahuna elder. She was given an ancient wisdom, Akalani,, which means ‘symbols from Heaven’, and has since used this to travel the world, performing deep, cellular healing on the mind, body and spirit of her clients.
As Leeorah blossomed in her spiritual understanding, she also experienced a sexual awakening, crossing to heights of bliss she never dared dream possible. The world was bigger than she had imagined – and sexier. Come with her now on this voyage of discovery, and let her story blow a fresh breath of life into your world…
Brief: Client memoir editing and ghostwriting. Involved extensive interviews and research to flesh out the copy, and transcription and editing of the interviews. Quick and efficient transcription met client deadlines and expectations (120 hours).
Title: Cosmic Trader: Spiritual Business in a Changing World by Stephen Kirk (2008 )
Description: Before the current global financial crisis we all believed that capitalism would make us happy and secure. Technology was supposed to set us free. Business was the new religion. But it hasn’t offered us liberation or salvation and as markets tumble millions of investors are asking: where did we go wrong? World politicians are now demanding a new type of global market that sustains people and faces the challenges of the 21st century. In Cosmic Trader: Spiritual Business in the New Global Age Stephen Kirk argues that by adopting a holistic approach we can solve these issues, creating deeper fulfillment in ourselves, and a new paradigm for doing business in general.
Brief: From initial consultation I guided a new business writer through the stages of this non-fiction business book’s development, part-time over nine months. Included ongoing Skype consultations, plot development, editing notes and rewrites, feedback on style, structure, theme and execution (160 hours).
For a sample click here: cosmic_trader_brief
Title: Shaman’s Path: the Kevin Furnas story (2008 )
Description: Autobiography of American shaman Kevin Furnas, who died in 2007. From the introduction: My initial introduction to the subject of ayahuasca took place around 1990, with my reading of The Yage Letters, the published correspondence between William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg on their individual experiences with the visionary brew in South America during the 1950s and 1960s. I recall Burrough`s description of the yage trip as being akin to space-time travel, involving visions of temples and exotic lands, all the while underlined by the feeling of being in contact with an intelligent vegetative presence.
Brief: Editing a 170-page manuscript autobiography of an American shamanic practicioner and then liasing with family on the extension and completion of his book. Included interviews, editing, research, curation of email and other correspondence and journalism skills. Added ten new chapter curated from correspondence, filling in and filtering diary entries for a cohesive read (250 hours).
To read a sample: shamans_path_brief
Title: The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness (2008) – 250 page artbook anthology, edited by Rak Razam
Description: Undergrowth #8: The Journeybook is an essential map of hyperspace for the contemporary psychonaut and the uninitiated alike. Travel through time and space and partake of mushrooms at Harvard, hemp in Nimbin, DMT in the Amazon and anti-depressents in the suburbs of the West, to name but a few of the experiences which await you. Dance at Dionysian festivals, meet alchemists in the laboratories of Switzerland, trippers in the corporate highrises of Brisvegas, and journey to the edge of the universe within our anthology’s pages…
Brief: To bring together an anthology of top-quality writers both old and new and blend them with professional artists and photographers for a world-class coffee table art and literature book. Over the course of nine months I curated, edited and administrated the anthology, which required research and networking skills, many rewrites, liasing with the art director on the look and feel of the book, and finally ongoing project management and post-publication PR (250 hours +).
To read a sample click here