Professional editing and writing services

Checkword provides high quality writing and editing services. Full details of my experience in both areas are on my WRITING page and EDITING page. Please contact me at info@checkword.com.au to discuss your editing and writing needs and negotiate fees.

NEWS – Editing

2016 has been busy for me and it’s nearly over. I have been working for the VCAA, Catholic Education Office and Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, as well as editing sample VCE exam papers for Insight Publications.

Learning to teach coverTwo books that I copy-edited for Cambridge University Press (Australia) were Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and Teaching and Digital Technologies. Both of these books had multi-authors which required that I find a common voice across the chapters, and ensure consistency of style and terminology throughout the manuscript. I have also edited the website material for these two books.

For Oxford University Press I have been working on Psychology and Humanities books, and John Wiley engaged me to be part of the  team moving their textbooks onto digital platforms.

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My sixth article for Link Disability magazine was published in October – a promotion for my children’s book In My World. And in December they will publish my interview with Quentin Kenihan. His memoir has just been released.

Storm Cloud Publishing have accepted my children’s story Another World for their Short Tales for Kids 2 anthology and last year they published my story A Present from Paris). Available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/544212

I am writing a series of books for children in which a main character lives with a disability. This follows my successful publication of Little People Big Lives. One of my children’s stories is published in Creative Kids Tales eBook available through Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/493785

NEWS – Publishing

In My World – a new book for children with two short novels between the covers. Two stories that celebrate diversity.

Basketball Tree  

Sam wants to be good at basketball. He’s very short and his friend Tess is very tall. Can they both get on the school team? And will Sam ever find out what’s wrong with the class bully who’s behaving very strangely?

Wheels of Fire

When Bec’s new teacher suggests a way for her to join in the school concert in her wheelchair, she’s not so sure. She’s more interested in catching a thief with her friend Damien. But Rima has plans for Bec’s costume and the concert night turns out to be a BIG one!

Little People Big Lives

(ISBN 978-0-646-90790-1)

Published in 2013, my book shines the spotlight on people living with dwarfism.


Britain’s Warwick Davis, high profile actor (Life’s Too Short, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more) talked frankly to me about his life in theatre and film, his documentary on the Ovitz family, and his passion for recognising the talents of other little people. His profile features in the book.

The other ten profiled in Little People Big Lives are Australian and have been carefully chosen to show that not only can they live normal lives despite their physical difference, they can also achieve in sport, business and the arts. They range in age, gender and ethnicity.

Meredith Young, past-president of the Short Statured People of Australia, agrees with Warwick Davis that this book conveys a positive message about people living with a physical difference.

These books can be purchased from this website via the BOOK SALES page OR enquire about them by emailing info@checkword.com.au


One Response to “Welcome”

  1. showstosee November 10, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Hi Maria
    I hope you received my email reply letting you know that the best way to purchase the book is from this site, on the Book Sales page, using the Buy Now facility. Hope to receive your order soon! And, yes, Graci and OIiver do look fantastic don’t they?

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