Carla Morris, the principal of Sharp Pencils Editorial Services, is a freelance editor who likes to help writers say what they mean. It is all about helping readers understand.

As an accredited editor, Carla has sat and passed the national editing exam set by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). When hiring an accredited editor, clients know they have an editor who meets the standards set by the profession and laid out in the Australian Standards for Editing Practice. Always ask for an IPEd accredited editor.

Her experience as an in-house editor for a large, multinational publishing house – and earlier experience working for printing companies and paper manufacturers – means that Carla understands the document production process from start to finish. She has edited websites, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, podcasts and ebooks, as well as traditional printed documents, so she can take on any project, regardless of media.

Her clients have included large publishing houses (Oxford University Press), government departments (the Department of Water) and not-for-profit organisations.

Carla has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. She has lectured in publishing and editing at Curtin University and is occasionally called on to present training for the Society of Editors (WA). She has been the chair of the accreditation board for the national editing association, IPEd, and she is a full member of Editors Victoria.

Yes, Carla is a bookworm. She has a fully stocked home library, a well-worn library card and a fondness for old dictionaries and encyclopaedias.

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. and we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.

Arthur Plotnik