About & Qualifications

Scott Vandervalk has been an editor for over 11 years, and his projects range across the globe, from educational textbooks to novellas, novels, short stories, biographies, self-help books, roleplaying games and boardgames, amongst many other types of text.

Scott has previously worked in science research and education support, both of which have led to editing projects related to those fields. He’s worked as an associate editor for Aurealis magazine for 10 years, and was previously lead editor for 21D magazine.

Of particular interest to Scott are stories, games and education, and the ways they can be connected together. When not editing, Scott can also be found dabbling in gardening, cooking, writing or designing and playing games. Scott is also a committee member for the Bendigo Writers Council, often putting together the monthly program.

Hobbies: Gaming, writing, reading (speculative fiction and comics)

Favourite books: Coraline, Neverwhere, American Gods (Neil Gaiman), Best Served Cold (Joe Abercrombie), The Scar (China Mieville), the Rivers of London series (Ben Aaronovitch), the Locked Tomb series (Tamsyn Muir)

Editing keys: Clarity, structure, development, plot, character arc

Specialty topics: Speculative fiction, graphic novel, science, education, gaming, inclusion

Qualifications: Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Certificate III in Education Support, Certificate III in Customer Contact

Scott is currently an Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).


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