For such a complex and long novel, Richard's copy-editing didn't miss a beat. It was far superior to anything I experienced from large commercial publishing houses. There has to be a 'feel' for the work as well as technical accuracy, and I certainly appreciated the care and knowledge that went into the shaping of the fine detail in Shanghai Dancing. It was an excellent job, particularly so because of all the foreign words and accents. It was accuracy and acuity on his part over and above the call of duty.
—Brian Castro, multi-award winning novelist (for an excerpt of Shanghai Dancing, go to

Richard has been responsible for the copy-editing of all our Giramondo books, and all the issues of HEAT in its new series. He has an impeccable eye, an extraordinary memory for detail, and an acute grasp of the structural principles at work in a text, whether fiction, non-fiction or poetry. His judgments are unfailingly accurate and proper. It is a great pleasure to work with him, for he is always careful to suggest, never to dictate.
—Ivor Indyk, Giramondo Publishing Company (, and publisher and editor of HEAT magazine (

As a published writer I know the value of an objective and informed opinion of my work. On a number of occasions I've engaged the editorial services of Richard Lever in preparing stories for publication. I've also used Richard for assessments of a stage play and a collection of stories. I've been very happy with the feedback I've received.
—John Gooley, Corrimal East, NSW
John Gooley's work has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Overland, Scarp, Ulitarra and Redoubt. He has won a number of awards for his short fiction, including Winner of the Ulitarra Short Story Competition, and most recently Joint Winner of the 2005 NSW Writers' Centre Flash Fictions Competition and Highly Commended in the 2005 Katharine Susannah Prichard Science Fiction/Fantasy Awards. His short story 'Shutdown' was broadcast on ABC Radio National in March 2007. He is currently looking for a publisher for his collection of stories Mushroom and his crime thriller novel Sliced Rat. His work can also be found online at, for instance,

I engaged Richard in the structural editing process of the final draft of my book. Richard gave me valuable hints on presentation and style. At the structural level, he was able to grasp the essence of the complex arguments presented in each chapter and suggest ways of reorganising the text to highlight the significance of the main points being made. The book benefited greatly in its overall coherence and literary flow.
—Dr Christine Everingham, Social Justice and the Politics of Community, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2003

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