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Martine Lleonart

Editor & Writer


My name is Martine Lleonart.

I have been working in the publishing industry since 1996, both in-house and as a freelance editor. My clients include trade publishers as well as not-for-profit organisations and individuals. Over many years of freelancing, I have worked for publishers including Thames & Hudson, Simon & Schuster, Plum Books, Hardie Grant Books, Penguin, Allen & Unwin, Random House, UQP and Murdoch Books. Food and craft are my passions, and I bring a depth of knowledge to all my work as a food editor and content creator. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at Monash University I began my first job in publishing at Meanjin literary magazine in the role of assistant editor and, later, co-editor. From there I went on to Lonely Planet Publications, where I was the senior editor for illustrated non-fiction and general reference before moving to Hinkler Books as the managing editor for a large list of children’s and general reference/lifestyle books. I switched to freelance editing full time in 2003.

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Tailored to your needs


Structural edits are my favourite aspect of the publishing process. A good structure is integral to a successful manuscript, whether it be literary fiction, illustrated non-fiction, a cookbook or a graphic novel. Whether you're building a book from the ground up or just need a fresh eye cast over your manuscript, I can bring to your book what you need.

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Style is an essential element in creating a seamless read, whatever the genre. I have twenty-plus years experience with creating style guides for international co-editions and tailoring text for specific regional markets. I frequently work with metric/Imperial conversions for the international cookbook market.


I began working in food publishing in 2003. I’ve worked in various aspects of the industry, including commissioning, project management, recipe  development, styling, photography and writing food style guidelines. Bread, baking and vegetarian cooking are particular passions of mine.

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Having worked in the industry for over two decades, I have a deep understanding of what it takes to make a book a success. I've worked in every aspect of publishing from commissioning and briefing text, illustrations and photography through to laying out books in InDesign. I love to nurture books through the process from submission to publication and I am able to manage projects and staff (including sourcing) upon request.

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Whether it's zhooshing up copy, throwing together captions, writing recipes or coming up with fun ideas for a craft project, I bring enthusiasm to every book that I work on. My first book was published in 2017 and my work has been published internationally in newspapers and magazines, as well as through numerous guest blogs.

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