Staff Profile

Lesley Marshall

Lesley Marshall


Lesley Marshall is a freelance editor who has been in the business over 40 years, and worked on a fascinating array of manuscripts—rules for card games, government documents (including parts of the RMA), biographies and theses, short stories and memoirs, and pretty well every genre of fiction from children’s to erotica. 

She also teaches writing and editing skills online through NorthTec, works an assessor/mentor/appraiser for the Society of Authors, and is co-editing a national rose magazine. For nearly fifteen years she’s been the NZSA Coordinator for PEN (the part of NZSA that works like Amnesty International to help writers in prison).  She’s acted as a judge for various writing competitions, both national and international, has been on several panels for the Society of Authors to allocate mentorship, residency and assessment opportunities, and has also been a Storylines judge on the panel to choose Notable Books.

Lesley was a founding member of the NZ Association of Manuscript Assessors, is on the executive of the Northland branch of the Society of Authors, and is a member of the Australasian association of editors, IPEd.  Lesley writes a regular column on PEN issues for The Author, and another one for the rose magazine on the origins of particular rose names.

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