Pure Arts Communications specialises in editing services for government, businesses, universities, non-profits and arts organisations, and content agencies working with these sectors.

I can help you each step of the way as you take your document from planning to production. This includes structural editing, fact-checking, copy-editing, proofreading and formatting. I specialise in editing for Plain English and for the web.

Examples of content that I’ve worked on include:

  • Website redevelopment for Australian Government departments and agencies
  • Annual reports and position statements for a professional association
  • Brand strategy, web content and marketing materials for state government departments
  • Reports, website content and proposals for a regenerative agriculture NGO
  • Conference papers, annual reports and marketing materials for a university faculty
  • Marketing materials for an industrial business.

Find out more about me and the services I offer.


I’m Louise Merrington, an editor and writer with over 15 years of experience. I specialise in working with government, universities and non-profits, including subcontracting to agencies with large government or corporate contracts. I also have three published books – two novels and a non-fiction book, Communications for Volunteers – and I can work with individual authors to develop their manuscripts for publication.

I hold a PhD in international relations, a BA (Hons) in media and communications/Chinese, a Diploma of Business (Governance) and a Certificate in Professional Editing and Proofreading. I’m a member of the Institute of Professional Editors, the Australian Society of Authors and the Queensland Writers Centre.

Before starting Pure Arts Communications, I spent five years as a freelance journalist. My journalism and academic writing has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, East Asia Forum, Inside Story and South Asia Masala, among others. After finishing my PhD, I worked as a strategic analyst and editor with the Australian Department of Defence, before joining the Australian National University (ANU) as the Deputy Communications Manager for the College of Asia and the Pacific. I’ve also been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World at the ANU. You can download my CV and publication list here (abridged version/full version with publication list).

Many organisations don’t quite understand what an editor does, but I can help you with far more than just catching typos. See the services I offer.


Editing and Proofreading

I’ve worked as a professional editor for five years, both freelance and with government. I offer editing, proofreading and formatting services, specialising in organisational documents such as annual reports or marketing material. Please read my Editing Services Guide (pdf,  189kB) for more information on what each service entails, or contact me for a quote.

Project basis

I can work with your organisation on a specific project, such as an annual report. A quote will be provided for the entire project (usually payable in two equal instalments, on commencement and completion) so when requesting a quote, please provide a detailed scope of the project, including tasks required and deadlines. The more detailed your brief, the more accurate my quote!


Under the retainer model, your organisation purchases a certain amount of my time on a regular basis (e.g. 4 hours per week), and you then provide me with tasks to do before each session. The minimum retainer period is 2 months. The advantages of a retainer are:

  • Discount on my regular rate
  • Guaranteed availability
  • Task-by-task basis – you don’t necessarily have to have the full project mapped out at the start (although it helps!)

Please contact me for further information or to discuss your organisation’s requirements.


Contact me to request a quote or discuss how I can help you.