The Able Editor
NDIS & Disability Consultant

Welcome to The Able Editor!

My name is Bridgett McDonald. I have been editing professionally since 2012, and joined the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd), previously known as Editors SA, in 2013. My passion is in editing theses at Honours, PhD and Masters levels. I have completed several projects in the areas of Arts, Communications and Social Sciences.

As well as theses, I have edited several fiction titles by local author Kristian J MichaelThe HarvesterThe Hangman and Gretchen-Jane’s Moon — and a non-fiction book by Helen Edwards, Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home.

In recent years, I have complemented this experience with consultation and editing work in the disability sector. In 2015 I facilitated the SA Writers Centre (now Writers SA) Disabled Writers Group — which, to this day, I wish we had named the Washing Machine Collective. In 2016 I was appointed the South Australian representative for the AFDO Disability Loop NDIS Champions project.

My passions have now come together in my role as Editor/Administration for Determined2 Immersion Therapy, which I began in 2018. In 2019, I was accepted to the Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) Virtual Centre Expert Advisory Panel, developing an Australia-wide virtual resource for women and girls with disability.

I offer services including:

  • Thesis Editing – All Levels
  • Manuscript Assessment
  • Fiction Editing
  • Non-fiction Editing
  • Biography/Memoir Editing
  • Children’s Book Editing
  • Short Story Editing
  • Résumé Design & Editing
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and more!

See below for the range of services on offer



Copyediting is the heavy lifting of the editing process. This is where the editor checks for clarity of writing, language consistency (such as ensuring all numbers and technical terms are consistently used) and ensuring consistency of spelling, capitalisation, font usage, numerals, hyphenation.

Structural Editing

Structural editing is sometimes known as substantive or developmental editing. This process focuses on the content of the project, to ensure that ideas or stories flow together naturally and logically. In fiction, this looks at plot, characterisations, dialogue, pace and flow. In non-fiction, this takes into account tone, pace, and organisation of ideas.

Line Editing

Line editing is about the way you communicate your writing to the reader. This looks at language usage, succinctness of sentences, redundancies, and tone, among other things. Where a copyedit focuses on the technical aspects of a manuscript, line editing focuses on ensuring the language suits the purpose.


Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process. It is done when all the content and consistency issues have been addressed and fixed, and is used to pick up final errors in the manuscript before final-copy publication. It may also include checking layout and graphic elements such as colours and paragraphs.

Document Formatting

Document formatting includes applications of styles, font formatting, margins, page breaks, table alignment, and auto text fields such as tables of contents. This can be done in both Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat DC.

  • Bridgett was recommended to me by a friend and I could not be happier that I chose her as the proof reader/editor for my Honours thesis. Not only was Bridgett extremely professional throughout the entire process, her ability to pick up errors that I had overlooked and extremely clear and concise change suggestions contributed to my receiving first class Honours. I have quite confidently already started recommending her to other students and will continue to do so 🙂

  • Bridgett was a wonderful person to work with for my recent book project. Fast, efficient and easy to understand. She was able to grasp all of the usual editing requirements, including format, layout and even made suggestions about some of the ideas presented within the text. She gave me an easy to work with edited document, and her communication to check in with me during the editing period was wonderful. I will most definitely use her again for my next book!

  • Before contacting Bridgett, I depended on my own proof reading capabilities, which could have risked the possibility of creating unprofessional-looking errors. Bridgett’s professionalism helped us to communicate our message in the clearest possible way to clients, in a concise and correct manner. No longer do I hesitate when submitting a business document for distribution.

  • I worked with Bridgett on my fiction novel, The Harvester, and she impressed me with her editing expertise. Bridgett line-edited my writing and also offered valuable suggestions for content editing which improved my story and ensured it was of publishable standard. Best of all, Bridgett’s editing allowed my ‘author voice’ to shine through – she just polished and improved it! I am looking forward to working with Bridgett on my next novel, An Abnormal Woman.

  • Simone Stewart

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Student, University of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Helen Edwards

    Author - Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home: Create a Sustainable Home You Love
  • Tracy-Anne Cope

    BMC Visual Designs
  • Kristian J Michael

    Author, The Harvester
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