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Proof Perfect Editorial Services was established in April 2011 by Leigh Blackmore. The business was a Finalist in the 'Outstanding New Business' category of the Illawarra Local Business Awards in 2011.

Proof Perfect Editorial Services offers a unique range of services ranging across the needs of individual authors and companies. Whereas many editing services concentrate only on copyediting, or on editing, or on manuscript appraisal, or proofreading, Proof Perfect is able to offer all these services , enabling us to offer a service package uniquely tailored to the client's particular needs, with all work being dealt with in-house and supervised by founder, Leigh Blackmore.

Proof Perfect has "a Passion for Proofreading" and an equally passionate commitment to excellence in writing.

Our commitment to you, no matter whether we are proofreading a flyer, or assessing a full-length fiction or non-fiction manuscript, is that we provide service which is well-priced, timely and accurate. We aim to make your work the best it can be, drawing on many years of experience in the writing and publishing worlds.


Leigh Blackmore is the owner/operator of Proof Perfect Editorial Services.

As a primary school student he won many spelling contests and was a voracious reader from a young age. He is  now a widely published author, poet and critic. His 1993 anthology Terror Australis: The Best of Australian Horror (Coronet Books) was called by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho) " a landmark work - a monument to the advancement of the genre". Leigh's most recent book is the poetry collection Spores from Sharnoth and Other Madnesses (P'rea Press 2008; 2nd revised ed 2010) which led US journalDead Reckonings to dub Leigh "one of the leading weird poets of our era."

Leigh spent 25 years as a bookseller in Sydney, working as a specialist subject manager and buyer for Angus & Robertson, Dymocks, and Collins Superstore; as a bibliographic expert for James Bennett Library Supplies; and as Australasian Customer Service Manager for the Australian division of American-based book supplier Baker & Taylor. In these capacities Leigh ran numerous author signings and special events. During this time, he edited and published Terror Australis magazine and pursued various other literary activities. He has been an invited judge on literary awards including the George Turner Prize and the Aurealis Award, as well as regularly appearing as a panelist at science fiction conventions from Conflux (Canberra) to the World Science Fiction Convention (Melbourne, 2010).

In 2005, Leigh moved from Sydney to Wollongong and began work for various manuscript agencies - including Lynk, Manuscript Appraisal Agency and Driftwood - as a manuscript assessor. In 2006 he undertook a degree in Creative Writing and Journalism at the University of Wollongong. He graduated with Honours from the Creative Arts (Writing) degree (which included Professional Editing) at the end of 2009. Leigh also has a Certificate IV in Small Business Administration from Illawarra ITeC and is a member of the NSW Society of Editors.

Leigh's extensive experience of books, publishing, editing and assessment, as well as his deep understanding of the writing process via his active publishing life as a writer/editor, make him uniquely qualified to offer assistance in the field of the written word across all genres.

From Sept 2010-Sept  2011, Leigh serevd as the second President of the Australian Horror Writers Association. (You can view his member page here: He edited issue 5 of the AHWA official magazine Midnight Echo (Feb 2011) and continues to publish fiction and criticism widely, as well as operating Proof Perfect Editorial Services.

Leigh is an experienced public speaker with many years of experience chairing panels, and running workshops and presentations. He is available to speak on subjects related to writing and editing.

He lives with his family, three cats, and a book collection running to 10,000 volumes, in Mangerton, Wollongong NSW. In his spare time he plays bass and sings with Illawarra-based 'popstalgia' band 'The Third Road'.