Lachlan Jobbins is a writer and editor from Sydney, Australia. He writes literary journalism and book reviews, and provides manuscript development services to authors and publishers.
Before writing full-time, I spent ten years as a bookseller. I started at Australia’s largest bookstore, Dymocks George St, while studying literature at Sydney University. There I developed a wallet-crippling book habit and met my future wife.
While writing book catalogues for the UNSW Bookshop, I began publishing reviews in Bookseller+Publisher, and had pieces printed in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and the (Sydney) magazine. Then came Good Reading Magazine, where I’ve written regular reviews and articles since 2004. More recently I’ve reviewed for Australian Literary Review, and written articles for Blue Pencil, Newswrite, Beat Scene, Sydney News and the City Hub.
Leaving the book industry in 2004, I taught English for two years, and started working as a freelance writer and editor. I’ve written reader’s and structural reports for Allen and Unwin Publishers, and Murdoch Books, and I also work independently with authors on manuscript development.
In April 2006, I partnered with Red Ant Media to provide editorial and copywriting services. Since then, we have worked on projects for Staging Connections, Ainsworth Game Technology, Quantify Corporation, TMC and Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Ltd. In 2009, we helped publish the Glebe Society’s book Celebrating Conservation and Change: 40 years of the Glebe Society.
I edited Joy Jobbins’ memoir Shoestring, published in 2007.