The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug Mark Twain


Le mot juste = the right word.

Le mot juste offers highly-qualified and experienced writing, editing, proofreading, and manuscript appraisal services for the creative and corporate sectors, publishing houses, and private clients.

Timely perfection is the aim of Le mot juste and we pride ourselves on our reputation and the written products we produce.

Ellie Gleeson is an independent and freelance writing, editing, and publishing specialist.

Ellie established Le mot juste as a vehicle to express her love of words and the perfection of language, as well as to produce and collaborate with corporate, government, publishing houses, universities, and private clients on a variety of written publications (both online and in print).

For over six years, Ellie practised as a solicitor in private practice before establishing Le mot juste. She holds a Masters in Writing, Editing and Publishing (Honours, Dean's List) from the University of Queensland, and is a member of the Queensland Society of Editors and the Queensland Writers Centre.

Ellie has worked for many years with the Brisbane Writers Festival, serving as the Secretary and Deputy-Chair on the Management Committee and participating in the Festival as an interviewer/session host.

Please contact us to discuss your project. We look forward to hearing from you.


Le mot juste offers the following services for any written or online content:

  • Macro-level editing (structural editing)
  • Micro-level editing (technical editing)
  • Proofreading
  • Manuscript appraisal
  • Reader's reports
  • Writing hard-hitting and creative copy for any purpose

Le mot juste will assist to write, edit, proofread, or appraise any written or online document, including:

  • Technical book manuscripts
  • Fiction book manuscripts
  • Non-fiction book manuscripts
  • Web content
  • Press / media releases
  • Newsletters
  • Annual reports
  • Magazine / newspaper articles
  • Formatting and layout solutions
  • Advertisements
  • Academic papers
  • PhD thesis papers
  • Masters thesis papers

As well as offering these services, Le mot juste can assist with:

  • Publishing guidance and mentoring
  • Self-publishing guidance and mentoring
  • Plain English workshops and training
  • Style Guide workshops and training
  • Ghost writing / co-authoring


A full list of publications can be provided on request.


Phone: +61 (0)408 009 680

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