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Meet the Team

Behind Ford Street Publishing

Meet the dedicated team of writing, editing and marketing experts behind the Ford Street Publishing brand.

  • Paul Collins


    Paul began his publishing career in 1974. He published Australia’s first fantasy novels a decade before the major publishers had fantasy lines. He has written around 140 books and a similar amount of short stories and edited around eighty anthologies. He has received both the A Bertram Chandler and the inaugural Peter McNamara awards for life time achievement in Australian science fiction.
  • Abigail Cini

    editorial assistant

    Abigail Cini is an editorial assistant. Abigail is interested in editing children’s and young adult fiction and non-fiction, and her favourite book is The Princess Bride. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Publishing and Communications. In her free time, Abigail likes to bake, go to the cinemas and explore walking trails.
  • Izzy Smith

    editorial intern

    Izzy Smith is an intern at Ford Street who assists with editorial duties. She aids editing and administration at Ford Street, and has a passion for young adult novels. She is also currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Media and Communications and Politics and International Studies, at the University of Melbourne.
  • Gemma Dean-Furlong

    eBook manager

    Gemma Dean-Furlong started with Ford Street eight years ago, and continues to manage the ever-growing eBook list – and to show up at FS’s fantastic events for the snacks and chats. She is currently a freelance editor specialising in children’s, YA and adult fiction, and also works in academic publishing.
  • Robyn Donoghue


    Robyn was a VCE Maths and English tutor before working in primary schools, where she has spent over twenty years running library and IT departments. She has organised numerous book fairs, literary festivals, seminars and workshops as well as edited a number of Ford Street titles.
  • Nan McNab


    Nan was Senior Editor at Oxford University Press before she began freelancing. She’s worked for most major publishers and with some of Australia’s finest writers, editing both fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children. Nan has also written and contributed to thirty or so books of fiction and non-fiction. She loves natural history, dogs, birdwatching, walking in the bush and on the beach.
  • Judy Rankin

    Judy first came to Ford Street on a student placement as part of a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing. In recent years, she has published two novels, several magazine articles and book reviews in her own name as well as acted as ghostwriter and editor on other authors' projects.
  • Laura Pettenuzzo

    social media coordinator

    Laura is a Reader for Field of Words and Busybird Publishing and has been published in Antithesis. She is studying psychology and hopes to one day publish a novel. She is currently Ford Street’s social media coordinator.