Have you written a manuscript that you want to have to catch a publisher’s or agent’s attention? A professionally edited submission can make a significant impact on the first person who reads it, and can give your work an advantage.

If you are pursing self-publishing, having a manuscript that has been professionally edited will help you receive better reviews.

I specialize in editing genre fiction for writers who are polishing a final draft of their manuscript. I also have experience in legal and business terminology, website content, and academic papers.

With a BA in English and history and a MA in history, I am familiar with both MLA and Chicago styles, and I am qualified to copyedit academic papers in arts and social sciences. My research interests include Canadian history, Métis history, colonialism/post-colonialism, twentieth century conflicts, art history, British history, textual analysis, archival theory, Canadian literature, and speculative fiction.

Please contact me through this form, and I would be pleased to discuss your project and provide you with a quote. I have a competitive hourly rate, and in order to give you a quote I will ask for your total word count and a sample of a few chapters of your work, which I will keep confidential.

What is copyediting?

Copyediting is checking an author’s work for consistency in formatting and mechanics (including punctuation), examination of alphabetization and numbering of footnotes and works cited, correcting grammar, syntax, and spelling, Canadianizing spelling and usage where necessary, and suggesting revisions to wordy, convoluted, or unclear sections. Copyediting does NOT include fact checking, major structural edits, or review of logic.

How much does editing cost? 

It depends on the project! I provide a free quote for each new project, and charge a competitive hourly rate in Canadian dollars. For a general idea of the costs for different kinds of editing, the Editorial Freelancers Association has a helpful chart here. Please note this chart is in US dollars. 

How does the editing process work?

After you contact me and ask for a quote, I’ll review your sample and then, if I am able to take on your project, I’ll send you a Letter of Agreement that sets out the details of the project, including the estimated cost and time to completion. After you sign the letter and send your whole project as one Word document, we’ll set up a deposit through PayPal, and I’ll put your project in my schedule. When I’ve completed the editing, I’ll return your manuscript marked up with track changes that you can then accept or decline as you choose, and you’ll provide the rest of the payment through PayPal.

A good editor is part of the writer’s team, and the purpose of editing is to make your project the best that it can be when you present it to your audience. Contact me regarding all your copyediting needs!