Editing

My editing lends precision and clarity to your words without masking your unique voice. Your meaning and purpose will shine. I welcome book-length academic dissertations, theses, or manuals and concise business letters or reports. My preferred subjects include health, safety, medicine, education, humanities, musicology, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

I provide substantive, developmental, stylistic, and copy editing, specializing in scholarly, academic, professional, corporate, memoir, and plain language genres. I outsource transcription of recorded meetings, as well as academic and journalism research. I also review for several publications. I am therefore uniquely positioned to mentor new writers through the submission, review, and re-writing process.

Literary authors and poets may be interested to know I offer innovative ways to enhance creativity using music-evoked imagery. Read about Music-Evoked Imagery for writers and artists.

I provide instructional best practice guidelines for the Seminars Committee of the Editors’ Association of Canada (Toronto Branch). Most recently I was project lead to revise the Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts. You can access my EAC editing profile here.

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A great editor is part therapist, part technician and part confessor. Michael Redhill, The Toronto Star, 02 December 2017.

Resources

Blicq, R. & Moretto, L. A. Writing reports that get results, 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Cohen, D. H. & Stern, V. Observing and recording the behavior of young children. Teachers College Press, Columbia University, 1958.

Davidson, C. & Fraser, G. Writing poetry: Creative and critical approaches. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Fish, S. How to write a sentence and how to read one. Harper, 2011.

Glover, D. The erotics of restraint: Essays on literary form. Biblioasis, 2019.

Glover, D. Attack of the copula spiders & other essays on writing. Biblioasis, 2012.

Goldberg, N. Writing down the bones: Freeing the writer within. Shambhala, 1986.

Hodgins, J. A passion for narrative: A guide for writing fiction.  McClelland & Stewart, 2001, 1993.

Holoman, D. K. Writing about music: A style sheet, 2nd edition. University of California Press, 2008.

Howard, R. M. & Taggart, M. R. Research matters: A guide to research writing. McGraw-Hill, 2014.

King, S. On writing: A memoir of the craft. Scribner, 2000.

Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some instructions on writing and life.  New York, Pantheon Books, 1995.

LaPlante, A. The making of a story: A Norton guide to creative writing. W. W. Norton & Company, 2007.

McWhorter, J. Doing our own thing: Degradation of language and music and why we should, like, care. Gotham, 2003.

Norris, M. Between you & me: Confessions of a comma queen. W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.

Olsen, L. & Dodge, R. architectures of possibility: after innovative writing. Guide Dog Books, 2012.

Pattison, P. Writing better lyrics. Writers Digest Books, 1995.

Ruvinsky, Maxine. Practical grammar: A Canadian writer’s resource, 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Salkind, M. J. Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics, 3rd edition. CA: Sage, 2008.

Strunk, W. & White, E. B. The elements of style, 3rd edition. Macmillan, 1979.

Ueland, B. If you want to write: A book about art, independence and spirit, 2nd edition. Graywolf Press, 1987.

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