Copy editing

Everyone needs an editor. Award-winning writers have editors, ceos have editors, report writers have editors and journalists have editors. Self-publishing authors with good editors are the ones that get the buzz and rise up out of the internet morass to shine and succeed.

Want your copy fixed up, tightened, checked for grammar and perhaps re-organized into a more cohesive product? Fact-checked and style-checked?

I can do this for you. As a journalist I was often asked to edit freelance writers’ copy, which meant a lot of tightening, brightening and polishing. To my delight and surprise, I won an international award for this work.

What this professional experience means for you, once we chat and I learn what you need, is a better report, book, or grant proposal.  That experience includes editing a biography, a company history, letters to the editor page of a national publication, grant proposals training

There are many definitions of editing, and the Editors Association of Canada has gone to some time and trouble to identify and explain them.

In my experience, clients often want a bit of everything and don’t care so much about the distinctions.




You may want your copy “cleaned up.” You might want a proof-read for basic errors, spelling, font consistency and elementary grammar. Editing comes in various styles and sizes, and I have pretty much done al of them at one time of another




So how do you pick the editor that’s right for you? If you are in business, you may want an editor who is familiar with business or investment terminology (I qualify). If you are writing your life story and having trouble shaving out the bits that have no energy, then you need someone who has done that (I qualify). Canada’s editing gurus, the Editors Association of Canada, ( have spent hours and weeks working on defining the different kinds of editing that are on offer.  While you, the client, may use words such as “proof reading” whenyou realoly mean copy editing, or vice versa.