Hi! My name is Debbie Innes. I am a copy editor and proofreader based in Toronto, Ontario, in Canada. I have more than 10 years of experience editing and writing corporate communications materials at the Law Society of Ontario. Projects included annual reports, government reports, magazines, website content, newsletters, and brochures for the public. I worked collaboratively with senior management, communications advisors, French translators, and design teams, to produce clean and error-free content on deadline.
I launched my editing business in 2019 and added fiction and non-fiction books to my experience.
My editorial specialty areas include Ontario’s legal professions (lawyer and paralegal), arts and culture—specifically, film, theatre, and dance; Black Canadian history and experiences; transracial adoption; intersectional feminism; LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited+) people and experiences; BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) experiences; race, class, and gender; and Women’s Studies.
I am a member of the Toronto branch of Editors Canada. I am also a member of two U.S. editors’ groups: Editorial Freelancers Associaton and Editors of Color, which was created by the Conscious Style Guide.
I have a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Toronto. While there, I was named a BMO National Scholar, receiving a full four-year scholarship. My BA is in Women’s Studies, Sociology and Cinema Studies.
I am currently pursuing my Certificate in Publishing at Toronto Metropolitan University. I keep my editorial skills up to date with frequent participation in professional development courses, webinars, and seminars, such as “Gender-Inclusive Editing” and “Balancing Cultural Sensitivity with Craft”.
In the year 2000, I was the recipient of a Harry Jerome Award for Volunteerism presented by the Black Business and Professional Association.