Image of Editors Canada magnet with text that reads "I'm not obsessed. I'm an editor". The text, which has some errors, shows copy-editing marks in red. Image by Michelle Boulton. Used with permission of designer and Editors Canada.
Image by Michelle Boulton. Used with the permission of the designer and Editors Canada.

I offer copy editing services for corporate clients, non-profit organizations, filmmakers, self-publishing authors and more.

What do I do as your copy editor?

Here is an excellent definition by Editors Canada, the association of which I am a member.

Copy Editing is “editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness. It includes:

  • editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
  • checking for consistency and continuity of mechanics and facts, including anachronisms, character names, and relationships
  • editing tables, figures, and lists
  • notifying designers of any unusual production requirements
  • developing a style sheet or following one that is provided
  • correcting or querying general information that should be checked for accuracy 

“It may also include:

  • marking levels of headings and the approximate placement of art
  • Canadianizing or other localizing
  • converting measurements
  • providing or changing the system of citations
  • editing indexes
  • obtaining or listing permissions needed
  • checking front matter, back matter, and cover copy
  • checking web links”

Note that copy editing is often loosely used to include stylistic editing, structural editing, fact-checking, or proofreading. Editors Canada defines copy editing as above.

Subject specialties

• adoption – transracial
• the arts – specifically, film, theatre and dance
• Black history and culture (Canadian, American)
• intersectional feminism
• LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited)
• Ontario’s legal profession (lawyer, paralegal)
• race, class and gender
• Women’s Studies

Types of work

• Advertising and marketing materials
• Annual Reports
• Articles
• Blogs
• Booklets
• Brochures
• In-house publications
• Magazines
• Newsletters
• Reports
• Public Relations materials
• Transcripts
• Websites