Why hire me?

There’s my deep knowledge of structural, stylistic, and copy editing, but that’s just the start.

I also understand schedules and deadlines, author-editor relations, and publishing processes.

Then there are my special interests (scholarly and academic, health and medicine, pop culture, and local history), each of which requires its own special approach. Finally, there’s my knowledge of indexing—for an expert finishing touch to any book.

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Scholarly and Academic

Scholarly and academic manuscripts have particular requirements, given the extensive substantiation and documentation that authors must present. I fully understand the rigours of scholarship. I know how to create or amplify clarity in scholarly and academic texts, and I’m intimately familiar with endnotes and bibliographies.

I’m conversant with the following style guides:
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Completed projects include:
  • The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber
  • A Great Rural Sisterhood: Madge Robertson Watt and the ACWW by Linda Ambrose
  • Unlikely Diplomats: The Canadian Brigade in Germany 1951–64 by Isabel Campbell
  • Marsilius of Padua at the Intersection of Ancient and Medieval Traditions of Political Thought by Vaselios Syros
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Health and Medicine

Whether the text deals with medical technology, molecular medicine, diet and nutrition, or health policy, I can help make technical material understandable to a general audience. Manuscripts that are both accurate and readable truly advance the author’s message—and that’s my goal for every project.

Completed projects include:
  • Revitalizing Health for All: Case Studies of the Struggle for Comprehensive Primary Health Care by Ronald Labonté, David Sanders, Corinne Packer, and Nikki Schaay (editors)
  • Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease by Alan Cassels
  • The Personalized Medicine Revolution: How Diagnosing and Treating Disease Are About to Change Forever by Pieter Cullis
  • The End of Pain: How Nutrition and Diet Can Fight Chronic Inflammatory Disease by Jacqueline Lagacé
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Pop Culture and Local History

Readers of pop culture and local history are passionate—and well-informed. They love reading about their favourite topics but can spot an error in a nanosecond. I thoroughly fact-check each manuscript and work with authors to eliminate discrepancies and to make certain a manuscript’s tone appeals to its audience.

Completed projects include:
  • Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction by Peter Babiak
  • No Flash, Please! (Underground Music in Toronto 1987–92) by Derek von Essen (text by Phil Saunders)
  • Vancouver Vanishes: Narratives of Demolition and Revival by Caroline Adderson et al.
  • Vancouver Confidential by John Belshaw (editor)
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An index is something well beyond a simple list of terms—it’s a reflection of the text’s essential nature. I can help ensure that a book’s index accurately represents its ideas, arguments, and discussions. Every entry will point the reader to substantial information, making for an enriched reader experience.

Completed projects include:
  • Women in Agriculture: Professionalizing Rural Life in North America and Europe by Linda M. Ambrose and Joan M. Jensen (editors)
  • Adaptive Education: An Inquiry-Based Institution by Robert Vanwynsberghe and Andrew C. Herman
  • Leading the Modern University: York University’s Presidents on Continuity and Change, 1974–2014 by Lorna Marsden (editor)
  • British Columbia: A Natural History of Its Origins, Ecology, Diversity with a New Look at Climate Change by Richard Cannings and Sydney Cannings
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