You've finished writing! Now what?
Hiring an editor should be your next step.
Whether you are trying to inform, educate, or entertain your readers, I can help you create clear and engaging content that connects with your target audience.
I have a degree in French–English translation from the University of Ottawa and a post-graduate publishing certificate from Ryerson University.
During my studies, I honed my skills as a volunteer editor for the United Nations Volunteers online, then started my freelance editing business in August 2018. I now work as a professional editor and proofreader for Iguana Books and Colborne Communications. I'm also a member of Editors Canada and chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig.
I love helping writers refine and enhance the messages they want to convey to their readers.
Are you an author hoping to polish your manuscript? Have you written a report that needs to be clear, concise, and accurate? Do you have a blog post or newsletter that needs to be error-free?
I can help. I offer structural editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading services.
Every document is different and every client has unique needs. Contact me to discuss your specific project!
Structural editing (also called substantive or developmental editing) looks at the big picture. This stage of editing deals with the organization and content of your document. For fiction, this process includes an evaluation of the main components of a story: plot, setting, character development, dialogue, point of view, tense, and tone. For non-fiction, it includes an evaluation of the document’s organization, flow, logic, and clarity. Your structural edit will include a chapter-by-chapter synopsis and a detailed editorial letter.
Stylistic editing (also called line editing) deals with the document at the paragraph level, examining it line by line. This stage of editing ensures that your writing flows and includes smoothing transitions, refining language, and clarifying meaning. It also involves looking at word choice, jargon, bias, and tone. Stylistic editing is often done in conjunction with either structural editing or copy editing.
Copy editing is the fine-tuning of a document. It focuses on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the mechanics of language with an emphasis on clarity, consistency, and correctness. A copy edit can include inserting head levels, reviewing visual material, and editing tables, figures, and lists. During a copy edit, I will create a style sheet that will ensure consistent application of editorial style.
Proofreading is the final review of typeset pages after all other levels of editing have been completed. A proofread includes examining visual elements and ensuring that pages have been properly laid out, that editorial changes have been implemented, and that no mistakes have been introduced. It is also an opportunity to ensure that no mistakes were missed during the copy edit.
Amanda completed a substantive edit on my young adult fantasy novel and the results were fantastic! From larger plot holes to minuscule details, Amanda found all of the novel’s inconsistencies and put forward incredibly valuable suggestions for improvement. It was an absolute pleasure working with Amanda and I look forward to doing so again in the very near future!
Keylin Rivers, author of All the King’s Traitors
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Let me know your publication goals, your manuscript length, and your deadline, and we can discuss your editing needs.
I’ll be happy to look over your manuscript and give you an estimated timeline and project price.