Let me help you make your writing the best that it can be.
Do you need a big-picture look at your manuscript, a copy edit, or a final proofread? Or maybe you aren't sure what your next step should be.
Wherever you are in your writing process, I can help.
As a professional editor and proofreader, I offer a wide range of services:
stylistic, or line, editing
developmental, or substantive, editing (fiction)
structural editing (non-fiction)
fiction editing and coaching
fiction manuscript analysis
workshops (on topics such as style, grammar, usage, and punctuation)
New writers – and all inquiries – are welcome!
When you hire an editor, you are investing in their professional judgment. You can trust my judgment. Why?
My professional practice is rooted in ten years of editing experience. I was a Parliamentary editor for seven years before starting my own business in 2016.
I also taught English as a Second Language for ten years: grammar and writing to international undergraduate students and to Francophone military personnel.
Photo: Kandise Brown
My skills are sharp and current. Since launching my business, I have taken more than two dozen courses, workshops, and webinars on topics such as fiction editing, grammar, usage, proofreading, and punctuation.
As well, I've attended the San Miguel de Allende Writers' Conference & Literary Festival three times and have gained insights into editing fiction and non-fiction by taking part in workshops offered by well-known, published authors.
For my copy editing skills, I was nominated for a Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Publishing in 2015.
And I have Government of Canada Secret (Level II) security clearance.
Finally, I belong to and volunteer for Editors Canada.
On a more personal note, I love knitting scarves and arm warmers, reading crime fiction and book-club choices, and growing hardy roses and perennials. Because I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I also love escaping to Mexico for professional development and the warm sun in the winter.
Just do what you can with it and polish it and make it all lovely – in other words, give it the special Shelley treatment! – magazine editor-in-chief
Absolutely bloody brilliant as ever. Thank you, Shelley! – magazine editor-in-chief
The author really likes your reworking of the back cover copy – good job! He was also really impressed with the author queries I forwarded to him – the language issues (French and Italian) and the baseball one in particular. – publisher
Thanks, Shelley. The final book owes much to your rigorous proofreading. – managing editor
I can't overstate the value of your critique. I have learned a lot about creative writing. You have forced me to rethink and reshape many parts of my story. I hope you'll like the results, for which you deserve much credit. – fiction writer
It's a pleasure to recommend your skill and ability. – creative director
I have copy edited and proofread
guides and manuals
application software (UX)
I have also performed stylistic (line) and developmental edits of fiction manuscripts and carried out manuscript analyses.
As the first chief sub-editor of The Maritime Edit magazine, I fact checked and copy edited the text and proofread the final layouts for volumes one through four. I also created the house style guide.
While a senior Parliamentary editor at the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, I created debate transcripts, verified content, and followed styles and formats prescribed by the house style guide. I was also appointed the language/style resource person for the English editors.
Education and training
Master of Education in Administrative Leadership, Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of British Columbia
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, University of Leicester
RSA/University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House, Hastings
In progress: Certificate in Publishing, Ryerson University
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Editors Canada Conference 2017, 2018, 2019
San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival 2016, 2017, 2019
Sophie and Teddy are responsible for office morale. They make sure that we take regular breaks, and they're wonderful company.
(Teddy, in the background, is the boss. Things aren't always as they appear.)
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