Wherever you are in your writing process, I can help.
Do you need a big-picture look at your manuscript, a stylistic and copy edit (aka a line edit), or a final proofread?
Maybe you're a debut novelist or a NaNoWriMo writer, and you aren't sure what to do next. I'll give you the options and answer your questions.
My services include
fiction editing and coaching
manuscript critiques (a report on big-picture issues like plot, pacing, and character)
developmental editing (a big-picture edit using Track Changes)
copy editing (grammar, spelling, punctuation, usage)*
stylistic/line editing (a copy edit plus coherence and flow)*
proofreading (correction of visual and textual elements in proofs or online)
workshops (Fixing Common Writing Errors and Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction)
I work with indie authors and publishers.
Questions? Please get in touch. All queries are welcome.
*Copy and stylistic/line editing are usually done at the same time. See Editors Canada's Professional Editorial Standards: www.editors.ca/publications/professional-editorial-standards-2016
When you hire an editor, you're investing in their professional judgment. Here's why you can have confidence in my work.
I'm a professional development enthusiast, and my skills are sharp and current. Since starting my own business in 2016, I've taken more than two dozen courses, workshops, and webinars on various aspects of editing, with a focus on fiction and copy editing.
Your manuscript will benefit from what I have learned about writing by participating in workshops led by writers such as Ellen Sussman, David Corbett, Robin Black, David Lynn, Wayne Grady, Susan Pohlman, Kathy Page, Merilyn Simonds, and David Ramsey.
I've also gained insights into writing by attending the roundtables or keynote addresses of writers such as Delia Owens, Joyce Carol Oates, Madeleine Thien, Ian Williams, Mary Karr, Lisa Moore, Naomi Klein, David Ebershoff, Susan Orlean, Jennifer Clement, Luis Urrea, Sandra Gulland, and Paul Theroux. (A bit of name dropping, I know, but these great writers can't go without mention. I've been fortunate to be able to hear them speak.)
I've been editing since 2008, having worked as a Parliamentary/Hansard editor before starting my own business in 2016.
For my copy editing skills, I was nominated for a Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Publishing at Ryerson University in 2015.
I taught English as a Second Language for ten years: primarily grammar and writing to international undergraduate students and to Francophone military personnel.
I developed and offer two workshops, Fixing Common Writing Errors and Punctuating Dialogue in Fiction, through the University of New Brunswick's College of Extended Learning.
I belong to and volunteer for Editors Canada and hold Government of Canada Secret (Level II) security clearance.
On a more personal note, I love travelling and gardening. Our garden caters to birds and pollinators. We don't use herbicides or pesticides, and we don't rake our leaves in the fall.
Hearing from satisfied writers and publishing professionals is the best part of my job:
"Just finished reading your report. You have more than justified my belief that you were the right choice for an editor. This is precisely the critique I have needed. As I read it, I was thankful for your kind words but more thankful for your comments on the weaknesses of the book. You have broken a dam, in a sense. I am very excited again after being disheartened and perhaps disillusioned about my own abilities. I cannot thank you enough." – fiction writer
"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
"I have had a chance to go through the first chapter or two of your editing and have found that your work is very impressive as always." - fiction writer
"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!" – 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
"It's a pleasure to recommend your skill and ability." – creative director
I have edited and proofread
guides and manuals
web pages and blog posts
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 Hansard 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
More than two dozen editing-related courses, workshops, and webinars.
Certificate in Publishing, Ryerson University
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
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Editors Canada Conference 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020
I share my home office with Sophie and Teddy.
Their regular breaks keep me fresh and focused, and those sweet little faces, as well as my work, keep a smile on my face all day long.
Thank you for visiting my website. Please get in touch. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs and provide a quotation.
eganediting at gmail.com
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