Free Sample Edit

I will edit a sample of your work (up to 1000 words) for free. Ideally, I would like a sample from the beginning, middle, and end from all manuscripts, since we tend to heavily edit the beginning of our documents and the quality dips towards the end.

The sample edit will help you determine whether you like my editing feedback and would like to keep working with me. It will also help me determine how much time I need to revise your document and an estimate of how much it will cost you. 

Editing Specialties

Developmental Editing

"Co-ordinating and editing a project from proposal or rough manuscript to  final manuscript, incorporating input from authors, consultants and  reviewers. May include budgeting, hiring, design supervision and project  co-ordination" (Editors Canada).

Substantive Editing

"Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure.  Changes may be suggested to or drafted for the author. May include  negotiating changes with author" (Editors Canada).

"Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other  non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include checking or correcting  reading level; creating or recasting tables and/or figures; negotiating  changes with author" (Editors Canada).

Copy Editing

"Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style;  checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of  facts; marking head levels and approximate placement of art; notifying  designer of any unusual production requirements. 

May include  Canadianizing; metrication; providing or changing system of citations;  writing or editing captions and/or credit lines; writing running heads;  listing permissions needed and/or obtaining them; providing or editing  prelims, back matter, cover copy and/or CIP data. May also include  negotiating changes with author "(Editors Canada). 

Types of Documents

Academic Manuscripts


I offer substantive and copy editing services for short papers, theses, and nonfiction research books. I work in the social sciences and humanities. 

I also work as a writing tutor for high school and university students. 



My editing services can improve your business’s website, grant proposals, job listings, newsletters, promotional materials, etc. 



I work with authors of short stories, novellas, and novels in the fantasy genre. My editing specialties are developmental and copy editing.



I work with authors of short stories, novellas, and novels in the romance genre. My editing specialties are developmental and copy editing.

Sylvie worked with me on my query letter for my literary fiction novel.  She was very quick to get her feedback to me and helpful with all the  follow up questions I had for her. She offered excellent suggestions of  things to include in my query and was very knowledgeable about the Chicago Style Manual.

~ Kari Redmond

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