Book Editing

View from ASTRO Lab, Canadian Arctic, shot by Gordon Laird during research for Power
Summer of the Horse author Donna Kane with Spunky (Photo: Wayne Sawchuk)


These are some of the Canadian books I have worked on as a substantive editor, copy editor or proofreader:



  • A Complicated Kindnessby Miriam Toews. Novel. Copy-edited for Knopf Canada. (Many awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.)
  • Everything Was Good-Bye, by Gurjinder Basran. Novel. Substantive and copy-editing work for Mother Tongue Publishing. (Awards include the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.)
  • Home from the Vinyl Cafe, by Stuart McLean. Short stories. Proofread for Penguin Canada. (Won the 1999 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.)
  • The Light-Bearer’s Daughter,  by O.R. Melling. Young-adult fantasy novel. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (Awards include a Silver Birch Award.)
  • Moccasin Square Gardens, by Richard Van Camp. Short stories. Copy-edited for Douglas & McIntyre. (Honours include winning the CODE Burt Award for Indigenous young adult literature, English language category, in 2021.)
  • The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep, by Steven Heighton. Novel. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (A “powerful fourth novel” from a former Governor General’s Award for Poetry winner — Toronto Star.)
  • Ten Good Seconds of Silence, by Elizabeth Ruth. Novel. Copy-edited for The Dundurn Group. (Shortlisted for three 2001 awards, including the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize.)
  • The World, by Bill Gaston. Novel. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (Won the 2013 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.)
Novelist Steven Heighton as a background performer in the film Crimson Peak (Photo: Anna Richardson)
Moccasin Square Gardens author Richard Van Camp (Photo: Wiliam Au)
Run, Hide, Repeat author Pauline Dakin
Year Canadians Lost Their Minds author Tom Hawthorn (Photo: Paige Lindsay)


  • A Better Place on Earth: The Search for Fairness in Super Unequal British Columbia, by Andrew MacLeod. Did the substantive edit and copy edit for Harbour Publishing. (Won the 2016 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.)
  • Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, by Chef David Wolfman and Marlene Finn. Did the substantive edit for Douglas & McIntyre. (Awards include the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Book of the Year for Canada in the English category in 2017.)
  • Crossing Home Ground: A Grassland Odyssey through Southern Interior British Columbia, by David Pitt-Brooke. Did the substantive edit for Harbour Publishing. (Shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, a 2017 BC Book Prize.)
  • Notes from the Hyena’s Belly, by Nega Mezlekia. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (Won the 2000 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction.)
  • Power: Journeys Across an Energy Nationby award-winning journalist Gordon Laird. Substantive and copy-editing work for Penguin Canada. (A national bestseller by an author The Globe and Mail has said has “one of the best and best-informed minds in the world.”)
  • Run, Hide, Repeat: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhoodby Pauline Dakin. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (A bestseller that made The Globe and Mail’s list of Best Canadian Non-Fiction of 2017. )
  • Summer of the Horse, by Donna Kane. Copy-edited for Harbour Publishing. (The literary memoir was nominated for a Jeanne Clarke Local History Award.)
  • The Year Canadians Lost Their Minds and Found Their Country: The Centennial of 1967, by Tom Hawthorn. Did the substantive edit for Douglas & McIntyre. (A top 100 book of 2017 for The Globe and Mail and The Hill Times.) 

TEXTBOOKS & related material

  • Avoiding Armageddon: Canadian Military Strategy and Nuclear Weapons, 195063by Andrew Richter. Copy-edited for UBC Press.
  • Cognition, 1st Cdn ed., by Mark H. Ashcraft and Raymond Klein. Copy-edited for Pearson Education Canada.
  • Essentials of Contemporary Management, by Nancy Langton and Gareth Jones. Copy-edited and proofread for McGraw-Hill Ryerson Canada.
  • Impact: A Guide to Business Communication, 5th ed., by Margot Northey (then dean of the Queen’s University School of Business) and Joan McKibbin. Copy-edited and proofread for Pearson Education Canada.
  • Liberalism, Nationalism, Citizenship: Essays on the Problem of Political Community, by Ronald Beiner, professor of political science at U of T. Copy-edited for UBC Press.
  • Musicpreneur: The Creative Approach to Making Money in Music, by Aaron Bethune. New textbook. Edited for Above the Noise Publishing.
  • Politics, Power, and the Common Good: An Introduction to Political Scienceby Eric Mintz (associate professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland) et al. New textbook (at the time). Substantive edit for Pearson Education Canada.

* I also worked as a contributing author to the textbook Think Sociology, 1st Cdn ed., by John D. Carl (Rose State College) and Mark Belanger (Vanier College). Published by Pearson Education Canada.

Musicpreneur author Aaron Bethune
Eric Mintz (left), author of Politics, Power, and the Common Good, pictured in Ethiopia