Book Publishing Freelancers from Diverse Communities Database

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) has identified a number of initiatives to address the under-representation of racialized and marginalized people working in the Canadian book publishing industry. Publishers continue to seek ways to expand their professional networks to include those from diverse communities. This is particularly important for smaller publishing firms that make up the majority of ACP’s membership. With few staff positions and limited opportunities to hire full-time staff, contract and freelance work is a reality of their publishing operations and presents an opportunity for ACP to help publishers diversify their professional networks. We recognize that engaging more freelancers from diverse communities is not a long-term solution to this challenge but it is a preliminary step and initiative we can undertake immediately.

Our aim is to help build the network of freelance publishing experts from diverse communities: all those who self-identify with BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, those with a disability/disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to participate. We welcome listings from freelancers with all levels of experience, from those early in their publishing career to publishing veterans, and hold a wide-range of expertise.

Please click here if you would like to submit your information for this directory.

ACP Staff will review with you your submission before posting. If your information changes or you would like to remove your listing, please contact ACP staff at [email protected] or revisit our survey and update your listing accordingly.

Note: ACP has neither the capacity nor expertise to review database participants’ qualifications or self-identification, and is not responsible for out-dated information. ACP does not explicitly endorse any of the listed freelancers, but offers this directory as a resource to connect our members and other publishers with freelancers from diverse communities.

We encourage all to circulate this form and database widely. Any and all feedback to improve the linked survey and directory are welcome.

Name Website Location Community / Communities Represented Skill Sets Genre of Experience
Terrence Abrahams Freelance Editor Toronto, ON Trans Men/Trans Masculine and Queer Communities MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/ Scholarly; Higher Educational; Poetry; Drama
  Terrence Abrahams is an editor, poet, and Libra, living and writing in Toronto. He holds an MA in contemporary literature from Ryerson University and a BA in literature, philosophy and book & media studies from the University of Toronto. In 2018, he co-founded Old Growth Press, a small press publishing the visual narratives of BIPOC and/or 2SLGBTQ+ creators. His editorial work excels in poetry, essays, plays, adult and young adult fiction and non-fiction. He is interested in working with writing that predominantly features queer and transgender narratives, as well as writing that is poetic in nature, even in a prosaic form.

Contact: [email protected] / phone # available upon request

Anam Ahmed Freelance Editor and Copywriter Toronto, ON BIPOC Development Editor, Other: Substantive Editor, Copywriter, Content Strategist Adult – Non-fiction
  I have over a decade of experience in the publishing and marketing space. I was an editor for the For Dummies books with John Wiley and Sons, and now work freelance as an editor on non-fiction trade titles in the business and personal finance space. I also write marketing campaigns and provide content strategy.

Contact: [email protected] / 416-206-4993

Akram Barabadi Freelance Translator and Editor Iran Translator, Copy Editor, Proofreader Other: Art Books
  Experienced Translator with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources industry. Skilled in Coaching, Translation, Lecturing, Instructional Design, and Organizational Development. Strong media and communication professional with a M.A focused in Reading Strategies, Cognitive and Meta-cognitive Awareness and Think-aloud Technique from Hakim Sabzevari University.

Contact: [email protected]com

Jillian Bell Freelance Editor Qu’Appelle Valley, SK LGBTQ+ MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Poetry; Other: Cookbooks
  Jillian is a freelance editor and writer in Saskatchewan’s luscious Qu’Appelle Valley, and is part of the LGBTQ+ community. She has worked on a wide range of manuscripts, ranging from poetry to genre fiction to memoir and creative non-fiction. Jillian has worked as a developmental and copy editor for gaming books (primarily Role Playing Games – RPGs), best-selling memoir, poetry, YA, and fiction, both literary and genre.

Contact: [email protected]


Nathan Caro Fréchette
Freelance Editor and Graphic Designer Gatineau, QC Transgender, Queer, Disabled Copy Editor, Development Editor, Graphic Designer, Illustrator,  MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Translator, Typesetter,  Proofreader Children’s – Fiction;
Young Adult – Fiction;
Adult – Fiction
 Nathan Caro Fréchette is a queer transgender sequential artist, designer, editor, publisher, and author. He has published over a dozen short stories, both graphic and prose, as well as five novels, three graphic novels, and two works of non-fiction. He is the author of the online comic Some Assembly Required on Tapas. He has taught creative writing for over a decade, and has a degree in Film Studies and another in Sequential Art. He was the founder and director of the French Canadian literary magazine Histoires à Boire Debout, an editor for the French Canadian graphic novel publisher Premières Lignes, and is a co-founder of the Ottawa-based publisher Renaissance.

Contact: [email protected] / 1-819-230-8968

Brittany Chung Campbell  Book Coach Toronto, ON Canadian – Jamaican Black Woman  MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Book Marketing Services Children’s – Non-fiction, Young Adult – Non-fiction, Adult – Non-fiction
  Hi my name is Brittany Chung Campbell. I am a book coach who helps nonfiction authors with diverse stories go from just an idea to a professional book with consistent sales.

I’m passionate about uplifting marginalized voices with diverse stories because, now more than ever, our stories are required reading for readers who want to read about stories that are not often shared. My goal is to make the self publishing path less confusing, and easier to understand. I hope to guide my clients towards achieving their author goals.

Contact: [email protected] / 416-460-7327

Genevieve Clovis Freelance Editor Scarborough, ON Multi-racial and Black Community Development Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction, Adult – Fiction
  As a writer, editor, and bookseller, I work with novels in all their stages. Aside from my passion for books, I adore helping people achieve their dreams. These two passions make my job as an editor both a pleasure and a privilege. For every project I work on, I strive to be prompt without sacrificing accuracy or thoroughness. I approach every manuscript with an open-mind and dedicate myself to improving your writing while maintaining your vision and voice. I specialize in editing fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories.

Contact: [email protected]

Jazz Cook
Freelance Editor
Toronto, ON Indigenous (First Nations / Mohawk / Kanien’keha:ka); Queer, Non-Binary Copy Editor, Development Editor,  MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader, Typesetter, Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction;
Jazz Cook is a member of the Mohawk Nation of Ahkwesáhsne, and the Membership Services Coordinator at the Association of Canadian Publishers, the national voice of Canada’s independent English-language book publishers. They are also a member of the newly organized Indigenous Editors Association, which seeks to support Indigenous writers, editors, and publishers, and ensure the respectful representation of Indigenous peoples and their work in the Canadian publishing industry.

Contact: [email protected]

Liana Cusmano  Freelance Writer Montreal, QC LGBTQ2IA+ Translator, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction, Adult – Fiction, Poetry, Other: Spoken Word
  Liana Cusmano (BiCurious George) is the 2018 Montreal Slam Champion, runner up in the 2019 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship and a participant in the 2019 Spoken Word Residency Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. They have performed in English, French and Italian in North America, Europe and Asia, and their poems and short stories, which explore cultural heritage, sexual orientation and gender identity, relationships, and mental health. They have been published in The Radiance of the Short Story (2018), People, Places, Passages: An Anthology of Canadian Writing (2018), Influence and Confluence, East and West: A Global Anthology on the Short Story (2016).

Contact: [email protected] / 514- 895-5170

Kim Doyle Thorsen Freelance Editor/Writer Edmonton, AB Lesbian MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Photographer, Proofreader Adult – Non-fiction, Educational (K-12), Poetry
  Lesbian feminist anti-racist killjoy with experience in educational publishing (textbooks) and other non-fiction.

Contact: [email protected] / 780-918-4755

Lisa Frenette Freelance Editor Toronto, ON Indigenous Canadian, Mi’kmaq MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader Adult – Non-fiction
  My name is Lisa Frenette and I am an Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) Freelance Editor who specializes in a variety of content including adult non-fiction books. I provide copy editing, proofreading, developmental editing and sensitivity reading. I am the copy editor for Inuit Art Quarterly Magazine and have edited for the First Nations Information Governance Centre and Fernwood Publishing. I am a proud member and volunteer for the Indigenous Editors Association as well as Editors Canada.

Contact: [email protected] / 647-403-2627

Joey Gao
Freelance Graphic Designer Vancouver, BC LGBTQ Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Photographer,  Typesetter Children’s – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Poetry
  I am an architect turned graphic designer who has worked for different publishers on book layouts and cover designs. My design cross-pollinates simple logic with simple emotions, and they try to stay neutral and inclusive whenever possible.

Contact: [email protected] / 604-307-3294
Work Examples: Here Goes Nothing, Why Birds Sing, Love notes

Debbie Innes Freelance Copy Editor Toronto, ON Black, Women; Queer; Transracial Adoptee Copy Editor, Proofreader, Other: Transcripts, Closed Captions Other: Corporate Communications, Marketing Materials
   I am a copy editor based in Toronto, ON. I have more than 10 years’ experience working at the regulatory body for the legal professions (lawyer and paralegal) in its Marketing & Communications department. I have edited and written marketing and communications materials bound for both print and digital publication, including annual reports, government reports, a member magazine for lawyers, website content, newsletters and brochures. I’ve worked collaboratively with senior management, communications advisors, French translators and design teams to produce clean and error-free content on deadline. My subject specialties include: Ontario’s legal professions; arts and culture—specifically, film, theatre and dance; Black histories and cultures; transracial adoption (I am an adoptee.); intersectional feminism; LGBTQ2S+ people and experiences; race, class and gender; and Women’s Studies.

Contact: [email protected] 


Fazeela Jiwa Development and Copy Editor Halifax, NS POC, Women MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Indexer Adult – Fiction, Adult – Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Higher Educational (College, University, etc.), Poetry
  I’m a writer and editor with a special interest in social justice and critical politics. Specifically, I am an Acquisitions and Development Editor with Fernwood Publishing, and I do development and copy editing on a freelance basis for book publishers, magazines, and individual authors. Areas of specialty include feminism, anti-racism, political economy, literary studies, and poetry. Books I have worked on include Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard, Take Back the Fight by Nora Loreto, There’s Something in the Water by Ingrid Waldron, Black Matters by Afua Cooper and Wilfried Raussert, and Text Messages by Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman. Please visit my website for a comprehensive list of my work:

Contact Info: [email protected]819-319-5096
Portfolio Link:

Chelene Knight
Substantive Editor, Writer, Facilitator Vancouver, BC Black Community Development Editor, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Other: Publishing consulting Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Poetry; Other: Hybrid/multi-genre works
  Chelene Knight is the author of the poetry collection Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, winner of the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and long-listed for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in multiple Canadian and American literary journals, plus the Globe and Mail, the Walrus, and the Toronto Star. Her work is anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter.

The Toronto Star called Knight, “one of the storytellers we need most right now.” Knight was the previous managing editor at Room (2016- June 2019), and programming director for the Growing Room Festival (2018, 2019), and now CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials and Breathing Space Creative. She was selected as a 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.

Contact Info: [email protected] / 778-861-1529

Jess Koroscil Freelance Designer / Typesetter Winnipeg, MB Queer, Trans/Non-Binary, 2SLGBTQ+ Typesetter, Illustrator, Graphic Designer Adult – Fiction, Adult – Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Educational (K-12), Higher Educational (College, University, etc.), Other: Reports
  10+ years doing freelance design and working in the publishing community. University degree in Fine Arts, double major in Drawing and Graphic Design. Active member of queer and trans communities. Well rounded designer who is incredibly adept at typesetting and long layouts, strong Indesign work-flow skills, good communicator, attention to detail, punctual and organized. Winner of multiple book design awards. Website woefully underutilized, portfolio available by request.

Contact: [email protected] / 204-990-7714

Rhonda Kronyk Writer, Editor Edmonton, AB Indigenous MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader Adult – Fiction, Adult – Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  I am a settler/Dene writing and editing consultant and specialize in books by and about Indigenous Peoples. Books (published and forthcoming) include Injichaag, My Soul in PoeticsIndigenous EdenBrotherhood to Nationhood and Tilly and the Crazy Eights.

Contact: [email protected], 780-902-3270

Kaitlin Littlechild Editor Oromocto, NB Indigenous MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Copy Editor, Proofreader Adult – Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Other: Business Communication
  Indigenous editor with an understanding of the need to accurately reflect Indigenous voices in a way that is truthful and respectful. Material is approached through the appropriate lenses of cultural sensitivity and cultural knowledge with an understanding of the unique narrative style. Areas of expertise include Indigenous issues, public health, addiction, environmental issues, and business communication.

Contact: [email protected] / 613-281-7685

Charlotte Nip Freelance Social Media Coordinator, Freelance Writer Vancouver, BC Asian-Canadian Other: Social Media, Writing Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Educational (K-12); Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry; Other: Cookbooks
  Charlotte Nip is currently a SFU Master of Publishing student and publishing intern at Penguin Random House Canada. She is a social media enthusiast, writer and poet who has frequently published on ThoughtCatalog, Spoon University, and Ricepaper Magazine. Her previous experiences include being a communications coordinator at Vancouver School Board and a marketing and publicity intern at UBC Press. When she is not working, she likes taking the perfect Instagram shot and going across Vancouver to find it.

Contact: [email protected]com  / 778-389-6663

Maria Nguyen
Freelance Illustrator Mississauga, ON Queer/Bisexual Vietnamese woman Illustrator Children’s – Fiction, Non-fiction; Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Educational (K-12); Drama
  Maria Nguyen is an illustrator currently residing in Mississauga. Her illustrations for Reveal News’ Instagram post for an investigative article about exploiting human labour were among the submitted materials to earn a spot as a Pulitzer finalist in 2017. She is a staff illustrator for the Global Press Accuracy Network. Maria has had her work published in books, magazines, comics, newspapers, and posters. Her partial client list includes The New York Times, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Canada Playwright Press, Abrams Books and The Walrus Magazine.

Contact: [email protected]

Cleopatria Peterson
Freelance Illustrator and Comic Artist Toronto, ON Non-Binary, Transgender, Queer, Black Graphic Designer, Illustrator, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Children’s – Fiction;
Young Adult – Fiction;
Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction;
Cleopatria Peterson is an illustrator, storyteller, and prolific zine-maker based in Toronto, Canada. Their work focuses on themes of nature, healing,community and representation. Their work has been self-published and published in Shameless Magazine, Acta Victoriana, and the Toronto Comics Anthology.

Contact: [email protected] / 416-697-0864

Jo Ramsay Freelance Editor Toronto, ON & Vancouver, BC Asexual, Queer (bi-romantic) MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Typesetter, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction, Young Adult – Non-fiction, Adult – Fiction, Adult – Non-fiction
  Jo Ramsay is a Canadian media and publishing enthusiast who currently works as the editorial director of Shrapnel Magazine and a freelance writer. She’s had her writing published in Maclean’s and The Ubyssey among others. Two publishing houses she’s worked at are Arsenal Pulp Press and Greystone Books. Having worked in publishing for over five years, Jo is experienced in copywriting, social media, copy-editing, proofreading, and print layout.

Contact:  [email protected] 

Ameema Saeed Sensitivity Reader, Bookstagrammer, Content Writer & Editor (freelance) Pickering, ON / Toronto, ON Fat, South Asian (Pakistani), Muslim, Queer (pan/bi), Disability (Chronic illness/Chronic Pain) MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Copy Editor Children’s – Fiction; Young Adult – Fiction; Higher Educational (Post-Secondary); Other: Brand Statements, Applications, PR & Customer Service Statements & Responses
  I’m a storyteller (writer & speaker), book reviewer, and passionate about diverse representation in literature & media. I have done freelance sensitivity reading and content writing & editing for years, including brand statements, website content, applications, children’s books & content, and YA novel You Asked For Perfect, by Laura Silverman (March, 2019). I am an experienced sensitivity reader & editor for a variety of different identities, based on lived experience & research (including: South Asian (Pakistani); Muslim; Fat; Queer (bisexual & pansexual); & disables (chronic illness + chronic pain) identities).

Contact Info[email protected] / 647-309-2812
Sample Work

Davis G. See Freelance Writer/Editor Edmonton, AB Gay Copy Editor, Development Editor, Proofreader, Writer Young Adult – Fiction, Adult – Fiction, Poetry, Other: Interactive Literature/Video Games
  I am a graduate of the Bachelor of Communication Studies program at MacEwan University, where I was also a founding member of the Bolo Time Collective, MacEwan’s creative writing club. The Collective publishes an annual anthology, for which I have served as fiction and poetry editor. I have worked in WestWord Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, and other publications, and serve as writer for the upcoming mobile game OtherWordly. In 2020, I was chosen as an Edmonton Public Library Featured Writer.

Contact: [email protected] / 780-240-7278

Jen Sookfong Lee Freelance Editor Vancouver, BC Chinese Canadian MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor Children’s – Fiction, Non-fiction; Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Poetry
  Jen Sookfong Lee is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Conjoined and The End of East. She edits fiction at Wolsak & Wynn and teaches at The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University.

Contact : [email protected] / 604-842-1748
Portfolio Link:

Yilin Wang
Writer, Editor and Chinese to English Translator Vancouver, BC Chinese/Asian Canadian, Queer (biromantic asexual) Development Editor, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Translator, Other: Event programming Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction; Poetry
Yilin’s speculative and literary fiction and poetry have appeared in over a dozen journals, including ClarkesworldThe Malahat ReviewGrainContemporary Verse 2Arc Poetry Magazine, and LooseLeaf, as well as been anthologized in The Best of Abyss & Apex Vol. 2. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the 2020 class of the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

She has served as an assistant editor for Room Magazine’s 40.4 (Let’s Make Contact) and 42.1 (Magic) issues and was a former editorial board member for Prism International. She has completed sensitivity reading on topics related to Chinese Canadian and diaspora representation, history, and folklore. Yilin has been the volunteer coordinator for Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival (2017-2019) as well as co-curated events for the Growing Room festival, Magazine Association of BC, Word Vancouver, and the Indian Summer Festival.

Her Chinese to English translations of short fiction and poetry have appeared in Samovar and Pathlight: New Chinese Writing. She has also completed translations and related consultations for Canadian writers, artists, filmmakers, and organizations such as the UNIT/PITT Society for Art & Critical Awareness, The New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society, WePress, the Writer’s Union’s Write Magazine, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Contact: [email protected]

Andrew Wilmot Freelance Editor


Toronto, ON LGBTQIA2 (trans/non-binary and asexual, specifically) MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/ Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.), Drama
  As a writer, I’ve won awards for screenwriting and short fiction, with credits including numerous zines and anthologies. As an editor, I’ve worked with Drawn & Quarterly, ChiZine Publications, Broken River Books, ARP Books, Wolsak & Wynn, Playwrights Canada, Freehand Books, Wattpad and NeWest Press. Books I’ve worked on have taken home awards from the Sunburst Awards, the Eisner Awards, and the Shirley Jackson Awards. My first novel, The Death Scene Artist, is available from Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn. Represented by Kelvin Kong/K2 Literary. Areas of expertise: visual art, music, film, eating disorders/body dysmorphia, gender dysphoria/LGBTQIA2 issues (trans/non-binary and asexual, specifically).

Contact: [email protected]com / 647-990-9135

Natalie Wee Freelance Editor Toronto, ON Asian, Immigrant / Temporary Status, Queer, Woman MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Copy Editor Adult – Fiction, Poetry
  Natalie Wee has served as a poetry editor for 3 years, an associate fiction editor for 1 year, and an associate editor in news journalism for 6 months, and graduated with honours from Centennial College’s Book Publishing program. Her specialties include design, proofreading, and editing for poetry and fiction. She is the author of the poetry collection Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Gulf Coast, PRISM International, The Adroit Journal, and has been nominated as a finalist for the Best of the Net Anthology and Pushcart Prizes.

Contact: [email protected] / 289-489-8895


Christopher Wolff Freelance Editor, Translator (German-English, English-German) Vancouver, BC LGBTIQ+, Immigrant/Newcomer MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Development Editor, Translator, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Other: Indexer Young Adult – Fiction, Adult – Fiction, Adult – Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly
  German native speaker, considerable editing experience working for German publisher S.Fischer for 9+ years in adult and young adult fiction. Freelance Translator (under birth name). Queer and trans-identified. Can provide editing and copy editing, evaluation of German manuscript offers, translations. Master’s Degree in English Literature.

Contact: [email protected] / 604-446-4388

Justine Abigail Yu   Editor of Living Hyphen and Freelance Writer Toronto, ON Filipina, Woman of Colour Copy Editor, Proofreader, Publicist/PR Adult – Fiction, Adult – Non-fiction
Justine Abigail Yu is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Living Hyphen, an intimate journal that explores what it means to live in between cultures as part of a diaspora.

She is an award-winning writing workshop facilitator whose work with Living Hyphen has been featured on national and local media outlets including CTV National News, CBC Metro Morning, Radio-Canada International, CBC Ontario Morning, and CityTV’s Breakfast Television. She is also a freelance writer whose work has been featured in publications such as Intermission Magazine, Metro News Canada, African Business Journal, and Makeshift Magazine.

Justine Abigail is a fierce advocate for diversity and representation in Canada’s arts and literature scene. Her mission is to stir the conscience and spur social change.

Contact: [email protected] / 416-710-4589

We also encourage everyone to visit the Editors of Color Database, which includes both US and Canadian listings, as well as their comprehensive Database of Diverse Databases.

We also want to raise awareness for both the BIPOC of Publishing in Canada and the People of Color in Publishing groups for their work in establishing and advocating for a more inclusive industry.

If you have any questions, please contact ACP at [email protected].