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 a 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 marginalized 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.

After familiarizing yourself with the directory and its purpose—i.e. connecting Canadian
publishers with freelancers from racialized and marginalized communities—Please click here if you would like to submit your information for this directory.

ACP Staff will send you a copy of your listing 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.

PLEASE NOTE: ACP’s website will be updated in the coming weeks, involving a revamped database page specific for the Network of Book Publishing Freelancers from Diverse Communities directory. We will be slow to responding to respondents and updates to the current list will be included post-launch of our new website. Thank you for your understanding.

– ACP does not curate listings and has neither the capacity nor expertise to review database participants’ qualifications or self-identification: freelancers are listed by their last name in alphabetical order.
– ACP is not responsible for out-dated information.
– ACP does not 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 also encourage visiting the Editors of Color Database, which includes both US and Canadian freelancers, 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.

We encourage all to circulate this form and database widely. Any and all feedback to improve the linked survey and directory is 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 Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, 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] / # available on request

Anam Ahmed
Freelance Editor and Copywriter Toronto, ON BIPOC Developmental 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] / # available on request

Akram Barabadi
Translator and Editor
Iran Copy Editor, Proofreader, Translator 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+ Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Proofreader, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader 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, Developmental 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] / # available on request

Alicia Chantal
Freelance Copy Editor, Proofreader, and Writer Edmonton, AB Black Canadian, Women Copy Editor; Proofreader; Writer; Other: Consultant, Researcher, Fact Checker Children’s – Non-fiction; Adult – Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Other: Business Communication
  Hello! I’m Alicia Chantal, owner of Fresh Look Editing. Professional communication has been part of my life for more than 15 years. Whether you are an individual or a business, I can help you make an impact.

I specialize in non-fiction editing and writing, including business communication, human interest, health care, education, and academic editing (humanities and social sciences). I have copy edited various documents for corporate and small business, and manuscripts for independent authors; proofread Beyond the Food Court from Laberinto Press; and have also been published in the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Leap Magazine.

I view editing and writing as a collaborative exercise and value getting to know my clients’ needs. If your goal is to educate or empower, I can help you polish the details that will make your message shine.

Contact: [email protected]

Brittany Chung Campbell
Book Coach Toronto, ON Canadian – Jamaican Black Woman Book Marketing Services, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader 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] / # available on request

Genevieve Clovis
Freelance Editor Scarborough, ON Multi-racial and Black Community Copy Editor, Developmental 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
@jazzjcook Toronto, ON Indigenous (First Nations, Mohawk/ Kanien’keha:ka); Queer, Non-Binary Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader, Typesetter, Young Adult – Fiction, Non-Fiction; 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: jazzcook at icloud dot com / # available on request

Liana Cusmano
Freelance Writer Montreal, QC LGBTQ2IA+ Proofreader, Translator 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] / # available on request

Adebe DeRango-Adem
Published Author & Editor Toronto, ON Black/African Canadian, mixed-race/multiracial Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Proofreader Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry
  “I am an editor and author who brings diverse experience in the realms of publishing, cultural programming, and anti-racism and human rights/equity education. I am also a published poet working on manuscript #4, and an independent scholar (MA English, 2009). I am currently serving as the inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion adviser for Editors Canada. In this position, and in the spirit of intersectional activism, I am committed more than ever to joining fellow editors, writers, publishers, educators and kin in taking inventory right now of how best to create meaningful opportunities for BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, neurodiverse and differently abled persons across the board.”

Contact: [email protected]

Alison Dowsett MFA, BFA
Freelance Writer, Editor and Proofreader Vancouver, BC; Edmonton, AB; Toronto, ON (for real!) LGBTQ Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly
  I am a writer, copyeditor, development editor and proofreader with a background in literary, cultural, and academic publishing. I have two creative writing degrees and an endless passion for stories and ideas. I work with independent authors, academics and others in the publishing industry to create and communicate.

My background is in arts, education and hospitality. I have co-created theatre pieces, mentored primary and secondary students in creative writing, and edited a literary journal.

For copyediting and proofreading work, my areas of specialization are the arts and humanities.

For developmental editing I work with colleagues writing both fiction and nonfiction. I am especially interested in life writing and experimental forms of autobiography such as auto-ethnography, auto-fiction etc., and and pursue these facets of nonfiction in my own reading and writing practice.

For academic colleagues: All academic style sheets welcome, i.e., APA; Chicago; MLA; Harvard. Fast turnarounds are generally not a problem. For more info on this work please visit my website via the link in my profile.

For corporate colleagues: I am open to putting my narrative skills to work copywriting and my proofreading skills to work in a quality assurance capacity.

Contact[email protected]com / available upon request

Kim Doyle Thorsen
Freelance Editor/Writer Edmonton, AB Lesbian Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Photography, 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] / # available on request

Ann Doyon
Doyon Consulting Canada (Design and Marketing)
LinkedIn BC Cree Peepeekisis First Nation Graphic Designer, Illustrator, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader,  Photographer, Publicist/PR Children’s – Fiction; Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Educational (K-12); Higher Educational (Post-Secondary); Poetry
  I have worked at Theytus Books for the past 10 years doing graphics, design and implementation of ads and press online and in various national media campaigns. Manage social media campaigns and day-to-day activities. Duties include online advocacy, writing editorial, community-outreach efforts, promotions, etc. Manage presence in social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and other similar community sites, posting on relevant blogs, and seeding content into social applications as needed. Monitored effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of social media programs, and analyzed, reviewed, and reported on effectiveness of campaigns in an effort to maximize results. Maintenance and enhancement of files, images and text on our e-commerce website.

Skilled in: Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Premier Pro.
Developed covers and ads using my own stock photos and ads.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Cameron Duder
Freelance Editor and Indexer Victoria, BC LGBTQI+ Copy Editor, Indexer, Proofreader Adult – Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  I have a PhD in history from the University of Victoria, Canada and lectured in history, gender studies, sociology, and visual culture before becoming a freelance editor and indexer in 2010. I specialize in editing and indexing works in sexuality and gender studies, history, cultural studies, English literature, anthropology, art history, and visual culture.

Contact:  [email protected] / # available upon request

Lisa Frenette
Freelance Editor Toronto, ON Indigenous Canadian, Mi’kmaq Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, 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]  / # available on request

J.M. Frey
Writer & Reader Toronto, ON LGBTQA+ Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Drama
  J.M. Frey is an author, screenwriter, and professional smartypants. She’s appeared in podcasts, documentaries, and on television to discuss all things geeky through the lens of academia. She holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications and Culture.

Her debut novel TRIPTYCH was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, and garnered a place among the Best Books of 2011 from Publishers Weekly. Since then she’s published THE ACCIDENTAL TURN SERIES, a quadrilogy of meta-fantasy novels, and THE SKYLARK’S SAGA, a steampunk adventure duology. Her Wattpad-exclusive queer regency historical fiction novel THE WOMAN WHO FELL THROUGH TIME was honoured with a Watty Award in 2019.

She is a bisexual, white, ciswoman who frequently walks with a cane.

Contact: [email protected]

Anne Fullerton
Freelance Editor Toronto, ON LGBTQ+ Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry
  I have been an editor for over 10 years, working in various freelance capacities and at publishing houses around Toronto and Atlantic Canada. With an English degree from The University of New Brunswick, I have worked with Doubleday-Random House, Mansfield Press, University of Toronto Press, Fernwood Publishing, and others. My editorial work ranges from fiction to non-fiction and everything in between, including poetry, academic, and business editing.

Contact:  [email protected] / # available on request

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] / # available on request
Work Examples: Here Goes Nothing, Why Birds Sing, Love notes

Alex Hennig
Freelance Book Designer Kelowna BC (Unceded Syilx/Okanagan Territory) Queer Woman Graphic Designer, Typesetter Children’s – Fiction; Adult – Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Poetry
  An experienced book designer and typesetter, I have over 100 books under my belt. I am known for clean elegant designs, attention to detail, and strong production and communication skills. I am a freelance cover designer for Shambhala Publications (Yoga Where You Are by Dianne Bondy and Kat Heagberg). Additionally, I have worked with numerous self-publishing authors in non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and children’s lit. Recent titles include The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark, Predicting the Market by Edward Yardeni, Stark Naked in the Laundromat by Neil Peart, and Unicorn Caitie by Lori Burt. I am passionate about women’s, queer, body-positive, environmental, and change-focussed work, and helping ALL authors bring their work to fruition.

Contact: [email protected]

Alicia Hibbert
Freelance Editor Vancouver, BC (Unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) Métis Copy Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  I am a freelance editor with a prairie Métis perspective, currently living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people (Vancouver). I am passionate about amplifying Indigenous voices across all types of manuscripts. I have edited academic articles with an Indigenous focus in the areas of medicine, community wellbeing, and community engagement. I have also co-authored 13 peer-reviewed academic publications in the areas of Indigenous community engagement and applied social science research.

Contact: [email protected]

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 Copy Editor, Developmental Editor,  Indexer, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader Adult – Fiction, 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: [email protected] / # available on request
Portfolio Link:

Asha Khaladkar
Freelance Editor Regina, SK Indo-Canadian Copy Editor, Proofreader Academic/Scholarly; Other: Medical, Non-Native English
  I hold English degrees from McGill University (BA, Hons/Dist.) and the University of Edinburgh (MSc Dist.). I have 14 years of experience in editing and proofreading a wide range of texts, specializing in academic articles for publication in medical fields.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Jess Klaassen-Wright
Freelance Indexer and Editor Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), QC LGBTQIA+ Copy Editor; Indexer; Other: Citation/Bibliographic Formatting Adult – Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  Jess is a queer editor and award-winning indexer who lives and works in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). They received training from Simon Fraser University, and focus on back-of-book indexes for academic and trade books, specializing in English and Canadian literature studies, history, postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and Mexican and Latin American studies. Recent projects include indexes for Penn State University Press and University of Toronto Press.

Contact: [email protected]

Chelene Knight
Substantive Editor, Writer, Facilitator Vancouver, BC Black Community Developmental 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: [email protected] / # available on request

Jess Koroscil
Freelance Designer / Typesetter Winnipeg, MB Queer, Trans/Non-Binary, 2SLGBTQ+ Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Typesetter, Adult – Fiction, 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] / # available on request

Rhonda Kronyk
Writer, Editor Edmonton, AB Indigenous Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  Rhonda is a settler/Dené research, writing and editing consultant and is dedicated to increasing the inclusion of underrepresented communities in Canadian literature. A founding member of the Indigenous Editors Association, she specializes in editing manuscripts by and about Indigenous Peoples. As a developmental editor, copyeditor, and proofreader, she has worked on dozens of manuscripts by Indigenous authors including Injichaag, My Soul in Story: Anishinaabe Poetics in Art and Words by Rene Meshake with Kim Anderson (University of Manitoba Press), Indigenous Eden and the Fall of Spirituality by Blair Stonechild (University of Regina Press), Brotherhood to Nationhood: George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement by Peter McFarlane and Doreen Manuel (Between the Lines Press), and Tilly and the Crazy Eights by Monique Gray Smith (Second Story Press). You can find her complete CV on the homepage of her website.

Contact: [email protected]/ # available on request

Rebecca La Marre
Editor Saskatoon, SK LGBTQIA+, Neurodiverse Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Proofreader Adult – Fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Poetry; Drama; Other: Fine Arts and Art History
  Rebecca La Marre develops new audiences through the use of printed or digital materials and the stories they tell. She uses her creative and technical knowledge to benefit both visual arts institutions and commercial enterprises, helping them grow a customer base or audience through marketing, copywriting, design and effective project management.

She has coordinated, researched, produced, fact checked and edited content for: Remai Modern, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Ma Bibliotheque, Copy Press, The Art Writing Guild, EROS Press, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Darling Foundry, MOMA PS1, The Serpentine Gallery, Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths University of London

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Athena L. Lark
Freelance Editor and Sensitivity Reader

USA African American/ Woman/ Military MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Educational (K-12); Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. Published author of historical fiction. Creative Non-Fiction. English Adjunct Professor. Military veteran. Former Journalist.

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

Leslie Lapides
Freelance Editor Toronto, ON LGBTQ2s Copy Editor, Proofreader Adult – Non-fiction
  I have been an editor for close to 40 years. I was business editor of a major U.S. wire service; I edited the book The Customer Manifesto: How Business Has Failed Customers And What It Takes To Earn Lasting Loyalty, by Pamela Herrmann.

I was later senior editor of a publication that covers youth service professionals; I edited the book “Building Bridges: 10 Steps to Engage Youth,” by Bevin Carpenter and Debra Tavaras.

I now freelance as a copy editor and proofreader for nonfiction.

Contact[email protected]com

Kaitlin Littlechild
Editor Oromocto, NB Indigenous Copy Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, 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] / # available on request

Supriya Malik
Freelance editor for image based content
Toronto, ON Indian, South Asian Photo & Permissions Editor, Photographer, Proofreader, Desktop Publishing (InDesign, Lightroom and Photoshop) Adult – Non-fiction, Other: Art, Photography, Fashion, Interior Design, Food & Wine, Artist Monographs
  The visual world has always enthralled me, whether it is art, photography, or illustration. This fascination and passion for the still image has shaped my career to what it is today, an editor with a focus on researching, acquiring and curating images for books and magazines. I graduated from New York University with a Masters in Publishing and have worked in reputed publishing houses like Prestel Publishing (London), Rizzoli International Publications (New York), and Vogue India (Mumbai).

I love the written word and visual storytelling. My work has allowed me to delve deep into different creative processes and has reaffirmed that nurturing art and creativity is vital.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request
Portfolio: Link to Dropbox

Catherine Ming-Wai Cheung
Freelance Scientific and Medical Illustrator Toronto, ON Chinese-Canadian Illustrator, Graphic Designer Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  I am a recently graduated scientific and medical illustrator from the Master Scientific Illustration (MSI) program in Maastricht, the Netherlands. For my thesis, I worked in a professional setting with ENT specialists and speech therapists to create illustrations for their department and further specialist education. I am adaptable and professional, having experience in human and animal dissection labs and observing in surgical theatres. I understand the importance of effective scientific and medical communication and storytelling. My Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences also enables me to better comprehend complicated research and findings and translate them into digestible visuals for others.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Camille Montenegro
Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer
LGBTQ/ Mixed Race/ Immigrant Illustrator, Graphic Designer Children’s – Fiction; Young Adult – Fiction
  Camille has been doing freelance illustration and design work in many industries for over four years. Lived on four different continents and adapted to each culture with success. She has a University degree in Fine Arts, a double major in Illustration and Sculpting.  Seeking opportunities to work with picture books and fiction covers. Always looking for new challenges and open to work on projects in other genres.

Contact: [email protected]

Emilia Morgan
Small Press Publisher / Editor Waterloo, ON LGBTQ, Palestinian-Canadian Copy Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry
  Emilia Morgan is a Palestinian-Canadian writer, editor, and co-founder of Coven Editions small press. Her long poem Suburbia was published by In\Words Press, and you can find more work in Bywords, talking about strawberries, Chaudiere, and Train poetry journal. She is a member of the Arc Poetry Magazine board and is currently doing an MA in English Literature.

Contact: [email protected]

Lys Morton Vancouver Island, BC Queer, Trans, Disabled Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader; Other: Researcher Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Poetry; Drama
  Graduating with a BA from VIU’s Creative Writing Program, Lys Morton is a published author in The Navigator, upcoming 5 Dials, Rebel Mountain Press Disabled Voices Anthology, and has been an editor for four years.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

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] / # available on request

Kathryn Nogue
Freelance Editor Regina, SK Disability Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Other: Technical/Business
  I have more than ten years of broad editing experience as a developmental, line, and copy editor. That includes a seven-year career as an in-house business writer/editor focusing on policy and learning materials, as well as a three-year stint as a contractor for a US-based editing/hybrid publishing service. I’ve also done freelance work on an occasional basis since 2003. My freelance clients have published with the University of Regina Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Medieval Institute Publications (Western Michigan University), among others.

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] / # available on request

Sofia Ramirez
Freelance Editor Toronto, ON Latinx, LGBTQIA2s+, specifically the Bisexual community Copy Editor, Proofreader Children’s – Fiction, Non-fiction; Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction
  I have done copyediting, editing, and writing through publications that highlight voices of those in marginalized communities and those who have been underrepresented or misrepresented. Publications include: The Eyeopener, New Wave Magazine, and White Wall Review. As a WOC and a person in the bi community, I understand how important it is to elevate these voices.

My main focus is in substantive and line editing for YA and teen books, but I have worked with children’s and adult non-fiction and fiction manuscripts as well.

My freelance work includes copywriting, copyediting, substantive, stylistic, and line editing, and proofreading.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Jo Ramsay
Freelance Editor Toronto, ON & Vancouver, BC Asexual, Queer (bi-romantic) Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Graphic Designer, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader,  Photographer, Proofreader, Typesetter Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, 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] 

Amber Riaz
Freelance Editor and Writing Coach Vancouver, BC South Asian women Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Proofreader, Other: English as Second/ Foreign Language Editing Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  I have a PhD in English Literature, and have been editing, writing and publishing as an academic for over ten years. I have completed professional development workshops on Copy Editing, Proof reading and indexing as a member of the Editors Association of Canada ( I have designed and taught courses on business writing, academic writing, communications, and literary analysis to undergraduate students enrolled in university and college courses in both London, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Contact: [email protected] / # available upon request

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) Copy Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader 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] / # available on request
Sample Work

Emily Schultz
Freelance Writer, Editor, Reviewer
LinkedIn Calgary, AB Queer (Bi/Pan), Disabled (Chronic Illness) Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader
  Passionate about storytelling of all kinds, Emily is a recent BA graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies from UBC Okanagan. Her work has appeared in fiction anthologies, newspaper, and on the screen. She has past experience working as a university-level writing consultant; and currently reviews books on digital platforms like Netgalley and Instagram. She is in the process of completing the Publishing Certificate offered at Ryerson University.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Davis G. See
Freelance Writer/Editor Edmonton, AB Gay Copy Editor, Developmental 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] / # available on request

Puneet Sekhon
Freelance Writer and Editor Toronto, ON South Asian, Indian, Person of Colour Copy Editor, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Photographer, Proofreader, Publicist/PR; Other: Marketing and content creation Academic/Scholarly; Educational (K-12); Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Other: Digital communication and online content like blogs
  My work is rooted in helping BIPOC women-led organizations make space to tell their brand story. From content creation, to brand storytelling, writing and refinement — let me help your brand, written work or passion project stand out and build connections with your community. I am a marketer by profession and use my skills to ensure all digital communications like blogs, white papers, ebooks, and all other online mediums are error free before publication. Outside of digital communications my editing speciality is focussed on academic papers, scholarly writing, reports, and higher education publications. In my free time I volunteer for a BIPOC non-profit located in Toronto, Ontario where I edit all article submissions before they are published to the online blog.

Contact: psekhonk (at) gmail (dot) com

Abigail Smeath
Freelance Graphic Designer
Women Copy Editor, Graphic Designer, Proofreader Children’s – Fiction, Non-fiction; Young Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Cookbooks
  I am great at what I do but have yet to grow my experiences doing so. Any entry level positions for editing or design would allow me to demonstrate my skills, and I would go over and above what is expected of me.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

sb. smith
Freelance Writer and Editor Vancouver, BC Fat, disabled, queer Copy Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Poetry; Drama; Other: Podcast/Radio Scripts
  I am a writer, editor, artist, and academic living on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh land (known as Vancouver, British Columbia). I was the editor of Disabled Voices Anthology (Rebel Mountain Press, 2020), and my writing and/or artwork has been published in Maclean’s, Arc Poetry Magazine, anti-lang., Five Dials, Rooted in Rights, Portal, Burning Jade Magazine, Sad Girl Review, Navigator Student Press, and more.

My pronouns are she and they. I am a fat, genderqueer, bisexual, mad, and disabled person of poor, chronically-ill Scottish and Irish descent.

I am an interdisciplinary culture worker centring disabled narratives (of my own experience, primarily). I approach all my work using a disability justice theoretical framework and strive to create work for other disabled people to meaningfully engage with.


Jen Sookfong Lee
Freelance Editor Vancouver, BC Chinese Canadian Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader 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] / # available on request
Portfolio Link:

Rachel Taylor
Freelance Editor Vancouver, BC Indigenous, specifically Iñupiaq (Alaskan Native) Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader, Transcription of audio and video Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry; Other: Short fiction, Autobiography
  I have more than ten years of publishing experience, mainly in copy editing and proofreading. I specialize in works by and for Indigenous writers and readers, and in short fiction, autobiography, and scholarly non-fiction.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Simon Thibault
Freelance Editor/ Developmental Editor Halifax, NS LGBTQ, Queer Copy Editor, Developmental Editor Adult – Non-fiction; Cookbooks
  Simon Thibault has worked as a Developmental Editor focusing on LGBTQ+, food, and Acadian titles at Nimbus Publishing, as well as a manuscript editor at Nimbus. He has also been a judge for the James Beard Awards as well as the IACP Cookbook Awards. His work has appeared in places such as The Globe and Mail, Huff Post, XTRA!, as well as radio work for CBC and Radio-Canada. He is also the author of “Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food,” which was shortlisted for the Taste Canada Awards.

Contact: [email protected]com / # available on request

Aalap Trivedi
Chatham, ON South Asian (Indian) Copy Editor, Proofreader Adult – Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Other: Economics, Economic History, Business Management, Corporate Communication Documents
  My experience is in academic editing/publishing. I specialise in papers/documents from the economics and management fields. I’m adept at formatting for journal submissions. I also have considerable experience working with students and their statements of purpose, admissions essays, etc.

Contact: [email protected]com / # available on request

Michael Walker
Freelance Editor Ottawa, ON People / persons with disabilities Copy Editor, Proofreader, Other: Thorough line editing Adult – Fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry
  I’m a theologian of disability and poet from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. I specialize in line editing, copy-editing, and proofreading. My past publications include Contours of Eternity, a self-published book of poetry (2013); the Student Christian Movement of Canada’s Disability, Faith, and Justice Devotional (2016); the Guide for Accessible Congregations, one part of the Our Doors are Open Project through the Ontario College of Design (2018); and three theological articles through the Journal on Religion and Disability (2019), the Political Theology Network (2019), and the Journal on Feminist Studies in Religion (2020).

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request
Portfolio: Link to Google Doc 

Yilin Wang
Writer, Editor and Chinese to English Translator Vancouver, BC Chinese/Asian Canadian, Queer (biromantic asexual) Cultural Consultant; Developmental Editor;  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: yilinw at gmail dot com / # available on request

Natalie Wee Freelance Editor Toronto, ON Asian, Immigrant / Temporary Status, Queer, Woman Copy Editor, Design, Developmental Editor,  MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader 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] / # available on request

Andrew Wilmot
Freelance Editor Toronto, ON LGBTQIA2 (trans/non-binary and asexual, specifically) Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, 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 / # available on request

Christopher Wolff
Freelance Editor, Translator (German-English, English-German)
Vancouver, BC LGBTIQ+, Immigrant/Newcomer Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, MS Review/ Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader, Translator; Other: Indexer Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, 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] / # available on request

Ingrid Wu
Freelance Editor
Toronto, ON BIPOC (Asian Canadian) Copy Editor, MS Review / Sensitivity Reader, Proofreader Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
  I am a graduate of the Ryerson Publishing program, specializing in editing. I specialize in editing corporate reports and documents.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request

Justine Abigail Yu 
Editor of Living Hyphen and Freelance Writer Toronto, ON Filipina, Woman of Colour Copy Editor, Proofreader, Publicist/ PR Adult – Fiction, 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] / # available on request
Zainab’s Echo
Graphic Designer/ Typesetter Toronto, ON South Asian, Queer Copy Editor, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Typesetter Young Adult – Fiction; Adult – Fiction, Non-fiction; Academic/Scholarly; Higher Educational (College, University, etc.); Poetry; Cookbooks
I have worked on national political, educational, and government campaigns for Pakistan, my home country, and have created high reach awareness and product introduction campaigns. I have also worked with design and animation startup companies. My experience spans designing for large corporations and small scale businesses.

Contact: [email protected] / # available on request


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Last Updated: May 30, 2021