Book Publishing Freelancers from Diverse Communities Database

Puneet Sekhon Freelance Writer and Editor

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.
Location
Toronto, ON
Communities Represented
South Asian, Indian, Person of Colour
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Manuscript Reviewer, Photographer, Proofreader, Publicist/PR, Marketing and content creation
Genre of Experience
Academic/Scholarly, Educational (K-12), Higher Educational (College, University, etc.), Digital communication and online content like blogs
Website
puneetsekhon.ca/
puneetsekhon.ca/

Jolene Sim Freelance Writer and Editor

Email: amarie7989@gmail.com

Location
Communities Represented
Asian, South East Asian, LGBTQA+, Mental Health
Skill Sets
Manuscript Reviewer, Sensitivity Reader, Translator, Copy Editor, Proofreader
Genre of Experience
Young Adult - Fiction, Adult - Fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)

sb. smith Freelance Writer and Editor

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.

Location
Vancouver, BC
Communities Represented
Fat, disabled, queer
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Manuscript Reviewer, Proofreader, Sensitivity Reader
Genre of Experience
Academic/Scholarly, Adult - Fiction, Adult - Non-fiction, Drama, Poetry, Young Adult - Fiction, Scripts for podcasts/radio
Website
www.sb-smith.com
sb-smith.com/work/

John Elizabeth Stintzi Freelance Editor, Freelance Cover Designer, Freelance Illustrator

I’m an award winning novelist and poet and designer. I’m the author of the novels MY VOLCANO and VANISHING MONUMENTS (both Arsenal Pulp in Canada), and the poetry collection JUNEBAT (Anansi). I collaborated with Arsenal for the cover of VANISHING MONUMENTS (the illustration is my own) and designed the US cover of my novel MY VOLCANO (Two Dollar Radio). I’ve done a lot of cover and book design work in smaller capacities, for instance for an art-project by Hazel Jane Plante called Miscellanious Kisses, and various chapbooks and magazines in undergrad. Most recently, I did a cover for a forthcoming poetry collection from Coffee House Press.

In terms of editorial work, I’ve been teaching writing for the last 5 years, and have edited books for Arsenal Pulp (poetry) and Book*hug Press (fiction). I also edit poetry for Contemporary Verse 2, and have read and worked on various other magazines over the years. I am friendly to more experimental and queer fiction, as well as more traditional work, and am particularly interested in helping trans and queer authors with their work, but am open minded to all kinds of books, so long as they are a strong fit for my editorial vision.

Email: johnstintzi@gmail.com

Location
Canadian citizen living and working in the US
Communities Represented
Trans, Non-binary, Queer
Skill Sets
Developmental Editor, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Photographer
Genre of Experience
Adult - Fiction, Poetry
Website
johnelizabethstintzi.com/book-design-portfolio

Rachel Taylor Freelance Book Editor

I’m a copy editor and proofreader with twenty years of experience. My interests include short fiction, autobiography, and scholarly nonfiction. I’m best known for my work with books by and about Indigenous people.

I’m proud of my work on the award-winning nonfiction titles Aki-wayn-zih: A Person as Worthy as the Earth by Eli Baxter and Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett by Michael Nest, Deanna Reder, and Eric Bell. I love editing fiction such as The Night Piece by André Alexis and Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson, as well as multidisciplinary works such as the award-winning NISHGA by Jordan Abel. My portfolio is available at banoong.ca/selected-projects.

I completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University and enjoyed a work placement with Theytus Books. A version of my graduate thesis, “Gathering Knowledges to Inform Best Practices in Indigenous Publishing,” was published in ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature.

Please get in touch via my website, banoong.ca.

Location
Vancouver Island (Stz'uminus Territory), BC
Communities Represented
Indigenous; Inuit/Inuk; Iñupiaq; Alaskan Native
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Proofreader
Genre of Experience
Adult - Fiction, Adult - Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Educational (K-12), Higher Educational (College, University, etc.), Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
Website
www.banoong.ca

Simon Thibault Freelance Editor/Developmental Editor

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. His work has appeared in places such as The Globe and Mail, Huff Post, XTRA!, as well was radio work for CBC and Radio-Canada. He has also been a judge for the James Beard Awards as well as the IACP Cookbook Awards.

Location
Halifax, NS
Communities Represented
LGBTQ, Queer,
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Development Editor
Genre of Experience
Adult - Non-fiction, Cookbooks
Website
Simonthibault.com

Kim Doyle Thorsen Freelance Editor/writer

Lesbian feminist anti-racist killjoy with experience in educational publishing (textbooks) and other non-fiction.

Location
Edmonton, AB
Communities Represented
Lesbian
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Developmental Editor, Manuscript Reviewer, Photographer, Proofreader
Genre of Experience
Adult - Non-fiction, Educational (K-12), Poetry
Website
realmoments.ca
realmoments.ca/

Aalap Trivedi Editor - DraftEd Editorial Services

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.

Email: draftedservices@outlook.com

Location
Edmonton, AB
Communities Represented
South Asian (Indian), POC
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Proofreader, Structural Editing, Editorial Project Management
Genre of Experience
Adult - Non-fiction, Academic/Scholarly, Economics, History, Business Management, Law, Finance, Theses and Dissertations, Self-help, Politics/Government, Sports
Website
drafted-editorial-services.jimdosite.com
www.ciep.uk/directory/aalap-trivedi

Michael Walker Freelance Editor

I’m a theologian of disability, liturgist, and poet from Prince Edward Island, Canada. I specialize in proofreading, line editing, and copy editing. I’ve edited some short stories, and self-published “Contours of Eternity,” a book of poetry (2013); I’ve also published a devotional booklet on “Disability, Faith, and Justice” through the Student Christian Movement of Canada (2016), co-written and -edited a Guide for Accessible Congregations through the Ontario College of Art and Design (2018), and published three academic articles through the Political Theology Network (2019), the Journal of Religion and Disability (2019), and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (2020).

Location
Ottawa, ON
Communities Represented
People / persons with disabilities
Skill Sets
Copy Editor, Proofreader, Thorough line editing
Genre of Experience
Academic/Scholarly, Adult - Fiction, Poetry, Higher Educational (College, University, etc.)
Website
lotusmw9684.wordpress.com/
docs.google.com/document/d/15zYFavDNXGH_MFtIGK68CVui8AvcfJcetbkHrRKwqLI/edit

Yilin Wang Writer, Editor and Chinese to English Translator

Yilin’s speculative and literary fiction and poetry have appeared in over a dozen journals, including Clarkesworld, The Malahat Review, Grain, Contemporary Verse 2, Arc 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.

Location
Vancouver, BC
Communities Represented
Chinese/Asian Canadian, Queer (biromantic asexual)
Skill Sets
Developmental Editor, Manuscript Reviewer, Sensitivity Reader, Translator, Event programming
Genre of Experience
Adult - Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult - Fiction
Website
www.yilinwang.com
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