Welcome
Hello there! My name is Marie and I am a freelance editor. I have over 30 years' professional communication experience, with a background in marketing and advertising. If you are a writer, student, job seeker, small business... then I can help! Email me and let's talk.
You may need me if you are:
looking for somebody to proofread email blasts before hitting the "send" button
trying to create a style guide for your business so everybody is on the same page
finishing off your self-published book and want a "fresh" set of eyes on it
wanting to up your blog post game
determined to make a good first impression with your résumé
wanting to update your technical copy with plain language principles
Documents I've worked on include:
white paperswebsitesmanuals
articleslettersrésumés
blog postscontractsQ&As
booksepub prepstyle guides
brochuresadsbusiness cases
papersclosed captioningand more...
What is editing?
Editing involves carefully reviewing material before it is published, and suggesting or making changes to correct and improve material.

There are four general stages of editing: 

  1. structural editing
  2. stylistic editing
  3. copy editing
  4. proofreading
My specialities are stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading.
Stylistic editing
Assessing and shaping draft material to improve its organization and content. Changes may be suggested to or drafted for the writer. Structural editing may include:
  • eliminating jargon, clichés, and euphemisms
  • establishing or maintaining tone, mood, style, and authorial voice or level of formality
  • adjusting the length and structure of sentences and paragraphs
  • establishing or maintaining the language level appropriate for the intended audience, medium, and purpose
Also known as line editing.

Copy editing
Editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness. It includes:
  • editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
  • checking for consistency and continuity of mechanics and facts, including anachronisms, character names, and relationships
  • editing tables, figures, and lists
  • notifying designers of any unusual production requirements
  • developing a style sheet or following one that is provided
  • correcting or querying general information that should be checked for accuracy
It may also include:
  • marking levels of headings and the approximate placement of art
  • Canadianizing or other localizing
  • converting measurements
  • providing or changing the system of citations
  • editing indexes
  • obtaining or listing permissions needed
  • checking front matter, back matter, and cover copy
  • checking web links
Note that "copy editing" is often loosely used to include stylistic editing, structural editing, fact checking, or proofreading. 

I'd be happy to discuss how copy editing can help your project.
Proofreading

Examining material after layout or in its final format to correct errors in textual and visual elements. The material may be read in isolation or against a previous version. It includes checking for:

  • adherence to design
  • minor mechanical errors (such as spelling mistakes or deviations from style sheet)
  • consistency and accuracy of elements in the material (such as cross-references, running heads, captions, web page heading tags, hyperlinks, and metadata)

It may also include:

  • distinguishing between printer's, designer's, or programmer's errors and writer's or editor's alterations
  • copyfitting
  • flagging or checking locations of art
  • inserting page numbers or checking them against content and page references

Proofreading is checking a work after editing; it is not a substitute for editing.

Let's touch base if you need a round of proofing!

About me
Organized Concepts
Marie Gilbert
Burnaby, BC  Canada
Tel: 604-315-8069
Email: marie@organized-concepts.com
Hello there! My name is Marie and I am a freelance editor. I have over 30 years' professional communication experience, with a background in marketing and advertising.

I hold a Technical Writing certificate and a Marketing Communications diploma.