Professional Editing Services

Clear. Concise. Correct.

I have been helping people share their stories and content for more than ten years. My strength is in copy and stylistic editing, but I am also an excellent proofreader and I offer structural editing services on some projects. I am most interested in helping serious authors with their fiction novels or non-fiction manuscripts. I also provide feedback on all aspects of business writing, including web copy, marketing materials and grant proposals.

I am a member of Editors Canada and the Federation of BC Writers. Every project is unique. Please contact me for rates.

Structural/Substantive

  • reorganizing content and structure
  • flow of story and plot
  • character development

The heart and soul of your work. You created it. It is yours. This is the most subjective part of the writing process. I will help you see your writing from other points of view so that more people will connect with the meaning in your words.

Stylistic/Copy

  • clarity of meaning
  • eliminating jargon
  • use of language and dialogue
  • logic and believability
  • grammar; spelling; punctuation
  • mechanics of style

These are the limbs, the vital organs, the blood, the bones, and the senses. This is my greatest strength in the editing process. I will assist you to get paragraphs to connect and sentences to flow. Like a body, all parts need to work together to produce the whole.

Proofreading

  • fact-checking
  • cross-referencing
  • eliminating typos

These are the fingernails. Let’s get them trimmed, cleaned and polished with no hangnails. Your project is nearly done, but every final read is worth it. I will raise your work to a professional level that gets the recognition it deserves.

~ Testimonials ~

 
“Thanks so much to Sheila Cameron for the wonderful job she did editing my second children’s mystery book. I thought it was in pretty good shape when I sent it to her, but she showed me how much better it could be. She was great at catching mistakes, pointing out inconsistencies, and tightening up the writing without changing the tone. I’m happy to recommend her for any editing work you need done.”

~ M. A. Wilson, author of Adventure on Whalebone Island
and Mystery of the Missing Mask


“Meticulous, thorough and professional, Sheila Cameron was a dream to work with on my second novel, The Figgs. Her suggestions were clear and strategic, her fact-checking extensive and her approach positive and complete. I was blown away by the quality of her edit and the ease with which the process unfolded. Sheila turned my novel around in a timely fashion and when an agent requested my complete manuscript she worked around the clock to meet my sudden deadline. Not only is she a superior editor, she is an avid reader and really “gets” the art of story. I plan on hiring her for all of my future projects and have already recommended her services to other authors.”

~ Ali Bryan, author of Roost, short-listed for the
Alberta Book Awards and the Alberta Reader’s Choice Award


“We think our manuscript is just fine, thank you very much. And then, just to be safe, we hand it to a good editor. Sheila Cameron is one of those good–great–editors. She made me realize why smart writers hire a copy editor. I’ll certainly hire Sheila again for her keen eye for grammar, punctuation, and stylistic consistency. I was astonished at how many glitches she found in my manuscript. And I especially appreciate the way she offered solutions to problems. Thank you, Sheila!”

~ PJ Reece, author of Story Structure Expedition: Journey to the Heart of a Story


“As co-publisher and editor of an online magazine, I published personal, inspiring stories of non-writers. These stories needed to be shared but the majority of them also needed copious amounts of editing. I was overwhelmed. That’s where Sheila came in. Her editing expertise helped each author tell their story in their own voice with the professional delivery of a true writer. I never ceased to be amazed by her turnaround time as her speed allowed me to liaise with writers and move through the publishing process far more quickly than was possible before. While we are no longer publishing, I continue to be grateful for Sheila’s editing prowess and dedication and keep her contact information at the ready for personal projects and to hand out to colleagues. I highly recommend Sheila for any editing requirements you may have.”

~ Sarah Parent, co-author of Chicks Without Bricks


“I have worked with Sheila on numerous projects including proposals, website copy, marketing materials, and a non-fiction book. Each time her edits, comments and recommended changes have significantly improved my original writing. Her attention to detail, responsiveness and support have been second to none. When Sheila is done editing my work, I have complete confidence that it has been thoroughly edited. I am extremely impressed and satisfied with Sheila’s professional editing and her ability to offer concrete suggestions for improving the text. I highly recommend her service to anyone interested in taking their writing to the next level.”

~ Sandra McDowell, VP Communications & Culture, First Credit Union
and author of Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain


“Sheila Cameron is a superb editor, having proved to be a joy to work with while offering excellent feedback. Perhaps her greatest gift is the ability to keep an author’s voice intact while making suggestions that will surely enhance the story. Sheila has my highest recommendation and I wouldn’t hesitate to employ her services in the future.”

~ J. Stirling Robertson, author of Sepsis


“I wrote a true story about my life with my wife who had died from cancer. Most of the material for the book was drawn from extensive journals that I had been keeping for years. As the manuscript neared completion, I prevailed upon Sheila to act as my editor. We live several provinces apart so we used the Internet to send material back and forth. We soon realised that I had enough material for several books so I instructed her to be as ruthless as possible without throwing out anything important. It took three turns of editing the manuscript before we were both satisfied, and I still ended up with a large book of four hundred and sixty pages. Sheila not only did an excellent job of editing but she showed an amazing amount of perseverance that would have made her pioneer ancestors very proud. Thank you, Sheila.”

~ Daniel Watson, author of Hitchhike to Vancouver and Hitchhike to Heaven


“Sheila was very helpful with recommendations and editing our application (several versions) for a community gaming grant. It was our first time applying, and Sheila helped tweak the application so it was a clear, concise and professional submission. The proof was in the end result when we received a very substantial grant for our non-profit organization. Thank you Sheila!”

~ Andrea Kerr, Gibsons Sailing Club