Marianne WardI love the written word and all its nuances. I’m an enthusiastic editor, committed to helping writers communicate clearly, whatever the content. I have a particular passion for books, especially fiction, and I have deep respect for authors.

I’ve had the privilege of editing upwards of 70 books since 2007. Among my clients are many of the book publishers in Atlantic Canada, some Toronto-based publishers, and individual authors. I offer a full range of editing services, from manuscript assessment to substantive editing, copy-editing, and proofreading. I enjoy working with authors to prepare manuscripts for self-publication or for submission to traditional publishers. I edit both fiction and non-fiction, and everything from children’s picture books to cookbooks, academic texts, middle-grade novels, YA fiction, and adult fiction.

Many of the books I’ve edited have been shortlisted for (and won) Atlantic Book Awards and are being acknowledged on shortlists for national awards. Two YA titles I edited for Cape Breton University Press were nominated for the 2014 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. One of them (Me & Mr. Bell, by Philip Roy) was also shortlisted for the 2014 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and, along with a non-fiction book I edited (The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan by Anne Renaud, also from CBU Press), was on the 2015 shortlist for Ontario’s Silver Birch Award. The other Bilson Award nominated title, The Manager, by Caroline Stellings, won the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Fiction.

I enjoy all aspects of the editing process, especially the collaborative nature of substantive editing (click here for a breakdown of the various stages of editing). I work diligently to honour the author’s voice and to ensure that the edited manuscript reflects his or her best work. It is my job to protect the author and the publisher from the embarrassment of errors or inelegant writing. Click here to read acknowledgements and testimonials from authors and publishers.

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“I would like to give special thanks to my masterful editor, Marianne Ward, for her proficiency in shaping a story, her unique brand of polish, and her tireless enthusiasm.”

  • Caroline Stellings, The Secret of the Golden Flower