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Amy Rhoda Brown

Toronto, ON
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I'm a freelance editor with a focus on science, academic writing, and working with self-publishers.  I offer stylistic editing, copyediting and proofreading.

I edit academic papers, journal articles, technical writing and manuals, and autobiographies. I have an avid interest in science of all kinds, and have edited works on psychology, evolutionary biology, earth sciences, pedagogy, sociology, and climate science.

I have experience working with ESL authors, first-time authors, self-publishing authors, and people who aren't authors at all (and would rather be doing research). I edit for your audience, whether it's  other academics, informed laypersons, or the general public.

My math and computer science background means I have experience with the LaTeX document preparation system, as well as HTML and CSS. I'm also happy working in version control systems including Git (and Github), Mercurial and Subversion.

About Me

I started my career in editing as a self-publisher, co-editing the Architecture of Open Source Applications books with Greg Wilson. Between us we managed the submission and review process, copyedited, designed and typeset the interiors of the books, and created the covers. It was a terrific experience, and through it I fell in love with editing and publishing.

I have a personal interest in climate change, Indigenous issues, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation process, and issues of race and identity. I strive for a deeper understanding of how communication can promote connection and compassion, as surely as it can foster bias and enmity.

When I'm not editing, I read widely, sing as often as possible, and spend a lot of time with my kids.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Aboriginal people
  • Ecology and environment
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology