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Colin Richard Thomas

mapping the intuitive

43, 2137 West 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 1E7
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


By providing both rigorous analysis and support for your creative process, I can help you to realize the full potential of your story.

As a substantive and story editor, I work with both established and emerging authors, analyzing the narrative structure of their manuscripts—looking at elements such as plot, character, and theme.

I work on novels, non-fiction books, short fiction, screenplays, and children's literature.

I honour the trust that writers place in me and I'm gratified by their feedback:

"I'm overwhelmed by how carefully you read the novel ... and by how right you are about absolutely everything." - Edeet Ravel, award-winning author of the Pauline series.

"He's changed my entire perception of what an editor can do to strengthen and guide a story." - Chris Wood, award-winning co-author of The Golden Boy

"Your letters and notes are, collectively, an editorial masterpiece." - Jesse Finkelstein, director of operations, D&M Publishers


Editorial Skills

  • Developmental or project editing
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Writing


  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality