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Alethea Spiridon

BeCreative Communications

Oshawa, ON L1G 3S2
Canada
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Marketing and Public Relations (2012, 2011)
  • Newsletter (2012, 2011)

Profile

Structural/Substantive & Stylistic Edits * Copy Edits * Proofreading * Manuscript Evaluations * Editorial Project Manager 

Make your writing cleaner, clearer, and more concise

Before striking out on my own, I was a fiction editor for Harlequin Books where I acquired and edited manuscripts for almost seven years. My focus was primarily acquiring and doing structural and stylistic editing of women's fiction. I am currently an Editorial Director and Senior Editor with Entangled Publishing (freelance since 2012), and acquire and edit romance fiction. 

I am highly practiced in works of fiction, children's books, technical and educational material, and non-fiction (memoirs and business books, especially parables). I work with many writers who pursue self-publishing and I understand the needs of writers looking to self-publish.

Manuscript evaluations are a strength; I have literally done hundreds of them. The feedback I provide has properly shaped many people's books.

I am a skilled and thorough structural/substantive editor (I can take your book apart if we have to and help you put it back together in a form that works), stylistic editor, proofreader, and developmental editor.  

I am quite accomplished at substantively editing business books, works of fiction and non-fiction, and managing/developing magazines and newsletters (writing, editing, managing staff, developing editorial content and calendars).

I was a member of the EAC Toronto branch executive, and was the newsletter chair/editor for the branch newsletter, Edition, for the 2009-2010 term, and was the English co-chair/editor for Active Voice, EAC's national newsmagazine, 2011-2012, and the Marketing and Public Relations co-chair from 2011-2012.

I have extensive experience as a trade magazine editor: I managed a Canadian health and wellness magazine (Life Peak) for two and a half years, and was the editor for a 16-page newsmagazine for veterinarians published by Elsevier Canada. I am currently the editor for Optical Prism magazine, the magazine for eyecare professionals, and am the lead editor for the Food Security issue of Women and Environments International Magazine.

I spent a year (2016) working as a health writer (web) for a Canadian publishing company. 

I have a BA (English) from the University of Saskatchewan, an honours post-graduate certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing from Centennial College, and a post-graduate certificate in Creative Writing (fiction stream) from Humber College’s Creative Writing program. I also have a certificate in graphic design/desktop publishing.

In the summer of 2015, I took a summer creative non-fiction writing workshop through the University of Iowa. I was selected, based on my writing, to be one of 50 people from around the world to partake in this special writing workshop. 

For testimonials, please visit my website at www.freelanceeditor.ca. I'm a Voting Member of the Editors’ Association of Canada.  

Editorial Skills

  • Acquisitions
  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Permissions
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Labels and packaging
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Poetry
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Study guides
  • Subtitles
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Biography
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Entertainment
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Government, federal
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History, Canadian
  • Insurance
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health