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Alethea Spiridon

BeCreative Communications

Toronto, ON M6K2P2
Canada
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.
2020

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Marketing and Public Relations (2011, 2012)
  • Mentorship (2021)
  • Active Voice (2011, 2012)

Profile

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

Fiction, Non-fiction, Screenplays

Make your writing cleaner, clearer, and more concise

I started out as an editor in 2000 as 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'm a senior editor with Entangled Publishing (since 2011) and was editorial director on various imprints for most of my time there as well.

I'm highly practiced in works of fiction, children's books, technical and educational material, financial literature, and non-fiction (memoirs, business books, textbooks, health and wellness, self-help to name a few). I work with many writers who self-publish and I understand the needs of writers looking to self-publish. 

Manuscript evaluations are a strength; I have literally done hundreds. The feedback I provide has properly shaped many people's books. I'm a skilled and thorough structural/substantive editor, stylistic editor, proofreader, and developmental editor.  

I'm 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. Was the managing editor of Active Voice for a number of years. 

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;

*Past Editor for a 16-page newsmagazine for veterinarians published by Elsevier Canada;

*Past Editor for Optical Prism magazine, the magazine for eyecare professionals;

*Past Lead Editor for the Food Security issue of Women and Environments International Magazine.

*Past Managing Editor of Benefits Canada Magazine (2018-2020) until I left to work at Scotiabank in equity research as a Senior Editor but was let go because of the pandemic and downsizing for shareholder profits.

I'm currently the Managing Editor of The Registrar and continue to freelance with Entangled Publishing as well as other author clients. 

Working on my BFA in Film (Screenwriting) from York. I understand what makes a good screenplay and how to format it. 

I have the following education credentials:

  • Currently pursuing on a part-time basis a BFA in Film (Screenwriting) from York University;
  • BLA (English), University of Saskatchewan;
  • Post-graduate certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing, Centennial College;
  • Post-graduate certificate, Creative Writing, Humber College;
  • Certificate in Creative Non-Fiction, University of Iowa;
  • Certificate in Content Strategy, Northwestern University;
  • Certificate in Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing.

Below are some clients I've worked with: 

  • Monarch Magazine
  • Parvati.org
  • Outfox Magazine
  • Sheridan College
  • Active Voice Magazine
  • SIAST
  • Lemieux-Bedard Ad Agency
  • Elsevier Canada
  • Life Peak magazine
  • Canada Space and Aviation Museum
  • Canadian Test Centre
  • Oracle
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Highspot Inc
  • McGraw-Hill Ryerson
  • Oxford University Press

A sample of authors I work(ed) with:

  • Heather McCollum
  • Victoria James
  • Robin Covington
  • Kira Archer
  • Robyn DeHart
  • Avery Flynn
  • Michele DeWinton
  • Traci Hall
  • Roberta Gellis
  • Lori Foster
  • Pamela Morsi
  • Jill Shalvis
  • Vicki Lewis Thompson
  • Tara Taylor Quinn
  • Dr. Henri Svec
  • Louise Clark
  • Ryan Porter
  • Dan Carter
  • John Warrilow
  • Jorge Valdivieso
  • Anne Balaban
  • Elke Lewis

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