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Allister Thompson

Allister Thompson Editorial

2515 Eastview Crescent
North Bay, ON P1B 7W4
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.



I am the editor of award-winning adult and children's fiction and non-fiction.

I have been an editor for nearly twenty years, working in-house at two book publishing companies and also freelance. I have designed and laid out book interiors and covers, done photo research, fact-checking and website updates and have been involved in book production (dealing with printers, getting quotes, proofing galleys, etc). I have worked with dozens of authors published by both traditional publishers and authors who have successfully self-published their work.

Many books I have worked on have been shortlisted for awards like the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction and the Silver Birch, Red Maple, Norma Fleck, Hackmatack Children's Choice and CLA Children's Book of the Year awards for children's books.

I have also edited for several government agencies, libraries and a leading museum.

More details about my work and testimonials from satisfied authors are available on my website. I bring the full spectrum of editorial skills to a project and also in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the publishing and submissions process, from the first draft to the final product.

Whether your project is fiction or non-fiction, I can help.


Editorial Skills

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


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Catalogues
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Indexes
  • Magazines
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Teachers' guides
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Law
  • Leisure, general
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Society, general