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Amanda Clarke, BSc, MA
I am a structural and copy editor with a focus on fantasy and sci-fi fiction and scholarly works. I work hand in hand with authors to make their story clear and engaging while maintaining their voice. I thrive on variety. No project is too small. Most of the authors I work with are first-time authors.
My love of editing began while tutoring ESL students, where I provided structural and copy-editing help for the students' various papers and labs. Over the course of my career, I have gained experience across a wide range of fields.
I have done manuscript evaluations, structural edits and copy edits on novel-length manuscripts (between 30,000 and 100,000 words) for Dreaming Big Publications and independent authors. I have also worked as a film critic and associate editor with Toronto Film Scene and Cinefilles.ca. I recently completed an editorial placement with Faze Magazine. I have an Editing Certificate from George Brown College, a BSc in Human Biology from the University of Toronto and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from York University.
I also have an extensive background in sports. I am a gold level figure skater, a certified provincial skating coach and a licensed soccer referee. In the arts, I have training in photography and dance (ballet, jazz, and modern).
Regardless of the job, I have found that my ability to organize, manipulate and understand language has been a key factor in my success. My diverse background is my biggest strength as an editor. It has given me an appreciation of the English language in its many forms and has given me knowledge in a wide range of subject areas.
I look forward to helping your work shine.
“One of the best decisions I've made as a writer so far is hiring Amanda to edit my novel. Amanda is an amazing editor who really knows how to make your story really stand out in the competitive writing industry. Her editing really made the novel so much more professional and she does a great job at showing where your strengths are and where you need improvement, as well as giving advice as to what would be a better direction to go when it comes to the story process. Even after the editing I was still able to email her with any questions, advice or feedback I may have had and that was extremely helpful to me. I look forward to working with her again as I move forward in my writing career.” – M.K Young, Author, Daughter of the Universe
“As a young author, I really enjoyed working with Ms. Clarke because she was extremely knowledgeable and professional. Her editing style is supportive and enhanced my writing rather than changed it.” - Camden Martin, Author, If I Could Tell It
- Consulting and manuscript evaluation
- Copy editing
- Developmental or project editing
- Research and fact-checking
- Structural and substantive editing
- Academic materials, general
- Academic papers and essays
- Books, children's and young adult
- Humanities, general
- Life sciences
- Sciences, general
- Social sciences