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Anna-Lisa Ptolemy, BA

Arbordell Editing

Spruce Grove, AB
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I offer freelance editing and proofreading services for a wide range of project types. Whether your project is big or small I can add polish and clarity, and ensure your ideas come through as clearly as possible using words that best describe your intent.  I am able to sharpen arguments and clarify main ideas, as well as notice spelling errors, typos, and other proofreading issues that can be the difference between good and great writing. I am passionate and tenacious about each project I undertake, and I truly enjoy the challenge of every aspect of editing.

I come to you with a Linguistics degree and 10+ years of editing experience. I am familiar with and comfortable in the academic world, having edited book manuscripts, book proposals, book reviews, journal articles, and course materials.  In fact, the bulk of my experience (and where my heart lies) is in the Science and Religion arena, particularly material that explores the relationship between the Theory of Evolution and Christian faith.  However, I have recently branched out and am now trying my hand at all sorts of subject matter, from website and handout material regarding carpet cleaning to newsletters about the latest advances in animal training!   I can edit blog posts, social media content, and newsletters, and believe these smaller projects are just as important as book manuscripts. I enjoy learning about new subjects as I edit, and believe my genuine interest in understanding new concepts will help you reach maximum readability for your audience.  I have a keen eye for simple errors easily missed and take pride in making sure the writing I edit ends up clean and clear. 

I am fascinated by language, and my Linguistics degree includes a Minor in Spanish.  Recently, I have taken graduate-level courses in both Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek and continue to be thrilled about the unique ability to convey ideas that I find in each language I become acquainted with.

I look forward to working with you!

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Websites


  • Religion and spirituality