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Barbara Feldman

Barbara Feldman Writing and Editing

8 Meadow Larkway
Toronto, ON M2N 5Z8
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Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Editors Toronto (2012)


I'm a Toronto-based editor, researcher and writer. I’ve edited academic essay collections, technical guides, government reports, case studies and white papers on subjects including government policy, aboriginal funding, transportation, public-private partnerships, energy, municipal policing, construction, international trade, child development and leadership. I edit with general readers in mind, flagging problems, eliminating jargon and applying plain-language principles to help my clients communicate complex ideas to nonspecialists.

Since 2019 I have been a professional member of the London, England-based Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

I edit family histories and memoirs of trauma and recovery, speculative and science fiction, mystery and romance novels, children’s books and self-help books. I offer competitive rates and can usually take on rush assignments. I enjoy working with first-time authors—if you send me a page or two of your manuscript I’ll be happy to do a free sample edit and cost estimate for your entire project. 

As a former craftsperson and small-business owner, I have a special interest in entrepreneurship—in how things are made and ideas are developed. I’ve published dozens of articles on a wide range of subjects, from making bagpipes to designing modular-component bridges, harvesting wild rice to developing plastics from potatoes, managing construction noise to fostering diversity on non-profit boards.

I have also written travel articles and children’s books and illustrated them with fabric appliqué, polymer clay or pen and ink.

My areas of interest not mentioned in the lists below include B2B writing, literary fiction and nonfiction, short stories, science fiction, graphic novels, skeptical inquiry, humour, cuisine, restaurants, food businesses and cooking, family-owned businesses, small businesses, health, medicine, nature, sailing, journalism, newspapers, magazines, journals, trade magazines, diversity, human relations, human rights, aboriginal issues, female sexuality, feminism, children’s books, children’s issues, Jewish culture, Jewish history, film, fine art (visual art), education, craft, handicraft, construction and building, transportation, heavy construction, how-to, polymer clay, fabric art, blogs.



Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Europe
  • Family
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Government, federal
  • Government, municipal
  • Government, provincial
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and manufacturing
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Leisure, general
  • North America
  • Sciences, general
  • Society, general
  • Transportation
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States