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Dania Sheldon, DPhil

Vancouver, BC
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


  • Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence (2016)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Editors British Columbia (2012)
  • Certification (2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Publications (2011)


I hold a doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and have over 20 years of experience editing a diverse variety of materials in numerous genres. I am eclectic in my interests and comfortable with a very wide range of subjects in the humanities and sciences. In addition to non-fiction projects, I enjoy working on fiction for adults, young adults, and children.

In 2017, I received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Editors Canada's highest award. I have been an active member of Editors Canada since 2005. I have co-created exams in all four subject areas of Editors Canada's professional certification program, and in 2020 I joined the organization's roster of webinar presenters.

My editing services include: structural/substantive, stylistic, and copy editing; proofreading; developmental editing; project management; and manuscript assessment.

I have many years of expertise in indexing and in copyright and permissions research and negotiations (text, photos, and art).

I also offer writing services. I particularly enjoy researching and writing historical narrative non-fiction for clients, and I offer policy writing, plain-language writing/rewriting, advertising copy writing, as well as ghost writing.

I am the author of one book, the co-author of two books, and under contract to co-author a third in 2020/21. My 2018 The Book of Lua was a finalist in two categories of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards

I am committed to providing professional, meticulous, timely service and will help you express your ideas clearly and effectively.

Please visit my website for further information and to request a free estimate for your project:

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Indexing
  • Layout and design
  • Permissions
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Indexes
  • Magazines
  • Policies and procedures
  • Study guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations


  • Aboriginal people
  • Africa
  • Animals
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Government, federal
  • Government, municipal
  • Government, provincial
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Law
  • Life sciences
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Technology