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David Balzer

Toronto, ON
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


I’m an award-winning editor/publisher with two decades of experience in academic, culture and non-profit sectors. I’ve worked with high-profile clients such as the Art Canada Institute, the Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Art, where I was co-publisher and editor-in-chief from 2016 to 2019. I’ve helped academics at Concordia, University of Toronto, The New School and more on dissertations, book manuscripts and journal articles. I’ve juried grants and prizes for Creative Capital, the National Magazine Awards and the Canada Council. I’ve conceptualized and facilitated large, successful publishing projects and fundraising initiatives. I’m known for developing and finessing content that’s clear, accurate and compelling. 

I’m here to make you sound good.

Services offered:
– substantive editing
– copy editing
– proofreading
– fact checking
– copy writing
– promotional writing
– consulting

I can help you with:
– books (full-length or partial manuscripts, at all stages)
– magazines
– digital publishing
– grant and fellowship applications
– academic writing, including dissertations
– artist statements
– organizational messaging, including press releases
– rebranding

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Public relations materials
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Humanities, general
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Technology