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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 the academic, culture, and non-profit sectors. I've worked with large institutions such as CBC, TorStar, and TIFF, and with academics at UBC, University of Toronto, The New School, San Jose State University, more. I’ve juried grants and prizes for Creative Capital, the National Magazine Awards, and the Canada Council for the Arts. I’ve project-managed and facilitated large, successful branding and fundraising initiatives.

I’m known for developing and finessing multidisciplinary content that’s clear, accurate, and compelling.

I’m here to make you sound good—in your own voice, on your own terms.


Books Full-length or partial manuscripts, at all stages, with a specialization in academic and nonfiction work. Need to transform a dissertation into a publishable book? Need a major cutdown of a lengthy manuscript? Get in touch.

Magazines and websites I cut my professional teeth in magazine publishing and know journalism and critical writing inside and out.

Grants, fellowships, various university applications I've had consistent success as an arts-and-culture grant applicant—personally, with large institutions, and with various individual clients. I've juried for major national and provincial granting bodies and know what makes individual applications shine.

Academic writing, including dissertations Final papers, Master's theses, PhD dissertations—I've worked as an educator for years, and know what professors and committees are looking for in a successful, outstanding submission.

Cover letters and CVs I've got extensive experience hiring and managing staff, and recent editorial experience with a postsecondary career-services office. I know how to turn a job application into an interview.

Organizational messaging, press releases, rebranding I've worked with several publishing and cultural organizations during major rebrands, and have specific expertise in developing PR materials that successfully communicate these rebrands.


Substantive and line editing My expertise: intelligent, grammatically informed, and writer-sensitive edits that improve your text while retaining its integrity and originality.

Copy editing, proofreading, and formatting I currently copy edit for an academic journal (Ecology & Society) and have proven skills in precise, technical copy edits, proofs, and formatting that conform to specific style guides. Academics: I know MLA and APA. Publishers: the Chicago Manual is my specialty.

Copy and promotional writing, consulting Need to promote or express something but can't quite find the words? I can help you move and compel your audiences and clients. 

My rates vary depending on service(s) requested. Please email or call for a scope-of-work assessment and quote. 


"David was the perfect editor to do a manuscript cutdown. He turned the work around on time and left me with many useful and insightful comments and suggestions. I would be happy to work with him again." – Robert Ovetz

"I hired David to both copy edit and proofread the manuscript for a nonfiction book and he did a great job. He’s a knowledgeable, skilled, and thorough editor who's very reasonable and good at meeting deadlines. I'd gladly hire him again." – Shari Kasman

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 materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Public relations materials
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Earth sciences
  • Humanities, general
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Technology