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David Eso, PhD

Fine Line Edits

964 Heywood Ave
Victoria, BC V8V2Y5
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


As an editor, I work to promote clarity, consistency, and liveliness of expression. My credentials include advanced degrees in English, culminating with a PhD from the University of Victoria (2021). A long-running literary career developed my ear for enjoyable writing. A parallel background working on technical and business materials helps me ensure writers’ voices are accurate, digestible, and compelling for target audiences.

My company—Fine Line Edits—invites a range of content formats. Examples include marketing or training materials, project proposals, technical reports, website content, and professional bios; academic articles or creative manuscripts; as well as presentations and speeches. Other service offerings include research, original writing, and education in written composition.

I have edited three book-length editions for academic and literary presses. They are Where the Nights are Twice as Long, Post-glacial: The Poetry of Robert Kroetsch, and Leo Ferrari’s long-lost Globularist Hoax manuscript. Since 2015, I have served as an editor at the Malahat Review, a prominent literary journal with world-wide reach. Self-authored publications include peer-reviewed literary criticism; many book reviews; creative writing; and, most recently, an entry on the poet Alden Nowlan for the Literary Encyclopedia. See for writing samples, a publication list, and glowing testimonials.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Poetry
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Speeches
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Entertainment
  • Government
  • Health
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Travel and tourism