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I specialize in editing non-fiction, working with self-publishing authors, and helping non-profit organizations. I’m a copy editor, content editor, developmental editor, and proofreader with an Editing Certificate through Simon Fraser University (2018). I also edit fiction, poetry, and online content. I design and format manuscripts and create PDF files for print publishing and EPUB and MOBI files for e-book publishing utilizing Adobe InDesign and Vellum software.
For the past four years, I have worked with dozens of authors to prepare their books for self-publishing from start to finish, following the Chicago Manual of Style. I provide feedback via track changes in Microsoft Word, memos, and email (video chats or phone calls if needed). I also create a style sheet to ensure consistency of edits in your manuscript.
Additionally, I have worked with online publishers to edit and rewrite online content following house style guides and SEO principles.
I have extensive experience in report writing, business documentation, and editing as a leader and a coach with a non-profit organization (not-for-profit). I have front-line experience in the social service sector and am familiar with social issues such as abuse (physical and sexual), drug use, recovery, homelessness, housing, and mental health. I've also provided support for First Nation and LGBTQ2S communities. And I have volunteered internationally with organizations working with refugees.
I have strong interests in the culinary arts (cookbooks), fine arts, graphic design, hiking, hockey, photography, poetry, religion, and spirituality. I'm also a photographer, writer, and poet.
Here are a few testimonials from some of my clients:
"Deegy is an all-around editor whose experience and professionalism are shown in the quality of his work. He helped me—not just to correct the grammar and tenses in my manuscript, but by giving me feedback on tone and flow. He asked questions and always answered mine. He created a style sheet for consistency and helped me to make an appendix with links. He also made sure that all of the citations in my manuscript were done properly, along with a bibliography. In general, he helped me to transform my work into a polished piece. I could not have been happier with the work he provided. I would hire him again in an instant, and I look forward to working with him on my next project.”
—Joana Corzo, self-published author
"I am very happy with the edits Deegy did on my book. He changed the tone and energy of much of the content in a fitting, compelling, and healthier way than before. He made helpful observations and suggestions that made the book better, and that was much needed to reshape the book, so the readers didn’t get lost. I am very thankful he did the edits for me.”
—René Lafaut MSc., self-published author
"I consider myself a rookie when it comes to writing. Getting words on paper isn’t an issue for me but putting everything together in a way that’s concise, easy to follow, and engaging for the audience I’m trying to reach is where I struggle. Working with Deegy eliminated those problems for me. At the time he began working on my project, he was overseas. Despite the distance between us, I was impressed by his communication and how he walked me through the editing process from start to finish. His professionalism and skill set are hard to find these days. Without a doubt, I’ll be using his services again in the near future and highly recommend the same for any aspiring writers out there."
—Stephen J. Langjhelm, ACE-certified personal trainer
Get In Touch
You can contact me about your project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Copy editing
- Desktop publishing
- Developmental or project editing
- Layout and design
- Online editing
- Research and fact-checking
- Structural and substantive editing
- Stylistic editing
- Books, art and photography
- Books, children's and young adult
- Books, general
- Books, self-help
- Books, self-published
- Trade non-fiction
- Food and drink
- Humanities, general
- Leisure, general
- Outdoor recreation
- Psychology and mental health
- Religion and spirituality
- Social sciences
- Society, general
- Travel and tourism