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Diane Young

Diane Young and Associates

Toronto, ON M5J2V1


During twenty-five years in publishing, I have acquired and edited a wide range of manuscripts, including award-winning fiction and nonfiction. I have edited autobiographies, biographies, children's books, crime fiction, literary fiction, memoirs, middle-grade fiction, mysteries, romance, women's fiction, and young adult books. I am the author of See No Evil, a middle-grade children's novel, published by Orca Press.

I have worked on an in-house or a freelance basis for many publishers, including Dundurn Press, Madison Press, Firefly, Lorimer, Harlequin, Penguin, Stoddart, and Coach House Press. While I was Dundurn's editorial director, I managed a list of 120 books and a department of eight editors. As the editorial director of TAP Books, I was responsible for acquiring and editing a prize-winning list, including Elle Wild's Strange Things Done, which won the 2017 Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and the 2015 Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel. Pamela Mordecai's Red Jacket was a finalist for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. 

My skill sets include acquisitions, developmental editing, structural and substantive editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and consulting and manuscript evaluation.

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Editorial Skills

  • Acquisitions
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Cookbooks
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • Guidebooks
  • Indexes
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Labour and employment
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Social sciences
  • Travel and tourism