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Diane Young


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, mysteries, middle-grade fiction, 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 both in-house and on a freelance basis for many companies, including Dundurn Press, TAP Books, Madison Press, Firefly, Lorimer, 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. At TAP Books, I acquired and edited four fiction and two nonfiction manuscripts over the course of two years. Two of those six books were singled out for recognition: Elle Wild's Strange Things Done won the 2017 Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award, sponsored by Kobo. Elle's novel also won the Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel. Pamela Mordecai's Red Jacket was a finalist for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. 

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Editorial Skills

  • Acquisitions
  • Canadianization
  • 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
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • 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