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Eva van Emden

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1B5
Certified Proofreader
Certified Copy Editor

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Annual General Meeting (2012, 2013)
  • British Columbia Branch (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Conference (2011, 2016)
  • Newsletter (2012)


Freelance editor with seven years of experience editing trade books, magazines, scientific and technical writing, and self-published books. Certified copy editor and proofreader.

Editorial skills
   • Proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing, structural editing, research and fact checking, consulting and manuscript evaluation
   • Academic and technical editing
   • Websites and e-books

Scientific, technical, and medical editing
I have degrees in biology and computer science, with course work in software engineering, bioinformatics, biochemistry, ecology, earth science, climatology, medical terminology, statistics, math, physics, and chemistry. I edit professional reports, grant applications, academic papers, and medical documents.

Fiction and science fiction
I love fiction, especially good genre fiction. I read a variety of science fiction and enjoy its special challenges.

Education and professional development
   • Certified copy editor and certified proofreader with Editors Canada
   • BSc biology, MSc computer science
   • Simon Fraser University's editing program: courses in copy editing, proofreading, grammar, and indexing
   • Poynter News University Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
   • Editors Canada professional development workshops in substantive editing, writing and editing for the web, technical editing, indexing, editing fiction, research and fact checking, picture research, and editorial ethics

Selected projects
   • Americanization, The 10-Day Plan to Nourish & Glow by Amelia Freer, Appetite by Random House
   • Copy editing, ebook formatting, Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Relationships, by Ronald W. Richardson; published through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
   • Copy editor, Principles for Responsible Management—Sharing Information on Progress Report, UBC Sauder School of Business
   • Transcription and script editing for an online course, Generative Art and Computational Creativity, offered by Kadenze
   • Metro Vancouver, Sustainability Dialogues, transcription and compilation
   • Proofreader, Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs: A Brief History of Real Estate Development by Herb Auerbach with Ira Nadel, Figure 1
   • Structural editor, No News Is Bad News, by Ian Gill, Greystone Books
   • Editor, On the Edge: The State and Fate of the World’s Tropical Rainforests by Claude Martin, Greystone Books
   • Copy editor, petrographic reports
   • Copy editor, LAVA magazine issues 1–62
   • Copy editor and proofreader (English text) Nursing Lexicon/Lexique de soins infirmiers by Suzanne Larochelle (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development)
   • Editor and proofreader, The Dental Hygienist: A Public Health Perspective by Suzanne Turmel; translated from French by Valentina Baslyk (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development)
   • Editing and manuscript evaluation of science fiction novels
   • Dutch to English translations of medical manuscripts


“I have now published nine non-fiction books, two of them self-published. Each book had a different editor, with seven of them assigned by the various publishers. Eva was recommended to me by a friend who teaches editing. I consider Eva’s editorial work to be the best I have had. She did primarily copy editing, stylistic editing and fact checking for my self-published book on Jane Austen and my approach to psychotherapy. Her queries re: my text were thoughtful and invited me to think more about my own meaning. She clarified my intent in ways that were consistent with my own writing style and clearly made it better. She was easy to work with, understood what I wanted, and was quickly responsive to my questions. In addition, Eva did the work on uploading my manuscript to Amazon’s CreateSpace self-publishing program (as well as Kindle and BookBaby) and made it fit their strict requirements. Her skills in doing this were especially valuable to me. I highly recommend her.” —Ron Richardson, Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Relationships

   • Working languages for editing: English
   • Translation: Dutch to English.

Personal interests and subject matter expertise
   • Sport: running, triathlon, cycling, swimming, marathon running, rock climbing, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking, horse sports, martial arts
   • Dance: ballroom dance, swing dancing, Argentine tango
   • Pottery and ceramic arts

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, other


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Cookbooks
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Business
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • Government, municipal
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Information technology
  • Leisure, general
  • Life sciences
  • Lifestyles
  • Medicine
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Sciences, general
  • Sports
  • Travel and tourism