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John Sweet

Montreal, QC
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


My CV can be found here:

I have been working as an editor since 1991, and have been a freelancer for over 25 years. My special areas of expertise and passion are fiction, religion/spirituality, LGBT writing, environmental issues,  and poetry. I was the copy editor of the 2018 Giller Prize winner Washington Black by Esi Edugyan; the 2019 Governor General's Award for Fiction winner Five Wives by Joan Thomas; and the 2019 Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction winner Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. by Jenny Heijun Wills.

I trained as a copy editor at Penguin Books in London, and have also worked for Random House, HarperCollins, Page Two, Biblioasis, House of Anansi, Goose Lane Editions, Annick Press, Firefly Books, Thomas Allen, Key Porter Books, and Prentice Hall.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, French to English
  • Writing


  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Poetry
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • History
  • Literature
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Travel and tourism