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Karen Crosby


2555 Woodview Dr SW
Box 73052 RPO Woodbine
Calgary, AB T2W 6E4
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Editors Calgary (2021, 2022)
  • Editors Edmonton (2021, 2022)
  • Mentorship (2019, 2020, 2021)


I’m the founder and senior editor of Editarians, a Calgary-based editing company specializing in academic writing, especially documents written in APA Style (APA 7). For over 21 years we have helped hundreds of clients understand APA Style, reduce their overwhelm, and polish their papers to submit with confidence.


1. Academic work written to meet the standards of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Style editing). We edit theses, dissertations and dissertation proposals, capstone projects, journal articles, book chapters, course papers, and reports in APA 7. We can help you prepare submission letters and submission essays for the job or program of your dreams! 

2. Nonfiction book manuscripts. We have worked on memoirs, how-to books, self-help books, screenplays, and more, on topics from psychology to happiness to business succession. Please contact me if you would like a list of recent titles we have edited.

3. Nonfiction documentation, both for-profit and nonprofit, such as style guides, manuals, white papers, corporate or annual reports, and website content. 

About Editarians

Editarians' stellar reputation is based on our subject matter expertise and our collaborative, personal approach. As of July 2023, our average client rating is 9.86 out of 10.

Yes, we are grammar freaks who read style manuals. But we’re fun to work with, too. We are obsessed with improving the service you receive, always striving to deliver wow and exceed your expectations. To learn more about our services, visit us at, or jump right to our inquiry form, at

We'd love to hear from you on your project and hope to earn your business. We’re confident you’ll appreciate how we see what you don't.

My Editing History

I have been editing in various capacities since the early 1990s. I began editing in Japan, first for local and prefectural governments, and then for a bilingual magazine. Upon returning to Canada, I started freelance editing in 2002 under the name Documedic Editing Solutions and began to form a team. Our aim was simple: do an unparalleled job of improving clients’ written work, and make them jubilant in the process. In 2012, to celebrate the milestone of 10 years in business, we changed our name to Editarians, and we have never strayed from our original mission.

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"I had the privilege of working with Karen on my master’s thesis. Her editing skills were right on the money, and she did an expert job in adapting to my learning and working styles. She was professional, dependable, and was able to address my needs as the project evolved. She had that unique blend of intellectual and emotional intelligence, and she contributed in a significant way to the success of my paper!"—Linda Shore, MA, Former Director of Human Resources, Metro Vancouver

"Karen and the team at Editarians exceeded my expectations in all respects. As an international student trying to achieve critical timelines while balancing work and research with family life, I relied heavily on the ability of Editarians to review my work and provide timely feedback. They were simply fantastic, both in the manner in which they committed themselves to my timetable, the content and constructive nature of their feedback, and the subject and format requirements of the paper I was writing."—Paul Raw, MA, Strategic Business Leader, Critical Risk Associates

"The idea of having to create a perfect 150+ page thesis seemed daunting at the outset. To discover Karen and her team, through a recommendation from one of our faculty, was a gift. I’m pleased to say that my experience working with Editarians was wonderful! They are experts in APA and have a tremendous eye for detail. In working with these very capable editors, I was able to create a product far superior to that which I would have crafted on my own. ... The final product far exceeded my expectations. Thanks to our collective efforts, this thesis was deemed worthy of a PhD recommendation!"—Nick Langshaw, MA, Director, Human Resources, eHealth Saskatchewan

"The editorial services offered by Karen Crosby provide a writer with confidence. Her attention to detail ensures you will meet the technical and academic standards required. She clearly is well versed with formatting, the APA Style guide, and giving that final polish, and her flexible working process supports any shortcomings you may have as a writer. Her devotion to editing allowed me the time to focus on content and research while having the satisfaction that my wordsmithing would morph into a professional and accepted academic document; the peace of mind was priceless."—Myron Zukewich, MA, Global Security, Imperial Oil

"I am a jubilant customer and fan of Editarians! I am grateful that Editarians was recommended to me by a colleague at Royal Roads University. Editarians’ thoroughness and expertise saved me hours of valuable time and no doubt many tears. I will stand by my testimonial, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to a friend or a colleague."—Sue Garries, RPN, MA, Coordinator, Staff Education and Development, Vancouver Coastal Health

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BA with Distinction, University of Alberta, 1992

Professional Editing Certificate, Mount Royal University, 2014

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • E-books
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Style guides
  • Theses and dissertations


  • Business
  • Communications
  • Government
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general