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Kristy Lynn Hankewitz

Kristy Lynn Editorial Services

Toronto, ON M2J 1Z4


I am a copy editor and proofreader specializing in academic/scholarly books, journals, and papers in the humanities and social sciences, as well as other non-fiction publications. I work with both publishers and independent authors.

I have a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature and a second BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Windsor. I also completed the Publishing Certificate program through the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. I excelled in my courses, which included Grammar, Copy Editing, Stylistic Editing, Proofreading, Indexing, and Production.

I have been working as an editorial freelancer since 2008. My body of work consists of scholarly and non-fiction publications, including journal articles, full-length books, theses, and newsletters.

I previously worked a contract position as Academic/Non-Fiction Editor at The Editing Company in Toronto. My work included copy editing scholarly books and dissertations, tidying manuscripts after authors responded to queries and made revisions, and contributing to blog posts. 

I also previously worked in-house at the University of Toronto Press for the XML/Digital Workflow division, P-Shift. During my time there, I was in charge of project review and coordination, preparing manuscripts for copy editing and typesetting, managing production for client books, and creating e-books. I gained a thorough understanding of scholarly publishing and the book and journal publishing process.

Before I worked full time at the University of Toronto Press, I completed a Production/Editorial Internship at UTP Journals. During my internship, I gained plenty of copy editing experience, working on various journals including Physiotherapy Canada, the Journal of Veterinary Medical EducationCanadian Review of American Studies, and University of Toronto Quarterly, as well as daily blog posts. I also proofread a great deal of articles and full issues of journals, including material published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, the Canadian Review of American Studies, the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

I am proficient in using various style guides, including MLA, APA, and Chicago. I also have experience conforming material to various English dictionaries (Canadian, American, British). 

Outside of my professional work, I spend my time cooking and baking (gluten-free), drinking tea, walking and hiking in parks around Ontario, reading (all genres, but especially Horror and Fantasy), staying organized with my minimalistic bullet journal, practising yoga, colouring, and learning about as many different things as I can.  

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, general
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Textbooks, college and university


  • Aboriginal people
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Gender studies
  • Government, federal
  • Government, provincial
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general