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Leslie Lapides

Word Crisper

Atlanta, GA
United States

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2019)
  • Member Services (2019)
  • Training and Development (2019)


You need a smart, fast, thorough editor who’s easy to work with. My clients — consultants, executives, marketers, judges, attorneys, writers — say working with me was highly productive, easy and shockingly pleasant.

One of the top business-focused editors in the U.S., I have 30-plus years of editing experience. I was business editor of a major Washington, D.C.-based news service and belonged to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. I won a group Peabody Award for my editing in 2011 (that's for online media and broadcasting).

One professional writer I worked with told me, “You are a great editor, smart, fast, professional. Every piece of mine that you touched you made better, in a gentle way without rewriting it.” (Go here for more testimonials.)

I'm collaborative and collegial, but also decisive. I won't waste your time.

I can Americanize Canadian content (I'm an American) and couch your information so it's more likely a journalist will be interested in writing about it (I'm a managing editor). 

I am a member of Editors Canada and have a B.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

I am also an approved supplier for PubLaunch.

Try me — you won't be sorry.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Websites


  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Lifestyles
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States