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Leslie Saffrey

Aptitude Editorial Services

Toronto, ON
Canada
Certified Professional Editor (CPE)
2015
Certified Structural Editor
2015
Certified Copy Editor
2012
Certified Stylistic Editor
2012
Certified Proofreader
2011

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2015)

Profile

As a Certified Professional Editor, I provide skilled editing at any stage of creating organized and polished documents for print or Web: developing the framework and outline; guiding the writing; editing for eloquent, clear, and concise text; proofing the final layout, text, and graphics. 

I'm an expert in taming complex books and reports: my speciality is academic and technical/scientific material full of figures, tables, charts, maps, photos, and boxed features. I take particular delight in ensuring that citations and references are complete and correct.

I work in a wide range of subjects. Many of my projects are in humanities and social sciences: history, English language and composition, English language learning, government, philosophy, sociology, and food studies. I’ve also worked on business, geography, health care, and environmental studies texts. My degree is in linguistics; as well, I have a diploma and work experience in horticulture and a keen interest in urban agriculture and community gardening, especially in relation to sustainability.

I’ve been a full-time freelance editor since 2009. I began my editing career as a production editor with Oxford University Press Canada, while working toward Ryerson University’s Certificate in Publishing, which I completed in 2008. Earlier, I was a technical writer, working mainly on software documentation and instruction manuals.

 

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Atlases, maps, plans
  • Business materials, general
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Reports, other
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Aboriginal people
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health care
  • History, Canadian
  • Information technology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences