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Leslie Saffrey

Aptitude Editorial Services

Toronto, ON
Certified Professional Editor (CPE)
Certified Structural Editor
Certified Copy Editor
Certified Stylistic Editor
Certified Proofreader

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2015)


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, correct, and concise text; and 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 textbook projects are in social sciences and humanities: sociology, English language and composition, English language learning, government, history, philosophy, and food studies. I’ve also worked on business, geography, health care, and environmental studies texts. As a part-time editorial consultant for the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, I edit reports on international development projects. 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


  • 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


  • Aboriginal people
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Developing countries
  • 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