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Marg Gilks

Scripta Word Services

814583 Muir Line
Woodstock, ON N4S 7W3
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Specializing in fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, and historical), with frequent forays into nonfiction and commercial material. I offer professional editing and personalized service to individuals, publishers and self-publishers, and businesses.

Recent projects: children's fiction, Flying Mutant Zombie Rats (Ravenswood Publishing); book layout, Mr. A.J. and the Machine (children's picture book); speculative fiction: The Steam Empire Chronicles series (Daniel Ottalini); historical fiction: Eboracum series (Rubicon Developments Ltd.); fantasy: Age of Endings series (Paul Coey); LGBT fiction: Rymellan and Daros Chronicles series (Norn Publishing); biographies in the Women in the Arts series (Chelsea House); Dining & the Arts Magazine (Patchell Media); HTML editing of myFox Health pages.

From Graham Clews, whose novel Eboracum: The Village won the 2008 Best Book of the Year, Historical Fiction, Premier Book Awards: "In one writing lesson over the Internet, Marg Gilks set me on the right path faster than anyone I can remember (and with fewer words, too)."

Fiction edited: speculative fiction (specialty area) including science fiction, fantasy, and horror; historical fiction (specialty area); Young Adult; LGBT; romance; thriller and suspense; mystery; children's fiction, middle grade and chapter books; Christian and inspirational; Western; mainstream; literary. Related nonfiction: memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies.

All lengths, including novel, novella, novelette, short story, flash fiction, anthology/collection, trilogy, series. Also submission and publishing materials including cover letters, query letters, synopses and outlines, back cover blurbs, Web content, and press releases.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • Lifestyles
  • Sciences, general