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Margo LaPierre

Margo LaPierre Editing

Ottawa, ON
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


As an award-winning editor specializing in fiction and memoir, my approach is to study each manuscript while mapping it out, considering many angles to ensure all aspects of the manuscript support the author's intention. My empathy toward the author and to characters portrayed extends from this in-depth understanding. I adapt my approach to the voice and style of the author, using pattern analysis to inform my insights and suggestions. By providing concrete and creative possible solutions to areas of concern within the work, I give my clients a clear action plan for their manuscript revision.

In 2019 I was awarded the Claudette Upton Scholarship by Editors Canada. I am also a published poet—my collection Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes was published by Guernica Editions in 2017. I graduated from the Ryerson University Publishing Program and received my baccalaureate degree in Arts and Contemporary Studies (with a major in philosophy) from Ryerson. I edit fiction for Guernica Editions' World Series in addition to my freelancing practice. 

I have edited manuscripts for esteemed and award-winning authors such as Shira Nayman, author of Awake in the Dark, The Listener, and A Mind of Winter; Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier, Martyrs' Crossing, I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger, and Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti; Lisa Gornick, author of The Peacock Feast, Louisa Meets Bear, Tinderbox, and A Private Sorcery; Elizabeth Cuthrell, writer, producer, and co-founder of Evenstar Films; and Kate Manning, author of Whitegirl and My Notorious Life.

The editing process is a conversation between the author and the editor. It's also a conversation with the text itself. The editor's primary job is to listen to the text and to the author. I'm looking forward to a conversation with you. 

Kind regards, 



Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Plain language
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Books, self-published
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Trade non-fiction