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Maria Hypponen



I am an indexer, editor, writer, and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience serving Canadian and American authors, publishers, professionals, and organizations. I help my clients inform, persuade, and delight their audiences.

As a freelance back-of-the-book indexer, I write accurate, elegant, and thoughtful indexes for books on a range of topics. As an editor, I help ensure my clients' written materials are clear, error-free, and consistent. I also provide high-level critique and beta-reading for writers who wish to present their strongest writing efforts for publication. As a writer, I work with clients in professional services, associations, and not-for-profit organizations to develop and write all manner of materials. I also pursue my own creative writing. I have a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Queen’s University, and am continually engaged in professional development to refine my skills.

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Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • Structural and substantive editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Blogs
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Indexes
  • Newsletters
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Communications
  • Ecology and environment
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general