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Marlies Sargent

Working Words

Calgary, AB


I am a freelance editor with an education background, and I offer substantive editing, as well as manuscript evaluations, for both fiction and non-fiction writers. I am passionate about collaborating with writers to promote purpose and clarity in their projects. I enjoy working with independent and self-publishing authors in many genres.

As an editor and former teacher, I build relationships with my clients, and help them develop their writing skills throughout the editing process. My hope is that by working with me, clients will learn a few new skills that they can take with them into their future projects. My style is supportive, personable and communicative. I endeavor to help authors convey their ideas to their readers through their organization and writing style, all with the objective of helping to bring out the best in each project.

I have experience working with romance novels and fantasy novels. I also have experience working with non-ficition novels, including novels about spirituality and prision chaplaincy. I am looking to work with some new clients to help with their manuscripts.

Please visit my website for more information.

Editorial Skills

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


  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Fiction
  • Teachers' guides


  • Literature