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Marlies Sargent

Working Words

Calgary, AB


I am a freelance fiction editor who loves helping authors create their best work. I offer substantive editing to fantasy and contemporary romance authors looking to self-publish. I am passionate about collaborating with writers to support them in producing a novel they are proud to publish. My substantive editing includes both developmental editing (structure, character development, world building, and genre elements) and copyediting (style, grammar, consistency). 

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 contemporary romance novels and fantasy novels. I also have experience working with non-ficition books, including books about spirituality and prison chaplaincy. I am currently taking on new clients, so please send me a message if you are interested in working together.

Please visit my website for more information.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


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


  • Literature