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Mary Newberry

Mary Newberry Editorial Services

401 Richmond Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Publications (2014)
  • Toronto Branch (2012)


Since 2000, with a BA in political science and an MA in English, I've happily worked as a freelance editor, indexer and teacher. My early passion was dancing, and it’s the self-discipline I learned then that is probably my greatest indirect asset now.

My work is in the humanities, on academic, government, literary, creative arts and general interest texts and, lately, in memoir. My clients are individuals as well as publishers, governments and institutions. I have a long-term relationship with social justice and diversity and enjoy working in these arenas.

Scholarly editing is one of my specialties, as a copy editor and for substantive and stylistic work. I enjoy complex materials, helping to bring clarity and concision to emerging ideas.

"Gratitude to Mary Newberry for being such a brilliant editor for the structure and content, helping turn my Frankenstein mess into something that was eminently more readable and coherent." — Shakil Choudhury, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them (Between the Lines 2015)

About half of my time is spent indexing for books and online. I teach indexing in a course I developed for the Ryerson’s Publishing Program and have a contract with the Alberta government, editing and updating metadata for one of their websites.

In 2016, I won the Ewart-Daveluy Award for excellence in indexing.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Indexes
  • Magazines
  • Poetry
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Aboriginal people
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Europe
  • Gender studies
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • International relations
  • Labour and employment
  • Law
  • Literature
  • North America
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general