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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, after earning a BA in political science and an MA in English, I've worked as a freelance editor, indexer and teacher. My first career 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 collaboration, 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.

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. I was one of the indexers working on the Final Report of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission of Canada.  

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


  • 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