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Mary Rykov, PhD

Toronto, ON M6J 3J9

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2014)
  • Toronto Branch (2012, 2013)


My editing lends precision and clarity to your words without masking your unique voice. Your meaning and purpose will shine. I can help you free your voice, find your words, polish your message, and sing your song.

I provide substantive, developmental, stylistic, and copy editing, specializing in scholarly, academic, professional, corporate, memoir, and plain language genres. I outsource transcription of research interviews for scholarship and journalism. Because I review for publications, I am uniquely positioned to mentor new writers through the submission and re-writing process. 

I welcome book-length academic dissertations or theses and memoirs, as well as concise business letters and reports. My preferred subjects include health, medicine, humanities, education, safety, and musicology.

I am a published author and writer with a PhD in Adult Education and considerable expertise in music therapy. Authors and poets may be interested to know I offer innovative ways to enhance creativity using music improvisation and Music-Evoked Imagery. Learn more about Music-Evoked Imagery on my website at

I am an EAC Toronto Branch volunteer who contributed best practice instructional guidelines for the Toronto Branch Seminars Committee. In 2017-2018, I served as National Executive Council task force lead to update the Guidlines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations, that will be known as Ethical Guidelines for Editing Student Texts.


Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Booklets
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Educational materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Poetry
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Theses and dissertations


  • Ecology and environment
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Humanities, general
  • Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Social sciences