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Merel Elsinga

Sidney, BC V8L 3R8
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I have over a decade of experience in writing, copy-editing and proofreading in both English and Dutch as a former employment law attorney (Dutch LL.M.) The lawfirm I worked at had plain language as their policy. I also spent 10+ years as professional bluewater sailing chef and crew. The sailing career brought me to Vancouver Island, where I was involved with house building from design to finish. I have since returned to editing and I am regularly hired for editing services by a West Coast publishing house that focuses on sustainability. To further my editing knowledge I am currently enrolled in the Editing Program at Simon Fraser University. I hope to obtain my editing certificate later this year.

I am fluent in English and Dutch. I have experience editing English works written by ESL authors and my niche is fine tuning English texts that have been translated from Dutch. Editing academic papers is also familiar terrain for me due to my academic training and publication of my thesis.

With my diverse background I could only be a generalist in the projects I take on. And I always deliver on time. Check out my website and contact me to see if we are the right match!

Special interests and subject expertise: sailing (sailboats), cooking, aviation, house building, law.


"It has been a great experience working with Merel editing my short stories. Merel also suggested updating some info which was useful and improved my stories" – J. Roschlaub, writer

"Merel's careful eye and professional, friendly style make her a pleasure to work with. Merel has been a freelance proofreader with us for over a year now and I am impressed with her eagerness to learn as she expands her publishing knowledge from proofreading to indexing and editing." – Sue Custance, Publishing Director, New Societey Publishers


Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Translation, other


  • Academic papers and essays
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Catalogues
  • Cookbooks
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Indexes
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Periodicals, general
  • Subtitles
  • Websites


  • Animals
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Biography
  • Canada
  • Construction and real estate
  • Ecology and environment
  • Europe
  • Food and drink
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Labour and employment
  • Law
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Music
  • North America
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Transportation
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States