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Michelle Parker

M Parker Editing

Ottawa, ON


I'm an offbeat freelance editor with over ten years of editing experience. (And a two-time Hugo Award nominee!) Though I specialize in speculative fiction, memoirs, and self-help materials, I will happily take my ruthless red pen to just about anything. There is no project too small or topic too odd for me to take on with glee! I'm here to support you and help you polish your work until it shines.

When it comes to fiction, I'm available for editing flash fiction, short stories, novellas, and full novels in a variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, YA, romance, horror, and erotica. I offer developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading, along with sensitivity/authenticity reading and manuscript evaluations. I am tremendously invested in supporting writers who are typically marginalized by the publishing industry. Stories that feature diverse characters, including people of colour, LGBT+ characters, disabled characters, etc, are of special interest to me; #ownvoices content is particularly welcome!

Please visit my website for my rates and full descriptions of the services I offer. It also has my contact form, which is the best way to make an initial inquiry.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Translation, French to English


  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Poetry
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Canada
  • Cinema
  • Culture
  • Gender studies
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Humanities, general
  • Life sciences
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology