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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!) I specialize in speculative fiction, memoirs, and self-help materials. 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, combined line and copyediting, and proofreading, along with sensitivity/authenticity reading and manuscript evaluations. There is no project too small or topic too odd for me to take on with glee! I am tremendously invested in supporting writers who are typically marginalized by the publishing industry. Stories that feature diverse characters, including BIPOC characters, LGBTQIA+ characters, disabled characters, etc, are of special interest to me; #ownvoices content is particularly welcome! I'm here to support you and help you polish your work until it shines.

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
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, French to English


  • Anthologies
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Magazines
  • Periodicals, general
  • Poetry
  • Style guides
  • Trade non-fiction


  • 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