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Patricia Simmons

perSimmons editing

24 Lorne Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 2Y7
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I earned a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge and held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. I have worked in academia for more than three decades as a researcher, instructor, writing consultant, and editor. Projects include a book of multi-authored articles about Milton and early modern nationalism, a collection of multi-authored articles for a special issue of UTQ about Milton and America, a monograph about four centuries of plant exploration in New Brunswick, and individual scholarly articles.


I offer painstaking structural editing, stylistic editing, copyediting, and proofreading in the following areas:

     • academic writing in the humanities and social sciences (scholarly articles and books);

     • general non-fiction;

     • literary or creative non-fiction (e.g. personal essays and life writing); and 

     • literary fiction (particularly short stories).

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Abstracts
  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Bibliographies
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Conference materials
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, other
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Gender studies
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Pedagogy
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general