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Rachel Spence


I am a developmental editor, copy editor, and proofreader with over eight years of experience in editing both trade and academic works. I have experience in trade publishing as an in-house editor and as an acquisitions editor, and I am well versed on the publishing, acquisitions, and agenting processes. 

On the trade side, I edit young adult fiction, including fantasy, and adult fiction and non-fiction. As a queer editor, I enjoy working with LGBTQ writers on their writing projects. I was an in-house editor for almost four years, including, most recently, working as an acquisitions editor at Dundurn Press in Toronto. In this role, I acquired books in multiple genres, including: literary novels Even So by Lauren B. Davis and After Elias by Eddy Boudel Tan, thriller The Day She Died by S.M. Freedman, memoir People You Follow by Hayley Gene Penner, biography Outrageous Misfits by Brian Bradley, and queer YA fantasy novel The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole. I was also an associate editor at The Rights Factory (TRF), a Canadian literary agency, where I worked with TRF authors to help polish their manuscripts before submission to publishers. In a freelance editorial capacity, I've worked with multiple Canadian publishing houses, including House of Anansi Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Dundurn Press, and Kids Can Press.

On the academic side, I have a BA and MA in English from the University of Toronto and a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. I have edited full-length academic manuscripts as well as book proposals and articles. I’m also a graduate research assistant at the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University.

For some editorial tips, listen to this episode of The Shit No One Tells You About Writing podcast, where I chat with the host about developmental editing and manuscript evaluations.

For more information, please email me or visit my LinkedIn profile.

Editorial Skills

  • Acquisitions
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Biography
  • Canada
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature