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Ricki Ewings, BA, TT

Kid Lit Editorial

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Specialist Children's Book Editor

If you write children's books, including picture books, picture story books, easy readers, chapter books, or middle-grade fiction and are looking for a top-notch, highly experienced editor, please consider me. As senior copy editor at Tradewind Books (international publisher of children's and young-adult fiction), I edited many award-winning titles. Since then, I've edited for numerous independent writers of children's fiction. I offer an outstanding knowledge of grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, editing conventions, Chicago style, and best practices in writing children's fiction; strong critical-thinking skills; and an excellent eye for detail. I begin by reading your manuscript and considering the plot, characters, balance, flow, writing, pacing, and suitability for the age group, providing feedback and suggestions. Once you return the manuscript to me, I determine your copyediting preferences, then check every word and punctuation mark for correct spelling and usage, and double-check hyphenated words. I offer a free sample copyedit of an excerpt of your manuscript so that you can see if you like my work. You will find me conscientious, supportive, and enthusiastic.

Literary Awards

Books I've edited have won or been shortlisted for such awards as the Vancouver Book Award, the Red Cedar Award, the Chocolate Lily Award, the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, the CBC Book Prizes, the BC Readers' Choice Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Best of Resource Links, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Alberta Children’s Choice Award, the Steller Award, the BC Teen Readers' Choice Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book of the Year Award, the OLA Silver Birch Award, the Diamond Willow Award, and the Saskatchewan Readers’ Choice Award.


"Top-notch editing."  Free World Authors

"If you're looking for an experienced, talented, and thorough editor for your next book, then look no further than Ricki Ewings. Ricki worked on several of my middle-grade novels and has recently been invaluable in helping me prepare the Children's Writer's Guide for publication. A pleasure to work with and a true professional."  Simon Rose

"I have to say your edits just rocked! I tried to have this manuscript perfect before you got it, and the things you caught and the suggestions you made for improvements were just perfect. I was smiling the whole way through."  Steve Whibley

Thanks for viewing my profile! I look forward to hearing from you.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Books, children's and young adult