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Sandra Otto


Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2011)
  • Editors Toronto (2020)


My editorial training includes courses in copy, stylistic, and structural editing; seminars in proofreading and digital markup; workshops; individual study via a growing collection of writing books and style guides; and an internship at HarperCollins Canada. I have worked in-house for corporate clients and remotely with a diverse group of individuals and companies on a variety of projects. 

Before starting my own business, Otto Edit, I worked in research for major banks, building financial models and writing reports about mining and beverage companies. I earned my Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation during this period.

My goal is to provide you with high-quality editorial services, a professional and co-operative working relationship, and a project delivered on time and at a reasonable cost. I will respect your voice while giving your words their best chance at finding an appreciative audience. If you're a new client with a full-length manuscript that requires editing, I’m happy to provide you with a short sample edit of your work. The main purpose of this is to help you decide whether I would be a good fit for you and your project. For a fee, I also offer evaluations/critiques for writers at any experience level. Your manuscript is assessed for structure, theme, setting, plot, character development and motivation, point of view, voice, dialogue, pacing, and conflict. 

I look forward to hearing from you!


Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Newspapers
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Africa
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • International relations
  • Literature
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences