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Sandy Newton

111 Burnt Head Loop
Cupids, NL A0A 2B0
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  • Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence (2012)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Newfoundland-Labrador Twig (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)


A freelance editor and writer based in Canada’s first English colony—Cupids, Newfoundland, settled 1610—I contribute concepts, copy and/or editorial services to a wide range of projects and for a broad client base.

I moved to Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1990s and since then have developed a fondness for, and experience with, projects that explore and present aspects of this province’s natural/cultural heritage and history. These projects have ranged from museum exhibits, art catalogues, and non-fiction books to educational publications, government reports, print promotions, advocacy materials, corporate communications materials, and web sites. The scope of my work can be as focused as copy-editing or include everything from writing content to serving as managing editor.

I’m honoured that my work overseeing the creation of Where’s the Catch: The Fish We Harvest from the NW Atlantic (by Wade Kearley, Boulder Publications) won Editors Canada’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2012. Four additional non-fiction books I’ve edited have won provincial or regional awards. I was also pleased to co-author and edit Birds of Newfoundland with Ian Warkentin (published 2010).

I take special delight in helping clients make the words and graphics/imagery of their messages work together to greatest effect. Do you have a project you’d like to discuss? Give me a call!

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Books, general
  • Business materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Handicrafts
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Travel and tourism