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Shannon Costella

Word Scout Editing and Proofreading Services

Calgary, AB
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I am the owner of Word Scout Editing and Proofreading Services in Calgary. Much of my experience is in editing scholarly works using APA, MLA, and Chicago writing styles. I edit theses, dissertations, research papers, and essays.

I also edit business documentation and provide proofreading services to authors for manuscripts. I have extensive experience in the preparation of resumes and cover letters.  I am a Journalism Arts graduate from SAIT, where my writing was described as “technically perfect.”

I worked for many years in a corporate environment, giving me knowledge of business terminology and principles. Editing business documents allows my clients to concentrate on the content of their writing—what they know best—while I ensure it is presented with credibility and professionalism.

The rise in popularity of self-publishing over the past ten or so years has given freelance editors new opportunities to be involved in the book publication process. I love helping authors make their hard work cohesive and approachable. I use comments in MS Word throughout, either to ask questions the writer may not have considered, or to make suggestions or observations. I will also do a final proofread for an author whose manuscript is almost ready for publication but needs one last read-through to check for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

I look forward to hearing from you so we can discuss the ways in which I can help to make your writing something you can present with confidence.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Business materials, general
  • E-materials, general
  • Reference materials, general
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Theses and dissertations


  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Humanities, general
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general