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Shelley M. Egan

Egan Editing

Fredericton, NB
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


I am a professional editor and proofreader with eleven years of editing experience, seven of those as a parliamentary editor at the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

If you aren't sure what kind of editing service you need, I can help.

I specialize in editing fiction and recently completed a course on editing romance novels. (Romance writers, please get in touch!) I also edit non-fiction, recipes, and poetry, and I created the house style guide for [Edit] magazine.

My skills are sharp and current. Since starting my business, I have taken more than two dozen courses, workshops, and webinars to ensure that I can offer my clients high-quality work. I offer an online workshop, Correcting Common Writing Errors, through the University of New Brunswick.

Before beginning my editing career, I taught English to speakers of other languages: English grammar and writing to international undergraduate students and to Francophone military personnel.

I have Government of Canada Secret, or Level II, security clearance.

Beginning writers are welcome, as are all inquiries.


What clients have said about my work:

Just finished reading your report. You have more than justified my belief that you were the right choice for an editor. This is precisely the critique I have needed. As I read it, I was thankful for your kind words but more thankful for your comments on the weaknesses of the book. You have broken a dam, in a sense. I am very excited again after being disheartened and perhaps disillusioned about my own abilities. I cannot thank you enough. (fiction writer)

Absolutely bloody brilliant as ever. Thank you, Shelley! (magazine editor-in-chief)

The author really likes your reworking of the back cover copy – good job! He also was really impressed with the author queries I forwarded to him – the language issues (French and Italian) and the baseball one in particular. (publisher)

Thanks, Shelley. The final book owes much to your rigorous proofreading. (managing editor)

Many thanks for the info. I'll be looking at the sites you've listed, as well as your suggestions, in the next few days. Your suggestions are extremely helpful, and you're a very good coach! (fiction writer)



Master of Education in Administrative Leadership, Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts in English, the University of British Columbia

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), the University of Leicester

RSA/Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, International House Hastings


Keywords: developmental edit, developmental editing, English as a second language, ESL, Hansard, magazine editing, manuscript analysis, manuscript assessment, Parliamentary editor, security clearance, romance, fiction, novels



Editorial Skills

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


  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Cookbooks
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Entertainment
  • Food and drink
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Handicrafts
  • Health
  • Humanities, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism