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Sigrid Macdonald

Book Magic

9 Castlethorpe Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 5P6
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Book Magic provides copy editing, proofreading, and manuscript evaluations for fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs as well as romance, erotica, and science fiction. We also offer book coaching and rewriting services, and we have edited more than 379 full-length fiction and nonfiction books.

In addition to working with individuals, the owner of Book Magic, Sigrid Macdonald, has worked with six publishing companies, including a publishing house in Ontario and several international firms. Her clients consist of first-time writers as well as seasoned pros, people whose native tongue is English and those who have English as a second language. Being part of the process that enables writers to hold their first book in their hands, or to see their masterpieces on Amazon, gives all of us at Book Magic tremendous satisfaction.

Our team includes experienced editors, editorial assistants, manuscript formatters, and cover design artists. We can also connect you with experts in the self-publishing field who can guide you through that process, and sometimes, publishers we know are looking for submissions.

Because many of us at Book Magic are writers, we understand how nerve-racking it can be to hand your material over to a stranger; consequently, we strive to be constructive and helpful. Whether you need major reconstruction or minor surgery on your manuscript, we can polish your prose.

What Clients Are Saying about Book Magic

"I found Sigrid online. I reached out, and within a couple of days, we were working together. Beyond just editing, Sigrid is a mentor and advisor, passionate about her work and super easy to work with. I gained a lot more confidence in my project thanks to Sigrid's comments and feedback. I highly recommend her services; Book Magic is true magic."

Ned Nadima, author of Stories of My Life

"Working with Sigrid has been a wonderfully beneficial and uplifting experience. As a first-time author, it can be daunting to put your work out there for professionals to critique, but she made it such an enjoyable and seamless process throughout. Every step of the way, she explained her thought process and reasoning for all edits and made sure to consult with me anytime a clarification was needed, taking no risks on assumptions. This gave me great confidence in my final manuscript, and I could not be happier with Book Magic’s services!"

Jasmine Mander, author of Amazonia

"I wrote my first book, my autobiography, with the marvelous assistance of Sigrid Macdonald and her company, Book Magic. My book started out as a short guide, for my European and US relatives, on what to do and what not to do in their personal and business lives. After reading that manuscript, my relatives and friends from the USA and Europe encouraged me to write an autobiography for a much wider audience.

In order make that occur, Sigrid spent a lot of time with me and my manuscript, turning it into an easy, informative, and interesting read of my 39 years of working internationally, in the financial sector. She also spent much time with me, explaining, in detail, the best practices of successful authors, while at the same time assisting me to solve the problems of my recalcitrant computer, which did not, mysteriously, want to do what I wanted it to do. Sigrid’s efforts and counseling turned my average manuscript into an autobiography that could be easily read and which would convey exactly what I wanted to have my readers understand. And she did this with a great sense of humor, humility, and expertise. Thanks very much, Sigrid!"

J.C. Hallmann, Author of Sailing Against the Wind




Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newspapers
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Speeches
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Administration
  • Africa
  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Asia
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Central and South America
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Ecology and environment
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Information technology
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Music
  • North America
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States