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Sigrid Macdonald

Book Magic

9 Castlethorpe Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 5P6
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***Please note that although we are currently located outside Fort Lauderdale, all our prices are in Canadian dollars to welcome and accommodate Canadian clients.

Book Magic has twenty years' experience editing fiction from thrillers to mysteries to children's books to sci-fi and fantasy to romance and erotica. We also copy edit nonfiction manuscripts such as inspirational material, memoirs, and business guidebooks. Book Magic provides comprehensive copy editing, book coaching, rewriting, and manuscript evaluation packages to take care of all your needs. As the owner of the company, I've edited more than 250 full-length books as well as short stories, business reports, book proposals, cover letters, CVs, essays, newsletters, and articles, and my staff has edited countless more. I've written three books including Be Your Own Editor, and I used to do biweekly writing tips for Freelance

Moreover, I've worked with five international publishing companies and am currently associated with a publishing house in Ontario. My 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, and the able-bodied as well as those with visual impairments or other disabilities that make writing more challenging. Being part of the process that enables writers to hold their first book in their hands, or to see their masterpieces on Amazon, gives me tremendous satisfaction.

I've spent 30 years living in Ottawa, Ontario, and another five in Toronto, so I am conversant with Canadian spelling, but because I grew up in New Joisey, as Tony Soprano would say, American spelling is my default. I am also familiar with British and Australian spelling and dialects. Generally, I use The Chicago Manual of Style, but if that's not to your liking, I can edit fiction or nonfiction according to your preference.

My team members include experienced editors, editorial assistants, manuscript formatters, and cover design artists across North America. I can also connect you with experts in the self-publishing field who can guide you through that process should you decide to publish yourself.

The basic copy-editing service, level I, involves fixing errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typos, as well as standardization (e.g., making sure that if you spell okay as such at one point in your document, you don't spell it as OK later on), and stylizing punctuation. 1 cent per word

Comprehensive copy editing, level II, addresses all the above in addition to awkward sentence structure, wordiness, lack of clarity, and redundancies in the manuscript. 1.5 cents per word

Last, Book Magic provides manuscript evaluations. Many clients find this helpful when they reach a dead end and don't know what's wrong with their work. We point out areas of strength and weakness in plot, character development, setting, and dialogue for fiction and any problems with structure, flow, clarity, and references for nonfiction. Then we make specific recommendations for change so as to make the material more readable and marketable. 1.5 cents per word

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.





Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • 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
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Cookbooks
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Guidebooks
  • Hand-written materials
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Poetry
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Speeches
  • Surveys
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Administration
  • Africa
  • Animals
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Asia
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Central and South America
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economics
  • Entertainment
  • Europe
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Government, federal
  • Government, provincial
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Leisure, general
  • Life sciences
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Music
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States