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Stephanie Fysh

Toronto, ON
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • External Liaison (2013, 2014)


I’ve been editing and proofreading fiction, textbooks, scholarly publications, and trade nonfiction since 1999. My clients include established publishers and independent authors who self-publishing or seeking contracts. Authors have called me “a true professional, incredibly thorough” and “the sweetest copy editor alive.” Am I the right editor for your project?

My expertise in fiction is in manuscript evaluation and substantive, stylistic, and copy editing of long-form fantasy, science fiction, romance (including erotic and cross-genre romance), and YA. I am not accepting new clients for manuscript evaluation, but I am for stylistic and copy editing. I also work in literary and historical fiction. For science fiction and fantasy series authors, my services include world bible (series bible) creation and maintenance, whether you’re catching up on a series begun earlier withour one or are on your first novel.

As a stylistic editor, copy editor, proofreader, and indexer of nonfiction, I have considerable experience in social sciences, biography, history, current events, popular science, exhibition catalogues, and books in translation. With many a college and university textbook under my belt — in sociology, psychology, economics, management, communication, biology, anthropology, and more — I am also interested in supporting faculty who are creating their own or open-source textbooks. I am also keen on new projects in the biological and environmental sciences, with particular interest in ecology, evolution, and entomology. I can copy edit your lab’s articles for submission, sort out your documentation or convert it between styles, or polish your thesis or dissertation (but first see Editors Canada’s Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Student Texts).

For many years, alongside freelancing, I taught copy editing and proofreading in and co-coordinated the Toronto Metropolitan University Publishing certificate program. I am also a former director and chair of the Book and Periodical Council, an umbrella group for Canadian book and magazine publishing associations.

• BA, English, University of Waterloo
• MA and PhD, English, University of Toronto
• coursework, Toronto Metropolitan University Publishing certificate program
• BSc (in progress), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Anthologies
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Catalogues
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Indexes
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economics
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Gender studies
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • International relations
  • Life sciences
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general