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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 edited and proofread fiction, textbooks, scholarly publications, and trade nonfiction from political autobiography to popular science since 2000. My expertise in fiction is in fantasy, science fiction, romance (including erotic and cross-genre romance), literary fiction, and all genres of YA. 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 or just starting a series now. In nonfiction, I am particularly interested in zoology, microbiology, evolution, ecology, parasitism, entomology, and related topics. My clients include established publishers and independent authors who are seeking contracts or self-publishing. Authors have called me “a true professional, incredibly thorough” and “the sweetest copy editor alive.” 

I was a director of the Book and Periodical Council, an umbrella group for Canadian book and magazine publishing associations, from 2003 to 2017, including time as Chair. From 2002 to 2014 I taught copy editing and proofreading in the Ryerson University Publishing certificate program, and I co-coordinated the program for several years. 

BA, English/theatre arts, University of Waterloo. MA and PhD, English, University of Toronto. Post-graduate training, Ryerson University Publishing certificate program. Currently pursuing a BSc part-time in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

Editorial Skills

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


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


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • 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