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Susan Fitzgerald

North Vancouver, BC
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • British Columbia Branch (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Conference (2016)


I have over 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, and researcher. I work with a wide range of clients, including first-time writers, students, researchers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, fiction authors, children’s authors, authors of nonfiction trade books, and publishers. My own writing has been published in academic journals and books, community magazines, and children’s magazines.

My education includes a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree in linguistics and a master’s degree in library and information science. I have a copy editing certificate from the University of California, Berkeley, and I regularly take professional development courses in editing and writing. 

My goal as an editor is to help writers get their messages across clearly and correctly while maintaining their own voice.


Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, other
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Administration
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health
  • Health care
  • Humanities, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general