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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

  • Editors British Columbia (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 independent writers, students, researchers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, fiction authors, children’s authors, authors of nonfiction trade books, and publishers. I regularly edit children's fiction, young adult fiction, memoirs, and trade nonfiction for Dundurn Press. 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. I have taught university-level linguistics courses and bring an understanding of the complexity and context of language use to my work.

I view editing as a collaboration, and 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
  • Catalogues
  • Conference materials
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Labels and packaging
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, other
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Administration
  • Animals
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economics
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gender studies
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Handicrafts
  • Health
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism