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Sylvia McCluskey

Toronto, ON M5X 1H3
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Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Publications (2015)
  • Toronto Branch (2015)


Freelance copy editor specializing in trade fiction/non-fiction and industry-specific documentation in finance and systems development.

Skills, Experience, and Commitment to Effective Communication

I’ve been an avid wordsmith and natural copy editor from an early age, and my love of language, intense detail orientation, and methodical approach to organizing words and data have underpinned my academic success as well as my career initiatives.


I earned my undergraduate degree in the Administrative & Information Management program at Ryerson University in Toronto and subsequently attained my Master of Business Administration degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, thereafter embarking on a career in finance, investment banking specifically. After 30 years in this field, I returned to Ryerson University and its Publishing program and left the world of finance to pursue my passion — editing — as an independent copy editor working freelance.


My work in finance and its related technical support functions provided me with direct, hands-on exposure to the development and final review of specialized documents, including prospectuses, investment research reports, term sheets, expert testimony material, client presentations, user guidelines documents for expert systems, and software training material, leaving me with an in-depth understanding of both finance and software development documentation practices and terminology.

Counterbalancing this highly technical work, in a more trade-oriented vein I co-managed the entire publishing operation of a small niche magazine, The Raven’s Call, which was dedicated to showcasing poetry and prose in the historical, spiritual, mystical, and fantasy genres. This endeavour provided a stem-to-stern publishing cycle experience and called upon my skills in performing managing editor functions, selecting and writing content, copy editing, organizing layout and graphics, proofreading, and handling final physical production. My editing work is thus informed by a very well-rounded set of skills and expertise in a significant spectrum of genres.

Partnering with You for Great Results

Since embarking on my freelance practice, I have sourced my innate talents and formidable background to provide reliable, high-quality, and timely copy-editing services for a host of clients and projects in a wide variety of fields. My proven approach to successful editing is collaboration — effectively working together with authors toward achieving their writing goals. 

Contact me today and put my integrity, experience, and abilities to work for you!

> Strong command of the English language; fluent in German; basic understanding of French.

> High aptitude for document design; extremely detail oriented.

> Clear and efficient process orientation and sense of urgency, with effective follow-through and pride in work.



“I worked with Sylvia to format and edit over one hundred pages of documentation for my tenure review on an extremely short timeline. She completed the work ahead of schedule, identified a number of issues in the document that I had completely missed, and approached highly technical writing about molecular biology with insight and understanding. The final product was acclaimed by one of my supervisors as the most organized document they had ever seen. I even learned a number of facts about Canadian usage and grammar that I had never expected! I’m tremendously grateful for Sylvia’s high-quality work and am looking forward to working with her again on a variety of projects.”

—Amy Caudy, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

“Meticulous attention to detail, insightful comments, useful advice, and timely completion—in other words, exactly what an editor should do. As a sometime editor myself, I unhesitatingly recommend Sylvia McCluskey.

—Seymour Hamilton, Author, The Hippies Who Meant It (Candidate, Leacock Memorial Medal, 2016), The Astreya Trilogy, and The Laughing Princess

 “As a first-time employer of an editor, I was extremely pleased with the editorial assistance I received from Sylvia regarding my manuscript. She gave me both very helpful advice throughout the text as well as a separate evaluation report with comprehensive, insightful, and constructive commentary that helped me considerably improve the project.”

—Ross Macnaughton, Professor (Retired), Information Technology, Ryerson University

"First and foremost, I have to tell you that you are a brilliant editor and possibly the best I have had to date. Thanks for all the corrections—it makes this almost-final manuscript shine. I am also taking your comments seriously as they are spot on."

—JB Greenfield, Author, Maggie's Quest and Antigonish

“Lady Silver did the editing on Kaleidoscope. Her work was meticulous and she caught inaccuracies and continuity problems that could easily have slipped by. I highly recommend her as an Editor!”

—Lidia Adaman-Tremblay, Author, Kaleidoscope

"Sylvia provided the detailed editing skills I needed for my dry subject of accounting. She provided great quality work at a reasonable rate and I will definitely be using her services again. … Top qualities: Good value, on time, high integrity."

—Kim Freestone, Freelance Bookkeeper, Office Foundations

"Sylvia has an immeasurably impressive ability to craft sentences and to distill core meaning from the text she edits without compromising the author’s voice. In our work together on The Raven’s Call, she routinely created enjoyable and informative reading from pages and pages of outwardly incomprehensible facts and fancy. A remarkable natural talent for wordsmithing.”

—Michael Ratt, Co-Founder, The Raven’s Call magazine


Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Editing translations
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Stylistic editing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Administration
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Finance and taxation
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Information technology
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Society, general