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Sylvia Pollard

1168 Old Esquimalt Road
Victoria, BC V9A 4X6
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I am a career editor-writer and music composer, with more than 25 years' experience. As a freelance book editor, I am particularly fond of evaluating and editing fiction, creative non-fiction, memoirs, and poetry. From 2007 to 2015, I was the full-time Senior Copy Editor of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. As well as editing the journal and various position papers, I wrote monthly media advisories. Before that, I owned and operated my own editing and writing business, Pollard Editing, specializing in literary fiction, and providing editing and writing services to federal government departments, academics, non-profit associations, and private-sector businesses. And before that, I was a Manager, Policy, within the federal government. I have a degree in English and Geography.

Editorial Skills

  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Indexes
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Music notation
  • Periodicals, general
  • Poetry
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Style guides
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Ecology and environment
  • Government, federal
  • Literature
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Social sciences