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Tilman Lewis

196 Riverdale Ave.
Toronto, ON M4K 1C5
Certified Professional Editor (CPE)

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Conference (2015)
  • Publications (2011)


I'm a storyteller first. As a Certified Professional Editor, I can pinpoint what your manuscript needs and help you shape it. For two decades, I’ve polished corporate reports, tailored content for the web, and turned manuscripts into published books and e-books.

Clients have expressed delight:

“It was important to me to work with an editor who ‘got me.’ You did fabulous work without diminishing my voice. Thank you!” – Marilyn Churley, Shameless (Between the Lines, 2015)

“You are an artist and I have no idea how you get the big picture, clarify the many gnarly bits, skivvy grammar into shape, and maintain the author’s voice all at the same time.” – Catherine Faith MacLean, Preaching the Big Questions (United Church Publishing House, 2015)

“Tilman Lewis did an amazing job of copy editing… [He] caught some real whoppers that I’m very glad didn’t make it into the book.” – Mark Bourrie, Kill the Messengers (HarperCollins, 2015)

I work for publishers, organizations, fellow editors, and directly for authors –  including those who are self-publishing.

Whether you’re after big-picture work or a final polish, I can clear away the clutter so that your story rings out loud and clear. And I’ll do it with a performing artist’s ear for the rhythm of the word.

Your voice is in there. Together, let’s set it free.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Bibliographies
  • Booklets
  • Books, general
  • Brochures
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Music notation
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Aboriginal people
  • Biography
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Gender studies
  • History, Canadian
  • Humanities, general
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences