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Vanessa Wells

Wells Read Editing

Toronto, ON

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2015, 2017)
  • Toronto Branch (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Training and Development (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)


This former Latin teacher now edits historical, romance, fantasy and apocalyptic fiction, academic texts, memoirs, non-fiction, and subtitles/closed captions for film, TV and corporate videos. Subject areas of expertise include education, sociology, classical studies, theology, gemology, corrections, private investigation and opera. Christian texts (novels, devotionals or theses) by independent publishers are eligible for a 10% discount. 

I loved teaching Latin and English, and I miss the classroom. But working with adults has comparable rewards. Tooting my own horn, I'd like to share some kudos from clients:

“It’s a pleasure to have Vanessa’s hand—the hand of a consummate professional—help shape your work. I’ve had experience editing the work of dozens of other collaborators across three academic volumes and have had other editing experiences during more than 15 years as a public relations professional. So, I have deep appreciation for the level of rigor, thoroughness, and high responsiveness that Vanessa displayed throughout assisting on the book Public Relations and the Corporate Persona: The Rise of the Affinitive Organization (Routledge, 2017). Copy editing has never looked so masterful!”       ~ Dr. Burton St. John III, APR, Associate Professor of Communication, Associate Chair, Department of Communication & Theatre Arts, Fellow, ODU Resilience Collaborative, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA.

"I sent the liner notes for one of my previous albums to Vanessa for editing, and when I do a before-and-after comparison, I find that she managed to clean up and untangle my text, allowing it to flow more naturally. The revised text still preserved its original form and character, but her subtle alterations helped everything to hold solidly together."      ~ John Kameel Farah, composer/musician

“Vanessa is a wonderful person to work with. She was approachable when questions needed asking, and she always gave helpful and friendly answers. She also asked her own questions about my preferences in order to tailor her service to me. Her work was returned quickly and was very accurate with many excellent suggestions for changes.”   ~ YA/fantasy fiction author

“Vanessa has a keen eye and a willingness to go well beyond her job specs to just make it BETTER. Both are invaluable, no matter how well you write.”  ~ Romance fiction author

“I have finished going through the last revisions. I am very happy with the results, and there is nothing unresolved in the manuscript. Thank you so much for helping me AND being so patient with me.”   ~ Christian fiction author

“This provides incentive and encouragement. With your professional assistance, the book will be better in the long run.”   ~ Non-fiction author (history)

“I’m so pleased with how thorough you are! I’ll definitely use you again.”  ~ Corporate communications head

Great work!”   ~ Non-fiction publisher (trade)

“AWESOME! I can’t begin to tell you how much help this is!”  ~ Corporate communications head

“Vanessa, thanks for catching the colour change—some of the text was set to 80% black!”  ~ Graphic designer


You get the drift. If you'd like to discuss collaborating on your written project, email me asap so I can book you in. Let's talk! (But not in Latin. That's pretentious.)


Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Editing translations
  • Indexing
  • On-screen editing
  • Proofreading
  • Rewriting
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, other
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Books, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • In-house publications
  • Indexes
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Policies and procedures
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Subtitles
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes


  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Cinema
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Gender studies
  • Humanities, general
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general