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Stacey Atkinson

Ottawa, ON
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2015)
  • Francophone Affairs (2015)


I can help you use words to build your brand and connect with your audience. 

I combine my design and editing education with my writing experience to provide a high-quality service to clients. I have worked on fiction and nonfiction books in many genres, marketing materials and newsletters, websites and blogs, social media, strategic plans, and annual reports. I am knowledgeable in the sectors of sustainable development and the natural environment; international relations and public diplomacy; arts and culture; business and entrepreneurship; and travel.

After a twelve-year career in the federal government, I started Mirror Image Publishing in 2012 as a way to independently publish my debut fiction novel Stuck. I learned so much along the way, especially when it came to editing, designing, and publishing a book, that I began offering my freelance services to other authors and to the business community. I also offer a manuscript evaluation service to help authors become publshing ready. 

I hold a bachelor of design (environmental planning) from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an editing certificate from Simon Fraser University, I am also bilingual (although I do not edit in French).

I am currently a board member of Editors Canada and a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Layout and design
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Writing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Blogs
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • E-books
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Newsletters
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Government
  • Music
  • Travel and tourism