What I can edit for you:

  • Literary Fiction (Novel, Novella, Short Fiction)
  • Non-Fiction (General, Biography, Memoir, History)
  • Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Poetry
  • Websites
  • Conference Materials (Pamphlets and Programs)

I do not currently edit or evaluate Critical and Scholarly work, Children’s Literature, or Young Adult Literature.

Manuscript Development

Editorial services for book proposals and works at an early stage in the process.

  • time management for creative work, helping the client design an effective, sustainable work schedule and practice for beginning, continuing, or finishing a creative project
  • background research and feedback on story or biographical material
  • annotated bibliography of comparison texts
  • recommended resources for the author
  • consultation and feedback on the project proposal and outline

Manuscript Consultation

Editorial services applicable to any stage in the writing process.

  • detailed feedback on the integral strengths of the piece, recommending cuts, additions, and revisions
  • commentary on a variety of aspects about the writing including language, arc, pacing, and structure
  • one-on-one consultation and a fresh perspective on the work
    (location depending, these consultations can take place in person or over the phone or Skype)
    and/or creative coaching, correspondence, and editorial feedback throughout the creation of a work

Manuscript Evaluation

A written evaluation of a complete draft of a document or project:

  • discusses the integral strengths and weaknesses of the piece; may recommend cuts, additions, or revisions
  • may comment on a variety of aspects about the writing including language, arc, pacing, and structure

Substantive Edit

An extensive, comprehensive edit of a complete draft of a document or project:

  • a summary of the integral strengths and weakness of a project, its arc and structure, and, if applicable, market placement
  • clear and strategic recommendations for cuts, additions, or significant revisions
  • comments on specific lines or sections of the document concerning language, structure, arc, and pacing

Copy & Line Edit

Corrects specific errors of a project that has already gone through the substantive editing stage:

  • corrections pertaining to grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and sentence structure

The line edit provides focused critiques of individual lines or passages:

  • suggests omissions, revisions, or corrections pertaining to the coherency and consistency of the document

The copy & line edits are performed in tandem; a standalone copy edit (mechanics only) may be requested.


Hire Robyn Read to:
• speak to your class, conference, or writers’ group
• be a resident editor or participate in a pitch camp
• organize and host a writing/editing workshop

Robyn has lectured, participated on panels, or delivered workshops on writing and publishing at the Humber College School for Writers and Creative Book Publishing program, the Alberta College of Art and Design, Grant MacEwan University, the Fernie Writers’ Conference, the founding conference of Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, and for the Get Publishing Society, the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Whitehorse Poetry Society, the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Writers’ Union of Canada. For more information, please see Presentations and Teaching in the Editing Portfolio.

Guidelines and Fees

All fees by estimate only. Please contact Robyn Read (contact information is provided at the bottom of this site) with a short description of your project, word or page count, an excerpt of the project or proposal (5-10 pages), and your full name and contact information (including email address and phone number). A Word document attachment (.doc or .docx) is preferable; please inquire about other formats.

The recommendations made through these services are informed suggestions but not prescriptions, and are editorial not authorial in nature. Therefore, the services give feedback on clarity and coherency of content, language, organization, and structure and style only; all research and fact-checking are the sole responsibility and up to the discretion of the author.

Robyn Read

Dr. Robyn Read is Professor of Writing and Publishing at Sheridan College, and lives in Stouffville, Ontario.

Robyn was the Acquiring Editor for Freehand Books, the Calgary literary imprint of Broadview Press, from 2009–2011, the Managing Editor of the Banff Centre Press from 2012-2014, and has worked in a freelance capacity for a number of presses. Robyn won the 2013 Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence for editing Every Wolf’s Howl by Barry Grills (Calgary: Freehand, 2012). Books that she acquired and edited have won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year, McNally Robinson Book of the Year, the CBC Bookie for Best Comic or Graphic Novel, have been in the Globe and Mail top 100 books of the year, and have been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. She has published her own poetry and short fiction in various Canadian venues.

She completed her PhD in English at the University of Calgary in 2010, and has taught college and university courses in Creative Writing, Academic Writing, Essential Communication Skills, and Canadian Literature including The City in Canadian Fiction and Canadian Dystopic Fiction. She has guest lectured, participated on panels, and delivered workshops on publishing, editing, and creative writing for a variety of institutions and associations including Grant MacEwan University, the University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal University, the Humber School for Writers, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, and Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP); a member of the founding committee of CCWWP, she sat on the Board of Directors from 2010–2012.

photo by Ayo Burgess