Editing

“Sylvia Taylor has been the editor of both of my books and has exceeded my expectations of what an editor’s role and function is.”

Karen McGregor author of The Madonna Code: Mysteries of the Divine Feminine Unveiled and Sculpting the Business Body: Strategies & Stories from Top Entrepreneurs

Whether a few jotted notes, a brainstormed outline, a shaggy first draft, a wobbly mid-process, or a well-developed final-phase manuscript, we can make your words work.

Editor

  • Managing & Chief Editor of WordWorks, quarterly literary magazine for the Federation of British Columbia Writers.
  • The New View magazine
  • Professionals In Transition program
  • Gardens West magazine
  • Sistercycle magazine
  • Numerous private clients – mixed genre, commercial, creative and educational, specializing in book-length manuscript edit and critique

Evaluation: provides feedback on strengths, challenges and direction
Development: coordinating, consulting and editing, from concept to final manuscript
Substantive: clarifying and reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure
Rewrite: creating entirely new or new portions of existing manuscripts
Copy/Line: details including grammar, punctuation, spelling, structure
Proofing: detailed check of formatted “print-ready” final drafts
Stylistic: clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, polishing language

To date, I have been honoured to work with writers and authors along a whole spectrum of backgrounds and experience-levels, on over 100 book projects of every topic and purpose imaginable: from engineering to ethereal, humour to heart-centred, memoir to mechanics. I am most proud that many authors return to work with me on each successive book, some now into their third book.

From any point in the journey from inspiration to publication, we engage in a process that brings what needs to be said into the world, in its highest form. This journey can be travelled with grace and good humour and need not be arduous and difficult. With skillful guidance, creating a book is a commitment to excellence requiring focus and determination, and can also be a phenomenal growth experience for the work and the author.