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Projects so well edited, you won’t even notice

Every project is different — your content, design, audience, medium, schedule and budget have unique editing needs. But all publications share one thing: the need to communicate clearly and correctly. At edits approved, we believe that good editing is completely invisible.

edits approved is a Toronto freelance editing company. We have a passion for quality and a knack for delivering on time and on budget.

We specialize in the following types of projects:

  • advertising and general business materials
  • websites
  • blog posts
  • magazines
  • catalogues
  • books and e-books
  • annual reports and other investor relations materials
  • corporate social responsibility reports
  • and more!

Read on to learn more about us and our services. Our clients include design communications agencies, publishing companies, trade associations, and coaches and consultants — we invite you to check out what they have to say about us. Then, contact us to make your next project the best that it can be.

Services

Get the edit you need

Word doc or PDF? Print or digital? Did you know that different file formats, and different types of publications, have unique editing requirements? At edits approved, we use editorial best practices and up-to-date tools to ensure that your file gets the edit it deserves.

edits approved offers stylistic editing, copy editing and proofreading services, as outlined by the Editors’ Association of Canada. Additionally, we offer desktop publishing services for a wide variety of materials.

Please note that the accompanying table is a general guideline. We are happy to assess your working file and will discuss editorial needs and recommendations on a case-by-case basis before work begins.

Stylistic editing

  • clarifying meaning
  • eliminating jargon and trimming wordiness
  • creating flow and smoothing language
  • may include checking or correcting reading level
  • plain language editing

Copy editing

  • editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style
  • checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts
  • marking heading levels and approximate placement of art
  • notifying designer of any unusual production requirements

Proofreading

  • checking typeset proofs against original manuscript to ensure copy capture
  • checking accuracy of page elements, including running heads and folios, chapter/section numbers and headings
  • checking page breaks and location of art
  • checking page numbers in table of contents and cross-references (or inserting them, if necessary)
  • flagging grievous errors in spelling or grammar; can include checking for adherence to style sheet if specified
  • checking page corrections against mark-up, if applicable

Desktop publishing

  • design and file formatting for print or electronic distribution, including PDF, EPUB, slide shows, e-newsletters, websites and blogs

Testimonials

It’s our pleasure

edits approved is proud to help our clients deliver their messages clearly and correctly. Here’s what they have to say about our work.

Her edits make the final magazine a better product

“Carmen edits a suite of lifestyle magazines for us each year. Our magazines always have numerous contributors with different writing styles, and a lot of visual elements, so it’s important that a proofreader pays attention to everything on the page. We are confident that her edits help make the final magazine a better product.”

I recommend her to anyone

“Carmen Siu has done extensive investor relations proofreading on a freelance basis for more than five years, during which time she has never missed a deadline. She is often the first reader on a manuscript and as such must be thorough and consistent in her markup. Her queries for authors are clear and helpful. She has a strong command of English grammar and reliably cross-checks with previous reports and style guides. I recommend her to anyone requiring time-sensitive copy editing or proofreading for their financial and sustainability reporting.”

Kathy Sauder, Lead Proofreader

Wonderful to work with

Carmen Siu is a skilled designer – she is both creative and meticulous. She brings energy and enthusiasm to every project, and is wonderful to work with. Always cheerful and flexible, she works closely with editorial colleagues to ensure a professional product that is both attractive and informative.

Anne Louise Mahoney, Certified Professional Editor (former President, Editors' Association of Canada)

About

Who’s behind the edit?

There are lots of automated spelling and grammar checking tools out there. So why hire a human editor?

When you work with a real editor, you’re gaining an ally. Editors use their best judgment to strike that balance: helping you say what you want to say and making it clear, correct and compelling for your readers. We put our knowledge, and our curiosity, into everything we edit.

Carmen Siu, principal of edits approved, is a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada). She has edited projects across many industries, including:

  • arts and entertainment, film, cinema, literature
  • corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, environmental stewardship, governance, health and safety, human resources
  • education, private schools, summer camps
  • energy, electricity, utilities
  • financial services, investment, banking, insurance, pension funds
  • food and beverage
  • lifestyle, retirement
  • natural resources, mining, minerals
  • real estate, housing, construction
  • transportation and infrastructure

She earned her Certified Proofreader designation in 2015. Certification from Editors Canada is the gold standard of editing — it identifies editors who are masters of their craft. She is also a regular publications volunteer for Editors Canada. She has editorial training from Ryerson University and Editors Canada, and is a graduate of Western University.

Contact

Get in touch

We would love to hear about your next project.

For an estimate, please include the following information:

  • word count
  • final document type (report, magazine, book, website, etc.)
  • description of service required
  • expected file available date and file due date