Allister Thompson

Allister Thompson - Editor

North Bay, ON, Canada

An editor of award-winning fiction and nonfiction with twenty years of devoted experience helping authors bring their projects to fruition.

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I am a freelance editor who has worked in the publishing industry for twenty years. I have worked in-house on award-winning children's and adult fiction and nonfiction and now assist authors with self-publishing. My service is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. My career began in 1998 with a small children's press. We later branched out into literary and crime fiction. Our crime imprint was very successful, winning Canada's top crime fiction honor several times. Our children's fiction was shortlisted for many awards. Upon the sale of that company to Dundurn Press, I continued in my senior editor role before starting to work freelance in 2013. My knowledge extends to every area of the publishing process.

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Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
History
Music

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed, freelance editor
July, 2013 – Present (about 6 years)

Self-employed. I supply full editorial and self-publishing book production services, including content editing, copy editing, manuscript evaluation, proofreading and consulting on submissions packages, query letters and self-publishing.

Senior Editor

Dundurn Press
March, 2011 – July, 2013 (over 2 years)

Senior editor of fiction and nonfiction; acquisitions editor. I was responsible for signing a number of successful books and authors, as well as my daily duties of editing up to 20 books per year.

Editor/Associate Publisher

Napoleon & Company
April, 1998 – February, 2011 (almost 13 years)

Editor of children's and adult fiction; acquisitions editor and book production. As part of a three-person team, I was responsible for signing new authors, editing all stages of their work, assisting in layout and design and even handling some of the tasks of marketing and publicity. This gave me insight on all aspects of the publishing industry, from a book's conception to its place on the bookstore shelf.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Trumpets Sound No More: An Inspector Endersby Mystery

Jon Redfern

Winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel In 1840, the theatre world in London is shocked by the brutal killing of one of its youngest and most successful entrepreneurs, bludgeoned in his house. The discovery of a contentious theatre contract, a collection of promissory notes and a walking stick, its bloodied ivory head in the shape of a dog, are the only leads. Inspector Owen... read more

Winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel In 1840, the theatre world in London is shocked by the brutal killing of one of its youngest and most successful entrepreneurs, bludgeoned in his house. The discovery of a contentious theatre contract, a collection of promissory notes and a walking stick, its bloodied ivory head in the shape of a dog, are the only leads. Inspector Owen... read more

The Night Has Teeth (The Magdeburg Trilogy) (Volume 1)

Kat Kruger

Best Book for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book CentreWinner, 34th Atlantic Writing Competition****/4, Highly Recommended. "Kruger creates an imaginary but entirely believable world where ordinary citizens and werewolves co-exist." -- CM Magazine"I daresay that Kruger has written [werewolves] so well that it should become canon." -- Paper Droids

Best Book for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book CentreWinner, 34th Atlantic Writing Competition****/4, Highly Recommended. "Kruger creates an imaginary but entirely believable world where ordinary citizens and werewolves co-exist." -- CM Magazine"I daresay that Kruger has written [werewolves] so well that it should become canon." -- Paper Droids

Red Wolf

Jennifer Dance

Life is changing for Canada's Anishnaabek Nation and for the wolf packs that share their territory. In the late 1800s, both Native people and wolves are being forced from the land. Starving and lonely, an orphaned timber wolf is befriended by a boy named Red Wolf. But under the Indian Act, Red Wolf is forced to attend a residential school far from the life he knows, and the wolf is alone once ... read more

Life is changing for Canada's Anishnaabek Nation and for the wolf packs that share their territory. In the late 1800s, both Native people and wolves are being forced from the land. Starving and lonely, an orphaned timber wolf is befriended by a boy named Red Wolf. But under the Indian Act, Red Wolf is forced to attend a residential school far from the life he knows, and the wolf is alone once ... read more

Metal on Ice: Tales from Canada's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Heroes

Sean Kelly

A musical genre as tough and hard as the Canadian Shield. Canada has produced many successful proponents of the genre known as heavy metal, which grew out of the hard rock of the 1970s, exploded commercially in the 1980s, and then petered out in the 1990s as grunge took over, only to rise to prominence once again in the new millennium. The road to Canadian musical glory is not lined with the p... read more

A musical genre as tough and hard as the Canadian Shield. Canada has produced many successful proponents of the genre known as heavy metal, which grew out of the hard rock of the 1970s, exploded commercially in the 1980s, and then petered out in the 1990s as grunge took over, only to rise to prominence once again in the new millennium. The road to Canadian musical glory is not lined with the p... read more

Cold Girl: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel

R.M. Greenaway

2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best First Novel — Shortlisted2014 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel — WinnerIt’s too cold to go missing in northern B.C., as a mismatched team of investigators battle the clock while the disappearances add up.A popular rockabilly singer has vanished in the snowbound Hazeltons of northern B.C. Lead RCMP investigator David Leith and his team w... read more

2017 Arthur Ellis Award, Best First Novel — Shortlisted2014 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel — WinnerIt’s too cold to go missing in northern B.C., as a mismatched team of investigators battle the clock while the disappearances add up.A popular rockabilly singer has vanished in the snowbound Hazeltons of northern B.C. Lead RCMP investigator David Leith and his team w... read more

Desperate Glory: The Story of WWI (Stories of Canada)

John Wilson

Short-listed for the 2009 Red Maple Award for Non-Fiction, OLA Forest of Reading and commended for the 2009 OLA Best Bets This book presents the story and issues of the First World War in a clear, concise and objective manner, accompanied on every page by photographs, original sketches or maps. Focussing on social as well as political issues with a Canadian perspective, Wilson presents the iss... read more

Short-listed for the 2009 Red Maple Award for Non-Fiction, OLA Forest of Reading and commended for the 2009 OLA Best Bets This book presents the story and issues of the First World War in a clear, concise and objective manner, accompanied on every page by photographs, original sketches or maps. Focussing on social as well as political issues with a Canadian perspective, Wilson presents the iss... read more

Great White Fleet: Celebrating Canada Steamship Lines Passenger Ships

John Henry

A richly illustrated story from the glory days of passenger travel on the Great Lakes. For decades Canada Steamship Lines proclaimed itself as the world’s largest transportation company operating on inland waters. Its passenger and freight vessels could be found on the Great Lakes as far west as Duluth, Minnesota, and as far east as the Lower St. Lawrence River. The passenger steamers were kno... read more

A richly illustrated story from the glory days of passenger travel on the Great Lakes. For decades Canada Steamship Lines proclaimed itself as the world’s largest transportation company operating on inland waters. Its passenger and freight vessels could be found on the Great Lakes as far west as Duluth, Minnesota, and as far east as the Lower St. Lawrence River. The passenger steamers were kno... read more

Azrael (Detective Allira Rose Series Book 1)

M.T. Ellis

Bronze medal winner - 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Suspense/Thriller category.Emily thought her ordeal was over after she escaped a brutal kidnapping. She’s wrong. He’s coming for her again.Azrael has two victims captive on his remote property. To rescue the women Detective Rose needs to get into the mind of a sexual predator. Can she do it in time?“From the very start, I was hooke... read more

Bronze medal winner - 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Suspense/Thriller category.Emily thought her ordeal was over after she escaped a brutal kidnapping. She’s wrong. He’s coming for her again.Azrael has two victims captive on his remote property. To rescue the women Detective Rose needs to get into the mind of a sexual predator. Can she do it in time?“From the very start, I was hooke... read more

Code Pink

Rachel O'Day

Flora has finally found the stability she has searched for her entire life: a new career as a nurse, a new condo, and a new boyfriend. Everything seems to be falling into place until she notices a large number of her newborn patients are dying. The only thing the babies appear to have in common is that they all are born to illegal immigrants. Coincidence? Or is there something more sinister go... read more

Flora has finally found the stability she has searched for her entire life: a new career as a nurse, a new condo, and a new boyfriend. Everything seems to be falling into place until she notices a large number of her newborn patients are dying. The only thing the babies appear to have in common is that they all are born to illegal immigrants. Coincidence? Or is there something more sinister go... read more

Learn Your Guitar Chords: Chord Charts, Symbols & Shapes Explained (Book + Online Bonus)

Luke Zecchin

The only chord book you’ll ever need.Why does the world need another guitar chord dictionary? In short, it doesn’t. Chord books are often surprisingly unhelpful in making sense of things. They’re valuable for reference and contain a lot of information, but they don’t teach you much about applying that information. Simply looking at thousands of diagrams provides little insight into what chords... read more

The only chord book you’ll ever need.Why does the world need another guitar chord dictionary? In short, it doesn’t. Chord books are often surprisingly unhelpful in making sense of things. They’re valuable for reference and contain a lot of information, but they don’t teach you much about applying that information. Simply looking at thousands of diagrams provides little insight into what chords... read more

A Warrior's Sacrifice

Ross Winkler

Human. Outsider. Traitor.Corwin Shura does not belong. After his family is killed playing both sides of the war that rages across the face of Earth, he is taken in by the very people who orphaned him.Now, with his own soldiers to lead, Corwin is thrust back onto the battlefield to hunt down those that harry the fragile borders of the Republic of Humanity.When the discovery of an alien artifact... read more

Human. Outsider. Traitor.Corwin Shura does not belong. After his family is killed playing both sides of the war that rages across the face of Earth, he is taken in by the very people who orphaned him.Now, with his own soldiers to lead, Corwin is thrust back onto the battlefield to hunt down those that harry the fragile borders of the Republic of Humanity.When the discovery of an alien artifact... read more

Alone At War

A. M. Brussel

In a war-torn French town on the Western Front during the First World War, Sara, at fourteen, is left alone to take care of her nine-year old sister when her mother dies of the flu. Forced to feign madness after abuse, she struggles to maintain her sanity and preserve the religous values of her sister while living above a cafe where women who were once prostitutes entertain soldiers for their ... read more

In a war-torn French town on the Western Front during the First World War, Sara, at fourteen, is left alone to take care of her nine-year old sister when her mother dies of the flu. Forced to feign madness after abuse, she struggles to maintain her sanity and preserve the religous values of her sister while living above a cafe where women who were once prostitutes entertain soldiers for their ... read more

Rise: A Blood Inheritance Novel

M. Ainihi

When Amanda Garrett stumbles across a strange artifact in the woods, she has no idea of the dangerous secret it holds. The teen soon discovers that she has unwittingly released Erol, an imprisoned jinni, and whether she likes it or not, they are bound together until death.Amanda's life soon begins to spiral out of control and she finds herself orphaned, kidnapped, and thrust into a terrifying ... read more

When Amanda Garrett stumbles across a strange artifact in the woods, she has no idea of the dangerous secret it holds. The teen soon discovers that she has unwittingly released Erol, an imprisoned jinni, and whether she likes it or not, they are bound together until death.Amanda's life soon begins to spiral out of control and she finds herself orphaned, kidnapped, and thrust into a terrifying ... read more

Shaman Express

Beretta Rousseau

Shaman Express is a provocative and deeply humorous novel about the dangers of pursuing enlightenment. A depressed divorcée and a recovering addict are both at a crossroads in their lives. They barely know each other but decide to embark together on a journey with the intention of writing a book on experiential shamanism. But spiritual retreats and self-help books haven’t prepared them for wha... read more

Shaman Express is a provocative and deeply humorous novel about the dangers of pursuing enlightenment. A depressed divorcée and a recovering addict are both at a crossroads in their lives. They barely know each other but decide to embark together on a journey with the intention of writing a book on experiential shamanism. But spiritual retreats and self-help books haven’t prepared them for wha... read more

Mother of Mars (Mars Ascendant Book 2)

D.M. Pruden

An ageless menace lurks on the surface of Mars...An unscrupulous industrialist seeks to control it...One woman was bred to destroy it...In the twenty-third century the descendants of the original Mars colonies struggle to retain their independence from the Terran government. The generations-old terraforming project is faltering and on the verge of failure. If that happens, the millions already... read more

An ageless menace lurks on the surface of Mars...An unscrupulous industrialist seeks to control it...One woman was bred to destroy it...In the twenty-third century the descendants of the original Mars colonies struggle to retain their independence from the Terran government. The generations-old terraforming project is faltering and on the verge of failure. If that happens, the millions already... read more

The Greater Fool: A Novel

Joseph Hannay

Real-estate hotshot Reynard Xavier has it all: fantastically wealthy; an enviable professional reputation; the trappings of power and privilege. But he's also deeply flawed, narcissistic, and delusional.As his addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex spiral out of control, his business hits stormy waters. Its collapse would be catastrophic for him and his investors - and for the wider economy. Opp... read more

Real-estate hotshot Reynard Xavier has it all: fantastically wealthy; an enviable professional reputation; the trappings of power and privilege. But he's also deeply flawed, narcissistic, and delusional.As his addictions to drugs, alcohol and sex spiral out of control, his business hits stormy waters. Its collapse would be catastrophic for him and his investors - and for the wider economy. Opp... read more

Prisoners of Hope: An Amanda Doucette Mystery

Barbara Fradkin

Set against the stunning backdrop of Georgian Bay, Amanda Doucette finds herself drawn into the world of exploited foreign workers when she meets a Filipino nanny accused of murdering her wealthy employer.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Georgian Bay, Amanda Doucette finds herself drawn into the world of exploited foreign workers when she meets a Filipino nanny accused of murdering her wealthy employer.

The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden: The Night Flyer's Handbook

Philippa Dowding

Gwendolyn Golden has a bad temper and hates to read. She's a pretty normal teenager until … one morning she wakes up on the ceiling. Along with her many average teenage qualities, Gwendolyn Golden can also fly. What’s happening to her?

Gwendolyn Golden has a bad temper and hates to read. She's a pretty normal teenager until … one morning she wakes up on the ceiling. Along with her many average teenage qualities, Gwendolyn Golden can also fly. What’s happening to her?

Strange Way to Live: A Story of Rock 'n' Roll Resurrection

Carl Dixon

Carl Dixon’s journey through the twists and turns of a music performer’s life began in Northern Ontario, where his boyhood dreams, shaped by the 1960s, collided with a new musical culture. Though Carl’s road was rocky, it was still paved with gold. It has led from his early days with hard rockers Coney Hatch to tours and lasting friendships with huge acts like Iron Maiden. The ups and downs we... read more

Carl Dixon’s journey through the twists and turns of a music performer’s life began in Northern Ontario, where his boyhood dreams, shaped by the 1960s, collided with a new musical culture. Though Carl’s road was rocky, it was still paved with gold. It has led from his early days with hard rockers Coney Hatch to tours and lasting friendships with huge acts like Iron Maiden. The ups and downs we... read more

Allister has 76 reviews

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Joey Lois
I really enjoyed working with Allister. He provided a lot of great suggestions to strengthen my plot and characters. Allister is easy to work with and throughout the process I felt like he not only understood the story I was trying to tell, he genuinely cared about it. He was invested every step of the way. I definitely recommend Allister and look forward to working with him again.

Joey Lois, July 2019


J. Anthony Oaks
A good editor is a valuable tool for any author. Allister has definitely proven to be a valuable asset in helping me with my upcoming novel The Emerald Brotherhood. His professionalism and direct, but polite criticism not only made my work better, but it also helped me grow as a writer. I thoroughly enjoyed receiving his feedback and he made it easy to see the corrections he made and why. I hi...
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J. Anthony Oaks, June 2019


Geoffrey Edwards
As always, Allister gives exceptional feedback of grand importance to the unfolding work and I highly appreciate his wisdom, discerning eye and frank counsel.

Geoffrey Edwards, May 2019


Dwayne Gill
As always, Allister delivers a quality service at a very reasonable price, and like I always say, if you're a young author in need of someone reliable, friendly, helpful, and priced right, you really need to look no further than Allister.

Dwayne Gill, May 2019


Olga Werby
I feel very lucky to have found Allister!

Olga Werby, April 2019

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