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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 honour 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.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Design History Music Photography Politics & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Science Fiction Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed, freelance editor
July, 2013 – Present (about 4 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 (10 selected works)

Fifth Son: An Inspector Green Mystery

Barbara Fradkin

Accident or suicide? That’s the simple question put to Inspector Michael Green when a derelict stranger falls to his death from an abandoned church tower in a quiet river village at the edge of his jurisdiction. But when the victim turns out be a long lost son of a local farm family cursed in recent years by tragedy, madness and death, Green begins to suspect something far more sinister is at ... read more

Accident or suicide? That’s the simple question put to Inspector Michael Green when a derelict stranger falls to his death from an abandoned church tower in a quiet river village at the edge of his jurisdiction. But when the victim turns out be a long lost son of a local farm family cursed in recent years by tragedy, madness and death, Green begins to suspect something far more sinister is at ... read more

The Gargoyle in My Yard (Lost Gargoyle)

Philippa Dowding

Commended for the 2009 Resource Links Best Books and for the 2010 Best Books for Kids and Teens, short-listed for the 2012 Diamond Willow Award Chosen for the Toronto Public Library's 2015 Great Reads for Kids collection What do you do when a 400-year-old gargoyle moves into your backyard? Especially when no one else but you knows he’s ALIVE? Twelve-year-old Katherine Newberry can tell you all... read more

Commended for the 2009 Resource Links Best Books and for the 2010 Best Books for Kids and Teens, short-listed for the 2012 Diamond Willow Award Chosen for the Toronto Public Library's 2015 Great Reads for Kids collection What do you do when a 400-year-old gargoyle moves into your backyard? Especially when no one else but you knows he’s ALIVE? Twelve-year-old Katherine Newberry can tell you all... read more

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

Alluring Song

Aimee McNeil

In a world where gods wield power over mankind, testing their loyalties and their hearts, there are some men that will rise from the ashes. This story begins with the sea.A beautiful goddess whose misplaced affection unleashed a wave of torment upon those who had wronged her, creating the means to wipe her beloved daughters from her sea. A mother whose love defied the laws of life and death, p... read more

In a world where gods wield power over mankind, testing their loyalties and their hearts, there are some men that will rise from the ashes. This story begins with the sea.A beautiful goddess whose misplaced affection unleashed a wave of torment upon those who had wronged her, creating the means to wipe her beloved daughters from her sea. A mother whose love defied the laws of life and death, 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

Allister has 18 reviews

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L.V. Holdsworth

Allister is a gem. He's really passionate about what he does and that is clear in his attention and willingness to help new authors. I'm a new writer (of novels) and Allister took on the big burden of reading through my extremely verbose first draft. He was extremely helpful in asking questions about the story and the characters that allowed me to rethink a few things. Allister not only suggest...

, August 2017


J Kairu

It was a real pleasure working with Allister. He did a thorough job on my book and for that I am grateful. Thanks Allister.

, July 2017


M. Ainihi

This was my first time working with an editor and thanks to Allister it was a great experience. He provided excellent suggestions for strengthening my manuscript. I am very happy with our collaboration and look forward to working with him again.

, July 2017


Neil Mosspark

The fact of the matter is that Allister's proofreading and corrections buffed out the rough spots in my sentences, filled the missing punctuation, and chipped away at the excessive ellipses. As a product of his efforts, I am now confident about releasing my book to critical readers. I would be thrilled to work with him again!

, June 2017


Ahmed Rashed

Allister was a joy to work with! Great attention to detail, catching mistakes me and my previous editor had overlooked. More importantly, he gave nuanced and detailed advice throughout the editing project; really understanding the aim of my book and calibrating his editing to ensure that my "author's voice" was enhanced, not compromised. His feedback on the content was also invaluable to me, an...

, June 2017

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