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

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed, freelance editor

July, 2013 – Present (almost 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 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 about life with a gargoyle. Hes naughty. He gets people into trouble. He how... 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 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 about life with a gargoyle. Hes naughty. He gets people into trouble. He how... 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 2013, Canadian Children's Book Centre Winner, 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 Collector's Edition Features: Signed ... read more

Best Book for Kids & Teens 2013, Canadian Children's Book Centre Winner, 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 Collector's Edition Features: Signed ... read more

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

Raised in seclusion, Lorelei is suddenly taken forcibly from the only place she has ever known. Her captors, led by a man named Crewe, become enamored of the fair Lorelei, except the warrior named Ajax, who refuses to accept her innocence. Suspicions lead him to act upon deep-rooted instinct. Lorelei can feel his distaste for her, almost palpable in the air, while she struggles against the con... read more

Raised in seclusion, Lorelei is suddenly taken forcibly from the only place she has ever known. Her captors, led by a man named Crewe, become enamored of the fair Lorelei, except the warrior named Ajax, who refuses to accept her innocence. Suspicions lead him to act upon deep-rooted instinct. Lorelei can feel his distaste for her, almost palpable in the air, while she struggles against the con... read more

Cold Girl: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel

RM Greenaway

A singer vanishes in the snowbound Hazeltons. Has she been snatched by the so-called Pickup Killer? Investigator David Leith has much to contend with — punishing weather and wily witnesses, plus a young constable who’s more hindrance than help. Suspects multiply, but only at the bitter end does Leith discover who is the coldest girl of all.

A singer vanishes in the snowbound Hazeltons. Has she been snatched by the so-called Pickup Killer? Investigator David Leith has much to contend with — punishing weather and wily witnesses, plus a young constable who’s more hindrance than help. Suspects multiply, but only at the bitter end does Leith discover who is the coldest girl of all.

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 10 reviews

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Bénédicte Rousseau

My co-author and I asked Allister to take care of the copy edit of our manuscript (fiction). It was a pleasure to collaborate with him, and he delivered an excellent editing of our manuscript within the agreed deadline. He answered all our questions quickly, efficiently, and with great precision. He gave us really useful feedback! I highly recommend working with him.

, April 2017


Ross Winkler

Allister was a delight to work with! From the "Quote" phase, during the editing process, and even after he had finished with editing, Allister offered feedback and assistance to make my story and the quality of my writing better. I recommend Allister to anyone who needs an editor, and I plan on hiring him to edit more of my work.

, April 2017


Jim Hawley

This was my first book, so I was not sure what to expect...other than the horror stories I had heard from other new authors trying to find their first professional editor. I must be living under a lucky star, because Allister is amazing to work with. His work ethic, competence and cheery disposition could not have made the experience any better. I highly recommend Allister for any of your e...

, April 2017


Rodney Romig

As I read through his editorial evaluation, I made a detailed list of his concerns and recommendations. Every item he mentioned needed attention. I found myself pleased to make the changes because I have no doubt Solar Flare is now an even better read. Bravo, Allister. You done good. It was a pleasure. I recommend him without hesitation.

, March 2017


JK Young

This was my second time hiring Allister, and again I am highly impressed. He is a man of great ability.

, March 2017

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