Amelia Gilliland

Amelia Gilliland - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Publishing professional with 15 years editing experience who has helped a variety of self-publishing authors achieve their literary goals.

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I am a writer, editor, and proofreader who has worked both in-house and as a freelancer. Over the past fifteen years, I have worked with a wide range of clients in book publishing, universities, and professional associations, as well as an assortment of self-publishing authors on both fiction and non-fiction books.

I specialize in developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and manuscript evaluations. Please refer to my portfolio for a sample of some of my editing projects, and get in touch if you have any questions or would like a quote for your project.
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Home & Garden
Literary Fiction


  • Certified Editor - Simon Fraser University
  • BA History - University of Victoria

Work experience

Freelance Editor

May, 2006 – Present (about 16 years)

• I specialize in substantive editing, copy editing, proofreading, and manuscript evaluations.
• I have worked with a wide range of clients in book publishing, universities, and professional associations, including Douglas and McIntyre, Greystone Books, Harbour Publishing, Whitecap Books, UBC Press, the British Columbia Medical Association, CGA Canada/CPA Canada, and Pacific Educational Press.

Contract Editor

CPA Canada
July, 2013 – September, 2016 (about 3 years)

As a contract editor for CPA Canada (formerly CGA Canada), I developmentally edited, copy edited, and proofread university-level accounting modules for CPA certification courses.

Associate Editor

Douglas & McIntyre
March, 2007 – April, 2009 (about 2 years)

Copy editing, proofreading, indexing, manuscript evaluations, and permissions.

Portfolio (46 selected works)

Vij's: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine

Dhalwala, Meeru, Vij, Vikram

There's a Barnyard in My Bedroom

Suzuki, David, Fernandes, Eugenie

Joe Fafard

Heath, Terrance

Tale of a Great White Fish: A Sturgeon Story

de Vries, Maggie, Benoit, Renne

Me Sexy

Taylor, Drew Hayden

David Suzuki's Green Guide

Suzuki, David, Boyd, David R.

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia

Bryceland, Jack, Macaree, David, Macaree, Mary

Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment

Yahgulanaas, Michael Nicoll, Lama, The Dalai, Maathai, Wangari

Ikonica: A Field Guide to Canada's Brandscape

Hanna, Jeanette, Middleton, Alan

The Silent Raga

Merchant, Ameen

A Secret Between Us

Poliquin, Daniel, Winkler, Donald

Klondike in Color

Wilson, Graham

The Lava in My Bones

Webster, Barry

Amelia has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jocelyn Patten
Amelia was a breeze to work with. She was on time with the work, and always available to answer questions and give advice. She really helped me pull my ms together. I would recommend her without a doubt.

Jocelyn Patten, May 2022

Brian Dawson
Working with Amelia made we think about my story more. I needed a second set of eyes. I will definitely work with her in the future.

Brian Dawson, April 2022

Mark Hawkins
Amelia's copyedit of my non-fiction manuscript greatly improved the consistency, clarity, and concision of my language. I would thoroughly recommend her copyediting services.

Mark Hawkins, April 2022

Greg Royer
It has been great working with Amelia, she is honest and frank in her assessments while maintaining an awareness that the book was something very personal for me. Her feedback was very specific, allowing me to decide what changes I wanted and needed to make to improve the book. I liked that Amelia was very comfortable with talking about multiple ways I could improve the book and helped me under...
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Greg Royer, March 2022

S Elliott
All I looked for in an editor was someone with whom I could have a comfortable, professional rapport. Amelia was just that person. But, going in, I was so preoccupied with this requirement, expertise was almost an after-thought. Lucky for me, Amelia also really knows her stuff. Her bang-up substantive edit, along with her commitment to my story, were integral in its final deliverance from purga...
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S Elliott, January 2022

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