Ashley Rayner

Ashley Rayner – Editor

**BOOKING JUNE 2023 AND BEYOND** I'm a professional book editor with 10+ years of experience. I love helping make book dreams reality!



I'm a professional book editor with 10+ years of experience, both as a freelancer and an in-house production editor. I love helping authors polish their prose and make their book dreams a reality.

I hold a BA in English from the University of Guelph and a Certificate in Creative Book Publishing from Humber College. After graduation, I worked as an editorial intern and then as production assistant with various Canadian publishers. I was Editorial Manuscript Co-ordinator at the University of Toronto Press from 2014. In early 2017, I decided to focus on my own business, Inkwell's Editorial Services. Since 2009, I've been providing publishers and authors with quality editorial services.

What I Do

I'm a reader first and a writer myself too. I know how tough it can be to find a good editor. I work with you to polish your manuscript so your voice can shine through and tell your story the way you want it told. With my in-house experience behind me, I can help move your book from dream to draft, from manuscript to book.

I've had a hand in over 140 book projects (but who's counting?). I specialize in academic and non-fiction, although I have a soft spot for fiction. My areas of expertise include history, social sciences, sports, and politics. For fiction, I work primarily on romance novels, although I also like fantasy and sci-fi.

My Skills

As a production editor, I had to develop the skills to take a book from draft to final product. My areas of expertise include:

-copy editing
-reference editing (APA, CMS, MLA)
-book production project management
-rights and permissions licensing
-photo research

Why Work with Me?

There are so many editors out there. It's hard to choose one--and how do you know you've found the right person? I get it. I used to hire freelancers as part of my job, and it's tough to find the right people. My clients keep coming back, so I think I must be doing something right. Here's what I offer:

-Collaborative editing. My job is to help you tell the story you want to tell, in your own words.
-Support every step of the way. Have a question about what to do next? Feel free to pick my brain.
-Excellent communication. I'm not going to ghost you. A good editorial relationship is built on communication.
-Attention to detail. People say I'm thorough. Almost too thorough. (Is that even a thing?)
History Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs
LGBTQ Fiction Romance
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Nov, 2009 — Present

As the Senior Editor at Inkwell's Editorial Services, I provide copy editing, proofreading, and other services for publishers and authors.

University of Toronto Press

Jul, 2014 — Jan, 2017 (over 2 years)

As the Editorial Manuscript Co-ordinator, I was responsible for guiding manuscripts through the production process, from copy edit to printed book.

University of Toronto Press

Aug, 2010 — Jun, 2014 (almost 4 years)

As the Production Assistant, I was responsible for helping the Production Co-ordinator prepare manuscripts. I assisted with proof reading, copy editing, and other tasks.

Firefly Books Ltd.

Apr, 2010 — Jul, 2010 (3 months)

As the Editorial Assistant, I prepared cover copy, conducted photo research, and reviewed and edited page proofs for several books.

Firefly Books Ltd.

Feb, 2010 — Apr, 2010 (about 2 months)

As the Editorial Intern, I gained insight and experience in the book industry by assisting with the preparation of several books. I assisted with photo research and reviewed page proofs.

McGraw-Hill Ryerson

Sep, 2009 — Oct, 2009 (about 1 month)

As an Editorial Intern, I reviewed page proofs and learned about the production processes for textbooks.


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It is said that if one can capture a mermaid, she will be bound to you, filled with love stronger than the tides of the sea, for the rest of her days.Archibald wants that. He wants that devotion and passion. He wants his life to have meaning, to be that man wi... read more
At nineteen, Gabriel Foss has four Olympic medals to his name. Now back at university, he’s already focusing on the next competition on his way to a second Olympic Games. Between swimming and studying, Gabriel doesn’t have time for romantic entanglements. Unfo... read more
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Death in the Peaceable Kingdom is an intelligent, innovative response to the incorrect assumption that Canadian history is dry and uninspiring. Using the "hooks" of murder, execution, assassination, and suicide, Dimitry Anastakis introduces readers to the full... read more
In the second edition of this groundbreaking social history, M. Ann Hall begins with an important new chapter on Aboriginal women and early sport and ends with a new chapter tying today's trends and issues in Canadian women's sport to their origins in the past... read more
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The Trial of Tempel Anneke examines documents from an early modern European witchcraft trial with the pedagogical goal of allowing students to interact directly with primary sources. A brief historiographical essay has been added, along with eleven civic recor... read more
This short microhistory details the life and death of Eddie McKay, a varsity athlete at Western University, who flew with the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. Graham Broad switches creatively from telling McKay's fascinating story to teaching valuabl... read more
Truth and Indignation offers the first close and critical assessment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission as it is unfolding. Niezen uses interviews with survivors and oblate priests and nuns, as well as testimonies, texts, and visual materials produced by... read more
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Building on the sensory ethnographic trend in contemporary sociocultural anthropology, this collection introduces the idea of a different kind of ethnography: an imaginative and creative approach to anthropological inquiry that is collaborative, open-ended, em... read more
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Costly Fix examines the post-1995 Alberta tar sands boom, detailing how the state inflated the profitability of the tar sands and turned a blind eye to environmental issues. It considers the position of First Nations, the character and strength of environmenta... read more
A Short History of the Ancient World begins with the Bronze Age and ends with the collapse of the Roman Empire. Rather than restricting his analysis to the Greek and Roman experience, Rauh introduces students to ancient Africa, Israel, Egypt, Iran, China, and ... read more
European Union Governance and Policy Making introduces Canadian students to the politics of the EU. Divided into three parts, the collection examines its political system (history, theories, institutions), specific policies, and some of the challenges that the... read more
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Detailed profiles of every player in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame is the greatest individual honor that can be bestowed upon a professional hockey player. Since the first class in 1945, the Hockey Hall of Fame has inducted 24... read more
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Rivals for Power: Ottawa and the Provinces tells the story of the politicians who continually contend over the division of power (and money) between Ottawa and the provinces. The heroes and villains of this story include many of the leading lights of Canadian ... read more
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285 glorious illustrations celebrate the scratchboard art of Scott McKowen. "McKowen is a scratchboard master, creating theater posters and book covers of fantastic clarity, shrewd wit and subtle mystery. McKowen's mastery of line and texture, gift for arresti... read more
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Award-winning lecturer Kenneth R. Bartlett applies his decades of experience teaching the Italian Renaissance to this beautifully illustrated overview. In his introductory Note to the Reader, Bartlett first explains why he chose Jacob Burckhardt's classic narr... read more
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Ashley has 9 reviews





Ava W.

Ava W.

Jan, 2022

As always, it is a wonderful experience working with Ashley and I will continue on any of my future projects.
Ava W.

Ava W.

Nov, 2021

It was wonderful working with Ashley again on my latest novel and I will continue to work with her on any future endeavors. Her feedback and suggestions while editing was very valuable to me and helped me to create a better novel and storyline. Thank you so much Ashley for working with me again.
Jen J.

Jen J.

Oct, 2021

Ashley was amazing. She took my manuscript of an LGBTQ+ romance that touched on some tough topics and helped me smooth things out, so I highlighted those tough topics the way I needed them to be. She helped me pick up some loose ends I forgot to do, add some details for foreshadowing I wouldn't have thought of, and she did my characters justice and strengthened their voices and likeability. N...
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Gabrielle G.

Gabrielle G.

Jul, 2021

Honesty, expertise, friendliness. You've got a work that needs taking care of? Nothing to fear, Ashley is here. Your work is safe with Ashley, friends. Vulnerability abated, anxieties lessened. All is well. Efficient and thorough, what more do you want? Who’d you gonna call? You guessed it.
Ava W.

Ava W.

Apr, 2021

It was amazing working with Ashley. Her attention to detail and her feedback was truly valued by me. Her positivity is encouraging throughout her editing process, even while suggesting changes that she feels should be made. Her suggestions improved my book immensely. I look forward to working with her again on more projects.