Candida Hadley

Candida Hadley - Editor

Halifax, NS, Canada

A social justice–oriented non-fiction editor who loves helping authors express themselves with strength, passion, and clarity.

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I am a nonfiction editor with eleven years experience as a developmental editor with an independent political/academic publishing company. Though I edit all manner of nonfiction, I am particularly interested in writing projects that critically interrogate pressing social issues, such as racism, colonization, white supremacy, capitalism, poverty, gender and sexuality, and the like. I provide development editing, copy/line editing, and proofreading.

While many of the projects I've worked on are written by academics and students, I have also edited more general interest books and memoirs. These projects have also addressed issues of equity and justice in all its myriad forms.

I have graduate degrees in Globalization Studies and Religious Studies from McMaster University and have taken a variety of editing courses. Before becoming an editor I spent almost a decade working as a qualitative and mixed methods researcher in the university sector.


"Candida, you are one of the most gracious people, and I want you to know how much I appreciate your compliments. All my communications with you have been more than positive, they have been a pleasant experience. I think you feel and understand how personal the memoir I have written is, and you have a special intuitiveness and sensitivity about writers in general."

Berna Bolyn author of Among Wolves: A Memoir (Reedsy collaboration)

“Candida Hadley is an excellent editor, the best I have ever experienced. She is timely, professional, and effective in her work. Candida is an outstanding editor, and it was such an honour to work with her. I most highly recommend her.”
Ranjan Datta is a researcher at the University of Regina and editor of Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-cultural Perspective.

“Working with Candida Hadley was a terrific experience. Candida is an insightful, keen-eyed and highly skilled editor whose input improves a manuscript both structurally and at the level of small-but-important details. Candida always makes great suggestions, and communicates them with clarity and sensitivity. She is, in short, an excellent editor.”
Stephen Dale is the author of several books including Noble Illusions: Young Canada Goes to War

“I have had the happy experience of working with Candida Hadley on two books and Candida’s helpful editorial insights greatly improved both of those books. She has a sharp eye and a keen mind. Her insight helped me clarify key points and develop new arguments. I look forward to working with her again on future projects.”
John Sorenson is a Professor of Sociology at Brock University and author of About Canada: Animal Rightsand Constructing Ecoterrorism: Capitalism, Speciesism and Animal Rights

“Candida Hadley is a superb editor. Serious, professional, and efficient, she is a pleasure to work with in every respect.”
Jeffery R. Webber is Associate Professor of Politics at York University and co-author of Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America

“Candida is an amazing editor. She suggested many, many changes that immediately and powerfully clarified what I had been trying to say. In her comments to me, she challenged me to do better, to be more critical, and more intellectually rigorous while she somehow simultaneously made me feel very much capable of those things. She deeply challenged me to do better while encouraging me and boosting my confidence, helping me feel capable of meeting the challenges she set. Both direct and gentle, she helped distill my muddy thoughts and messy ideas into something I feel very proud of. She encouraged me to put more of myself into the pages, to tell the story I want to tell, to let my own voice emerge. She guided me in ways that have made me a better writer, communicator, storyteller going forward. The book will have my name on it, but it was a collaborative endeavour with Candida through and through. I am really, really grateful to her and excited for any writers out there who get the chance to work with her!”
Jen Gobby is a scholar-activist currently doing a postdoc at Concordia University and the author of More Powerful Together: Conversations with Climate Activists and Indigenous Land Defenders

“Candida Hadley is an outstanding editor. I had the pleasure of working with Candida on my first book, and I can say without a doubt that the book was improved many times over through her thoughtful and intelligent editorial guidance. Her editorial work was rigorous in a way that pushed me to sharpen and deepen my analysis of the material, while also being supportive and encouraging. This included help with the overall crafting of the arguments, the tone of the writing, the use of evidence, and the more technical aspects of the style and writing. I would work with Candida again without any hesitation, and recommend her to anyone looking for professional editorial assistance.”
David Thomas is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at Mount Allison University and the author of Bombardier Abroad: Patterns of Dispossession

“I was most fortunate to work with Candida, a gentle, skilful, and wise editor. She provided solid guidance and direction and raised insightful questions and comments that helped sharpen my points. She offered helpful understanding, empathy, and support whenever I indulged in sharing some of those ‘writer’s obsessions’!”
David Forbes recently retired from Brooklyn College, CUNY and is the author of Mindfulness and Its Discontents: Education, Self, and Social Transformation

“I doubt my book would have ever made it into the world without Candida’s superb editing. Although rigorous and exacting, she is also an incredibly generous and supportive editor who helps the author realize and communicate their vision. I always had a sense she had my back and every stage of the process went smoothly and professionally. She has particularly acute skills at helping to pitch the manuscript to its intended audience. I have worked with other excellent editors, but can say unconditionally that Candida is the best!”
Eva Mackey is a Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University and the author of Unsettled Expectations: Uncertainty, Land and Settler Decolonization
English (CAN)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience

Freelance Editor

January, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

I work with individuals, publishing houses, and non-profit organizations doing development and copy editing
I work with students, helping to edit papers, theses, and dissertations
I work with first time authors, helping them navigate the publishing industry

Acquisitions and Development Editor

Fernwood Publishing
April, 2009 – April, 2020 (about 11 years)

Fernwood Publishing is an independently owned political publisher that produces books for both trade and academic markets
I worked with professors, professionals, and students, development editing their books
I edited award-winning and best selling books
I edited books within the social sciences, particularly within Indigenous/settler studies, anti-Black racism, gender and sexuality, and critical social work

Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada

Battell Lowman, Emma, Barker, Adam J.

Leaving the Streets: Stories of Canadian Youth (Fernwood Basics Series)

Karabanow, Jeff, Carson, Alexa, Clement, Philip, Krane, Katie

Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth: Speaking Out and Pushing Back

Berman, Helene Anne, Richardson/Kinewesquao, Catherine, Elliott, Kate, Casas, Eugenia

On This Patch of Grass: City Parks on Occupied Land

Hern, Matt, Couture, Selena, Couture, Daisy, Couture, Sadie

Candida has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

I have worked with Candido once before a while back and from the beginning of our first conversation she had excellent communication skills combined with one of the most gracious mannerisms and pleasant voice. I got the feeling that she cared about you and your writing. I just finished her editing a book for the second time and she was even better because I was going through a hard time emotion...
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B BOLYN, January 2021

My initial contact with Candida Hadley was upbeat and positive. She was always gracious and easy to communicate with that made the process of my first time using a copy editor comfortable, while keeping an eagle eye on the editing process and helped with some clarifications of meaning in my non-fiction new book and memoir of a girls unique life fully lived.(Among Wolves) American Story.

B BOLYN, November 2020

Candida Hadley
Thank you so much for this kind review, Berna. It was such a pleasure to work with you. You're a great storyteller and I look forward to seeing your book out there in the world!

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