Damian Tarnopolsky

Damian Tarnopolsky - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

I am an experienced in-house and freelance editor, equally at home in fiction and non-fiction, fully dedicated to making your words count.

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Overview

I am an editor with over 10 years of experience in publishing, first in-house with Alfred A. Knopf/Random House of Canada, more recently as a freelancer with Slingsby and Dixon. I specialize in long-form fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Recent fiction clients include authors working in the genres of literary fiction, short story, thrillers, and historical fiction. I previously worked as a ghost editor providing developmental editing and manuscript evaluations for Random House of Canada, HarperCollins, and others. I am also a published novelist, and I teach creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. With my experience of various sides of the publishing industry I can also advise on finding an agent and publisher.

"Damian has that rare combination of high writerly standards, editorial clarity and tactful direction. I recommend him a teacher and as an editor." - Barbara Wade Rose, Independent Writing and Editing Professional, Toronto

Work in non-fiction includes in-house editorial assistance on books by Stephen Brunt, Naomi Klein and many others. Freelance experience includes editing manuscripts by clients working in politics, history, philosophy of science, etc., with recent expertise with academic authors. I have also edited publications and communications for the Canadian public policy NGO Samara Canada and BlackBerry. I am the Barbara Moon Editorial Fellow at Massey College in Toronto, where I help students and faculty with publishing projects. I earned my Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Toronto, and have published several academic articles. I write and review for The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Atlantic Books Today, and many other publications.

"Damian is extremely competent as an editor and highly recommended by the University of Toronto. Although Dr. Tarnopolsky and I do not share the same scholarly expertise, he provided excellent editorial support for my book proposal. Thanks to his sound advice on structure and content as well as his thorough and detailed copy editing feedback, I now have a book contract with University of Wisconsin Press. On top of his strong editorial skills, Dr. Tarnopolsky is honest, dependable, hard working, and accurate about response times—all key qualities in a working editorial relationship. He is an excellent editor, and I highly recommend him to any scholar looking for professional editorial support." - Evadne Kelly, PhD, Freelance Researcher, Writer, and Dance Artist
Languages
English (CAN)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Politics & Current Affairs
Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
Short Story

Work experience

Proprietor

Self-employed
May, 2004 – Present (about 15 years)

Editing and evaluating novels, short stories, creative non-fiction manuscripts in progress. Mentoring and coaching authors, and publishing process and query letter consultation. Editing and evaluating academic articles, research grant applications, book proposals, etc. for private clients and university departments. Writing and editing articles, newsletters, speeches, reports etc. for clients including: Samara Canada; BlackBerry, etc.

Barbara Moon Editorial Fellow

Massey College, University of Toronto
September, 2016 – September, 2017 (about 1 year)

Assisting graduate students and faculty with non-fiction manuscripts, scholarly articles, grant applications, etc.

Managing Editor (Volunteer)

Toronto Review of Books
September, 2016 – Present (almost 3 years)

Commissioning and editing short articles on cultural matters.

Editorial Assistant

Alfred A. Knopf Canada, Random House of Canada
May, 2001 – January, 2003 (over 1 year)

Evaluating and editing manuscripts; meeting and collaborating with authors; developing marketing and publicity plans and materials; etc.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein's No Logo is an international bestselling phenomenon. Winner of Le Prix Mediations (France), and of the National Business Book Award (Canada) it has been translated into 21 languages and published in 25 countries.Named one of Ms Magazine's Women of Year in 2001, and declared by the Times (London) to be "probably the most influential person under the age of 35 in the world," in Fenc... read more

Naomi Klein's No Logo is an international bestselling phenomenon. Winner of Le Prix Mediations (France), and of the National Business Book Award (Canada) it has been translated into 21 languages and published in 25 countries.Named one of Ms Magazine's Women of Year in 2001, and declared by the Times (London) to be "probably the most influential person under the age of 35 in the world," in Fenc... read more

Facing Ali: 15 Fighters / 15 Stories

Stephen Brunt

"Brunt does an excellent job of bringing his subjects out of the shadow of the Greatest, recounting their often poignant tales of life before and after their dates with the champ. In the end, of course, we learn more about Ali. What stands out is their almost unanimous expression of affection for Ali. A worthy addition to any boxing collection." -Library JournalMuhammad Ali cast a blinding lig... read more

"Brunt does an excellent job of bringing his subjects out of the shadow of the Greatest, recounting their often poignant tales of life before and after their dates with the champ. In the end, of course, we learn more about Ali. What stands out is their almost unanimous expression of affection for Ali. A worthy addition to any boxing collection." -Library JournalMuhammad Ali cast a blinding lig... read more

Shakespeare's Face

Stephanie Nolen

On May 11, 2001, Globe and Mail reporter Stephanie Nolen announced a stunning discovery to the world: an attractive portrait held by an Ontario family for twelve generations, which may well be the only known portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. Shakespeare’s Face is the biography of a portrait — a literary mystery story — and the furious debate that has ensued since its discove... read more

On May 11, 2001, Globe and Mail reporter Stephanie Nolen announced a stunning discovery to the world: an attractive portrait held by an Ontario family for twelve generations, which may well be the only known portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. Shakespeare’s Face is the biography of a portrait — a literary mystery story — and the furious debate that has ensued since its discove... read more

Goya's Dog

Damian Tarnopolsky

A stunning, darkly comic consideration of love, grief, the appeal of gin, and the artist's role in times of war. Edward Dacres is an unforgettable anti-hero, a dissolute painter whose fortunes in London have dwindled to nothing by the autumn of 1939. When a misdirected letter invites him to take part in a delegation to bring art to the Colonies, as it were, he seizes the opportunity to leave E... read more

A stunning, darkly comic consideration of love, grief, the appeal of gin, and the artist's role in times of war. Edward Dacres is an unforgettable anti-hero, a dissolute painter whose fortunes in London have dwindled to nothing by the autumn of 1939. When a misdirected letter invites him to take part in a delegation to bring art to the Colonies, as it were, he seizes the opportunity to leave E... read more

Lanzmann and Other Stories

Damian Tarnopolsky

Ranging widely in subject matter—from a musician's destructive narcissism to the strange effects a persistent Norwegian has on a bachelor's love life—the stories in this collection also vary in style. Both elegantly insightful and highly adventurous, these tales are inventive, deeply comic, sometimes very unsettling, and completely engaging.

Ranging widely in subject matter—from a musician's destructive narcissism to the strange effects a persistent Norwegian has on a bachelor's love life—the stories in this collection also vary in style. Both elegantly insightful and highly adventurous, these tales are inventive, deeply comic, sometimes very unsettling, and completely engaging.

Revisiting Molloy, Malone meurt / Malone Dies and LInnommable / The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui)

Mark Nixon and Dirk Van Hulle Edited by David Tucker

Collection of essays by different authors on three of Beckett's works. some essays in French.

Collection of essays by different authors on three of Beckett's works. some essays in French.

The Journey Prize Stories 22: The Best of Canada's Writers

Various

Discover the next generation of great Canadian writers with this highly acclaimed annual anthology.For more than two decades, The Journey Prize Stories has been presenting the best short stories published each year by some of Canada's most exciting up-and-coming new writers. Previous contributors — including such now well-known, bestselling writers as Yann Martel, Elizabeth Hay, Michael Crumme... read more

Discover the next generation of great Canadian writers with this highly acclaimed annual anthology.For more than two decades, The Journey Prize Stories has been presenting the best short stories published each year by some of Canada's most exciting up-and-coming new writers. Previous contributors — including such now well-known, bestselling writers as Yann Martel, Elizabeth Hay, Michael Crumme... read more

The Journey Prize Stories 18: From the Best of Canada's New Writers (Journey Prize Stories: Short Fiction from the Best of Canada's New Writers)

Discover the intriguing and diverse voices of Canada's new literary writers in this popular and nationally acclaimed annual anthology "There's nothing else like it in Canada. . . . The Journey Prize anthology has become the proving ground for new, young Canadian writers, a who's who of the coming generation. . . . I, for one, owe everything to the Journey Prize." - Yann Martel, author of Life ... read more

Discover the intriguing and diverse voices of Canada's new literary writers in this popular and nationally acclaimed annual anthology "There's nothing else like it in Canada. . . . The Journey Prize anthology has become the proving ground for new, young Canadian writers, a who's who of the coming generation. . . . I, for one, owe everything to the Journey Prize." - Yann Martel, author of Life ... read more

The Way It Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports

In the first ever anthology of its kind, Canada’s premier sportswriter — Globe and Mail columnist and author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Facing Ali — brings together the best writing on sport in this country, with a strong contemporary flavour.It’s all here: classic reports on Canada’s great sporting triumphs, from Joe Carter’s World Series–winning home run for the Toronto Blue... read more

In the first ever anthology of its kind, Canada’s premier sportswriter — Globe and Mail columnist and author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Facing Ali — brings together the best writing on sport in this country, with a strong contemporary flavour.It’s all here: classic reports on Canada’s great sporting triumphs, from Joe Carter’s World Series–winning home run for the Toronto Blue... read more

Searching for Bobby Orr

Stephen Brunt

The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in all of sports. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know the mystique and tradition surrounding Boston's immortal defenseman. In the glory years of the Original Six, he and Gordy Howe were the Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio of their sport with equally as rabid a following. In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada's premier sportswr... read more

The legend of Bobby Orr is one of the most enduring in all of sports. Even those who have never played the game of hockey know the mystique and tradition surrounding Boston's immortal defenseman. In the glory years of the Original Six, he and Gordy Howe were the Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio of their sport with equally as rabid a following. In Searching for Bobby Orr, Canada's premier sportswr... read more

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