Deborah Viets

Deborah Viets - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

A publishing pro with 25 years' copy editing/proofreading experience. I specialize in literary fiction, YAs, self-help and biographies.

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Overview

During the past 25 years, a variety of manuscripts (novels, short stories, children's books, YAs, biographies, non-fiction, reports, teacher's guides, newsletters, and magazine articles) have come my way. Some have needed substantive editing, others, stylistic editing, copy editing, or proofreading. (These last two services are of passionate interest.) Whatever the task at hand, my work reflects a concern for clarity, accuracy, and consistency. Equally important, I deliver on time. I am conscientious, empathetic, and will treat your manuscript with the care it deserves whether you are a seasoned author or a first-time one.

Recent and past publishers and organizations I've freelanced for include: HarperCollins, Penguin, Pearson Education, Anansi, Groundwood, Report on Business magazine, the Internet Advertising Bureau of Canada, the CBC, TVOntario, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. In addition to freelancing, I have worked in-house for Stoddart and Infoculture, the CBC’s first arts website, where I served as the Books Editor.

I also write and have contributed features to the Globe and Mail, the National Post, as well as several magazines. Some writing samples appear on my website. (My favourite is a Thurberesque piece called "The Love That Dared Wag Its Tail.")
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult
Children's
Middle Grade

Awards

  • Nominated for the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing

Work experience

Freelance Editor/Writer

Self-employed
September, 2001 – Present (about 18 years)

Books Editor/Online Associate Producer

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
November, 1999 – May, 2001 (over 1 year)

Adapted CBC Radio/TV arts and literary programming for the website. Worked with the producers of Writers and Company, The Arts Today, and Hot Type to give their shows an online presence. Wrote original arts news items. Interviewed Canadian novelists, such as Alistair MacLeod and Elizabeth Hay. Commissioned book reviews from freelancers.

Freelance Editor/Writer

Self-employed
June, 1990 – September, 1999 (over 9 years)

Performed a range of editorial tasks for different organizations and publishers, including TVOntario's Communications Department, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, NOW Magazine, Madison Press Books, Key Porter, Douglas & McIntyre, Stoddart Publishing, and Prentice Hall.

Assistant Editor

Stoddart Publishing
May, 1989 – May, 1990 (about 1 year)

Copy edited and proofread manuscripts as well as supervising freelance proofreaders. Wrote copy for book jackets and catalogues. Presented books at sales conference.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Machine Without Horses: A Novel

Helen Humphreys

“One of the best—and most wonderfully experimental—historical fiction titles of the year. . . . Truly spectacular.” —Toronto StarWhat is an ordinary life worth?A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary—eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert—but also utterly ordinary. How does a w... read more

“One of the best—and most wonderfully experimental—historical fiction titles of the year. . . . Truly spectacular.” —Toronto StarWhat is an ordinary life worth?A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary—eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert—but also utterly ordinary. How does a w... read more

The Storm: A Novel

Arif Anwar

“A remarkable debut, in which fiction vividly portrays specific events in history.”—Booklist (starred review) “This powerful and important debut is a story for our time.” —Library Journal (starred review) From an immensely talented new voice in international fiction, a sweeping tour de force that seamlessly interweaves five love stories that, together, chronicle sixty years of Bangladeshi hist... read more

“A remarkable debut, in which fiction vividly portrays specific events in history.”—Booklist (starred review) “This powerful and important debut is a story for our time.” —Library Journal (starred review) From an immensely talented new voice in international fiction, a sweeping tour de force that seamlessly interweaves five love stories that, together, chronicle sixty years of Bangladeshi hist... read more

Immigrant City

David Bezmozgis

Award-winning author David Bezmozgis’s first story collection in more than a decade, hailed by the Toronto Star as “intelligent, funny, unfailingly sympathetic”In the title story, a father and his young daughter stumble into a bizarre version of his immigrant childhood. A mysterious tech conference brings a writer to Montreal, where he discovers new designs on the past in “How It Used to Be.” ... read more

Award-winning author David Bezmozgis’s first story collection in more than a decade, hailed by the Toronto Star as “intelligent, funny, unfailingly sympathetic”In the title story, a father and his young daughter stumble into a bizarre version of his immigrant childhood. A mysterious tech conference brings a writer to Montreal, where he discovers new designs on the past in “How It Used to Be.” ... read more

Heart Matters

Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson’s beginnings—her family escaped from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong in 1942—were a harbinger of the drama that would echo through her life. After growing up in Ottawa, and studying in Toronto and France, she launched a successful CBC television career that lasted nearly three decades. Then in 1999, Clarkson returned to Ottawa to become Canada’s twenty-sixth Governor General—an o... read more

Adrienne Clarkson’s beginnings—her family escaped from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong in 1942—were a harbinger of the drama that would echo through her life. After growing up in Ottawa, and studying in Toronto and France, she launched a successful CBC television career that lasted nearly three decades. Then in 1999, Clarkson returned to Ottawa to become Canada’s twenty-sixth Governor General—an o... read more

Can You Spell Revolution?

Matt Beam

Between dull assemblies, tyrant teachers, and a handbook full of rules, life at Laverton Middle School can be summed up in one word: B-O-R-I-N-G. In this dramatic novel, five fed-up students borrow from the pages of history books and, seeking inspiration from revolutionary leaders, get a twisty lesson in the excitement and perils of repeating history.

Between dull assemblies, tyrant teachers, and a handbook full of rules, life at Laverton Middle School can be summed up in one word: B-O-R-I-N-G. In this dramatic novel, five fed-up students borrow from the pages of history books and, seeking inspiration from revolutionary leaders, get a twisty lesson in the excitement and perils of repeating history.

Mystery of the Martello Tower, The

Jennifer Lanthier

Hazel and Ned are home for summer vacation and looking forward to long, lazy days of sleeping late, shooting hoops, building stink bombs, and spending time with their art-dealer father. But when he disappears without saying good-bye, their summer plunges into chaos. The babysitter leaves town, their apartment is burgled, and two menacing thugs start turning up everywhere. Ned and Hazel try esc... read more

Hazel and Ned are home for summer vacation and looking forward to long, lazy days of sleeping late, shooting hoops, building stink bombs, and spending time with their art-dealer father. But when he disappears without saying good-bye, their summer plunges into chaos. The babysitter leaves town, their apartment is burgled, and two menacing thugs start turning up everywhere. Ned and Hazel try esc... read more

Penguin Modern Classics in Transit

Mavis Gallant

In the stories that make up In Transit, internationally acclaimed writer Mavis Gallant describes with elegant and scrupulous precision-and a discerning eye for telling detail-the quirks of human nature and the limits of human compassion. A host of remarkably drawn characters are surveyed with a cool wit and sophisticated intelligence as they struggle to transcend the imprisonment of their prov... read more

In the stories that make up In Transit, internationally acclaimed writer Mavis Gallant describes with elegant and scrupulous precision-and a discerning eye for telling detail-the quirks of human nature and the limits of human compassion. A host of remarkably drawn characters are surveyed with a cool wit and sophisticated intelligence as they struggle to transcend the imprisonment of their prov... read more

Skybreaker

Kenneth Oppel

A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure. Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion since its disappearance... read more

A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure. Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion since its disappearance... read more

Sunwing (The Silverwing Trilogy)

Kenneth Oppel

When eternal darkness threatens to invade, Shade and Marina must journey to the far southern jungle to save the world in this thrilling sequel to Silverwing.Shade, a young Silverwing bat in search of his father, discovers a mysterious Human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through t... read more

When eternal darkness threatens to invade, Shade and Marina must journey to the far southern jungle to save the world in this thrilling sequel to Silverwing.Shade, a young Silverwing bat in search of his father, discovers a mysterious Human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through t... read more

Nocturne: on The Life And Death Of My Brother

Helen Humphreys

A Globe & Mail 100 SelectionHelen Humphreys’ younger brother was gone before she could come to terms with the fact that he had terminal cancer. Diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer at the age of forty-five, he died four months later, leaving behind a grieving family. Martin was an extraordinary pianist who debuted at the Royal Festival Hall in London at the age of twenty, later becoming a... read more

A Globe & Mail 100 SelectionHelen Humphreys’ younger brother was gone before she could come to terms with the fact that he had terminal cancer. Diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer at the age of forty-five, he died four months later, leaving behind a grieving family. Martin was an extraordinary pianist who debuted at the Royal Festival Hall in London at the age of twenty, later becoming a... read more

Coventry: A Novel

Helen Humphreys

“Elegant . . . illuminates the impact of war on ordinary people . . . an elegy and a celebration.”―Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle On the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon. But it is a bomber’s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city. For ... read more

“Elegant . . . illuminates the impact of war on ordinary people . . . an elegy and a celebration.”―Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle On the evening of November 14, 1940, Harriet Marsh stands on the roof of the historic Coventry cathedral and marvels at the frost glittering beneath a full moon. But it is a bomber’s moon, and the Luftwaffe is coming to unleash destruction on the city. For ... read more

Genocide: A Groundwork Guide (Groundwork Guides)

Jane Springer

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail Some view the systematic killing, rape and destruction of homes in Darfur as a grave humanitarian crisis. For others, it’s a clear example of the ultimate crime agai... read more

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail Some view the systematic killing, rape and destruction of homes in Darfur as a grave humanitarian crisis. For others, it’s a clear example of the ultimate crime agai... read more

Cities: A Groundwork Guide (Groundwork Guides)

John Lorinc

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas. The search for better housing, transit, economic opportunity, and security within neighbourhoods forces today'... read more

"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas. The search for better housing, transit, economic opportunity, and security within neighbourhoods forces today'... read more

Ready to Retire?: What You and Your Spouse Need to Know About the Reality of Retirement

Lyndsay Green

Ready to Retire?What You and Your Spouse Need to Know About The New Reality of RetirementConceived and written for those about to retire - or already in retirement and the women (and men) who live with them. Ready to Retire? helps people understand what they and their partners are going through as they meet the new reality of life beyond the workplace. Cultural messaging has traditionally rein... read more

Ready to Retire?What You and Your Spouse Need to Know About The New Reality of RetirementConceived and written for those about to retire - or already in retirement and the women (and men) who live with them. Ready to Retire? helps people understand what they and their partners are going through as they meet the new reality of life beyond the workplace. Cultural messaging has traditionally rein... read more

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