Emma Cole

Emma Cole - Editor

Hamilton, ON, Canada

Copy editor and proofreader with 15 years of experience at Wiley, ECW, etc. Everything from textbooks to mysteries to memoir and more.

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Overview

I started reading at the age of three, and started pointing out mistakes shortly after. Eventually, I realized that I could turn my love of polishing other people’s writing into a career. I currently provide copy editing and proofreading to a number of publishers, including Wiley, ECW Press, and House of Anansi. I have worked on textbooks, novels, nonfiction, and academic publications, and have enjoyed helping authors in each of these fields reach their full potential, and I'd love to do the same for you. I love working on books where authors have a distinct voice, and I like to keep that voice present first and foremost.

I have an eagle eye and can offer a quick turnaround for your projects, while still making sure they are as polished as possible. Always available for a more hands on approach if you prefer frequent check-ins, or I can work on your project with minimal questions if you'd rather just get everything back in one big chunk.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
DIY & Crafts
Entertainment
Humanities & Social Sciences
Fiction
Dystopian
Mystery & Crime
Psychological Thriller
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
July, 2007 – Present (over 15 years)

I primarily provide copy editing and proofreading services. As a copy editor, I ensure copy is consistent, creating or working with existing style sheets. I fact check and offer suggestions to enhance readability and clarity in manuscripts. As a proofreader, I correct grammar and spelling, and flag typesetting issues that may cause confusion for readers. I make sure to retain as much of the author's style as possible; my job is to improve the author's text, so that their books can resonate better with their readers.

Editorial Assistant

Key Porter Books
August, 2006 – July, 2007 (11 months)

I was responsible for several tasks, including: proofreading manuscripts and printer proofs; copy editing manuscripts; coordinating award submissions for Key Porter titles; applying for CIP information for new titles; sitting in on production and editorial meetings to stay up-to-date on the schedule for the upcoming season; reviewing submissions and making recommendations for acceptance or rejection.

Leadership Moments from NASA: Achieving the Impossible

Williams, Dr. Dave, Howell, Elizabeth, PhD

Though the Heavens Fall: A Collins-Burke Mystery

Anne Emery

As 1995 dawns in the North of Ireland, Belfast is a city of army patrols, bombed-out buildings, and “peace walls” segregating one community from the other. But the IRA has called a ceasefire. So, it’s as good a time as any for Monty Collins and Father Brennan Burke to visit the city: Monty to do a short gig in a law firm, and Brennan to reconnect with family. And it’s a good time for Brennan’s... read more

As 1995 dawns in the North of Ireland, Belfast is a city of army patrols, bombed-out buildings, and “peace walls” segregating one community from the other. But the IRA has called a ceasefire. So, it’s as good a time as any for Monty Collins and Father Brennan Burke to visit the city: Monty to do a short gig in a law firm, and Brennan to reconnect with family. And it’s a good time for Brennan’s... read more

Head of Drama: The Memoir of Sydney Newman

Sydney Newman

The memoir of the creator of Doctor Who and a legend in British and Canadian TV and filmA major influence on the BBC and independent television in Britain in the 1960s, as well as on CBC and the National Film Board in Canada, Sydney Newman acted as head of drama at a key period in the history of television. For the first time, his comprehensive memoirs ― written in the years before his death i... read more

The memoir of the creator of Doctor Who and a legend in British and Canadian TV and filmA major influence on the BBC and independent television in Britain in the 1960s, as well as on CBC and the National Film Board in Canada, Sydney Newman acted as head of drama at a key period in the history of television. For the first time, his comprehensive memoirs ― written in the years before his death i... read more

Director's Cut: My Life in Film

Ted Kotcheff

With six decades in show business, legendary director Ted Kotcheff looks back on his life Born to immigrant parents and raised in the slums of Toronto during the Depression, Ted Kotcheff learned storytelling on the streets before taking a stagehand job at CBC Television. Discovering his skills with actors and production, Kotcheff went on to direct some of the greatest films of the freewheeling... read more

With six decades in show business, legendary director Ted Kotcheff looks back on his life Born to immigrant parents and raised in the slums of Toronto during the Depression, Ted Kotcheff learned storytelling on the streets before taking a stagehand job at CBC Television. Discovering his skills with actors and production, Kotcheff went on to direct some of the greatest films of the freewheeling... read more

The Ninth Grave: A Fabian Risk Novel (Fabian Risk Series)

Stefan Ahnhem

"An atmospheric and complicated saga of crimes that criss-cross the narrow strait between Sweden and Denmark...great cop characters...and some imaginatively grisly perps."― Sunday TimesWould you kill for the one you love? That's the question that international bestseller Stefan Ahnhem's The Ninth Grave: A Fabian Risk Novel seeks to answer in this spine-tingling thriller set six months before t... read more

"An atmospheric and complicated saga of crimes that criss-cross the narrow strait between Sweden and Denmark...great cop characters...and some imaginatively grisly perps."― Sunday TimesWould you kill for the one you love? That's the question that international bestseller Stefan Ahnhem's The Ninth Grave: A Fabian Risk Novel seeks to answer in this spine-tingling thriller set six months before t... read more

Eighteen Below: A new serial killer thriller from the million-copy Scandinavian sensation (A Fabian Risk Thriller)

Stefan Ahnhem

**FROM THE MILLION-COPY SCANDINAVIAN BESTSELLER** ON A HOT SUMMER'S DAY. A car speeds through the streets of Helsingborg. When it reaches the harbour, the driver keeps going, straight into the cold, dark sea. A BODY IN THE WATER. But it is not a suicide. The autopsy reveals that this man has been dead for some time. He was murdered two months ago, and his body has been deep frozen. TURNS EVERT... read more

**FROM THE MILLION-COPY SCANDINAVIAN BESTSELLER** ON A HOT SUMMER'S DAY. A car speeds through the streets of Helsingborg. When it reaches the harbour, the driver keeps going, straight into the cold, dark sea. A BODY IN THE WATER. But it is not a suicide. The autopsy reveals that this man has been dead for some time. He was murdered two months ago, and his body has been deep frozen. TURNS EVERT... read more

The Substitute

Nicole Lundrigan

The Substitute

The Substitute

Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss, and the Road to Success

Lisa Lisson

An inspiring book for readers of Sheryl Sandberg and Arlene Dickinson Lisa Lisson’s life seemed perfect: she had married her high school sweetheart, applied her marketing degree to a position at FedEx Express Canada, and risen to become a vice president (and would ultimately become president) of the company. One night, after putting their four children to bed, her husband, Patrick, marvelled t... read more

An inspiring book for readers of Sheryl Sandberg and Arlene Dickinson Lisa Lisson’s life seemed perfect: she had married her high school sweetheart, applied her marketing degree to a position at FedEx Express Canada, and risen to become a vice president (and would ultimately become president) of the company. One night, after putting their four children to bed, her husband, Patrick, marvelled t... read more

Done Hunting: A Memoir

Martin Hunter

The final installment of the critically acclaimed memoir seriesDone Hunting brings Martin Hunter’s memoirs to a close, sharing adventures and observations from his sixth to ninth decades. With descriptions of theatrical productions he’s written and directed, it also provides a subtle commentary on Canada and its social and cultural place in the world. Done Hunting also chronicles Hunter’s expe... read more

The final installment of the critically acclaimed memoir seriesDone Hunting brings Martin Hunter’s memoirs to a close, sharing adventures and observations from his sixth to ninth decades. With descriptions of theatrical productions he’s written and directed, it also provides a subtle commentary on Canada and its social and cultural place in the world. Done Hunting also chronicles Hunter’s expe... read more

Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel

David Leach

A fascinating, non-partisan exploration of an incendiary region Say the word “Israel” today and it sparks images of walls and rockets and a bloody conflict without end. Yet for decades, the symbol of the Jewish State was the noble pioneer draining the swamps and making the deserts bloom: the legendary kibbutznik. So what ever happened to the pioneers’ dream of founding a socialist utopia in th... read more

A fascinating, non-partisan exploration of an incendiary region Say the word “Israel” today and it sparks images of walls and rockets and a bloody conflict without end. Yet for decades, the symbol of the Jewish State was the noble pioneer draining the swamps and making the deserts bloom: the legendary kibbutznik. So what ever happened to the pioneers’ dream of founding a socialist utopia in th... read more

Final Fire: A Memoir

Michael Mitchell

See the world through a photographer’s eyesFinal Fire is a companion piece to Mitchell’s much-praised 2004 memoir, The Molly Fire, a finalist for both the Writers’ Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year.Nearly a half century ago, Mitchell abandoned a safe and secure academic career to become a “cowboy” w... read more

See the world through a photographer’s eyesFinal Fire is a companion piece to Mitchell’s much-praised 2004 memoir, The Molly Fire, a finalist for both the Writers’ Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year.Nearly a half century ago, Mitchell abandoned a safe and secure academic career to become a “cowboy” w... read more

Pull Focus: A Novel

Walsh, Helen

Hope Has Two Daughters

Monia Mazigh

Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life.More than twenty-five years later, Nadia’s daughter Lila reluctantly travels to Tunisia to learn about her mother’s birth country. While she’s th... read more

Unwilling to endure a culture of silence and submission, and disowned by her family, Nadia leaves her native Tunisia in 1984 amidst deadly violence, chaos, and rioting brought on by rising food costs, eventually emigrating to Canada to begin her life.More than twenty-five years later, Nadia’s daughter Lila reluctantly travels to Tunisia to learn about her mother’s birth country. While she’s th... read more

Emma has 4 reviews

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Gilbert David Leon
It was a pleasure working with Emma. Upfront communication and early delivery--worth every dollar. I'll definitively consider her for future work.

Gilbert David Leon, September 2022


John G Lesley
Very friendly, efficient, on time and willing to take into account my ideas.

John G Lesley, July 2022


Robert Sundean
Quick turnaround and excellent work. Would definitely use again for future projects.

Robert Sundean, May 2022


Paul Barrera
Emma was a pleasure to work with. She was responsive to messages, timely with updates and got the project completed ahead of schedule. Her questions, suggestions and edits were intelligent and made the manuscript she worked on flow in a way that I found cohesive and polished. She was patient with questions and honest with answers. When the next volume in the story comes around, she is the onl...
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Paul Barrera, November 2018

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