Hayley Evans

Hayley Evans - Editor

Montreal, QC, Canada

Dependable, fiercely meticulous editor for Routledge and more. Specializes in the speculative, scholarly, spooky, and strange.

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Overview

As a scholar, writer, and editor, I have dedicated my life to the art of words, and it is my vocation to help you share your ideas and tell your stories with flowing and flawless prose.

As a self-professed "dark weirdo," I revel (as both a reader and editor) in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and horror—those literary realms that push boundaries, expand notions of reality, and explore the curious (and often dark) recesses of the human psyche. I hold an MA in English Literature from the University of Victoria, where I focused on contemporary literature and critical theory, which means I also keenly specialize in editing academic works of literary theory and criticism, as well as philosophy-forward works. Fiction or non-fiction, I will employ my "fierce literary insight" and "almost obsessive attention to detail" (see below) to help you meet your publishing goals with impeccable content.

I am also a writer for online art publications, where I specialize in writing about dark art.

So, if you have a project that's brimming with darkness, oddness, imagination, subversion, cutting-edge theories, or a combination thereof, it would be my pride and pleasure to use my passion, knowledge, and expertise to help your book stand out among the shadows.

“Hayley has worked for me on a couple of large-scale international editorial projects and I couldn’t be happier with her work. She has a fierce, almost obsessive, attention to detail and ruthless will to do each job to perfection. Hayley is simply the best editor I’ve ever worked with. I know her work greatly improved my own—and that of many more professional international writers as well!”
—Dr. Stephen Ross, General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism

“Hayley has worked for the FriesenPress freelance editing department for a year now, and in that time has shown herself to be meticulous and dependable. She has established herself as a leading editor. I believe this is down to [her] warm tone, obvious expertise, and fierce literary insight.”
— Kate Juniper, former Senior Editor & Illustrations Coordinator, FriesenPress

“Like a cat, she has the gift of an enhanced sight. She reads the darkness and translates her analytical and sensible vision into words. It is truly inspiring to collaborate with her.”
— Marie-Lou Desmeules, living sculpture artist
Languages
English (CAN)
Non-Fiction
Art
Philosophy
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master’s (University of Victoria)
  • Department Fellowship (University of Victoria)

Work experience

Copy Editor and Indexer

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
April, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

I provide copy editing and indexing services for a forthcoming anthology of essays. It is my duty to correspond with each contributor to ensure all editorial queries are settled before the manuscript goes to press.

Copy Editor

Juniper Editing and Creative
October, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

In my role as a copy editor with Juniper Editing and Creative (JEC), I edit a variety of manuscripts (from history books to YA fiction) to a high standard of excellence, correcting all mechanical and grammatical errors while abiding by the style guides of different publishers. I also write and edit blog posts on topics pertaining to writing and editing that offer knowledge and inspiration to JEC's clients.

Freelance Editor

FriesenPress
May, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

As a freelance editor for FriesenPress, a premiere self-publishing company, I provide professional editing services for a variety of books. I standardize each book so that they meet FriesenPress' quality standards and style guidelines, corresponding with the Editorial Coordinator to ask/answer queries and report progress. I also provide a service of consulting authors over the phone to offer one-on-one feedback and encouragement. Self-motivated and passionate about my work, I prioritize my tasks in a flexible working schedule to meet every publishing deadline.

Art Writer

Self-employed
December, 2014 – Present (almost 5 years)

I write articles for popular online art publications. My articles analyze and describe the themes and stylistic characteristics of various contemporary, cutting-edge artists. It has also been my duty to hire new writers and train them in the writing and production of engaging content. I ensure everything is fact-checked and mechanically flawless prior to online publication.

Copy Editor and Indexer

Routledge
July, 2014 – April, 2015 (9 months)

On behalf of Editors-in-Chief from the University of Victoria, I proofread Routledge's The Modernist World, a lengthy manuscript composed of several academic essays on global modernism. Following Routledge’s strict guidelines, I meticulously standardized each essay in regards to format and style. I also compiled and carefully organized a comprehensive index for this book.

In addition, I edited hundreds of entries for The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, a massive online resource for the study of modernism.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Decline

Jared Kane

A whirlpool of crowsSwirls above, justifyingOur murderousnessThe world is a quiet place now. The streets are choked with dust and the ruins of civilization; the horizon is bleak in every direction. There are only a few survivors left. Occasionally, the silence is broken with cries of violence as the corrupted remains of humanity feed off the living. There is no longer any distinction between s... read more

A whirlpool of crowsSwirls above, justifyingOur murderousnessThe world is a quiet place now. The streets are choked with dust and the ruins of civilization; the horizon is bleak in every direction. There are only a few survivors left. Occasionally, the silence is broken with cries of violence as the corrupted remains of humanity feed off the living. There is no longer any distinction between s... read more

The Pegasi Chronicles: Book 1: The Sacred Knife

Allan McCarville

For as long as humanity has existed, a war has waged between the forces of Darkness and Light. Serving the Dark are Rewera, people possessed by demons, their immortality bought through human sacrifice. The only ones who can stop them are the Pegasi: a special race of mortals who must wield a sacred blade, the Sagrado Cuchillo, in order to banish the demons back into the depths of Hell. Little ... read more

For as long as humanity has existed, a war has waged between the forces of Darkness and Light. Serving the Dark are Rewera, people possessed by demons, their immortality bought through human sacrifice. The only ones who can stop them are the Pegasi: a special race of mortals who must wield a sacred blade, the Sagrado Cuchillo, in order to banish the demons back into the depths of Hell. Little ... read more

Survival

Kodie Goldsworthy

The year is 2024, and a virus has brought mankind to the very brink of annihilation. Grim pockets of what still passes for civilization exist only in North America, Russia, and China. The rest of the world is an abattoir of anarchy and infection.Johnny Black was part of Canada’s elite JTF2 serving overseas at the time of the outbreak. When he lost his wife and daughter to the virus, the shock ... read more

The year is 2024, and a virus has brought mankind to the very brink of annihilation. Grim pockets of what still passes for civilization exist only in North America, Russia, and China. The rest of the world is an abattoir of anarchy and infection.Johnny Black was part of Canada’s elite JTF2 serving overseas at the time of the outbreak. When he lost his wife and daughter to the virus, the shock ... read more

The Rushing of the Brook

Kansas Bradbury

It’s 1987, and a dark shadow is about to fall upon the city of Sifton and its residents. Hayward Barry and his best friends—Joe, Davey, and Pete—are typical fifth- and sixth-grade boys, hanging out after school and getting into trouble. However, powerful urges and deep feelings have begun to grow in the boys as they approach young adulthood; for Hayward, this is his affection for Beth, a girl ... read more

It’s 1987, and a dark shadow is about to fall upon the city of Sifton and its residents. Hayward Barry and his best friends—Joe, Davey, and Pete—are typical fifth- and sixth-grade boys, hanging out after school and getting into trouble. However, powerful urges and deep feelings have begun to grow in the boys as they approach young adulthood; for Hayward, this is his affection for Beth, a girl ... read more

The Oaken Crucible (The Zhertva Trilogy Book 1)

Ilya d'Angre'

It is the late seventh century, and the world is a violent place, steeped in blood and legend as Viking merchants traverse the Black Sea and war against neighboring tribes. Near the turbulent waters of the ancient Slavuta River, a boy named Azurr is born to a powerful jarl and a sorceress mother. Still an infant, his prophecy arrives in the middle of a storm, beneath the light of a burning tre... read more

It is the late seventh century, and the world is a violent place, steeped in blood and legend as Viking merchants traverse the Black Sea and war against neighboring tribes. Near the turbulent waters of the ancient Slavuta River, a boy named Azurr is born to a powerful jarl and a sorceress mother. Still an infant, his prophecy arrives in the middle of a storm, beneath the light of a burning tre... read more

Soledades (Black North Arcana Book 1)

Atkin Knowles Akar

Ageless, ruthless, and vicious, Marquaisa is a pitiless vampire who has lusted for blood and gold since the days of the Roman Empire. A beautiful terror to behold, with ink-black hair and alabaster skin, and armed with a rapier and razor-sharp talons, she kills without mercy. Insatiable, Marquaisa sets her sights on Louisbourg, the French fortress at the edge of the New World that defends the ... read more

Ageless, ruthless, and vicious, Marquaisa is a pitiless vampire who has lusted for blood and gold since the days of the Roman Empire. A beautiful terror to behold, with ink-black hair and alabaster skin, and armed with a rapier and razor-sharp talons, she kills without mercy. Insatiable, Marquaisa sets her sights on Louisbourg, the French fortress at the edge of the New World that defends the ... read more

Time of Darkness

Liam Davies

Welcome to the world of Mirgon, the vast landscape perfect for the adventurer type, but not without consequence. Be it bandits, adventurers, or simple thugs, everyone wants a little freedom to do what they want. Unfortunately for Xeno and Josiah, who set off on their own travels, the government is corrupt, and has agents everywhere. Seemingly heartless at first, Xeno, and the allies he meets o... read more

Welcome to the world of Mirgon, the vast landscape perfect for the adventurer type, but not without consequence. Be it bandits, adventurers, or simple thugs, everyone wants a little freedom to do what they want. Unfortunately for Xeno and Josiah, who set off on their own travels, the government is corrupt, and has agents everywhere. Seemingly heartless at first, Xeno, and the allies he meets o... read more

Break Out: Book II (Founder Series)

Leonard Gaultois

Having already fended off planetary destruction by a malicious alien race, the denizens of Earth are now keenly aware that they are not alone in the universe. The Earth Protection Services (EPS) has been established, and for the first time, humans are braving the dark regions of space to meet other races, both friendly and dangerous. In due time, it is expected that Earth will become part of t... read more

Having already fended off planetary destruction by a malicious alien race, the denizens of Earth are now keenly aware that they are not alone in the universe. The Earth Protection Services (EPS) has been established, and for the first time, humans are braving the dark regions of space to meet other races, both friendly and dangerous. In due time, it is expected that Earth will become part of t... read more

In Too Deep: The Shenanigans Series, Book Five

Andreas Oertel

Three trouble-prone friends become pawns in a criminal cover-up after they discover an old bronze statue in a local pond.When Cody and Eric are denied permission to pick up golf balls from the ponds at their local golf course, they decide to trespass on the property at night. But they end up finding a lot more than just golf balls in the murky waters: they uncover a life-size bronze statue of ... read more

Three trouble-prone friends become pawns in a criminal cover-up after they discover an old bronze statue in a local pond.When Cody and Eric are denied permission to pick up golf balls from the ponds at their local golf course, they decide to trespass on the property at night. But they end up finding a lot more than just golf balls in the murky waters: they uncover a life-size bronze statue of ... read more

The Traveler

Tom Kubiak

After the fall of communist Russia, when the Cold War ends, paradigms shift worldwide and a society dating back to Catherine the Great develops a plan to reshape Russia’s place in the world. Amidst the chaos, Thomas Miller, a university student with roots in an influential German family, is approached for recruitment by a mysterious Russian official with absolutely no option to decline. From s... read more

After the fall of communist Russia, when the Cold War ends, paradigms shift worldwide and a society dating back to Catherine the Great develops a plan to reshape Russia’s place in the world. Amidst the chaos, Thomas Miller, a university student with roots in an influential German family, is approached for recruitment by a mysterious Russian official with absolutely no option to decline. From s... read more

Mrs. Langlois' House

Sueanne Pacheco

Nix Baines is seventeen years old, and she is displaced and alone. Neglected by her workaholic mother, lacking friends, and haunted by vivid manifestations of her own unexplored emotions, her life seems to be spiralling towards destruction and self-hate. However, there is one place in her small world where she feels safe and secure: the home of Mrs. Langlois, a mysterious older woman whose qui... read more

Nix Baines is seventeen years old, and she is displaced and alone. Neglected by her workaholic mother, lacking friends, and haunted by vivid manifestations of her own unexplored emotions, her life seems to be spiralling towards destruction and self-hate. However, there is one place in her small world where she feels safe and secure: the home of Mrs. Langlois, a mysterious older woman whose qui... read more

We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947-1984

Al Purdy, Earle Birney

Tell me, how do I write better poetry? You can't? I'm not surprised. You can write it yourself but damned if you can tell someone else how, your classes to the contrary.—Al PurdyThe truth is none of us who write poetry should allow ourselves to make public critiques of the others, not in a small country like this where we know each other too well.—Earle BirneyThis collection of letters illustr... read more

Tell me, how do I write better poetry? You can't? I'm not surprised. You can write it yourself but damned if you can tell someone else how, your classes to the contrary.—Al PurdyThe truth is none of us who write poetry should allow ourselves to make public critiques of the others, not in a small country like this where we know each other too well.—Earle BirneyThis collection of letters illustr... read more

The Modernist World (Routledge Worlds)

The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. The 61 new essays address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music, film, and intellectual currents. The book also examines modernist histories and practices around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, South... read more

The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. The 61 new essays address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music, film, and intellectual currents. The book also examines modernist histories and practices around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, South... read more

So You Think You Can Think: Thinking through moral dilemmas in pursuit of justice

Otto B. Toews

In our complex world, how can we learn to think through moral dilemmas in the pursuit of justice? How do the words we associate with morality impact our understanding and application of it? In short, how can we enact equal measures of fairness among family members, friends, and strangers? These are the troubling questions that guide Dr. Otto Toews as he critically engages with the language of ... read more

In our complex world, how can we learn to think through moral dilemmas in the pursuit of justice? How do the words we associate with morality impact our understanding and application of it? In short, how can we enact equal measures of fairness among family members, friends, and strangers? These are the troubling questions that guide Dr. Otto Toews as he critically engages with the language of ... read more

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