Hayley Evans

Hayley Evans - Editor

Montreal, QC, Canada

Dependable, fiercely meticulous editor. 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.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I identify as non-binary (my pronouns are they/them), and one of my most valued goals—personal and professional—is to apply my skills to help encourage and elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ writers.

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 their work. They have 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 their 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 and I have worked together as editors in one form or another since our days copyediting for Routledge Press’s Encyclopedia of Modernism in 2014. They have distinguished themself repeatedly in their career as a meticulous and level-headed freelance editor. Their talent and reliability made them my first choice of hire as Senior Editor at FriesenPress and the professional I most hoped would come on board when I began my own editing company three years ago, which, thankfully, they did. In our five years of working together, they have always enriched our undertakings with their warmth, expertise, and fierce literary insight. I would endorse Hayley for any project they consider right for her, and I am as ever honoured to call them my peer, friend, and colleague.”
— Kate Juniper, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Juniper Editing & Creative

“Like a cat, they have the gift of an enhanced sight. They read the darkness and translate their analytical and sensible vision into words. It is truly inspiring to collaborate with them.”
— Marie-Lou Desmeules, living sculpture artist

"Meticulous, intelligent, trustworthy—Hayley Evans is a gifted editor whose keen eyes and sharp red pencil have vastly improved the two book manuscripts I have sent their way. I am in awe of their uncanny ability to catch typographical errors, factual inconsistencies, and inelegant prose. Their calm professionalism and commitment to precision are unparalleled. I look forward to future collaborations."
— Allana Lindgren, Associate Professor, Co-Editor of The Modernist World and Moving Together
Languages
English (CAN)
Fiction
Dystopian
Fantasy
Horror
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Post-Apocalyptic
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Philosophy

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 2 years)

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 3 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 5 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 6 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 (12 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

Beyond the Contested Zone (The Empty Sky Book 1)

Toby Cox

You must accept that there will be loss. To deny this is to deny the nature of our struggle. And with the loss, the darkness will come for you at times.—Col. Akio Sato (726 AF). On a planet lost in the great Void, Lt. Thomas Walker wakes up after a horrific dream—alone, low on supplies, and at the beginning of a dangerous mission. One thousand years ago, the denizens of Earth colonized Thomas’... read more

You must accept that there will be loss. To deny this is to deny the nature of our struggle. And with the loss, the darkness will come for you at times.—Col. Akio Sato (726 AF). On a planet lost in the great Void, Lt. Thomas Walker wakes up after a horrific dream—alone, low on supplies, and at the beginning of a dangerous mission. One thousand years ago, the denizens of Earth colonized Thomas’... 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

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

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

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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Peter Lillios
Hayley was extremely professional in her dealings with me, very responsive to all communications, and made her services clear. Her work on my manuscript went over and above what I expected, both in quality and quantity. She continued to make herself available for further discussion after the editorial assessment was completed, in order to ensure that I was successful in my revisions. She tre...
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Peter Lillios, July 2020


David Goodin
I've used Hayley for several projects. Large and small. She's always delivered on time and with excellent quality, highly recommended!

David Goodin, April 2020


Rayan Khan
Hayley is immensely talented, intelligent, and discerning. Her feedback is both encouraging and precise, and I couldn't be more ecstatic to have gotten the chance to work with an editor of her caliber. Looking forward to our next collaboration.

Rayan Khan, February 2020


David Goodin
I hired Hayley for proofreading of my novel. I was pleased with her professionalism and the utmost care of my work project. I look forward to working with Hayley again for future projects.

David Goodin, January 2020

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