Hazel Boydell

Hazel Boydell - Editor

Lisbon, Portugal

Associate publisher of Thorntree Press (polyamory and more). Over a decade of experience editing and proofreading fiction and non-fiction.

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Overview

I am the associate publisher of Thorntree Press, a Portland, Oregon based small press with a focus on non-traditional relationships. Want to know how to negotiate a polyamory breakup or what it's like to grow up as a non-binary millennial child of a polyamorous family? Just ask.

Before this, I earned my stripes at Douglas & McIntyre, formerly Canada's biggest independent publisher, and UBC Press, a respected academic publisher. I have provided freelance services to clients including UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum and Talk Science to Me.

I enjoy copy editing both fiction and non-fiction, and am open to most topics. I have significant experience in editing and proofreading books about non-traditional relationship models, but have also worked on materials as diverse as cookbooks, memoirs, and trivia. Let me transform your run-on sentences and confused paragraphs into accessible content that will keep readers engaged.

As a British national who worked in Canada for ten years and who has substantial experience editing American English, I specialise in adapting books for local audiences and recognising the differences among global Englishes. Not sure how to change your punctuation for a British audience or confused about whether American English uses -ize in all occasions? Let me handle it.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Associate Publisher

Thorntree Press
September, 2018 – Present (about 4 years)

Handling production, editing, and marketing operations for an independent book publisher with a focus on love, sex, and alternative relationship models.

Creating production schedules and working with authors, editors, designers, and printers to ensure deadlines are met.

Copy editing and proofreading book manuscripts. Developing style guides and working with authors, designers, and other editors to ensure the successful publication of high-quality books.

Overseeing marketing initiatives including book tours, reviews, and other publicity.

Production Editor and Marketing Associate

Thorntree Press
June, 2016 – September, 2018 (over 2 years)

Providing copy editing, proofreading, and project management services for an independent book publisher with a focus on love, sex, and alternative relationship models.

Maintaining production schedules including working with authors, designers, and printers to ensure deadlines are met.

Using Teamwork and Sync to efficiently manage projects and maintain efficient filing systems.

Developing and executing book tours and marketing campaigns. Undertaking market research, creating relationships with bookstores and other venues, planning travel and logistics, and creating press materials.

Promoted from this position to Associate Publisher.

Managing Editor

Perfect Daily Grind
August, 2018 – October, 2019 (about 1 year)

Managing and editing non-sponsored content for a leading coffee publication. This role involved managing a team of staff and contract writers and often required making complicated and potentially controversial topics accessible for a general audience.

Client liaison for sponsored content including article angle development, creating schedules, and troubleshooting any issues in a diplomatic and professional manner.

Commissioning, developing, and copy editing content with writers from a variety of backgrounds and abilities including many non-professional writers with English as a foreign language.

Creating schedules and implementing firm deadlines with writers and other parties.

Implementing SEO best practices and ensuring that content is engaging and accessible without being dumbed-down.

Maintaining tracking spreadsheets, creating and managing tasks using Asana, overseeing upload of articles to WordPress and troubleshooting any issues.

Writing content including articles, social media copy, and press releases.

Copy Editor and Content Manager

NewadVentures
September, 2017 – August, 2018 (11 months)

Writing, copy editing, and project managing entertainment and celebrity news for the Stars Insider brand.
Adapting English-language content to specific regions including adapting vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation to US, Canada, Australia, and UK audiences.

Developing and maintaining a comprehensive style guide including Plain English principles, country-specific sections, and guidelines for translators.

Providing feedback and development exercises to junior writers and coaching mid-level writers on how to adapt to the brand and market.

Reviewing applications for writer positions and providing feedback to managing editor and HR departments on strengths and weaknesses of prospective employees.

Image research, fact-checking, editing for SEO, and ensuring daily and monthly production targets are met.

Freelance copy editor and proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2009 – Present (about 13 years)

Providing proofreading, copy editing, and copywriting services. Clients have included Talk Science to Me, UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Whitecap Books, Harbour Publishing, SHARE, the Columbia Institute, and Orca Books. Projects have included web content, business plans, marketing materials, exhibition materials, and both fiction and non-fiction book manuscripts.

Editorial and Production Assistant

Douglas & McIntyre
August, 2008 – December, 2009 (over 1 year)

Proofreading edited manuscripts of fiction and non-fiction books, marketing catalogues, and advertising copy. I coordinated changes among editors, authors, and designers to keep projects on firm schedules. This role also included securing Cataloguing-in-Publication data and ISBN codes. I sourced and secured permissions for images and text excerpts and corresponded with printers to prepare production templates and meet specifications.

Marketing Assistant

UBC Press
January, 2008 – August, 2008 (7 months)

Maintaining marketing databases and the website of an academic publisher. I created marketing materials in InDesign and distributed review copies of books. I wrote and proofread catalogue copy and marketing “blurbs” for UBC and agency titles. Creating advertisements and page layout for catalogues, as well as media packages and press releases. This role also included pitching books to media and organising events.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

The Monster Under the Bed: Sex, Depression, and the Conversations We Aren't Having

JoEllen Notte

Almost everyone has had some interaction with depression. Whether it’s you, a family member, a friend, or a partner who is affected, depression has the potential to touch us all. Even so, many of us don’t know how to handle depression becoming part of our love life and it can quickly become the monster under the bed. From “you have to love yourself first,” to “don’t stick it in the crazy,” to ... read more

Almost everyone has had some interaction with depression. Whether it’s you, a family member, a friend, or a partner who is affected, depression has the potential to touch us all. Even so, many of us don’t know how to handle depression becoming part of our love life and it can quickly become the monster under the bed. From “you have to love yourself first,” to “don’t stick it in the crazy,” to ... read more

The Polyamory Breakup Book: Causes, Prevention, and Survival

Kathy Labriola

Polyamory is not always easy. With multiple partners often come more complex relationships to navigate. This practical guide looks at the common causes of polyamorous breakups, identifies strategies to avoid ending relationships, and provides you with the toolkit to survive a breakup. Kathy Labriola uses real life examples and expert insight as a counselor and nurse. From how to handle jealous... read more

Polyamory is not always easy. With multiple partners often come more complex relationships to navigate. This practical guide looks at the common causes of polyamorous breakups, identifies strategies to avoid ending relationships, and provides you with the toolkit to survive a breakup. Kathy Labriola uses real life examples and expert insight as a counselor and nurse. From how to handle jealous... read more

Disrupting the Bystander: When #metoo Happens Among Friends (Thorntree Fundamentals)

A.V. Flox

We were not prepared for #metoo when it blew up Twitter in October 2017. In many ways, we still aren't. What do we do when we learn a friend has been harmed? And what does it mean to be a good friend when someone we love caused the harm? We live in a society that confines survivors to silence. Our only avenues to address harm do little to prevent its recurrence. Trapped within a binary of sile... read more

We were not prepared for #metoo when it blew up Twitter in October 2017. In many ways, we still aren't. What do we do when we learn a friend has been harmed? And what does it mean to be a good friend when someone we love caused the harm? We live in a society that confines survivors to silence. Our only avenues to address harm do little to prevent its recurrence. Trapped within a binary of sile... read more

Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy

Fern, Jessica, Rickert, Eve, Samaran, Nora

A Whore's Manifesto: An Anthology of Writing and Artwork by Sex Workers

Sex work was once thought to be anathema to women's liberation. Now, to some, we represent the tenacity of women's struggles under patriarchy and capitalism—that is, at least, the white, straight, cis, able-bodied sex workers who don't engage in actual sex with clients. These are the workers who get the glossy media profiles and get touted as feminist icons. But the red umbrella is wide and co... read more

Sex work was once thought to be anathema to women's liberation. Now, to some, we represent the tenacity of women's struggles under patriarchy and capitalism—that is, at least, the white, straight, cis, able-bodied sex workers who don't engage in actual sex with clients. These are the workers who get the glossy media profiles and get touted as feminist icons. But the red umbrella is wide and co... read more

This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child of a Polyamorous Family

Koe Creation

Many of us were asked by our mother to do the dishes as children. Perhaps some of us would need to be asked more than once. Koe Creation was the type who'd get asked three times, by three different mothers. Crowded parent-teacher conferences, queer youth summer camp, and parental adoptions over potluck dinner were typical of Koe's otherwise divergent upbringing raised in a queer, polyamorous f... read more

Many of us were asked by our mother to do the dishes as children. Perhaps some of us would need to be asked more than once. Koe Creation was the type who'd get asked three times, by three different mothers. Crowded parent-teacher conferences, queer youth summer camp, and parental adoptions over potluck dinner were typical of Koe's otherwise divergent upbringing raised in a queer, polyamorous f... read more

It's Called "Polyamory": Coming Out About Your Nonmonogamous Relationships

Tamara Pincus, Rebecca Hiles

Even in progressive families and communities, people who practice nonmonogamy are susceptible to misinformation and accusations of moral and emotional failings. Facing this requires its own coming out and education process. In this guide, Tamara Pincus and Rebecca Hiles provide a roadmap for explaining the expansive intricacies of the consensual nonmonogamy spectrum. By fusing personal experie... read more

Even in progressive families and communities, people who practice nonmonogamy are susceptible to misinformation and accusations of moral and emotional failings. Facing this requires its own coming out and education process. In this guide, Tamara Pincus and Rebecca Hiles provide a roadmap for explaining the expansive intricacies of the consensual nonmonogamy spectrum. By fusing personal experie... read more

Playing Fair: A Guide to Nonmonogamy for Men into Women (Thorntree Fundamentals)

Pepper Mint

Good news, my guy! Alternatives to the strict limitations of monogamy await. By understanding and practicing polyamory, you can be empowered to live the limit of your romantic appetites and build networks of love that nourish and challenge you. But this new frontier of love will test you. Can you navigate discussions of jealousy with responsibility and care? Are you prepared to overthrow self-... read more

Good news, my guy! Alternatives to the strict limitations of monogamy await. By understanding and practicing polyamory, you can be empowered to live the limit of your romantic appetites and build networks of love that nourish and challenge you. But this new frontier of love will test you. Can you navigate discussions of jealousy with responsibility and care? Are you prepared to overthrow self-... read more

Daniel O'Thunder

Ian Weir

Library Journal Best Books 2011: Historical Fiction selectionFinalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ PrizeFinalist for the Canadian Authors Association Fiction AwardFinalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel AwardFinalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize1851. London, England. Once a well-known prize-fighter with a terrifying right fist (known as “The Hammer of Heaven”), Daniel O’Thunder has seen ... read more

Library Journal Best Books 2011: Historical Fiction selectionFinalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ PrizeFinalist for the Canadian Authors Association Fiction AwardFinalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel AwardFinalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize1851. London, England. Once a well-known prize-fighter with a terrifying right fist (known as “The Hammer of Heaven”), Daniel O’Thunder has seen ... read more

Incontinent on the Continent: My Mother, Her Walker, and Our Grand Tour of Italy

Jane Christmas

To smooth over five decades of constant clashing, determined daughter Jane Christmas decides to take her arthritic, incontinent, and domineering mother, Valeria, to Italy. Will being at the epicenter of the Renaissance spark a renaissance in their relationship? As they drag each other from the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany — walkers, shawls, and a mobile pharmacy of medications in tow — they find ne... read more

To smooth over five decades of constant clashing, determined daughter Jane Christmas decides to take her arthritic, incontinent, and domineering mother, Valeria, to Italy. Will being at the epicenter of the Renaissance spark a renaissance in their relationship? As they drag each other from the Amalfi Coast to Tuscany — walkers, shawls, and a mobile pharmacy of medications in tow — they find ne... read more

West: The Cookbook

Warren Geraghty, Jim Tobler

Widely regarded as one of North America’s finest restaurants, West has garnered much critical acclaim, including recognition as among "ten of the best, worldwide" by U.K.’s Sunday Independent. Organized by season and drawing on West's delicious recipes, this cookbook includes such tempting dishes as Dungeness Crab Tortellini with Lemongrass and Lime Broth in spring. The wine is important too —... read more

Widely regarded as one of North America’s finest restaurants, West has garnered much critical acclaim, including recognition as among "ten of the best, worldwide" by U.K.’s Sunday Independent. Organized by season and drawing on West's delicious recipes, this cookbook includes such tempting dishes as Dungeness Crab Tortellini with Lemongrass and Lime Broth in spring. The wine is important too —... read more

Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life

Brian Brett

Brian Brett’s farm on Salt Spring Island is affectionately known as Trauma Farm. There, he raises chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, and goats, tends an extensive orchard and vegetable garden, concocts fabulous meals from the bounties of the farm, and has various misadventures. This funny and thought-provoking memoir traces one day on Trauma Farm. In it, Brett explores the natural history of the sma... read more

Brian Brett’s farm on Salt Spring Island is affectionately known as Trauma Farm. There, he raises chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, and goats, tends an extensive orchard and vegetable garden, concocts fabulous meals from the bounties of the farm, and has various misadventures. This funny and thought-provoking memoir traces one day on Trauma Farm. In it, Brett explores the natural history of the sma... read more

The Doctor is In(sane): Indispensable Advice from Dr. Dave

Dave Hepburn

Shrinking budgets, stressful conditions, demanding patients: today’s medical professionals face enormous pressure. What’s a doctor to do? For Dave Hepburn, the only relief is in relishing the ridiculousness of it all. In his first book, the GP and popular columnist proves the adage about laughter and medicine. He tackles a variety of health issues, from smoking (“the nicotine patch works best ... read more

Shrinking budgets, stressful conditions, demanding patients: today’s medical professionals face enormous pressure. What’s a doctor to do? For Dave Hepburn, the only relief is in relishing the ridiculousness of it all. In his first book, the GP and popular columnist proves the adage about laughter and medicine. He tackles a variety of health issues, from smoking (“the nicotine patch works best ... read more

The Biggest Book of Hockey Trivia

Don Weekes

Hockey trivia master Don Weekes has cherry-picked more than 800 of his most compelling trivia questions and records to create this authoritative collection. Who was the only player to captain Steve Yzerman in NHL play? When did a forward or defenseman last tend goal during an NHL game? What is the time of the fastest goal from the start of a season-opening game? Irreverent, captivating, and ev... read more

Hockey trivia master Don Weekes has cherry-picked more than 800 of his most compelling trivia questions and records to create this authoritative collection. Who was the only player to captain Steve Yzerman in NHL play? When did a forward or defenseman last tend goal during an NHL game? What is the time of the fastest goal from the start of a season-opening game? Irreverent, captivating, and ev... read more

Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir

Lorna Crozier

Small Beneath the Sky is a tender, unsparing portrait of a family. It is also a book about place. Growing up in a small prairie city, where the local heroes were hockey players and curlers, Lorna Crozier never once dreamed of becoming a writer. Nonetheless, the grace, wisdom, and wit of her poetry have won her international acclaim. In this marvellous volume of recollections, she charts the ge... read more

Small Beneath the Sky is a tender, unsparing portrait of a family. It is also a book about place. Growing up in a small prairie city, where the local heroes were hockey players and curlers, Lorna Crozier never once dreamed of becoming a writer. Nonetheless, the grace, wisdom, and wit of her poetry have won her international acclaim. In this marvellous volume of recollections, she charts the ge... read more

Savage Gods, Silver Ghosts: In The Wild with Ted Hughes

Ehor Boyanowsky

They met at a poetry reading, but Ehor Boyanowsky and British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes became friends through their shared — and unquenchable — passion for fishing. Against the backdrop of the Dean River, one of the greatest steelhead rivers in the world, the two men explored their mutual regard for the planet's wild places. Boyanowsky draws on personal correspondence, interviews, and journal ... read more

They met at a poetry reading, but Ehor Boyanowsky and British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes became friends through their shared — and unquenchable — passion for fishing. Against the backdrop of the Dean River, one of the greatest steelhead rivers in the world, the two men explored their mutual regard for the planet's wild places. Boyanowsky draws on personal correspondence, interviews, and journal ... read more

The Men Who Killed Me: Rwandan Survivors of Sexual Violence

In the 100 days of genocide that ravaged Rwanda in 1994, one million people were killed and as many as 500,000 women and girls were raped. No one was spared. Grandmothers were raped in front of their grandchildren; young girls witnessed their families being massacred before being taken as sex slaves. Nearly all the women who survived were victims of sexual violence or were profoundly affected ... read more

In the 100 days of genocide that ravaged Rwanda in 1994, one million people were killed and as many as 500,000 women and girls were raped. No one was spared. Grandmothers were raped in front of their grandchildren; young girls witnessed their families being massacred before being taken as sex slaves. Nearly all the women who survived were victims of sexual violence or were profoundly affected ... read more

Blue Water Cafe Seafood Cookbook

Frank Pabst, Yoshihiro Tabo, Jim Tobler

Headed by noted executive chef Frank Pabst, Blue Water Cafe is dedicated to exploring the best that the Pacific Ocean and the rivers and lakes of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. Complementing Pabst's French-inspired approach is chef Yoshihiro Tabo, who heads the restaurant's Raw Bar. This beautifully illustrated cookbook highlights the best of Blue Water Cafe’s recipes. Each dish is based... read more

Headed by noted executive chef Frank Pabst, Blue Water Cafe is dedicated to exploring the best that the Pacific Ocean and the rivers and lakes of the Pacific Northwest have to offer. Complementing Pabst's French-inspired approach is chef Yoshihiro Tabo, who heads the restaurant's Raw Bar. This beautifully illustrated cookbook highlights the best of Blue Water Cafe’s recipes. Each dish is based... read more

Black Iron (Impious Empires)

Franklin Veaux, Eve Rickert

It's 1855, but not as we know it. The schism between the One True French Catholic Church and the heretical Italian Catholic Church has stoked three centuries of conflict, imploding the dream of European ascendancy. Thousands flee the Spanish Inquisition for havens in Germany, France, Britain and the colonies of the New World. The face and character of London has been indelibly altered by gener... read more

It's 1855, but not as we know it. The schism between the One True French Catholic Church and the heretical Italian Catholic Church has stoked three centuries of conflict, imploding the dream of European ascendancy. Thousands flee the Spanish Inquisition for havens in Germany, France, Britain and the colonies of the New World. The face and character of London has been indelibly altered by gener... read more

Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative

Even as the broader LGBT community enjoys political and societal advances in North America, the bisexual community still today contends with decades of misinformation stereotyping them as innately indecisive, self-loathing, and untrustworthy. Claiming the B in LGBT strives to give bisexuals a seat at the table. This guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement fuses a chronolog... read more

Even as the broader LGBT community enjoys political and societal advances in North America, the bisexual community still today contends with decades of misinformation stereotyping them as innately indecisive, self-loathing, and untrustworthy. Claiming the B in LGBT strives to give bisexuals a seat at the table. This guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement fuses a chronolog... read more

A World in Us: A Memoir of Open Marriage, Turbulent Love and Hard-Won Wisdom

Louisa Leontiades

A guided tour of non-monogamy, A World in Us begins with Louisa and her husband Gilles, who love each other but whose marriage is going nowhere. They decide to explore polyamory, falling for another couple and trying to forge a life together as a quad. But they are challenged in ways they didn’t expect, and their experimentation forces them to accept a new understanding of themselves and each ... read more

A guided tour of non-monogamy, A World in Us begins with Louisa and her husband Gilles, who love each other but whose marriage is going nowhere. They decide to explore polyamory, falling for another couple and trying to forge a life together as a quad. But they are challenged in ways they didn’t expect, and their experimentation forces them to accept a new understanding of themselves and each ... read more

A Gazelle Ate My Homework: A Journey from Ivory Coast to America, from African to Black, and from Undocumented to Doctor (with side trips into several religions and assorted misadventures)

Habib Fanny

From a childhood in Ivory Coast to a career as an American physician, Habib Fanny journeys across continents, cultures and identities, telling a few tall tales and finding his own story along the way. Sick of living in the shadows of a corrupt post-colonial Ivory Coast, intrepid gazelle hunter Habib Fanny schemes to see the opulence of America for himself, with naught but rudimentary raft-maki... read more

From a childhood in Ivory Coast to a career as an American physician, Habib Fanny journeys across continents, cultures and identities, telling a few tall tales and finding his own story along the way. Sick of living in the shadows of a corrupt post-colonial Ivory Coast, intrepid gazelle hunter Habib Fanny schemes to see the opulence of America for himself, with naught but rudimentary raft-maki... read more

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Elizabeth Antoniou
I enjoyed working with Hazel. She provided exactly the type of edits, comments, and suggestions I was looking for. I appreciated her attention to detail, fast turnaround time, and professionalism.

Elizabeth Antoniou, October 2020

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