Janet Gyenes

Janet Gyenes – Editor

Storytelling is my passion. A longtime editor and award-winning writer, I help authors connect, compel and entertain. (Authors 18+ only.)


I’m a longtime editor, author (my new book came out in October 2023), and award-winning writer and photographer with 20-plus years of experience creating and editing content for sectors ranging from travel and education to fintech, real estate, and fiction. In 2024, my nonfiction B2B writing was nominate for a National Magazine Award (NMA), the highest honour in Canada for magazine writing.

Not all editors are strong writers (just as writers are not always good at self-editing), but my skill set in crafting everything from magazine articles (front-of-book, listicles, profiles, features) and ads to case studies and UX copy has helped me understand the critical role of the audience and the power of making every word count.

Whether editing books or writing articles, I'm a dedicated generalist who loves to fall down the rabbit hole to discover a new subject matter and bring my curiosity, creativity and clarity to the work. As an editor, I've taken deep dives into shaping book manuscripts (the largest a 300,000-word nonfiction treatise) managing all facets of magazines (both consumer and trade), and developing content strategies to help people and projects get noticed.

There’s no limit to my desire to constantly learn. That's led to me working with clients and companies around the world, including Lonely Planet, Capgemini, Ogilvy, Culture Trip, USA Today, CBC, and others.

Action & Adventure Contemporary Fiction Short Story Thriller & Suspense
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Design Travel
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • NATJA: “The Gaucho Way,” photography: illustration–print category
  • NATJA: “The Deep Dive: Baijiu Tasting,” culinary travel category
  • NATJA: “The Gaucho Way,” cultural travel—print publication category
  • NATJA: “Light and Shadow in Siem Reap,” arts and culture category
  • NATJA: “Local Infusion,” culinary travel category
  • NATJA: “Water World,” illustrated story category
  • NATJA:“Force of Nature,” cultural, educational, self-improvement category
  • NATJA: “Escher’s Atrani,” photography—cover photo, illustration category
  • NATJA: "Earth, Straw, and Cultural Revival in America’s Oldest Capital City," cultural travel category
  • Bachelor of arts degree
  • Google analytics (basic and advanced) certification
  • Courses in content writing, social media, digital media

Work experience

Published by Cedar Mill Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Focus

Jun, 2022 — Mar, 2023 (9 months)

Cedar Mill Press commissioned me to write this forthcoming book (to be released in August 2023), the first Canadian city featured in the "city cocktail" series, joining metropolises including Tokyo, London, New York, Paris, and San Francisco, among others. My role involved sourcing more than 100 cocktail recipes (and accompanying photos) from establishments across the city, including distilleries, developing the framework for each chapter, and writing chapter introductions, recipe blurbs, and so forth.


Jan, 2003 — Present

For one of my ongoing contracts, I'm a freelance book editor and copywriter for a self-publishing company. I work remotely to deliver editorial support to the publisher's authors, assessing the quality and marketability of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts (everything children’s books, cookbooks and novels to memoirs and treatises written by PhDs), recommending the level of editorial service (e.g., developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading), and delivering services aligned with professional standards set out by the Editors’ Association of Canada. I also write marketing content, such as back cover blurbs and author profiles. My expertise in style guides includes Chicago Manual of Style, Canadian Press Style, APA, and MLA.


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Janet has 35 reviews





John H.

John H.

May, 2024

Janet is amazing. Not only does she give inciteful coaching, but she gives advice in a kind and thoughtful manner. New as a novel writer, I was a little apprehensive to have a professional look at my work. Now, I wish I had done this for my previous novels that were published before I knew about her. She spent a great amount of time reviewing the manuscript and I accepted 100% of her suggestion...
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Helen M.

Helen M.

Apr, 2023

Janet is absolutely fantastic! She left many thoughtful comments and suggestions for how to improve the very raw draft, and I'm grateful I got to work with her again. Her sense of humor is 👌 I would highly recommend her!
Michael H.

Michael H.

Aug, 2023

The importance and value of a highly skilled editor is VERY evident when working with Janet. She delivered before schedule and made changes that made a BIG difference to the readability of my first book. She is extemely knowledgeable, thorough, insightful, and professional in all areas of editing. It was a pleasure working with her and she taught me a lot.... while also making sure I understood...
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robert C.

robert C.

May, 2024

Janet and I are still mid-work, but I am very happy with my decision to hire her, I think the collaboration has begun in a very positive way and I hope (and have no reason to think) it continues this way.
Zeynep R.

Zeynep R.

May, 2024

This was my first time with Janet. She was highly professional, detailed and sincere approach. I do wish to work with her again !

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