Kate Juniper

Kate Juniper - Editor

Montreal, QC, Canada

Feminist editor for Routledge Press and others. Empowering female-identifying authors from first draft to pitch-ready manuscript.

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Reviews (4)
The process of writing and publishing a book is an epic saga. But however vast the emotional or creative depths you are plumbing, however grand and painful-to-feel your dreams to become a published author may be, it's so worth it—especially when you have the opportunity to work with empathetic and knowledgeable professionals who share a deep love of the craft and will cheer you and champion you along the way.

I'm a passionate book editor of literary fiction, memoir, high fantasy, and various nonfiction, and a ghostwriter of memoir and nonfiction. I copy-edit for various traditional publishers and also serve my own private clients, with whom I specialize in manuscript assessment and substantive and stylistic editing—and the emotional support that should always come alongside.

To empower writers to believe in their abilities and realize their publishing dreams: this is the mandate of my boutique editing company, based in Montreal, Canada, and the foundation of my professional values.

Let's talk books and big dreams.

"Kate has been frighteningly good at zoning in on what I'm trying to express and then sharing tips and insights to help my writing serve my ideas . . . I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who is ready to start taking themselves seriously as a writer. She's essentially a midwife, but for your stories."
—Malaika Aleba

"Kate is a supremely gifted editor as well as a wonderful, supportive, and motivating person to work with. She is highly organized, with incredible resources and a razor-sharp sense of how to make language work."
—Bethany Hughes, Columbia University MFA Fiction graduate

"Kate has an instinctive feel for voice—she immediately understood the tone I was trying to convey and the writers who had influenced me. Her suggestions served to give clarity, and through her guidance I was able to tighten my writing considerably. I hope to work with her again on a longer project to take full advantage of her expertise."
—Anna Woods

"I've had the privilege of working with Kate over the course of this year and have always been delighted with the depth and detail of her editorial prowess. In both development discussions and editing, Kate has played a key role in shaping my written work. Her input has resulted in a clearer and more concise manuscript, while maintaining my own creative voice. I love working with Kate and highly recommend her as an advisor and mentor on any written project."
—Leanne Rogers

"Kate is versatile, knowledgeable, considerate, and proactive. From enriching feedback to empowering advice, Kate has not only improved my storytelling, she's opened opportunities. Thank you for expanding my skillset and getting my work out there!"
—Astra Crompton

"I can't endorse Kate's services enough: she immediately understood my vision, hopes, and dreams for this book, and provided the encouragement, guidance, and honest feedback I'll need to bring them to fruition."
—Adrienne Hart
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Dystopian
LGBTQ
Literature
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Copy Editing
  • Substantive Editing

Awards

  • Master's Degree Fellowship in English Literature

Work experience

Freelance Editor for Nimbus Publishing / Vagrant Press

Self-employed
November, 2018 – Present (11 months)

Perform substantive, stylistic, and copy editing.

Freelance Editor for Heritage House

Self-employed
July, 2017 – September, 2018 (about 1 year)

Performed developmental, substantive, and copy edits to manuscripts, primarily region-specific history books that required a high level of attention to detail, accuracy, and consistency.

OWNER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, WRITING COACH

Self-employed
May, 2016 – Present (over 3 years)

My greatest passion is helping people translate those immaterial entities we call thoughts and feelings into the kind of words that strike a reader somewhere real.

I am the founder, owner, and editor-in-chief of Juniper Editing & Creative: a boutique, all-female company of editors and writers from across Canada presently based in Montreal, Quebec.

We work with driven female-identifying writers and authors to define and achieve their unique vision in words.

Personally, I'm most alive professionally when helping authors realize and refine their creative visions. I've worked and studied on three continents and accrued a first-class BA Hons in English literature from Swansea University in Wales, UK; an MA in English literature from the University of Victoria in BC, Canada; and a Copy Editing accreditation from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I have been an editor in one way or another for seven years, before which I was Head of English at an international high school in Abu Dhabi.

I am a proud and active member of the Editor's Association of Canada, and work with traditional and self-publishing houses as well as independent authors, entrepreneurs, and activists to shape and master their message.

Senior Editor

FriesenPress
March, 2015 – September, 2016 (over 1 year)

Managed team of over seventy international freelance editors to ensure high level of editorial excellence at all times. Acted as in-house editor for web content, marketing copy, large-scale client-facing correspondence and company guides and catalogues. Wrote and edited blog posts, press releases, guidebooks and resources. Created and implemented training materials to ensure excellent standards and proficiency.

Copy Editor for Routledge Press

Self-employed
October, 2014 – March, 2015 (5 months)

Copyedited hundreds of entries for the Routledge Online Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Codfish Dream

David Giblin

A colourful portrait of life in an eccentric fishing village on the BC coast.After spending fifteen years as a fishing guide on the BC coast, David Giblin decided that the offbeat people and places he encountered during that colourful period in his life had to be preserved. Like any good fishing story, wherein the fish seem to grow faster after they are dead, the forty-seven interconnected nar... read more

A colourful portrait of life in an eccentric fishing village on the BC coast.After spending fifteen years as a fishing guide on the BC coast, David Giblin decided that the offbeat people and places he encountered during that colourful period in his life had to be preserved. Like any good fishing story, wherein the fish seem to grow faster after they are dead, the forty-seven interconnected nar... read more

To Tell A Tale Or Two: Here's What I Have To Offer

Kenneth Thompson

This book has approximately forty thousand words in it. These words are separated into dozens and dozens of short stories, vignettes, and poems. These dozens and dozens of short stories, vignettes, and poems consist of a variety of themes. These themes include stupidity, love, fate, stupidity, life, death, uneducated opinions, and more stupidity. The good thing about this book is that if you d... read more

This book has approximately forty thousand words in it. These words are separated into dozens and dozens of short stories, vignettes, and poems. These dozens and dozens of short stories, vignettes, and poems consist of a variety of themes. These themes include stupidity, love, fate, stupidity, life, death, uneducated opinions, and more stupidity. The good thing about this book is that if you d... read more

Morrison

Susan Raby-Dunne, Edward Morrison

The never-before-published memoir of Major-General Sir Edward Morrison, a true Canadian hero of the First World War.The First World War marked a turning point in Canadian history and in Canada’s self-identification as a nation. Yet in memorializing the iconic events and battles of the War, certain key individuals who participated have been lost in our collective memory. One of those individual... read more

The never-before-published memoir of Major-General Sir Edward Morrison, a true Canadian hero of the First World War.The First World War marked a turning point in Canadian history and in Canada’s self-identification as a nation. Yet in memorializing the iconic events and battles of the War, certain key individuals who participated have been lost in our collective memory. One of those individual... read more

A Mill Behind Every Stump

Marianne Van Osch

The story of one family's settlement in the Cariboo and the culture of early sawmills that developed around them.In 1922, the Judson family arrived in the Cariboo by covered wagon. The stories of their life on the remote homestead at Ruth Lake is told through this humorous and heartwarming book by local historian and author Marianne Van Osch, as recounted to her by the Judsons' son, Louis, who... read more

The story of one family's settlement in the Cariboo and the culture of early sawmills that developed around them.In 1922, the Judson family arrived in the Cariboo by covered wagon. The stories of their life on the remote homestead at Ruth Lake is told through this humorous and heartwarming book by local historian and author Marianne Van Osch, as recounted to her by the Judsons' son, Louis, who... read more

Color Up

Karen A. Foss, Ann Skinner-Jones

Today’s world is stuck in black-and-white thinking that limits creative possibilities. We all need fresh ways to move forward beyond constraints that insist on only two possibilities—one right, the other wrong.But the world is not a black-and-white place. It is packed full of color.Just as color is infinitely abundant, so too is the potential for reshaping our lives. By breaking down rigid min... read more

Today’s world is stuck in black-and-white thinking that limits creative possibilities. We all need fresh ways to move forward beyond constraints that insist on only two possibilities—one right, the other wrong.But the world is not a black-and-white place. It is packed full of color.Just as color is infinitely abundant, so too is the potential for reshaping our lives. By breaking down rigid min... read more

Being Bertha

Fran Genereux

The Ekelund family moved to Canada in 1903 and settled in what is now Southern Alberta when Bertha, their sixth child was only five years old. Growing up in a family that was torn apart by the tragedy of their mother’s death, Bertha developed an independent and unpredictable approach to life. “This is the truth, is it not?” she writes to her sister at one point, confirming her belief that the ... read more

The Ekelund family moved to Canada in 1903 and settled in what is now Southern Alberta when Bertha, their sixth child was only five years old. Growing up in a family that was torn apart by the tragedy of their mother’s death, Bertha developed an independent and unpredictable approach to life. “This is the truth, is it not?” she writes to her sister at one point, confirming her belief that the ... read more

Grateful for the Fight

Viola Neufeld

“Don’t waste your conflict.”Grateful for the Fight goes beyond resolving conflict to using conflict to transform lives. Neufeld cautions that the urgency in today’s society to resolve conflict might be a sophisticated way of bypassing the true value of conflict. If we let it, conflict can be our ally—an unusual window into the self. By investigating our fears and releasing them, we stand to ma... read more

“Don’t waste your conflict.”Grateful for the Fight goes beyond resolving conflict to using conflict to transform lives. Neufeld cautions that the urgency in today’s society to resolve conflict might be a sophisticated way of bypassing the true value of conflict. If we let it, conflict can be our ally—an unusual window into the self. By investigating our fears and releasing them, we stand to ma... read more

A Knapsack Full of Dreams

Cathy Crowe

"My nurse hands once did more useful things. They immunized the fat, healthy thighs of infants, they carefully measured cardiac drugs to administer to young heart patients, they bathed both the elderly lady after her surgery and the 24-year-old Italian-Canadian woman after her death. My hands once mixed linseed poultices, rubbed twenty backs a night before darkness fell and, by flashlight, che... read more

"My nurse hands once did more useful things. They immunized the fat, healthy thighs of infants, they carefully measured cardiac drugs to administer to young heart patients, they bathed both the elderly lady after her surgery and the 24-year-old Italian-Canadian woman after her death. My hands once mixed linseed poultices, rubbed twenty backs a night before darkness fell and, by flashlight, che... read more

Refugees & Forced Migration: A Canadian Perspective: An A-Z Guide

Catherine Baillie Abidi, Shiva Nourpanah

Although refugees have been pushed into the spotlight over the past few years, particularly as a result of the Syrian crisis, they are never far from public consciousness or policy debates. Based on years of close community and academic involvement in local, national, and international refugee affairs, Drs. Catherine Baillie Abidi and Shiva Nourpanah have created an accessible A-to-Z reference... read more

Although refugees have been pushed into the spotlight over the past few years, particularly as a result of the Syrian crisis, they are never far from public consciousness or policy debates. Based on years of close community and academic involvement in local, national, and international refugee affairs, Drs. Catherine Baillie Abidi and Shiva Nourpanah have created an accessible A-to-Z reference... read more

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Lie Ladendorf
I am so grateful for Kate’s attention to my novel. She has done what a truly great editor does: point out what is working well and encourage me to look at what isn’t from a new angle. Her insight is broad and her generosity such a kindness in the solitary experience of writing. She provided concrete suggestions for revision, as well as a keen sense for the magic of words. I look forward to ...
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Lie Ladendorf, August 2019

Kate Juniper
Thank you, Lie. It's been such a pleasure. —K.

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Shama Jawaid
Kate was able to help me navigate through a rather monstrous manuscript with her assessment and develop a path for the next steps through an condensed outline and plan. I highly recommend her expertise for planning and coaching!

Shama Jawaid, July 2019

Kate Juniper
Such a pleasure to work with you on your project, Shama!

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Verde Arzu
(It gives me great pleasure to write this review for Kate! I was so nervous and unsure of what to expect and what I would ultimately get from randomly picking an editor. I feel tremendously blessed, and that also our connection was meant to be. The universe and my ancestors ROCK!) My experience with Kate was an amazing one. With this being my first time seeking out and using an editor, I’m so ...
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Verde Arzu, June 2019

Kate Juniper
Thank you for these wonderful words, Sharae! It's been such a pleasure to work with you and your stories. Long may our collaboration continue, Future Published Indie Author Verde Arzu!

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Assistant EDITING TEAM
Kate is a professional and she has good eye for detail.

Assistant EDITING TEAM, April 2019

Kate Juniper
It's been a pleasure to work with you!

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