Lee Thompson

Lee Thompson - Editor

Moncton, NB, Canada

Freelance editor and book designer on the Canadian east coast. Love working with unpublished and often first-time authors.

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Overview

An experienced editor with a love of layout/design, I've carved a comfortable niche on the Canadian east coast, often working with first-time authors (from 5 years old to... well, much older) and regularly taking projects from conception to publication. These commonly are self-publishing projects, but I do love working with more established authors, especially on short fiction.

I edit all-genres of fiction and non-fiction, and have worked on over a dozen poetry manuscripts. I love content editing, helping give shape to a book, and teaching all the things that make prose really sing. [Editor's note - thing and sing... too similar?] I'm a hands-on editor, one who gives clear, detailed advice and copious notes (which I've been told can be quite humorous).

In addition to the books listed below, I've worked on Beyond the Call: The Life and Legacy of Mark Gallagher, Escape from Darken Hall Castle (by 5-year-old Isabelle Stewart!) - both of which sold out their substantial print runs . Also Autonomy and Mastery and Purpose in the Avalanche Patch, Hearts of Oak: a Gaelic Legacy (for Boulandarie Island Press), and a forthcoming historical fiction tetralogy by Robert Faulk. I've edited traditionally published authors Steven Mayoff, Jeff Bursey, Andy Flanagan, CJ Masson, Anne Levesque, Jason Lawson, Philippe Hebert, Zev Bagel and several others.

Since 2007 I've edited, designed and published the very sporadic literary print journal Galleon.

My own fiction has been published in five anthologies and in over 20 literary journals, plus one chapbook and a small, experimental novel. I've received literary creation grants both provincially and nationally, and in 2017 my short fiction manuscript won the David Adams Richards Prize. See my blog Indistractable [leedthompson.blog] for my full literary CV.

Wait times for book-length projects are usually 6 weeks to 2 months, though shorter projects (under 5000 words) can be accommodated in a week or two.

Some testimonials:

“Lee edited my first novel and helped me through the process, answering my many many questions. He was responsive and easy to communicate with, which is key when working remotely. Most importantly, to critique someone else’s work and improve on it, while still making them feel good about what they’ve done, that’s an art. Lee does it beautifully.”

"Throughout the editing and design process Lee was professional, caring and supportive. He helped me navigate the foreign (to me) world of getting it ready for printing. He was/is always there for any questions I have. Lee’s support and belief in my book helped me become a first-time author. If you want someone who is kind, sympathetic as well as being professional, Lee is the person to turn to.”

“One of the hardest aspects of writing is overcoming subjectivity. Hiring Lee to read and assess my novel helped to overcome this problem since Lee is not only a skilled editor, but is able to provide his comments in a way that encourages a writer’s objectivity. Lee provided a chapter-by-chapter analysis of my novel, including his assessment of what worked, what didn’t and suggestions for improvements. First, I knew by his synopsis that he had read the novel thoroughly and understood what I was trying to achieve. His comments on dialogue, plot pace and voice were specific and not only improved this book but helped me to look at my writing in a new way. Most important, his insightful thoughts on gaps in the story led me to discover story areas and directions that had previously eluded me but waited just below the surface to be discovered. Thanks to Lee I am now in the last stages of a final draft and almost ready to submit the novel to some of the publishers he suggested. I have realized that obtaining the services of a professional editor is one of the most important steps a writer can take – Lee’s confidence and skill made this part of the process painless and productive!”




Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Science Fiction
Dystopian
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • Banff Writing Studio, Banff Centre for the Arts, 2014
  • Maritime Writers' Workshop, University of New Brunswick, 2001

Awards

  • Mid-Career Creation Grant, ArtsNB, 2016
  • W.O. Mitchell Scholarship, Banff Writing Studio, 2014
  • Emerging Artist Creation Grant, ArtsNB, 2006
  • Emerging Artist Creation Grant, ArtsNB , 2003
  • Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 2007
  • 2nd Prize Short Fiction, 1998 WFNB Literary Awards
  • Literary Creation Grant, Short Fiction, Canada Council for the Arts 2016
  • David Adams Richards Prize (unpublished short story collection) 2017

Work experience

Senior (and only) Editor

Self-employed
January, 2001 – Present (almost 19 years)

Initially somewhat sporadic editing and design work, often producing hand-bound chapbooks for local authors, but eventually taking on more and more editing work in between other (almost always) writing-related jobs.

Executive Director

Writers' Federation of New Brunswick
January, 2009 – December, 2014 (almost 6 years)

Directed the day-to-day operations of a provincial writers' federation of 300+ members. Organized events, the annual literary competition, wrote grant proposals, handled all communications with members, maintained the website, the member database, and also continued to produce the organization's newsletter. All writers all the time. Fun but hectic.

Clerk

Attic Owl Bookshop
January, 2002 – September, 2006 (over 4 years)

Clerk in a truly awesome 80,000-title used bookstore.

Editor, NB Ink

Writers' Federation of New Brunswick
January, 2000 – December, 2014 (almost 15 years)

Editor of NB Ink, the newsletter of the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick (with a minor hiatus from 2004-05). My first foray into Adobe InDesign, originally PageMaker.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

After The Darkness

Jason Lawson

Dylan is forced to make an awful decision. Either the young Aboriginal man must participate in an armed robbery to pay off his drug-addicted sister’s debts, or the two will have to run for their lives. But the armored-car heist goes bad, leaving his sister dead and he in a wheelchair. He soon falls into a depression, wishing to join his sister in the great beyond. Until he receives a gift like... read more

Dylan is forced to make an awful decision. Either the young Aboriginal man must participate in an armed robbery to pay off his drug-addicted sister’s debts, or the two will have to run for their lives. But the armored-car heist goes bad, leaving his sister dead and he in a wheelchair. He soon falls into a depression, wishing to join his sister in the great beyond. Until he receives a gift like... read more

Founding Father of the Twenty-First Century: The Presidential Memoir of Henderson West, Forty-Fifth President of the United States of America

Kenneth Jackson

How does a highly successful business man who doesnt like anything about the American political system become president of the United States against his better judgement? In this alternate future history, Henderson Francis West, the forty-fifth president of the United States, looks back upon this significant time in his life.For the first time, now after thirty years since taking the oath of o... read more

How does a highly successful business man who doesnt like anything about the American political system become president of the United States against his better judgement? In this alternate future history, Henderson Francis West, the forty-fifth president of the United States, looks back upon this significant time in his life.For the first time, now after thirty years since taking the oath of o... read more

Lucy Cloud

Anne Levesque

Filled with engaging characters, with their unique and lively Cape Breton voices, Lucy Cloud follows the fortunes and heartaches of a family with secrets and the intense longing to live fully.In 1960s Inverness, Cape Breton, the coal mines have closed and family farms stand abandoned as men and families must find other ways to survive. Curly MacLeod, the last of the old-time horse traders, mus... read more

Filled with engaging characters, with their unique and lively Cape Breton voices, Lucy Cloud follows the fortunes and heartaches of a family with secrets and the intense longing to live fully.In 1960s Inverness, Cape Breton, the coal mines have closed and family farms stand abandoned as men and families must find other ways to survive. Curly MacLeod, the last of the old-time horse traders, mus... read more

The Breach House Gang Anthology 4

Lee D Thompson, Elizabeth Blanchard, Noeline Bridge, Nancy Schofield, Hermenegilde Chiasson, Romeo Savoie, Dave Skyrie, Rita Auffrey, Elaine Amyot, Edward Lemond, Judy Bowman, Zev Bagel

Anthology featuring fiction, poetry, and non fiction, as well as artwork and photography from east coast writers' collective The Breach House Gang.

Anthology featuring fiction, poetry, and non fiction, as well as artwork and photography from east coast writers' collective The Breach House Gang.

Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

Alexandra Tims

On the alien planet Meniscus, Humans are slaves. Every twilight, Odymn runs through the forests, practicing the art of parkour. Her runs give her strength, flexibility and endurance, and a way to survive a life of servitude under the oppressive Dock-winders. When the silent Slain rescues her from a brutal encounter with a gang of Gel-heads, Odymn believes she has reached the end of her search ... read more

On the alien planet Meniscus, Humans are slaves. Every twilight, Odymn runs through the forests, practicing the art of parkour. Her runs give her strength, flexibility and endurance, and a way to survive a life of servitude under the oppressive Dock-winders. When the silent Slain rescues her from a brutal encounter with a gang of Gel-heads, Odymn believes she has reached the end of her search ... read more

Meniscus: South from Sintha

Alexandra Tims

On a planet where Humans are slaves, Odymn is free. Her companion, the Slain, was once a trader in sentient beings. Now, for love of Odymn, he has agreed to change his ways and to return his former captives to their homes. Together, he and Odymn travel the urban alleyways and wilderness woodlands of the Southern District of Prell-nan, risking everything. They must battle wild life, outsmart po... read more

On a planet where Humans are slaves, Odymn is free. Her companion, the Slain, was once a trader in sentient beings. Now, for love of Odymn, he has agreed to change his ways and to return his former captives to their homes. Together, he and Odymn travel the urban alleyways and wilderness woodlands of the Southern District of Prell-nan, risking everything. They must battle wild life, outsmart po... read more

Voices in the Fire

C. J. Masson

A skeleton emerged as we dug for the septic tank. Who was this person? Why had he been wearing an expensive linen shirt, but no shoes? And what about the coin found with the body? By what bizarre circumstance did a copper British half penny – minted in Virginia in 1773, but never issued – find its way to this shallow grave in northern Canada? Follow the odyssey of the Westerby family and slave... read more

A skeleton emerged as we dug for the septic tank. Who was this person? Why had he been wearing an expensive linen shirt, but no shoes? And what about the coin found with the body? By what bizarre circumstance did a copper British half penny – minted in Virginia in 1773, but never issued – find its way to this shallow grave in northern Canada? Follow the odyssey of the Westerby family and slave... read more

In the Dark of Winter

Monique Thébeau

You can’t escape the past when the past is your shadow…While camping with his wife in 2002, Ben Walsh follows the cries of a woman in distress and stumbles onto a brutal crime-in-progress. Beaten, he is given two choices: be framed for murder, or work for the thugs responsible. A year later, during a blizzard, lineman Jack Thibodeau is putting homes back on the grid when he is kidnapped, drugg... read more

You can’t escape the past when the past is your shadow…While camping with his wife in 2002, Ben Walsh follows the cries of a woman in distress and stumbles onto a brutal crime-in-progress. Beaten, he is given two choices: be framed for murder, or work for the thugs responsible. A year later, during a blizzard, lineman Jack Thibodeau is putting homes back on the grid when he is kidnapped, drugg... read more

Oli's Ocean Adventures

CarolAnne Black, Amberlea Williams

A boy from Ottawa goes off in search of pirate ships and treasure, but instead finds adventure and friendship on a Canadian coastguard research vessel. Stowed aboard the CCGS Kellerman, Oli sails from the Atlantic, through the Northwest Passage of the Arctic and around to the Pacific, all the while helping the ship’s crew to complete its scientific mission. Oli’s Ocean Adventures is a story ab... read more

A boy from Ottawa goes off in search of pirate ships and treasure, but instead finds adventure and friendship on a Canadian coastguard research vessel. Stowed aboard the CCGS Kellerman, Oli sails from the Atlantic, through the Northwest Passage of the Arctic and around to the Pacific, all the while helping the ship’s crew to complete its scientific mission. Oli’s Ocean Adventures is a story ab... read more

Meniscus: Karst Topography

Alexandra Tims

On the planet Meniscus, where Humans are not allowed to have relationships with one-another, a small group of Humans have built a village. After the women of the village are taken by a Dock-winder transport, the Slain and his friends travel to Prell-nan to rescue them. In the following days, they out-maneuver the Dock-winders and fight Gel-heads to free Vicki, Kathryn, Meghan and Madoline. But... read more

On the planet Meniscus, where Humans are not allowed to have relationships with one-another, a small group of Humans have built a village. After the women of the village are taken by a Dock-winder transport, the Slain and his friends travel to Prell-nan to rescue them. In the following days, they out-maneuver the Dock-winders and fight Gel-heads to free Vicki, Kathryn, Meghan and Madoline. But... read more

Meniscus: Oral Traditions

Alexandra Tims

Margaret, with her Masters Degree in Chemistry, works at a call centre. Her days are uneventful, answering the questions of pet owners and walking along the river with her dog Winston each evening. Then everything changes. One minute she is explaining to a call centre customer how to convince her labradoodle to swallow its medication. And the next, her hair has grown by a finger length and she... read more

Margaret, with her Masters Degree in Chemistry, works at a call centre. Her days are uneventful, answering the questions of pet owners and walking along the river with her dog Winston each evening. Then everything changes. One minute she is explaining to a call centre customer how to convince her labradoodle to swallow its medication. And the next, her hair has grown by a finger length and she... read more

Meniscus: The Village at Themble Hill (Volume 4)

Alexandra Tims

On the alien planet Meniscus, against all odds, a small group of Humans works to forge a new life together. When a Dock-winder drone pays them a visit, Odymn and the Slain trek along the heights of The Fault, to make certain the community is not in danger of invasion. They find a new way to scale The Fault and a perfect location for building a new village. Matters are complicated when Odymn is... read more

On the alien planet Meniscus, against all odds, a small group of Humans works to forge a new life together. When a Dock-winder drone pays them a visit, Odymn and the Slain trek along the heights of The Fault, to make certain the community is not in danger of invasion. They find a new way to scale The Fault and a perfect location for building a new village. Matters are complicated when Odymn is... read more

Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb (Volume 3)

Alexandra Tims

Winter on the planet Meniscus is brutal — the plenty of other seasons gives way to scarcity and desperation. Unprepared for the months ahead, Odymn and the Slain find shelter with the generous Argenops, friendly furry creatures. When Odymn has to survive without the help of the Slain, she must depend on her own wits and her skill at parkour to survive the alien landscape of the Themble. But sh... read more

Winter on the planet Meniscus is brutal — the plenty of other seasons gives way to scarcity and desperation. Unprepared for the months ahead, Odymn and the Slain find shelter with the generous Argenops, friendly furry creatures. When Odymn has to survive without the help of the Slain, she must depend on her own wits and her skill at parkour to survive the alien landscape of the Themble. But sh... read more

Matthew & Christina: A Love Story

R. Ann Steel

Retired from the military, married to the love of his life, Matthew Bryson owned a successful security company. Life was pretty good until, unable to prevent the brutal murder of his beautiful wife, the dream became a nightmare. His horse Phantom is his only refuge. A product of Child and Family Services, journalist Christina Melville had carved out a life with little guidance. Fiercely indepe... read more

Retired from the military, married to the love of his life, Matthew Bryson owned a successful security company. Life was pretty good until, unable to prevent the brutal murder of his beautiful wife, the dream became a nightmare. His horse Phantom is his only refuge. A product of Child and Family Services, journalist Christina Melville had carved out a life with little guidance. Fiercely indepe... read more

Caging the Anxiety Monster: A Memoir

Cathy Donaldson

Are you stuck in a rut? Is anxiety or depression sucking the joy out of your days? Fed up with feeling crappy? In Caging the Anxiety Monster, writer, mother, and happiness enthusiast Cathy Donaldson describes how anxiety and depression upended her world, led her to the psych ward, and ultimately forced her to discover ways—and create some of her own—to confine her “anxiety monster” and keep th... read more

Are you stuck in a rut? Is anxiety or depression sucking the joy out of your days? Fed up with feeling crappy? In Caging the Anxiety Monster, writer, mother, and happiness enthusiast Cathy Donaldson describes how anxiety and depression upended her world, led her to the psych ward, and ultimately forced her to discover ways—and create some of her own—to confine her “anxiety monster” and keep th... read more

Righteous Fire

Mary Sawyer

Stella Page is still reeling from her recent brush with death when an odd student shows up at her Middle School. Stella becomes entangled with him testing her resolve and stamina like never before.

Stella Page is still reeling from her recent brush with death when an odd student shows up at her Middle School. Stella becomes entangled with him testing her resolve and stamina like never before.

A Prison for the Mind: Reflections of a Disappointed Fundamentalist

Adrian C. Smith

What does it mean to be a fundamentalist? What are its common characteristics and defining features? Can we escape the prison of ideological commitment, the straightjacket of conformity and groupthink?Answers are needed to avoid the endgame of fundamentalism – totalitarian control. Adrian C Smith entered adulthood as a minister in a fundamentalist Christian sect, a loyal follower of a man he n... read more

What does it mean to be a fundamentalist? What are its common characteristics and defining features? Can we escape the prison of ideological commitment, the straightjacket of conformity and groupthink?Answers are needed to avoid the endgame of fundamentalism – totalitarian control. Adrian C Smith entered adulthood as a minister in a fundamentalist Christian sect, a loyal follower of a man he n... read more

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