Lucia Ferrara

Lucia Ferrara - Editor

Richmond Hill, ON, Canada

Freelance editor with over 20 years of experience in print and digital publishing. Worked at Scholastic Canada and Pearson Canada.

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Overview

My publishing experiences include editing fiction and non-fiction texts, educational publishing, production editing, and editorial project management. I currently work with a wide range of genres and reading levels, such as Young Adult/YA (including fantasy and sci-fi), Middle Grade, Adult Fiction (including crime and dystopian), and Children’s Books (picture and educational books).


I’ve been on both sides of the freelancing fence: as a production editor it was part of my job to hire editors and review their work; now I’m working as a freelance editor myself. This experience has given me a thorough understanding of the process, including the importance of clear communication between authors and editors.

I look forward to meeting you!

Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Proofreading (Editors' Association of Canada)
  • Copy Editing (Editors' Association of Canada)
  • Introduction to the Production Process (Editors' Association of Canada)

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
March, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

• Copy editing, proofreading (general proofreading, line-to-line checking/matching, checking corrections from editors and designers), and production editing.
• Demonstrate creative and analytical adaptability to successfully edit books in a variety of genres, including children's books, YA fiction, and adult fiction.
• Services include:
- Editorial project management
- Copy editing
- Proofreading
- Ebooks
- Audio books

Editorial Project Manager

Pearson Canada
June, 2016 – March, 2020 (over 3 years)

• Liaised with authors and editors to create lasting professional relationships. Coordinated the delivery of all materials and information between authors, editors, and designers, and tracked all editorial passes for reviewers, including educators and field experts.
• Functioned as copy editor and proofreader, delivering detailed notes for the developmental editors.
• Hired and managed a team of freelance developmental editors, ensuring their content and work process complied with the publisher’s editorial standards.
• Created audio manuscripts for epubs and proof-listened to audio recordings for accuracy.
• Checked and approved pre-flight PDFs for print production specialists.
• Updated the company’s in-house style, including manuscript templates and guidelines, for maximum work efficiency.
• Designed and maintained a production schedule for authors, editors, and designers. Kept managing editors and publishers updated on project progress and general editorial issues.

Production Editor

Scholastic Canada
September, 1998 – April, 2016 (over 17 years)

• Collaborated with editors and designers to solve manuscript and page layout issues.
• Approved texts from the copy edit stage to production. Coordinated with production specialist, checked, and approved/signed-off on printer’s proofs.
• Managed the reprint production process and materials.
• Copy edit and proofread student and teacher materials and managed a team of freelance editors and their work.
• Prepared print materials for digital/e-book editions. Reviewed scripts for audiobooks and audio files for quality control.
• Adapted fiction and nonfiction texts from other English-speaking countries, including student books, specifically for a Canadian audience and specific age demographics.
• Managed library/stock of the printed material and assigned ISBNs for the new product.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Shadow of the Crown

Shaver, Jesse

I Am Canada: Sniper Fire

Jonathan Webb

A young Canadian soldier’s account of the battle of Ortona, Italy!Seventeen-year-old Paul Baldassara lies about his age to enlist in the Canadian Army. He joins the Loyal Edmonton regiment, which is tasked with taking Italy’s port town of Ortona. Little does he know the horrors of the battle that lie ahead . . .Paul soon finds himself in the midst of the fierce fighting that earned Ortona the ... read more

A young Canadian soldier’s account of the battle of Ortona, Italy!Seventeen-year-old Paul Baldassara lies about his age to enlist in the Canadian Army. He joins the Loyal Edmonton regiment, which is tasked with taking Italy’s port town of Ortona. Little does he know the horrors of the battle that lie ahead . . .Paul soon finds himself in the midst of the fierce fighting that earned Ortona the ... read more

Notes from the Life of a Total Genius

Stacey Matson

A new year, a new controversy and another way to make Kennedy mad . . .Arthur A. Bean is back! With Robbie in another city (thank goodness for texting) and Kennedy as his co-editor of the school newspaper, Arthur s final year at Terry Fox Jr. High is off to a rocky start. A chance to produce his own play gives him visions of fame and (finally!) the respect he is sure he deserves, but that s al... read more

A new year, a new controversy and another way to make Kennedy mad . . .Arthur A. Bean is back! With Robbie in another city (thank goodness for texting) and Kennedy as his co-editor of the school newspaper, Arthur s final year at Terry Fox Jr. High is off to a rocky start. A chance to produce his own play gives him visions of fame and (finally!) the respect he is sure he deserves, but that s al... read more

The Mighty Ven Devar

Foote, Quinton A.

Lucia has 18 reviews

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T. E. Dunhom
Lucia was amazing to work with. Very nice and her notes were very helpful! Would recommend her!

T. E. Dunhom, June 2021


Emily Schneider
Lucia was so great to work with! She was super responsive and kept me updated every step of the way. Her proofreading/copyedits were of good quality, and I appreciated her close attention to detail. I also loved that she included general feedback. She was super encouraging to this first time author! I highly recommend her and I will definitely be using her services again!

Emily Schneider, June 2021


Dominique Daoust
This was my first time using the services of a professional editor, and Lucia was very understanding. She explained what would be included in her fee and she even gave me a discount! The deadlines were met and she gave me a breakdown of how she categorizes her feedback, which was very helpful. I appreciated her insight and corrections. She was very succinct with her comments and she was avail...
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Dominique Daoust, April 2021


Quinton Foote
Lucia was a great help, thanks so much the awesome work!

Quinton Foote, April 2021


John Plescia
It was great working with Lucia. She gives constructive criticism and good literary insights. Very open to questions and has prompt responses. Reasonable prices, friendly, and thorough. I certainly recommend her to other authors, including first time writers like myself.

John Plescia, April 2021

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