Lisa MacDonald

Lisa MacDonald - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Non-fiction book editor. Nonprofit sector expertise. Editorial Director for various digital publications. MG fiction writer. Word nerd.

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A passion for philanthropy, combined with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Communication, was the driver that led to my involvement with a niche Canadian publisher that brings information and innovative ideas to Canada’s nonprofit sector leaders.

Working as the in-house book editor for Civil Sector Press helped me to develop an advanced editing skillset that includes copy-editing, substantive and stylistic editing. I also successfully edited translated works from Italian to English and undertook ghostwriting projects when required.

As Editorial Director for The Hilborn Group I was ultimately responsible for the creation of quality written content for various print and digital publications, including blog posts, newsletters and journal articles. I am a highly skilled, self-motivated professional who is equally comfortable leading teams of editors, writers and designers or working solo to deadline.

I have extremely strong writing skills and have acted as a mentor and trainer to other writers.

My latest project is a personal one. I have completed a 45,000 word fiction manuscript for middle grade readers. It is the first of a planned trilogy and is currently being submitted for publication.

Also, although writing can be a solitary pursuit, I really like working with people and they seem to like working with me.

" LISA did a GREAT job, probably the best editor that I ever met in my life ." - Valerio Melandri, Author, "Melandri Fundraising." Professor, Columbia University and University of Bologna.

" She was a dream to work with as an editor. She was tough, articulate, constructively critical, patient, timely, encouraging and professional. She was a valuable member of our team and we would not have been able to complete the project without her. I would really welcome the opportunity to work with Lisa again. " - Tony Myers, Author, "(me)volution."

"I feel privileged you were my editor ." - Chris Snyder, Author, "Creating Opportunities - A Volunteer's Memoir."

English (CAN)
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Freelance Writer / Editor

January, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

Editorial Director

The Hilborn Group / Hilborn ECS
January, 2014 – December, 2018 (almost 5 years)

 Editor, Gift Planning in Canada (A Hilborn Publication)
 Editor, AFP eWire Canada (Client, The Association of Fundraising Professionals)
 Editor, Advice to Advisors (Client, The Calgary Foundation)
 Editor, Foundations (Client, Bullwealth Financial).
 Managing Editor, Hilborn Charity eNews

In-House Book Editor

Civil Sector Press / The Hilborn Group
January, 2012 – December, 2018 (almost 7 years)

(me)volution: Change begins with me

Duschinsky, Jon, Myers, Dr. Tony, Barrett, Ray, MacDonald, Lisa, Green, Fraser, Burnett, Ken, Ahern, Tom, Grace, Kay Sprinkel, Ledvinova, Jana, Joyaux, Simone

The Vigilant Fundraiser: 12 Steps to Fundraising Success

Stanois, George, White, Victoria, Phin, John, Hilborn, Jennifer, Varley, Sarah, Eisler, Gina, Pigeau, Lee, Rejman, Liz, Nazareth, Paul, Barrow, Peter

Lisa has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Elizabeth Soltis
It was a joy to work with Lisa. I found her feedback to be on point, clear, insightful and empathetic. She listened to what I was trying to convey and did a remarkable job in balancing my needs with editorial guidance. Her client service, responsiveness and flexibility were impressive. I would recommend Lisa's services to anyone seeking developmental editing.

Elizabeth Soltis, February 2022

Lisa MacDonald
Thank you Elizabeth for trusting me to help bring your book into the world!

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Judie Eisenberg
I had a very clear focus for my completed manuscript: to find someone with a depth of nonprofit experience who understood fundraising. I wanted someone who could check that my concept worked, and who could provide feedback on how my manuscript might be received by nonprofit leaders and program managers. I read through a lot of profiles and skipped past a lot of talented editors on my way to ...
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Judie Eisenberg, October 2021

Lisa MacDonald
Thank you Judie! Working with motivated, talented professionals such as yourself is a genuine pleasure.

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