Maria Scala

Maria Scala – Editor

Supportive editor with more than 20 years' experience and a Master of Publishing. Focus on biographies/memoirs, travel, and architecture.

Overview

Early on in my career at Penguin Books Canada, award-winning and bestselling author Ted Bishop (Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books) told me, “You're the kind of editor every writer wants to work with—someone who gets the project, sees where it is going, and helps guide you there.” I am still holding fast to that standard, regardless of the job at hand. Whether your first draft needs a thorough assessment and developmental edit or is at the copy editing and proofreading stage, I am “all in,” offering expertise and guidance, support and collaboration, and a healthy dose of curiosity.


Along with working in the genres of memoir, travel, and architecture, I have extensive experience in the field of mother-centric writing, having spent nearly nine years editing columns for Literary Mama, as well as serving as its Editor-in-Chief for almost two years. Being part of that community made me a more compassionate and flexible editor, since I was engaging with writers at various stages of their careers, who were juggling multiple responsibilities. Former Literary Mama EIC, Caroline M. Grant said, “Maria is perfectly professional, cheerful, and a true pleasure to correspond with. I trust her work implicitly.”


I am also a published poet and arts and culture writer, with my work appearing in Canadian and international magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. My love of poetry has led me to edit chapbooks with the University of Ottawa's Friday Circle series.

Services
Non-Fiction
Architecture Biographies & Memoirs Design Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Linda Waddell Memorial Scholarship in Publishing Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Scholarship to attend The Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio
Certifications
  • Master of Publishing, Simon Fraser University

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2007 — Present

I offer the following services to my clients: Manuscript Reading and Evaluation; Substantive/Structural Editing; Stylistic Editing; Copy Editing; Fact Checking/Reference Checking; Permissions Research; Proofreading; and Copy Writing.

Literary Mama

Sep, 2014 — Jun, 2016 (over 1 year)

I oversaw and provided final approval of all content for a volunteer-run online magazine with over 40,000 monthly readers.

Working with the Managing Editor, I set editorial direction and format; ensured editorial standards and publishing schedules were met; developed and managed an international team of editors and writers; solicited new writers; interviewed, tested, and trained staff; built community; planned and implemented projects outside regular publishing schedule; and contributed to social media communications. As well, I was involved in business and financial decisions and processes, and in building links with similar organizations.

Penguin Group Canada

Dec, 1999 — Aug, 2006 (over 6 years)

I wrote, edited, and proofread book jacket, catalogue, and sales brief copy; was in-house editor, performing substantive and line edits for several titles; evaluated manuscripts; ran profit and loss statements; solicited blurbs; and secured permissions.

Portfolio

"Part travelogue, part ode to his bike and part literary criticism...a memoir infused with joie de vivre."―Publishers Weekly In this "joyful book" (Booklist), archive diver and Ducati enthusia... read more
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"It is my wish that this story will inspire you to live your dream, whatever that may be."In the summer of 2001, at fifty-three years old, Doris Maron sold everything she owned, except her mot... read more
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Embodied Light

Hariri Pontarini Architects

The continental Bahá`í Temple of South America was inaugurated in fall 2016. The Bahá`í House of Worship, designed by Siamak Hariri and his team at Hariri Pontarini Architects in Toronto, Cana... read more
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A narrative with a deep philosophical insights hidden in every nook and corner of every sentence… Back Over the Mountains is the true story of unexpected friendship between a Buddhist monk see... read more
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A rich and imaginative discovery of how ink has shaped culture and why it is here to stay Ink is so much a part of daily life that we take it for granted, yet its invention was as significant ... read more
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lisa S.

lisa S.

Feb, 2024

Maria wrote a very informative assessment of my book in its current phase. She has provided insightful recommendations to help me complete it. I look forward to working further with her!
Maria S.
It was a privilege to work on your project, Lisa. I know you put so much of your heart into it.
Zenia K.

Zenia K.

Nov, 2023

I am amazed at how much better my manuscript has become due to Maria's attention to detail. The learning curve for a new writer can be very steep, but I was in good hands.
Maria S.
I am proud of the work we did together on your manuscript, Zenia! Thank you for being so receptive to my feedback.
D S.

D S.

Sep, 2023

Prompt, polite and helpful. What more could I ask for? Thanks Maria.
Maria S.
It was wonderful to work with you, D! I wish you all the best in placing your essay.
Michael C.

Michael C.

May, 2023

Working with Maria has been a pleasure. Her work is outstanding and right from the beginning she gave the project detailed attention helping me identify the project's needs. I particularly appreciated her personal enthusiasm for the project. The developmental and copy-editing editorial work she has done has been detailed in its attention and extremely helpful and have taken the text to the next...
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Maria S.
Thank you, Michael! It was a pleasure to work with you, while learning so much. I appreciate your terrific work ethic and open-minded approach to the editing. All the best with this and future proj...
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Zenia K.

Zenia K.

May, 2023

As a new writer, I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of suggestions and comments that Maria has provided. I have much to learn from her. My book will become a much better version of what I intended to express and share.
Maria S.
Thank you, Zenia, for the opportunity to work with you during this early stage of your writing career. I wish you all the best!

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