Maya Berger

Maya Berger - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

My aim as a specialist fiction editor and proofreader is to make sure that your message comes across to your readers as clearly as possible.

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Overview

I am a trained and highly experienced fiction developmental editor, copy-editor and proofreader who will provide a fresh pair of eyes, sound editorial judgment and a friendly, collaborative approach to working with you on your project.

I am well-versed in North American and British writing styles, and can edit stories written for a wide range of purposes and audiences. My background in philosophy and literary theory enables me to spot inconsistent writing and edit for a wide variety of reading levels, as well as giving me the expertise to correct typos and formatting errors in a text.

Whether you're looking for a proofreader to look over your spelling, grammar and formatting, or whether you require a comprehensive copy-edit or structural editing for readability, consistency, narrative flow and style, I can provide your story with the attention it needs to become a polished and professional final product.

I am a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and I abide by their code of conduct.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Dystopian
LGBTQ
Literature
Paranormal Romance
Romance
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Basic Editing by Distance Learning course, Publishing Training Centre (PTC), 2017
  • Introduction to Proofreading course, Publishing Training Centre (PTC), 2007
  • Master of Arts, Children's Literature, University of Reading, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours), English Literature & Philosophy, McGill University, 2004
  • Professional-level member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
  • Delivered a training session on editing erotic fiction at the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)'s 2018 annual conference

Work experience

Owner and Founder

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

• Collaborating with various types of clients to assess the scope of each project, agree on the appropriate level of editorial services required, and set timelines and budgets.

• Providing proofreading, copy-editing, structural editing, formatting and reference-checking services for works of fiction in the literary, young adult, science fiction, fantasy, romance and erotica genres, as well as for non-fiction works.

• Suggesting textual changes and responding to queries in a diplomatic and professional manner.

• Managing my time between multiple projects simultaneously and working to strict deadlines.

• Clients include: Independent authors, publishers and academics.

Funding Content Editor

*Research
May, 2008 – April, 2016 (almost 8 years)

● Proofreading and substantive editing on research funding opportunities summaries across all research subject areas for an audience of leading research-intensive higher education institutions worldwide. Occasional proofreading of summaries translated from French into UK English.

● Heading a department of 16 editors and proofreaders, including: setting the department’s editorial strategy; overall responsibility for creating, maintaining and enforcing departmental house styles; editorial quality assurance; managing freelance editors and proofreaders.

● Adobe InDesign layout, proofreading and final sign-off of pages in several print publications.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

All But What's Left

Carrie Mumford

A childhood marred by tragedy. An uncertain future. One summer that changes everything.After losing her mother in a tragic accident, Hannah Tatum grows up wanting nothing more than to be a good girl. At twenty-one, she has her whole future planned out. She’ll help her dad with their ranch until her childhood sweetheart finishes university. They’ll get married, take over the ranch, and live hap... read more

A childhood marred by tragedy. An uncertain future. One summer that changes everything.After losing her mother in a tragic accident, Hannah Tatum grows up wanting nothing more than to be a good girl. At twenty-one, she has her whole future planned out. She’ll help her dad with their ranch until her childhood sweetheart finishes university. They’ll get married, take over the ranch, and live hap... read more

Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots

Jeremy G. Schneider

Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots is a collection of parenting articles that explore the challenges and joys of being a father. Each snapshot, written during the author’s 40-minute commuter train ride to work, reveals a particular moment in time: preparing for the birth of his twins, what he wished he’d known before their birth, getting them to sleep through the night, and discovering new ways... read more

Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots is a collection of parenting articles that explore the challenges and joys of being a father. Each snapshot, written during the author’s 40-minute commuter train ride to work, reveals a particular moment in time: preparing for the birth of his twins, what he wished he’d known before their birth, getting them to sleep through the night, and discovering new ways... read more

Chasing Checkers: Acceleration

Christopher Hinchcliffe

The Wandering Earth

Cixin (Author); Liu, Ken & Others (Translators) Liu

Wandering Earth

Wandering Earth

Band of Wild Ones

Daniel Pertschuk

Ricky Green is a restless teenager with a penchant for trouble. When the Beatles invade America, Ricky and his three friends form a band, hoping to reap fame and fortune. But amidst the profound cultural and political upheaval of the sixties, the Wild Ones struggle to find their footing. Twenty years later, Ricky attends his first high school reunion, perhaps seeking an opportunity to rewrite ... read more

Ricky Green is a restless teenager with a penchant for trouble. When the Beatles invade America, Ricky and his three friends form a band, hoping to reap fame and fortune. But amidst the profound cultural and political upheaval of the sixties, the Wild Ones struggle to find their footing. Twenty years later, Ricky attends his first high school reunion, perhaps seeking an opportunity to rewrite ... read more

To Catch A Fox

Susan Calder

Julie Fox is on the run. A psychotic breakdown has shattered her career in Calgary, her marriage and her love for her child. Julie travels to California to search for her mother and learn the root of her problems. Clues at a cult-like retreat appear to hold the answers. As the retreat leaders lure Julie into their twisted game, her ex-husband tries to wrest her from their control. Trapped in a... read more

Julie Fox is on the run. A psychotic breakdown has shattered her career in Calgary, her marriage and her love for her child. Julie travels to California to search for her mother and learn the root of her problems. Clues at a cult-like retreat appear to hold the answers. As the retreat leaders lure Julie into their twisted game, her ex-husband tries to wrest her from their control. Trapped in a... read more

Tooth Time Is Party Time!

Sylvia Norman

'Tooh Time is Party Time!' is a children's book for children Teeth-Care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the authority on children's oral health, recommends parents brushing their children's teeth for two minutes, twice a day. The goal of this book is to successfully create and maintain this routine between parents and child by obtaining the child's cooperation while it turns to a... read more

'Tooh Time is Party Time!' is a children's book for children Teeth-Care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the authority on children's oral health, recommends parents brushing their children's teeth for two minutes, twice a day. The goal of this book is to successfully create and maintain this routine between parents and child by obtaining the child's cooperation while it turns to a... read more

Political Marketing: Principles and Applications

Jennifer Lees-Marshment, Brian Conley, Edward Elder, Robin Pettitt, Vincent Raynauld, André Turcotte

Substantially revised throughout, the third edition of Political Marketing continues to offer students the most comprehensive introduction to this rapidly growing field. It provides an accessible but in-depth guide to what political marketing is and how it is used in practice and encourages reflection on how it should be used in the future. New Features and benefits of the third edition: Fully... read more

Substantially revised throughout, the third edition of Political Marketing continues to offer students the most comprehensive introduction to this rapidly growing field. It provides an accessible but in-depth guide to what political marketing is and how it is used in practice and encourages reflection on how it should be used in the future. New Features and benefits of the third edition: Fully... read more

The List Writer's Lust: Episode 1

Violette Salinger

The List Writer's Lust is a hot and witty romantic comedy about a 40-year-old woman who'd rather have an elevator quickie with a stranger than settle down with the man of her dreams. Gwen is a cunning freelance clickbait writer. When Gavin, her rich, handsome, and devoted boyfriend, proposes marriage, she panics at the thought of happily ever after. Gwen puts her perfect relationship on hold f... read more

The List Writer's Lust is a hot and witty romantic comedy about a 40-year-old woman who'd rather have an elevator quickie with a stranger than settle down with the man of her dreams. Gwen is a cunning freelance clickbait writer. When Gavin, her rich, handsome, and devoted boyfriend, proposes marriage, she panics at the thought of happily ever after. Gwen puts her perfect relationship on hold f... read more

Minding Dolls

Lisa Pavlik-Malone

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