Melanie Rutledge

Melanie Rutledge – Editor

A Canadian editor of travel, self–help, reference and career guides who delivers on deadline and builds great author–editor relationships.


Hi! I'm an experienced book editor committed to making your book the best it can be!

My non–fiction specialties are career guides, education and reference, self–help and self–improvement, sports and outdoors, travel, and wine and spirits. Editing specialties include developmental editing (also known as substantive editing) and copy editing, both of which I'm accredited in from Toronto Metropolitan University in Toronto, Canada. Other editing areas I can help you with include giving your work an editorial assessment and proofreading. I've worked as a bookseller and an in–house editor at CDG Books and John Wiley & Sons, and I've also worked as a freelance editor.

An editor worth their salt needs to be skilled with words, have a love for a good story well told, and practice a respect for and sensitivity to language, grammar, style, tone and voice. This is the art and craft of editing. It's primordial, and you can't go very far in a manuscript without it. I believe what sets a great editor apart, however, is their "people ability;" their ability to work constructively and efficiently with authors. Again, you need to be sensitive and respectful here, because an author's book is a deeply personal expression of themselves, whatever the topic. The author has invested countless hours and energy to produce the manuscript, and the editor must respect this. I have worked with numerous authors over the course of my book editing career. I pride myself on delivering a superlative editing experience for the author and a solid working relationship with me that is both efficient and effective.

My editing desk is in my home office in Russell, Ontario, Canada, about 30 minutes from Canada's beautiful capital, Ottawa. My trusty assistant, Charlotte (a youthful English Bulldog), keeps me company (and on track!) while I work. Looking forward to helping you with your book!
Career Guides Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Education & Reference Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sports & Outdoors Travel Writing & Publishing
English (CAN)
  • Copy Editing for Books, Magazines and Journals, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada
  • Substantive Editing for Books, Magazines and Journals, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada

Work experience

Magazines Canada

Sep, 2018 — Feb, 2022 (over 3 years)

• Worked with the Board of Directors to help shape a shared vision for Magazines Canada and adapt the organization’s operations to its members’ needs.
• Conducted member research to test and adapt the value proposition for membership.
• Increased the member retention rate to 95% and convinced lapsed members to rejoin.
• Secured $60 million in additional federal funding for members during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, bringing the total amount of annual federal government support to the sector to $117 million.
• Improved the organizational culture by cultivating a members¬¬–first outward focus.
• Worked to make Magazines Canada a High–Performance Organization in that each member understands the value proposition of membership and the benefits provided by Magazines Canada’s services.

Magazines Canada

Sep, 2016 — Sep, 2018 (about 2 years)

• Accountable for all integrated communications activities, which include government relations, external and internal communications.
• Led the Integrated Communications team at the association.
• Conceived, strategized and shaped how Magazines Canada engages with stakeholder groups including members, allied professions, government stakeholders (civil service and elected officials) and the general public across all communications platforms.
• Worked closely with the CEO on federal government relations and advocacy, including strategy, stakeholder engagement, policy and program development.


May, 2010 — Sep, 2016 (over 6 years)

• Worked as a self-employed consultant in order to raise my two children at home during their pre-school years.
• Edited book manuscripts (substantive editing and copy editing) for clients.
• Wrote and edited proposals, submissions, and reports for clients.
• With a focus on the arts and culture sector in Canada, and in particular, the sector’s digital shift, worked with clients on a range of initiatives including government relations and advocacy, policy and program research, development and implementation, communications, and management consulting.
• Clients included Canada’s National Ballet School, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Museums Association, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Experiences Canada, KB Media, Magazines Canada, Rocky Mountain Books, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Canada Council for the Arts

Sep, 2003 — Dec, 2008 (about 5 years)

• Directed a high-performing, engaged team of 13 and a $20 million budget and managed all aspects of the section’s day-to-day operations.
• Informed by the corporate values and directions of the Canada Council for the Arts, established the vision, priorities, and objectives of the section and empowered staff to achieve them while respecting and responding to stakeholder concerns.
• Played a key role in strategic planning and change management, including work in program and policy development, planning and analysis, and high-level communications with internal and external stakeholders, including the Board of Directors.
• Secured a 20 percent increase to the section’s budget.
• Initiated and oversaw a targeted communications strategy for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, including securing innovative partnerships, which resulted in increased profile and visibility for Canadian writers, book publishers, the awards, and the Canada Council itself.

John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.

Apr, 2002 — Aug, 2003 (over 1 year)

• Oversaw all aspects of the branded publishing program, including developing the publication plan, acquiring and managing individual projects, managing freelance editorial staff, and managing program budgets.
• Worked closely and collaboratively with creative services, marketing, and sales departments.
• Exceeded forecasted revenue budgets.

CDG Books Canada, Inc.

Jun, 2000 — Mar, 2002 (over 1 year)

• Managed projects in the branded publishing program to ensure on-time delivery of high-quality books, including managing author relations, manuscript development, and schedule adherence. Acquired individual projects and contributed to the development of publication plan.

Arts & Communications

Mar, 1998 — May, 2000 (about 2 years)

• Oversaw all aspects of multiple accounts, including budgets, schedules, and client communication.
• Wrote, edited, and produced sponsorship proposals.
• Researched and analyzed societal trends with a focus on the arts, business, and public/consumer behaviour.

Nicholas Hoare

Sep, 1996 — Feb, 1998 (over 1 year)

Melanie has 1 review





John D.

John D.

Sep, 2023

We loved working with Melanie on this project. She provided valuable and actionable feedback to bring our manuscript to that next level. Highly recommend for editing work!

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