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Michael Mandarano

Michael Mandarano - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Nocturnal copy editor, proofreader, ebook formatter and human spell-checker. Freelancer who will work for Nutella.

Overview

Reviews (5)

Experienced copy editor, proofreader and ebook formatter dedicated to producing high-quality, error-free material for a large readership. Versatile and detail-orientated professional capable of editing and producing a wide range of content over several sectors.

My specialties include self-publishing, fiction (adult and young adult) and promotional/advertising copy. I am particularly adept at producing professional-quality ebooks in both EPUB and MOBI formats.

I'm fluent in the Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, and am trained in Canadian Press and Associated Press styles as well. I've also copyedited and proofread several manuscripts written in British English.

If you are looking for a personable, competent and reliable professional to tackle your project, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

~Michael

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Holiday Horror Humor & Comedy LGBTQ Romance Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Design History LGBTQ (non fiction) Photography

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Journalism, High Honours, Carleton University

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor, Proofreader, Ebook Formatter

Self-employed
June, 2010 – Present (about 7 years)

I provide high-quality copyediting, proofreading and ebook formatting services for publishers, hotels, universities, self-published authors — anyone interested in improving the effectiveness and clarity of their written communications. My work is professional and reliable and always on time.

Clients include:
• Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
• University of Toronto
• Harlequin Books
• Carina Press
• FreshBooks
• Kirkus Editorial
• Dozens of self-published authors
• 100km Foods Inc.

Web Content Producer (Contract)

Toronto-based communications company
April, 2015 – April, 2016 (about 1 year)

I help manage all content on the Offers section and Residences websites for a high-profile luxury hotel and resort company based in Toronto. In this role I:

• Write original content, including package descriptions, important guest alerts, and much more
• Edit existing content mentioned above
• Build and publish new pages and provide timely updates to existing pages
• Coordinate translation for more than 100 properties into 10 languages
• Source and update images

Online Copy Editor

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
October, 2008 – February, 2010 (over 1 year)

• Copyedited material to a high publishing standard while adhering to strict daily, weekly and monthly deadlines
• Managed content schedules and worked with business owners to produce clear, concise and engaging products
• Assisted in writing promotional copy for new book imprints and series for use on Harlequin.com
• Assisted in writing submission guidelines in the Learn to Write section of Harlequin.com
• Contributed articles to the Harlequin.com online forums, in the areas of writing tips and language issues

Proofreader

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
December, 2006 – October, 2008 (almost 2 years)

• Proofread manuscripts and ancillary material and delivered flawless copy to the production team
• Corrected errors regarding spelling, grammar, house style and continuity
• Consulted with editors to resolve outstanding issues in a timely manner
• Inserted author alterations and ensured accuracy of completed manuscript

Portfolio (8 selected works)

A Drive into the Gap

Kevin Guilfoile

“A Drive Into the Gap” is a story about baseball. About fathers and sons. It’s about memory and identity, and an insidious illness that can rob a person of both.It’s also a detective story, an investigation into the improbable journey of a baseball bat from the hands of Roberto Clemente and one of the most iconic moments in baseball history to a 12-year-old boy’s bedroom. Reviews“An extraordin... read more

“A Drive Into the Gap” is a story about baseball. About fathers and sons. It’s about memory and identity, and an insidious illness that can rob a person of both.It’s also a detective story, an investigation into the improbable journey of a baseball bat from the hands of Roberto Clemente and one of the most iconic moments in baseball history to a 12-year-old boy’s bedroom. Reviews“An extraordin... read more

Blueblood (A Marty Singer Mystery Book 2)

Matthew Iden

Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.They were all cops.In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the homicide investigation from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to t... read more

Four unrelated murders. Nothing special in Washington DC. Not even good enough to make the evening news. But then a concerned police lieutenant approaches retired homicide detective Marty Singer with a simple fact that changes everything.They were all cops.In a race to stop the killings, Marty tackles the homicide investigation from the outside, chasing the killer from deadly Southeast DC to t... read more

What Kills Me

Wynne Channing

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.How will she convince the empire... read more

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.How will she convince the empire... read more

Break the Sky: A Spiral of Bliss Romance

Nina Lane

BREAK THE SKY takes place after AWAKEN and can be read as volume #3.5 in the Spiral of Bliss series between AWAKEN and ADORE.A sizzling hot SPIRAL OF BLISS novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane.“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?”“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.”A smile of both promise and warning curved his be... read more

BREAK THE SKY takes place after AWAKEN and can be read as volume #3.5 in the Spiral of Bliss series between AWAKEN and ADORE.A sizzling hot SPIRAL OF BLISS novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane.“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?”“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.”A smile of both promise and warning curved his be... read more

Timeless Escapes: A Collection of Summer Stories (Timeless Tales Book 2)

Ruth A. Casie, Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Nicole S. Patrick, Julie Rowe

Timeless Tales do not need to be read in order.Escape to the Virgin Islands where the bonds of marriage are renewed, friends become lovers, and new love is given a chance to thrive.Ruth A. Casie ~ Second Chance by the SeaMarried for ten years, Alan and Eloise have grown apart. When they go back to the Virgin Islands for a family funeral, they find their marriage was never registered. Will an i... read more

Timeless Tales do not need to be read in order.Escape to the Virgin Islands where the bonds of marriage are renewed, friends become lovers, and new love is given a chance to thrive.Ruth A. Casie ~ Second Chance by the SeaMarried for ten years, Alan and Eloise have grown apart. When they go back to the Virgin Islands for a family funeral, they find their marriage was never registered. Will an i... read more

Breaking Mobius

T.R. Horne

ONE GOOD DECISION…Leaving behind an abusive father and emotionally scarred mother, Mali Struthers catches a bus to freedom. Atlanta University is the perfect place to discover her inner strength and special talents that lead her to a future she never imagined outside her father’s walls. Still learning to love herself, Mali must push past her own doubts to realize she deserves everything she’s ... read more

ONE GOOD DECISION…Leaving behind an abusive father and emotionally scarred mother, Mali Struthers catches a bus to freedom. Atlanta University is the perfect place to discover her inner strength and special talents that lead her to a future she never imagined outside her father’s walls. Still learning to love herself, Mali must push past her own doubts to realize she deserves everything she’s ... read more

Nu Logic: Rise of the Neos (Glide Trilogy Book 2)

Bill Gourgey

Read the second book of the Beverly Hills Book Award Winning Glide Trilogy, perfect for fans of sci fi masters such as Asimov, Crichton, and Gibson. The Glide Trilogy has been read more than six million times on Wattpad, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly (book 2), and has been queried for a future motion picture.The Prophet was supposed to be dead…Freed from her island priso... read more

Read the second book of the Beverly Hills Book Award Winning Glide Trilogy, perfect for fans of sci fi masters such as Asimov, Crichton, and Gibson. The Glide Trilogy has been read more than six million times on Wattpad, has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly (book 2), and has been queried for a future motion picture.The Prophet was supposed to be dead…Freed from her island priso... read more

Pay Your Priorities First: How to Carve Out Time to Grow and Succeed

Doug Heidebrecht

Waiting for some “free time” doesn’t work. You want to put more time into those priorities that will help you grow, succeed and make a difference, yet you’re facing an endless stream of emails, meeting requests and fires to fight.As others have learned to do with saving money, we need to take time off the top for the things that matter. We need to work on them now, even though other requests a... read more

Waiting for some “free time” doesn’t work. You want to put more time into those priorities that will help you grow, succeed and make a difference, yet you’re facing an endless stream of emails, meeting requests and fires to fight.As others have learned to do with saving money, we need to take time off the top for the things that matter. We need to work on them now, even though other requests a... read more

Michael has 5 reviews

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John Rivers

Mike did a great job and did so in a short amount of time. Always willing to communicate and give feedback when needed.

, May 2017


Michael Bhaskar

Really top job and excellent to work with - would absolutely recommend Michael and will be working with him again.

, November 2016


Esme Vos

Michael's excellent copy editing work was indispensable in getting my first novel out last year. I had never before published a novel and I was very nervous because I had never worked with a copy editor. Moreover, I did not know how to convert my Word file into ePub and mobi files. Michael was absolutely professional. He is the ideal copy editor. He caught spelling and grammatical errors, and c...

, November 2016


Tom Starita

Michael was quick to respond to any questions I had and did a tremendous editing job. He was thorough and all of his observations/comments made sense. I highly recommend him!

, October 2016


Jeff Wheeland

Michael was an excellent editor with an expert grasp on grammatical consistency and a keen eye for typos and inconsistencies. He also went above and beyond when I had additional edits needed after our initial scope of work was completed. I HIGHLY recommend him as a copy editor.

, October 2016

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