Paisley McNab

Paisley McNab - Editor

Hamilton, ON, Canada

An experienced editor and proofreader who has worked with publishing houses including Penguin Random House Canada, Dundurn, and Wattpad.

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Overview

I'm committed to accurate writing, thorough fact-checking, and providing honest, constructive feedback. I have worked for Penguin Random House Canada, Dundurn Press, and Wattpad Books, and my editorial work has been acknowledged in several Canadian bestselling books. I specialize in Young Adult Fiction. I'm currently working on the developmental edits of a manuscript that has 9.5 million reads on Wattpad. I am dedicated and passionate about the editorial process, and will use my eagle eyes to ensure the needs of your work are met.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
New Adult
Young Adult Fantasy

Certifications

  • Certificate in Publishing - Ryerson University 
  • Proofreading and Editing Diploma - College of Media and Publishing 
  • Postgraduate Degree of Education - University of Glasgow 
  • BA in Social Sciences - McMaster University

Awards

  • Marsh Jeanneret Memorial Award for academic excellence (Publishing)

Work experience

Editor and Proofreader

Wattpad Books
September, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

• Copy editing and proofreading manuscripts and back cover copy for Wattpad Books
• Employed my understanding of the editorial process to complete the structural and line edits of a book with 9.5 million reads on Wattpad

Editorial Intern

Dundurn Press
April, 2019 – July, 2019 (3 months)

• Supported the editorial department with daily tasks such as copy editing, proofreading, fact-checking, and indexing
• Developed a book-buying tracking system for the Acquisitions Editors, aiding the decision-making of commissioning and acquiring titles

Editorial Intern

Penguin Random House Canada
October, 2018 – February, 2019 (4 months)

• Supported Penguin Canada with daily editorial tasks such as evaluating manuscripts, writing reader’s reports, drafting rejection letters, checking corrections, and proofreading
• Awarded acknowledgments in two Canadian bestselling titles: The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong and Teardown by Dave Meslin

Copy Editor

IDIY
January, 2016 – January, 2017 (about 1 year)

• Edited school projects and business reports for over fifty ESL students and business people, obtaining a five-star rating from clients
• Built dynamic relationships and consistently met time-sensitive deadlines

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions that Shape Our World

Ziya Tong

From one of the world's most engaging science journalists, a groundbreaking and wonder-filled look at the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality. We are blind in comparison to the X-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living, or the high-tech surveillance syst... read more

From one of the world's most engaging science journalists, a groundbreaking and wonder-filled look at the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.Our naked eyes see only a thin sliver of reality. We are blind in comparison to the X-rays that peer through skin, the mass spectrometers that detect the dead inside the living, or the high-tech surveillance syst... read more

Teardown

Dave Meslin

A handbook of democratic solutions in troubled times, from the activist the media call a "wizard," a "mastermind," "the ultimate ideas guy," a "mad scientist," a "start-up genius."Our democracy is a trainwreck. Our elections feel hollow and our legislatures have become toxic. Fierce partisanship, centralized power, distorted election results and rigged systems all contribute to our growing cyn... read more

A handbook of democratic solutions in troubled times, from the activist the media call a "wizard," a "mastermind," "the ultimate ideas guy," a "mad scientist," a "start-up genius."Our democracy is a trainwreck. Our elections feel hollow and our legislatures have become toxic. Fierce partisanship, centralized power, distorted election results and rigged systems all contribute to our growing cyn... read more

She's With Me

Jessica Cunsolo

A new town, a new love, another chance to stay alive.Arriving in another new town, Amelia Collins vows to fit in and finish her senior year drama free. There can’t be any mistakes. Staying under the radar is what keeps Amelia one step ahead of the man who is trying to find and destroy her. But when she’s befriended by a group of students who make her feel safe and loved, Amelia struggles to ma... read more

A new town, a new love, another chance to stay alive.Arriving in another new town, Amelia Collins vows to fit in and finish her senior year drama free. There can’t be any mistakes. Staying under the radar is what keeps Amelia one step ahead of the man who is trying to find and destroy her. But when she’s befriended by a group of students who make her feel safe and loved, Amelia struggles to ma... read more

Given

Nandi Taylor

Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength, and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—all of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find the cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.No one warned her ab... read more

Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength, and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—all of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find the cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail.No one warned her ab... read more

Entwined

Rosen, A.J.

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