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Pat Kozak

Pat Kozak - Editor

Calgary, AB, Canada

I’m a freelance editor who enjoys working with novice and intermediate writers. I offer practical advice and honest, respectful feedback.

Overview

I have been a freelance editor for seventeen years. During this time I have edited fiction, non-fiction, and a wide variety of business and technical communications. I enjoy all aspects of editing, but I take particular pleasure in helping creative writers polish their prose. Similarly, I get great satisfaction from transforming dense, convoluted technical text into clear, concise language.

Services
Languages
English (CAN)
Fiction
Adventure Children's - Middle Grade Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing History

Certifications

  • Journalism Arts Diploma
  • Southern Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta

Awards

  • Honours

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Pat Kozak is self-employed

October, 1998 – September, 2016 (almost 18 years)

FREELANCE EDITING 2000 to the present

Genre fiction, children's and YA fiction.
Memoirs, biographies, academic histories, cook books.
Public relations and promotional material.
Business correspondence, proposals, reports.
Text books on nutrition, investment strategies, leadership skills.
Guide book on hiking trails.
Magazine feature stories and articles.


CONTRACT EDITING 1998 to the present

ALTITUDE PUBLISHING
Substantive, structural, stylistic, and copy editing of 12 biographies and histories in the Amazing Stories series.

CAMPUS ALBERTA CENTRAL
Edited internal and external communications.

amec
Edited engineering reports.

COMPUTER SCIENCES CANADA
Edited instruction manuals.

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Rewrote and edited proposals.

ALBERTA MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
Contributed articles and edited all submissions for newsletters.

BETHANY CARE SOCIETY
Wrote and edited public relations material.
Contributed articles and edited all submissions for newsletters.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Who Looks Inside

Brenda Glazer

Meet the MacKenna family of Calgary. At first glance, an ordinary, middle-class Canadian family, but close as this family is, they each have a rich inner life that they feel bound to keep private. In this trilogy of three novellas you will discover: Karen: shy and lonely in her childhood, she finds great happiness and great pain when Dan, her brother Eric’s close friend, comes into her life. B... read more

Meet the MacKenna family of Calgary. At first glance, an ordinary, middle-class Canadian family, but close as this family is, they each have a rich inner life that they feel bound to keep private. In this trilogy of three novellas you will discover: Karen: shy and lonely in her childhood, she finds great happiness and great pain when Dan, her brother Eric’s close friend, comes into her life. B... read more

The War of 1812 Against the States (Junior Amazing Stories): Heroes of a Great Canadian Victory

Jennifer Crump

"Issac Brock was a natural leader with a reputation for boldness and quick thinking. His ability to bluff was legendary... 'Most of the people have lost confidence. I, however, speak loud and look big.'" This book will be especially fascinating for all young readers interested in: Canadian history or adventure. In 1812 the United States invaded Canada. This exciting account of the stalwart def... read more

"Issac Brock was a natural leader with a reputation for boldness and quick thinking. His ability to bluff was legendary... 'Most of the people have lost confidence. I, however, speak loud and look big.'" This book will be especially fascinating for all young readers interested in: Canadian history or adventure. In 1812 the United States invaded Canada. This exciting account of the stalwart def... read more

Norman Bethune: The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of A Revered Canadian Doctor (Amazing Stories)

Frances Hern

"Within hours of his arrival, Norman was taken to meet Chairman Mao Zedong. The smiling man grabbed Norman's hands in welcome....The two men talked for hours." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history or biography. One of the world's top surgeons, an advocate of democratic medical services, and an international humanitarian, Norman Bethune risked his life... read more

"Within hours of his arrival, Norman was taken to meet Chairman Mao Zedong. The smiling man grabbed Norman's hands in welcome....The two men talked for hours." This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history or biography. One of the world's top surgeons, an advocate of democratic medical services, and an international humanitarian, Norman Bethune risked his life... read more

Ghost Town Stories III : Tales Of Dreams, Tragedies And Heroism in British Columbia (Amazing Stories)

Johnnie Bachusky

Tales of dreams and tragedies and heroism in British Columbia. Part of the Amazing Stories series.

Tales of dreams and tragedies and heroism in British Columbia. Part of the Amazing Stories series.

Diana's Rebel Heritage: Five Centuries of Scandal and Defiance (Amazing Stories (Altitude Publishing))

Gail Douglas

In 1997, the world mourned the tragic passing of Diana, Princess of Wales. A cultural icon of her time, she was famous for her sense of style and her independent spirit. As a member of Britain's illustrious Spencer dynasty, Diana came by these attributes naturally. For over 400 years, strong, rebellious women have been a part of the Spencer family. Diana's female ancestors built fortunes, wiel... read more

In 1997, the world mourned the tragic passing of Diana, Princess of Wales. A cultural icon of her time, she was famous for her sense of style and her independent spirit. As a member of Britain's illustrious Spencer dynasty, Diana came by these attributes naturally. For over 400 years, strong, rebellious women have been a part of the Spencer family. Diana's female ancestors built fortunes, wiel... read more

Dutch Schultz: The Brazen Beer Baron of New York

Nate Hendley

One of crime's most colourful and idiosyncratic leaders is examined in crime writer Nate Hendley's fast-paced book. A treat for fans of true-crime and bizarre mob stories. Nate Hendley brings to the lexicon of gangster profi les a meticulously researched, very human examination of this legendary figure.

One of crime's most colourful and idiosyncratic leaders is examined in crime writer Nate Hendley's fast-paced book. A treat for fans of true-crime and bizarre mob stories. Nate Hendley brings to the lexicon of gangster profi les a meticulously researched, very human examination of this legendary figure.

Spies in Our Midst: The Incredible Story of Igor Gouzenko, Cold War Spy (Amazing Stories)

L.D. Cross

Igor Gouzenko was a former clerk in the Soviet embassy in Ottawa who defected to the West in 1945. His story was so astounding that, at first, no one believed him. But the evidence he smuggled from the embassy eventually led to the arrest of a large Soviet spy ring in Canada, and sent Gouzenko into hiding for the rest of his life. His revelations reverberated throughout the world and ignited t... read more

Igor Gouzenko was a former clerk in the Soviet embassy in Ottawa who defected to the West in 1945. His story was so astounding that, at first, no one believed him. But the evidence he smuggled from the embassy eventually led to the arrest of a large Soviet spy ring in Canada, and sent Gouzenko into hiding for the rest of his life. His revelations reverberated throughout the world and ignited t... read more

Sleeping with a Psychopath: A Story of Despair, Survival, and Ultimate Triumph

A. L. Smith

Leah is a strong, independent woman. She has an exciting career in the music industry, two wonderful children and good friends. Her life was happy and stable, but things change once she meets Joe. He's attractive, charming and attentive. A whirlwind romance unfolds. She catches glimpses of his dark side, but his good points are bright enough to blind her - she thinks she is falling deeply in l... read more

Leah is a strong, independent woman. She has an exciting career in the music industry, two wonderful children and good friends. Her life was happy and stable, but things change once she meets Joe. He's attractive, charming and attentive. A whirlwind romance unfolds. She catches glimpses of his dark side, but his good points are bright enough to blind her - she thinks she is falling deeply in l... read more

Monkey Sandwich Stories

Kristin Kraus

Monkey Sandwich Stories is a collection of short stories exploring a variety of themes in the context of modern life. Some are humourous and some are scary, but they are all thought-provoking. People tend to hide their dark side and Kristin Kraus delves into the madness and horror that can be exposed in our everyday lives.

Monkey Sandwich Stories is a collection of short stories exploring a variety of themes in the context of modern life. Some are humourous and some are scary, but they are all thought-provoking. People tend to hide their dark side and Kristin Kraus delves into the madness and horror that can be exposed in our everyday lives.

New City

Lauren Barr

When Evie and her sister Kit leave their deserted northern home for good, they have no idea what they are going to find. Since a deadly Sickness has wiped out the population, all they do know is they must find some remnants of civilization. They head towards a formerly thriving metropolis to discover what is left of humanity. Nothing could prepare them for what they find when they arrive in th... read more

When Evie and her sister Kit leave their deserted northern home for good, they have no idea what they are going to find. Since a deadly Sickness has wiped out the population, all they do know is they must find some remnants of civilization. They head towards a formerly thriving metropolis to discover what is left of humanity. Nothing could prepare them for what they find when they arrive in th... read more

Ice Phoenix

Sulin Young

From across the distant stars and galaxies they watched Terrana, baffled at how a young, uncivilised girl from Sector Thirteen could possess the power to traverse back and forth through Space and into their worlds. Unaware she is being observed, Terrana goes about her quiet life on a remote tropical island without a care in the world. Her most demanding task is to lob coconuts from treetops, a... read more

From across the distant stars and galaxies they watched Terrana, baffled at how a young, uncivilised girl from Sector Thirteen could possess the power to traverse back and forth through Space and into their worlds. Unaware she is being observed, Terrana goes about her quiet life on a remote tropical island without a care in the world. Her most demanding task is to lob coconuts from treetops, a... read more

The Adventures of Hedley the Hedgehog

Valerie Walker

This 60-page hardcover chapter book tells a story of friendship, loyalty and respect between an adventurous hedgehog and his human friend, 10-year old James. Set in Britain during the early 1900s the story follows Hedley, James and Grandfather on a journey from Wales to Somerset, England. During the journey, Hedley and a tiny stow-away named Marvin have many amusing misadventures and are helpe... read more

This 60-page hardcover chapter book tells a story of friendship, loyalty and respect between an adventurous hedgehog and his human friend, 10-year old James. Set in Britain during the early 1900s the story follows Hedley, James and Grandfather on a journey from Wales to Somerset, England. During the journey, Hedley and a tiny stow-away named Marvin have many amusing misadventures and are helpe... read more

Hedley's Celtic Adventure

Valerie Walker

Hedley the hedgehog finds a bronze ring while digging for worms in the garden. Together with his trusty friend, Marvin mouse they embark on a magical midsummer's eve adventure. With the help of the Somerset clan, the Elder hedghog and Conrad rabbit, they foil the thieving Jackdaw and retrieve a long-missing treasure.

Hedley the hedgehog finds a bronze ring while digging for worms in the garden. Together with his trusty friend, Marvin mouse they embark on a magical midsummer's eve adventure. With the help of the Somerset clan, the Elder hedghog and Conrad rabbit, they foil the thieving Jackdaw and retrieve a long-missing treasure.

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