Sara Burnside Menuck

Sara Burnside Menuck - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

creative writer, meticulous editor, obsessive reader,and many-other-things-suffixed-"er."

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor and writer with a background in trade fiction, academic research, non-profits, and graphic novels.

By night, I copy edit and design pages for Canada's largest national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. By day, I work with authors and other business professionals of all stripes to produce vibrant written works. Armed with an honours degree in professional writing and a personal vendetta against the misplaced apostrophe, I'm not here to make a name for myself: I'm excited to make your voice the strongest and brightest it can be.

I bring a wide range of experience: In the past, I have worked as a research and editorial assistant at York University's Writing Department, aiding a professor in historical research as well as preparing multiple academic texts for publication. In recent years, I have specialized in working with international non-profit organizations, working particularly with non-native English speakers to groom their writing into eloquent, compelling copy, for marketing, funding and internal purposes. I have also spent years writing and editing for professional publications, from The Globe and Mail to local magazines. I'm an expert in becoming an expert on any given topic in a speedy manner, so that I can best serve your needs as a writer.

As a fiction editor, past clients have appreciated my collaborative approach: Rather than just correcting mistakes, I try to make every project a learning experience for both myself and you, the author, explaining suggested changes so that you improve along with your manuscript. I have worked in a range of genres from experimental literary fiction to graphic novels, comic books and short stories.

If you're looking for an enthusiastic, versatile editor who has never failed to meet a deadline, feel free to get in touch.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Career Guides
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literature
Short Story
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Professional Writing and English Literature, Special Honours (York University)

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
February, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

Editing is a two-way street. I take a constructive, learning-based approach to my editing: the focus is always on you as the author and what we can do to strengthen and polish your unique voice. I offer editorial services for all stages of a manuscript's development, from structural editing to proofreading.

Copy Editor/Paginator

The Canadian Press
July, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

My "day" job (if your day begins at 2 p.m.) is writing headlines and meticulously copyediting the daily news for one of Canada's largest newspapers. I also design front and interior pages and lead a number of sections, regional news, opinion, and lifestyle.

Editorial and Design Director

Leaping Lion Books
September, 2014 – June, 2015 (9 months)

I led the editorial and design teams in the production of an experimental fiction manuscript, including structural and copy editing.

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