Trista Smith

Trista Smith – Editor

Experienced copyeditor and proofreader specializing in adult fiction (long-form and short stories), self-help and memoir.

Overview

My early editing career was in the academic sector, which gave me a solid footing in the strict rules of copy editing and proofreading (and the confidence to know when to break them). Since then my work has run the gamut from novels and memoirs to feature-length scripts, recipes, and short stories.


I have an MA in oral history and am 100% committed to making the author's voice as transparent as possible, regardless of the medium. I love applying that concept to fiction and supporting both new and experienced writers to get the best possible result from their labor of love (and sometimes agony!).


I am a qualified librarian and can provide research and fact checking services as well.


I'd love to hear about what you are working on and see if I can be of service.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Chick Lit Contemporary Fiction Short Story Thriller & Suspense
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • BA English and Spanish
  • MA Life History Research
  • MA Library and Information Services Management

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2008 — Present

Editing services for academic and trade publishers, and corporate clients

Self-employed

Apr, 2010 — Jun, 2016 (about 6 years)

UK Department for Education, Chesterfield Borough Council, De Montfort University

SAGE Publications

Sep, 2005 — Sep, 2014 (about 9 years)

Academic journals publishing in social sciences and STM

Trista has 15 reviews

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Rosemary M.

Rosemary M.

Oct, 2023

Trista was great to work with. Her editing skills significantly improved my manuscript and she went beyond her remit, fixing my formatting inconsistencies. She is professional, at the same time having an approachable, friendly manner. I appreciated the collaboration deadline being extended, leaving me plenty of time to consider her edit and ask questions. I highly recommend Trista and hope to w...
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Margaret M.

Margaret M.

Sep, 2023

I have never written anything before. I wanted an honest review of my short story of 10,000 words. Trista delivered. She has encouraged me to expand this story into a novel. She put in an enormous amount of effort in reviewing and proofreading. I would highly recommend her. Thank you Trista.
Trista S.
Thank you so much, Margaret. I can't wait to read your novel!
Jonny T.

Jonny T.

Sep, 2023

Trista was wonderful to work with. She went above and beyond what was required and offered some great insights into the story for me to consider. Her communication was great and she was able to complete the project in great time. I would most definitely recommend Trista for your project and would certainly work with her again in the future.
Erica G.

Erica G.

Aug, 2023

Quick response and excellent professional. I needed to improve grammar and sentences because English is not my fluent language. Trista absorbed straight to my needs and was straight to the point and very attentive with any queries. very satisfied
J J.

J J.

Aug, 2023

Trista has been great to work with! Patient, understanding, insightful and effective all come to mind!

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