Dan Varrette

Dan Varrette - Editor

Toronto, Canada

My editing helps authors develop polished writing, including literary fiction, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and business.

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Overview

I provide a full line of editing services to help authors and organizations develop effective and polished writing. I have worked in book publishing for more than fifteen years. My experience includes editing fiction (including literary, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and fantasy), self-help, and business and personal finance for both traditional publishers and self-publishers alike.

I am experienced in developing books from manuscript to finished product. This includes the various levels of editing (developmental editing, substantive/structural editing, stylistic editing, copy/line editing, proofreading, and indexing). I am familiar with non-fiction and fiction projects, including novels and short story collections, but I also work on smaller projects such as individual stories, chapters, and articles.

I am also trained in business and marketing communications and experienced in producing marketing and publicity content for the book publishing industry. This includes query letters, book proposals, synopses, back cover copy, press releases, and social media posts.

I have an eye for detail while maintaining an understanding of the overall scope of each project. My wide variety of interests allows me to take on every assignment with enthusiasm and dedication.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Fiction
Fantasy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense

Certifications

  • Lynda.com: Digital Publishing Fundamentals, License D1860B

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (over 13 years)

Aspiring and established authors alike will benefit from my editorial services. Editing will help your work, whether you plan to approach traditional publishers or intend to self-publish.

I edit novels, short stories, and other forms of creative writing while keeping in mind both the technical and artistic aspects of every work. Each writer has a unique voice, and I take careful consideration to ensure each is developed fully.

My non-fiction editorial services are available for business communications such as grants, proposals, reports, newsletters, press releases, and more. I have a background in business administration and experience in producing marketing materials.

Managing Editor

Insomniac Press
February, 2005 – Present (over 15 years)

Responsible for the editorial workflow of book projects, in addition to the promotion and
publicity of their publication:

• Acting as project editor, copy editor, and proofreader for literary fiction, mysteries/thrillers, poetry, and non-fiction.
• Writing and editing copy for catalogues, press releases, and other marketing materials.
• Representing the press at industry events, including trade shows, conferences,
book launches, and festivals.
• Designing websites to promote authors and their publications.
• Performing search engine optimization (SEO) on websites.
• Instructing and coaching authors on blogging and other online promotion.
• Executing social media promotional strategies on Facebook and Twitter.
• Developing and distributing email newsletters.
• Building and maintaining a media contact database using FileMaker Pro.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Winnie's Tongue

Nic Labriola

On the day her dad is buried, the woman who calls herself Winnie celebrates by setting out on the strangest road trip of her life. Her travelling companion is an enormous man-child whom she calls Tongue. Their vehicle: the beat-up limousine left to her by a dying man seeking forgiveness. Too little, too late. Searching for her lost mother and the son who she believes was taken from her at birt... read more

On the day her dad is buried, the woman who calls herself Winnie celebrates by setting out on the strangest road trip of her life. Her travelling companion is an enormous man-child whom she calls Tongue. Their vehicle: the beat-up limousine left to her by a dying man seeking forgiveness. Too little, too late. Searching for her lost mother and the son who she believes was taken from her at birt... read more

Hypocritic Days

David Fiore

The sci-fi shelves are bursting with obnoxious alternate realities, but what if our own world was revealed to be among the worst of them? If you shared shiftless film critic Douglass Infantino’s caustic view of late capitalism, you’d probably take heart from the discovery – until you realized that you’d have to erase yourself from the continuity in order to put things right again. Is Douglass ... read more

The sci-fi shelves are bursting with obnoxious alternate realities, but what if our own world was revealed to be among the worst of them? If you shared shiftless film critic Douglass Infantino’s caustic view of late capitalism, you’d probably take heart from the discovery – until you realized that you’d have to erase yourself from the continuity in order to put things right again. Is Douglass ... read more

A Van Full of Girls

Michael Murray

Have you ever been in a van full of girls? All the girls are alive and they're happy. You’re all heading off to do something whimsical and flirty and you’re maybe a little bit drunk. You’re going to see a Beach Boys tribute band. You’re going to the casino to bet it all on red. You’re going to a séance that you just know is going to end in skinny-dipping. Something like that. A Van Full of Gir... read more

Have you ever been in a van full of girls? All the girls are alive and they're happy. You’re all heading off to do something whimsical and flirty and you’re maybe a little bit drunk. You’re going to see a Beach Boys tribute band. You’re going to the casino to bet it all on red. You’re going to a séance that you just know is going to end in skinny-dipping. Something like that. A Van Full of Gir... read more

Notes and Dispatches: Essays

rob mclennan

rob mclennan’s second collection of literary essays, Notes and Dispatches, is another display of his vast range of reading contemporary writing. Following his previous collection, subverting the lyric: essays (ECW Press, 2008), mclennan navigates the confessional aspect of Lynn Crosbie’s Liar and the lyric of the American prose poem, the shapes of Camille Martin’s sonnets and Jay MillAr’s inse... read more

rob mclennan’s second collection of literary essays, Notes and Dispatches, is another display of his vast range of reading contemporary writing. Following his previous collection, subverting the lyric: essays (ECW Press, 2008), mclennan navigates the confessional aspect of Lynn Crosbie’s Liar and the lyric of the American prose poem, the shapes of Camille Martin’s sonnets and Jay MillAr’s inse... read more

İDA - Roots in Cloaks

Kurunc, Handan Oral

Dawn of Magic: Rise of the Guardians

Gorman, Christopher , Johnstone, Christopher , Varrette, Dan

Chrome Kisses

Popowich, Jamie

A Closer Tomorrow

Caffrey, Matt

Things Are Different Here: And other stories

Rod Michalko

All of Rod Michalko’s stories take place in blindness, and things are different here. Michalko tells of how blind people move through the world encountering sighted people with tragic, daring, and humorous consequences. The characters in Michalko’s stories invite us to “come along for the ride”—a ride that will take us through the intrigue and mystery of creating a life in blindness. The unive... read more

All of Rod Michalko’s stories take place in blindness, and things are different here. Michalko tells of how blind people move through the world encountering sighted people with tragic, daring, and humorous consequences. The characters in Michalko’s stories invite us to “come along for the ride”—a ride that will take us through the intrigue and mystery of creating a life in blindness. The unive... read more

Dan has 16 reviews

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David Steinke
Dan said what he would do, when he would do it, and how much it would cost. Everything proceeded exactly as he said it would. And then he exceeded my expectations. His review was comprehensive and detailed. The weaknesses of the manuscript were highlighted in a professional manner and his suggestions on how to improve my writing and the story in particular, were very helpful. This was a wo...
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David Steinke, June 2020


Henry Bouchot
Dan did a great jobbing getting my series of poems into shape. He is meticulous and knows his form well. He is also quite responsive and able to communicate in simple terms what you need to do to improve your work.

Henry Bouchot, April 2020


Daniel Chawner
Dan did a great job with an editorial assessment for my story. He highlighted a number of large issues around plot and character and helped smooth out some of my rougher areas, writing-wise. Highly recommended.

Daniel Chawner, April 2020


James Chadwick
Dan is fast, precise and professional. He exceeded my expectations. I strongly recommend working with him.

James Chadwick, April 2020


Chris Hewitt
Dan performed a great editorial review of my short story, providing a good summary as well as a line/paragraph breakdown with clear suggestions on improving the story. Hugely valuable, reasonable price, good turn around. Will use again.

Chris Hewitt, March 2020

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