Editing and …

I work as a professional freelance editor. I have experience not only in writing my own books, but in editing the books, both non-fiction and fiction, of other writers. And not just books. I’ve edited a wide range of texts of all kinds, as short as a couple of pages and as long as nearly a thousand. Language and words are a passion for me, and I combine that with technical skills in all kinds of editing – structural, stylistic, copy editing, and proofreading – to give your writing the attention it deserves.

Please see WayneJonesEditing.ca for more information about the full range of services that I can provide to improve any of your documents or other writing.

From September 1985 to December 2019 I worked as a professional librarian. During my library career, I also did substantial editing and writing. Please see my list of publications for editing and writing which I have done professionally. I have:

  • developed and edited books
  • written articles for peer-reviewed journals, book reviews, and a regular column
  • served as the editor-in-chief of association journals
  • served on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals
  • served as the associate editor for a peer-reviewed journal

For creative writing outside of my library work, please see the Writing tab just above for:

  • a full list of the novels I’ve written (with excerpts)
  • the full text of some of my short fiction
  • information about the non-fiction books I’ve published and the two I am currently writing
  • a list of magazine and journal articles I have published (some with links to full text)

I also do volunteer editing. My current project is as a volunteer for the the Endangered Alphabets Project, working on its Atlas of Endangered Alphabets. Under the guidance of the project’s president, Tim Brookes, I am reviewing the entire text of the website, as well as correcting errors, suggesting re-wordings and the addition of text, as well as developing a style sheet so that future editors and the publisher will have this important tool indicating what editorial choices have been made.

Another initiative I’m currently offering is providing a free assessment of writing to anyone who requests it, with no obligation for them to use any of my paid services afterwards. Send me up to 1,500 words of your writing in any form or genre, a full work or a section of a larger work, and I’ll send you a one-page assessment. See my editing site or my ongoing kijiji ad for details.


And finally, here is a compact summary of my education and library work experience:

Education and Library WorkDetails
EducationMaster of Library Science (University of Western Ontario, 1984)

Master of Arts in English (University of Toronto, 1982)
Thesis: “A Study of Johnson’s Rambler

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English (Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1981)
Award: Swiss Ambassador’s Prize in French
Library WorkCarleton University (University Librarian, 2014-2019)
Carleton University (Associate University Librarian, Collections and Library Development, 2011-2014)
Queen’s University (Head, Collection Development and E-Resource Management, 2010-2011)
Queen’s University (Head, Central Technical Services, 2004-2010)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Head, Serials Cataloging Section, 1996-2001)
National Library of Canada (Leader, Serials Team, 1989-1996)