Editor. Publishing consultant. Writer.
Hello, and welcome!
I provide a range of editorial services—from copy editing and proofreading to line editing, substantive editing, and indexing. I'm also an experienced publishing consultant skilled at developing and maintaining style sheets and compliance guidelines, optimizing workflows, and hiring and managing editorial teams. I have a graduate certificate in publishing and over five years of editing experience.
I'm also a published writer. My fiction bylines include Canthius and the Polymath Review, and my nonfiction bylines include Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) and ANOKHI Magazine. I'm currently earning a masters degree in creative writing.
I'm at home with both traditional print media and the exciting world of digital publishing. I've honed my skills through diverse editing and consulting projects, graduate studies, seminars and workshops, and an ongoing commitment to volunteer work.
I'm based in Hamilton, Ontario, and a proud new Hamiltonian. But I'm also thrilled to work with companies and individuals around the world. Please explore my website to learn more about my services and qualifications—and don't hesitate to get in touch!
Member and Volunteer since 2013
Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA)
Member and Volunteer since 2012
Canadian Freelance Union
Member since 2016
Honours Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy and Russian Literature (2012)
Creative Writing (2019 Expected)
Here's what people are saying about my work.
"Savanna has been an integral part of our website content marketing team since we hired her for professional proofreading and editing. She has always accepted challenge and coped with even tremendous amounts of content while maintaining high quality and speed. Savanna is a great, reliable team player who has never let us down."
"Savanna has helped us reduce our copy editing issues from multiple times per week to once every couple of months. Of course, our clients have been much happier since she started copy editing all of our public written work. Savanna has adjusted with great flexibility to spike in our activity, allowing our team to focus on their creative work, increasing production still further. Plus, everyone on our team enjoys working with Savanna."
"Savanna is thorough, detail-oriented and consistent and often returns her work ahead of deadline. She has a strong working knowledge of Canadian Press Style and quickly learned our in-house style guide. She replied to emails promptly, she's comfortable with limited direction and she's not afraid to ask questions—an absolute pleasure to work with."
"During our time together as editors, Savanna led incisive and considerate interviews with well-known Canadian writers and editors like Vivek Shraya, Tamara Faith Berger, Mark Medley, Jonathan Bell, and Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. I was impressed with her level of preparation, her careful reading of literary work, and her passion for all things literary. Savanna also dedicated many hours in services of editing and copy-editing interviews for CWILA. Savanna is a hard-working, professional, creative individual held in high regard by her colleagues and collaborators."
"Savanna is a results-driven professional eager to gain significant and diverse experience in a variety of roles. Her focus lies in collaborating with colleagues to provide value for clients by meeting their goals and exceeding their expectations. Savanna is a leader who takes responsibility for her work both individually and in team environments and thrives in fast-paced work environments with tight deadlines and limited direction."
"Savanna's course work was executed with care and intelligence, demonstrating a deep respect for writers' efforts and intentions. Her commitment to the art of editing shone through in her work, which was strong from the start and became ever more polished over time. I recognized Savanna as someone excited by the possibility of prose and how to engage with it—a student who welcomed constructive feedback and delivered outstanding results. She has never failed to impress me. I have, in fact, nominated Savanna for two past awards for literary merit."
"Savanna has a solid understanding of Canadian trade publishing processes. I think she would make a valuable addition to any organization."
"We have been impressed and touched by Savanna's reliable, efficient, and timely services. Well done, Savanna. We look forward to continuing to thrive with your contributions to our success."
"Savanna did a great job cleaning up words of encouragement and deleting some redundant utterances while retaining the contextual cues and flow of our interviews. Thanks to her help, our transcript is in good shape for depositing at the library."
"Savanna manages a copy editing team responsible for ensuring over 4,000 articles are published timely and accurately each month. She is a true professional, handling an ever-changing and fast-paced environment. Her editing team enjoys working for her yet respects her wholeheartedly, which creates an ideal atmosphere both for her team and for senior management. Simply put, she created and runs a well-oiled machine. Her ability to implement a rules-based style sheet with clear examples allows members with varying writing and analytical abilities to work cohesively from initial thought to writing, and finally to publishing. The fact that she is able to transform articles that are written by non-native English-speaking individuals into cohesive, well thought-out research, in a difficult area like finance, is a testament to her ability. If I were given an opportunity to hire Savanna in a management role, even outside of writing, copy edit, managing editing, et cetera, I would."
For more detail on my work experience, skills, and creative accomplishments, choose a link to the right.