Savanna Scott Leslie: Professional Editing Services


"Be yourself. Be unique. Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors."

Kurt Vonnegut, Letters
I'm a meticulous editor with over seven years of professional experience, and I'm here to help. My job is to make sure your writing speaks to readers in your own voice—without any distracting errors, unplanned ambiguities, or incongruous tones.
I believe editing is a form of collaboration, and I'm not here to terrorize you with a red marker. From science fiction fans to marketing executives, I know what your audience is looking for and how to make your text reflect your professionalism and your style.


When you've taken care of the big picture and it's time to polish the text itself.

A copy edit involves editing for grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and other style mechanics. It also means checking for internal consistency and editing headings, charts, tables, lists, and art.
Not sure what type of edit you need? If you're happy with the organization and development of your text but want to make sure the writing is polished and appropriate for your audience, start here.

The final check before publication.

Proofreading checks edited material for new or overlooked errors in the text or design. I'm happy to mark up PDFs with traditional proofreading symbols or provide corrections in embedded comments.
These days, "proofreading" is sometimes used as a catch-all term for every level of editing. If you're not sure what kind of editing you need, contact me for a free consultation and estimate.

Strengthening your draft's overall framework and optimizing your writing for your readers.

Substantive editing involves clarifying or reorganizing text with a focus on content and structure. If you have a rough draft but need help with the big picture, substantive editing can help you identify the next step in your project.
Stylistic editing clarifies meaning, eliminates jargon, and polishes language. If your draft needs significant reworking, stylistic editing can help. Often, projects require a mix of substantive and stylistic editing. I tailor my approach to your needs.

Compiling an effective guide to your publication.

Indexing is as much an art as it is a science. It involves reading and analyzing your work to identify key subjects and arrange them into a clear and searchable order that will help your readers engage with your text.
I've indexed books, corporate documents, and magazines. I've also honed my skills through university courses and my professional association. I'd love to learn about your indexing needs and how I can help.

Editing your text so that it fits with English conventions in another country.

English rules and conventions vary around the world. If you want your text to appeal to an international audience, the spelling, grammar, punctuation, and idioms must change accordingly.
I've trained in Canadian, British, and US English. Fortunate enough to work regularly in these three conventions, I'm adept at translating seamlessly between them to ensure a natural voice.


Master's Degree

University of Edinburgh
M.Sc. with Distinction, Creative Writing

Graduate Certificate

Ryerson University
Publishing Certificate

Honours Bachelor of Arts

University of Toronto
Honours BA, Bioethics, Russian Literature

Editors Canada

Professional Association

Canadian Freelance Union (CFU)

A Community Chapter of Unifor

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA)

Literary Organization


"I can't recommend Savanna enough as a managing editor and publishing consultant. She expertly led our copy editing and writing team through major changes at Market Realist. Savanna’s ability to juggle multiple projects while triaging posts, recruiting, and training was a key component at the company. As a team member or leader, Savanna earns my highest recommendation."

Sarah Stinnissen, Freelance Editor


"Savanna worked quickly to respond to my needs and was very helpful. Her feedback was on point, provoking thought and rewrites that helped guide my novel in the right direction. She was fast and encouraging, filling in the gaps in the manuscript that were my weaknesses. She was accurate and to the point, and her insights made sense to me. I will definitely use Savanna's editorial services again."

Emma Buratti, Novelist


"Working with Savanna was a dream. The copy on my website was initially weak and inconsistent, but once Savanna had a chance to work her editing magic, she was able to provide clarity, an accurate tone of voice, and a consistent point of view. She helped present my brand in a way that made me feel confident about what I do, and because of this I knew my potential clients would further connect with my work. Savanna was also really efficient with her edits and was able to provide a quick turnaround that helped launch my site on time."

J. Avolio, Entrepreneur


"It was such a pleasure to work with Savanna at ANOKHI Magazine. Her enthusiasm for the craft and my full confidence in her abilities as a copy editor/fact checker made my hectic job less so. She embraced every task with such fervour and was very detail-oriented to boot. She often exceeded my expectations effortlessly. Deadlines were never an issue, as eleventh-hour editing is usually the case with digital publishing and she was up to the task every single time."

Hina P. Ansari, ANOKHI Magazine


"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."

Adam Perlaky, Market Realist


"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."

Sophie Tolias, ANOKHI Magazine


"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."

Jan Andrejko, Foliovision


"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."

Andrea Bennett, National Magazine Award–Winning Writer


"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."

Alec Kinnear, Foliovision


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."

Noelle Zitzer, Ryerson University


"Savanna not only provides expert proofreading and copy editing services, but she was also able to learn our internal processes instantly and jump on board smoothly. She is fast, flexible, and proactive."

Martin Vlachynsky, Foliovision


"Savanna has a solid understanding of Canadian trade publishing processes. I think she would make a valuable addition to any organization."

Mike O'Connor, Ryerson University


"Savanna has great attention to detail and is a quick learner."

Mona Datt, eDecree


"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."

David Alexander, Arbitrage Magazine


"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."

Charlotte Kwok Glasser, Stanford Historical Society


"Savanna is a powerhouse writer and helped this nonprofit score funding when we were denied in the past."

Emma Connolly, WriteMemphis


"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."

Elischia Fludd, EOTO World


"Savanna is an exceptional and professional editor and writer. She is dependable, punctual, reliable, and enthusiastic."

Duncan Parviainen, Entrepreneur


Penticton, British Columbia
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