Copyediting and Proofreading

I have seventeen years' experience copyediting and proofreading diverse documents for clients in North America, Asia, the UK and Western Europe. I am acclaimed for sharpening and clarifying my clients’ voices without drowning out their unique styles. I can also condense documents that are too long and transform complicated and tortuous language into plain text. Finally, I can provide manuscript evaluation services for fiction. 

My clients include:

  • Academics
  • Lawyers, expert witnesses and policy-makers
  • Poets, novelists, short story writers
  • International human rights organization
  • Independent public policy think tank
  • Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario (sub-contracts)
  • Swiss Consulate General
  • Professional athletes 

Sample manuscript editing projects include:   

Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans for the Crown of Canada by Dr. David Johnson (Dundurn Press, 2018).

A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Gender, 2nd ed. by Dr. Allyson Jule (Multilingual Matters, 2017).

Swiss Immigration to Canada: Achievements, Testimonies, Relations by Dr. Ilona Shulman Spaar (Consulate General of Switzerland, 2013).

After the Spring: Probation, Justice Reform and Democratization from the Baltics to Beirut by Dr. Johannes Wheeldon (Eleven International Publishing, 2012).

  • Nominated for Int’l Book of the Year at American Society of Criminology, 2013).


My quote for your project will depend on a few criteria, including:

  • Nature of the editing assignment. Manuscript evaluations are billed very differently than copyediting. Condensing work takes more time than proofreading. 
  • Nature of the client. Students, for example, pay less than professionals.
  • Timeline. Next-day or weekend contracts, when it is possible to schedule them in, will incur a 25% surcharge.

Please contact me for a quote and to discuss a timeline. My basic rate is $55/hour ($41.25 for students), and I bill by the quarter hour. 

For lengthier projects (10,000+ words), a free post-edit consultation (to a maximum of one hour and if desired by the client) is included in your quote. Subsequent consultations are billed at the original hourly rate. Please ask for details.

There are no hidden fees and no taxes.


  • Payment is due on receipt of your edited document. 
  • I accept payment via Interac e-transfer and PayPal (PayPal will incur a 3% surcharge). 
  • I do not accept personal cheques. 
  • In cases where you are billing your employer, company cheques are acceptable. 

Cancellation Policy

72 hours’ cancellation notice is required. Otherwise, 50% of the editing quote will be charged


My copyediting fee generally includes:

  • Checking for correct grammar and spelling, clarity, coherence (basic coherence such as smooth transitions between sentences and paragraphs). I also point out lapses in consistency with capitalization, the spelling of certain words, spacing, dashes, etc. 
  • Finessing prose where words or phrases seem clunky, colloquial, overly formal, wordy, etc. I may also point out overuse of certain words, figures of speech, dashes, hyphens and ellipses, to name a few. 
  • Depending on length, subject matter and the writer's wishes, I may suggest some reorganizing (usually, in the case of monographs, this is within chapters/subsections rather than within the entire book), recommend certain changes to chapter/subsection titles, highlight redundancies, etc. 

My copyediting fee generally excludes:

  • Formatting to meet certain criteria (APA, MLA, etc.). However, if the publisher has basic formatting suggestions (e.g., no serial comma, em dashes, not en dashes), I am happy to ensure your work conforms to those. Even if you are not provided with formatting guidelines, I like to ensure these are consistent. 
  • Checking formatting of footnotes/reference pages (I do edit footnotes for content).
  • Verifying that author/source citation is included in the References.
  • Indexing.

Testimonials: Copyediting and Writing

“Julie Sutherland is my go-to whenever I need to tighten up my academic writing. She engages closely, carefully and critically with my work and provides me with high-level feedback in a timely manner. Julie's services are especially useful to me when my scholarly manuscripts are over-length and in need of considerable cuts. Her fresh perspective on my work and her systematic editorial suggestions allow me to clarify my ideas and deliver the leanest possible manuscripts to the publishers.”  -Marc Lafrance, Associate Professor of Sociology, Concordia University

“Julie is one of the sharpest and most efficient readers I know – and I have known quite a few … She can spot things you’ve missed on several re-reads, and is remarkably precise and sympathetic in her editing.” -Richard Sugg, Author of Mummies, Cannibals and Vampies and A Singing Mouse at Buckingham Palace.

“I sent my book manuscript to Julie thinking that I had caught all the major stuff, but I was surprised (and delighted) that she found things to correct or ways to improve my writing on every single page. Julie is a masterful writer - she will not only catch your embarrassing typos, but she will help tighten up your language and clarify your prose, making your piece sound much more polished. She is also very easy to work with: professional, fast, and kind. I can't recommend Julie enough, and I look forward to sending her more work in the future!” -Michelle DiMeo, Manager, Hagley Museum and Library, and adjunct professor of history, University of Pennsylvania 

“Julie is a topnotch writer and editor. She is able to understand reports and presentations on very complex issues and efficiently review, edit and shape them so that they are delivered to clients in an accessible and attractive form. Julie has contributed high-end value to many of our products and I highly recommend her. In addition, she is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with.” -Kevin Saville, President, KSAR & ASSOCIATES INC.

“Julie handled my project on short notice and has strengthened the manuscript immeasurably. Detailed edits, comments, and suggestions. Thanks so much and look forward to sending more projects your way.” Johannes P. Wheeldon, Author of After the Spring: Probation, Justice Reform and Democratization from the Baltics to Beirut 

“Julie is my secret weapon for all of my writing. She has been a support in my pursuit of a Master's degree and with some legal writing. I am so thankful I found her. I have had to write academic and non-academic pieces and she has provided excellent feedback for my reflection, key suggestions for changes to increase clarity, and most importantly, she has done so with professionalism and humour.” -Mary Morrison-Clark, Recreation and Leisure Specialist and part-time Master's student in Adult Education and Community Development, St. Francis Xavier University

“Julie was a huge asset to the administrative team at Pacific Theatre; her academic background and her expertise in the area of writing, in particular, were invaluable in presenting our company well to the public and to funding bodies. Her work was always professional, careful, and quickly executed.” -Rebecca deBoer, Producer/Administrator, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver

“In my writing I often find I have complex ideas that I cannot convey very well on paper. This weakness can hold me back, particularly being a student of Philosophy, a field which values both precision and conciseness. As a tutor, Julie has set me straight with helpful tips and constructive feedback, as well as provided me with valuable resources to continue improving on my own. As a proofreader, Julie has pointed out weak points in my paper, which require either further unpacking or clarification. I am a lot more confident handing in papers knowing that Julie has looked them over and am already finding a huge improvement independently!” -Lana Friesen, Student and Director and Choreographer at Joy of Dance Productions