Eva van Emden (she/her), freelance editor

Certified copy editor and proofreader


Editorial services

  • Copy editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and stylistic editing
  • Technical and academic editing
  • Fact checking
  • Manuscript evaluation
  • Canadianization and Americanization
  • Translation (Dutch to English)
I can accommodate Canadian, American, and UK spelling and style. See my descriptions of editing tasks for more information about these editing tasks, or send me a sample of your manuscript and tell me what kind of editing you have in mind. I can give you an estimate of the time and cost, and we can go from there.

The editing process

In addition to the information provided for the estimate, I’ll also need: If I do the editing in a Word or LibreOffice document using track changes, I can send two versions of the document back if you prefer:

Document formats and software

To avoid problems with document conversions, especially with long or formatting-intensive documents, I try to use the same software as my clients. Here are the file types and software I can work with: I recommend that substantive editing involving a lot of changes be done in a document format that allows easy editing (for example, a Word or LibreOffice document not on paper or a PDF). If you need substantive editing on a paper document, the first step will be to transcribe it into digital format.

How to pay

I accept personal cheques, money orders, bank transfers, Interac e-transfer, or PayPal payments. I ask for an extra fee to cover PayPal and bank transfer fees.

Security of your documents

Usually clients send me their documents by email, but if you need better security than that, I can use secure FTP (sFTP) or SSH to transfer your manuscript, or I can accept a file encrypted with GPG (GNU Privacy Guard). If you prefer another method, let me know and I can probably accommodate you. Your document will be edited on a computer running Mac OS X. It runs a firewall and does not normally run any external services (such as a web server or FTP server). I regularly apply security updates to this computer.

I don’t want to make a project late because of a hard drive crash or lost document, so I use version control and make regular on-site and off-site backups. To protect the confidentiality of your documents, my off-site backups are encrypted with GNU Privacy Guard.


I have workers’ compensation insurance through WorkSafeBC.
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