Eva van Emden (she/her), freelance editor

Certified copy editor and proofreader



Book cover of Jane Austen's Guide to Good Relationships. The cover shows the silhouettes of a young man and a young woman sitting apart on a stone staircase.

I have now published nine non-fiction books, two of them self-published. Each book had a different editor, with seven of them assigned by the various publishers. Eva was recommended to me by a friend who teaches editing. I consider Eva’s editorial work to be the best I have had. She did primarily copy editing, stylistic editing and fact checking for my self-published book on Jane Austen and my approach to psychotherapy. Her queries re: my text were thoughtful and invited me to think more about my own meaning. She clarified my intent in ways that were consistent with my own writing style and clearly made it better. She was easy to work with, understood what I wanted, and was quickly responsive to my questions. In addition, Eva did the work on uploading my manuscript to Amazon’s CreateSpace self-publishing program (as well as Kindle and BookBaby) and made it fit their strict requirements. Her skills in doing this were especially valuable to me. I highly recommend her.

Ronald W. Richardson, author of Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Relationships and Pastoral Care of Congregations: Selected Workshops: Volumes 1 and 2

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Like many authors I felt uneasy that an editor might turn my manuscript into something I would not recognize anymore. It did not take much for me to realize that Eva worked with great efficiency and a very fine sense for the essence of what I had written. Throughout the intensive editing process Eva never stopped amazing me with her accuracy and speed. She was wonderful to work with and I have learnt a great deal from her, how to present a complex subject in a way that can be understood by a broader readership.

Claude Martin, author of On the Edge: The State and Fate of the World’s Tropical Rainforests, Greystone Books

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I found Eva’s name on the Editors’ Association of Canada website and she helped me by taking on a tricky project with a very short timeline. Throughout the project she communicated effectively with the author and myself and delivered the manuscript on time, with issues thoroughly considered and queries resolved.

Since then she’s worked on a number of Figure 1 projects as a copy editor and proofreader. I recommend Eva to anyone; she is friendly and professional in every way, in short, a joy to work with.

Lara Smith, managing editor at Figure 1 Publishing

Eva more than satisfied all my expectations of a copy editor: timeliness, meticulousness, knowledgeable . . . and a wry sense of humour, apt for a wordsmith. The book she helped me on had tight demands: successive proofs had to be turned around quickly; and utter perfection was expected . . . and delivered. I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to call on Eva again.

Gareth Sirotnik, production editor of West Coast Reduction Ltd.: West Coast at Work 50 Years On

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I found you easy to work with and the editing you did was excellent, certainly improving the quality of the book. I appreciate your extra effort to deliver your service on time with deadlines looming. Overall, I recommend your services without hesitation!

Tyler Bollhorn, author of The Mindless Investor

I was very pleased with the friendly professionalism with which Eva van Emden copy edited Wild Places: The Adventures of an Exploration Geologist. She displayed sound judgment on large matters, a keen eye for the smallest details and a willingness to answer follow-up questions. I highly recommend her work without reservation.

Harold Linder, author of Wild Places: The Adventures of an Exploration Geologist

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