Ellie Barton


You’ve written a book – perhaps a memoir, novel, scholarly book, or narrative nonfiction. You’ve poured yourself into this project, and now you need help to make it ready for readers.

As a trained and experienced editor, I offer a deeply attentive and impartial reading of your manuscript and make specific suggestions for revision.

I help you to reach your audience, be it family and friends, scholars in your field, or a wider circle of strangers who become intimates through the act of reading.

I meet you where you are as a writer, and work with you to make your book the best it can possibly be.

Let’s talk! Please contact me to see how I can be of help.


Manuscript Evaluation Editing Rewriting
I assess the structure of your book and make specific suggestions to improve the organization and content. I have the skills to meet the high standards set out by Editors Canada in Professional Editorial Standards. Editors must be good writers. I am a blogger and the author of two nonfiction books.


Choosing an editor who will be the right fit for you and your book can be a daunting task. I hired Ellie for my book Side Effects: A Nurse’s Journey Through Secondary Traumatic Stress because of her experience in editing nonfiction, and her interest in memoir. From the start, I felt that Ellie really understood the goal of my book and most importantly the tone I was hoping to achieve. Her insightful comments were always helpful and she was a pleasure to work with.
—Dorothy B. Wright

A superb copy editor.
—Brian Clarke and Stuart Macdonald, eds., Leaving Christianity

It has been my good fortune to have Ellie Barton as copy editor. Her work harmonizes aspects of form and style, bringing them into conformity with the publisher’s expectations, but more importantly in my view, Ellie offers comments on awkward wording, instances of heavy overstatement, and the points at which the text is quite simply unclear. Her editing has made my Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan a better book.
—Jennifer Murray, University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

We very much enjoyed working with Ellie on the editing process of Cirque Global: Expanding Circus Boundaries. She was a careful, insightful, and respectful reader, always open to discussion but also extremely well-versed in academic writing. Unfailingly professional and a pleasure to exchange emails and ideas with, we warmly recommend Ellie for copy editing and stylistic editing.
—Louis Patrick Leroux and Charles R. Batson

Editors Canada member

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