crimsonpeak   Novelist Steven Heighton in another role entirely — an extra in Guillermo del Toro's film Crimson Peak. (Photo: Anna Richardson)


 These are some of the works of fiction I have worked on as a substantive editor, copy editor or proofreader:

  • A Complicated Kindness, by Miriam Toews. Novel. Copy-edited for Knopf Canada. (Won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2004, a Canadian Booksellers Association Fiction Book of the Year award, a McNally Robinson Book of the Year award, a Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, a CLA Book for Young Readers Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. A national bestseller.)

  • Everything Was Good-Bye, by Gurjinder Basran. Novel. Substantive and copy-editing work for Mother Tongue Publishing. (Won the 2011 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Earlier, the manuscript won the Search for the Great BC Novel Contest.)

  • Home from the Vinyl Cafe, by Stuart McLean. Short stories. Proofread for Penguin Canada. (Won the 1999 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.)
  • The Light-Bearer's Daughter, book 3 in the Chronicles of Faerie series by O.R. Melling. Young-adult fantasy novel. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (The 2001 novel won a Green Earth Book Award and was nominated for a Silver Birch Award.)
  • Moccasin Square Gardens, by Richard Van Camp. Short stories. Copy-edited for Douglas & McIntyre. (Shortlisted for the 2019 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature, English-language category. “The work of a master storyteller,” wrote Tom Sandborn in a Vancouver Sun review published in the spring of 2019.)
  • The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep, by Steven Heighton. Novel. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada — a 2017 Hamish Hamilton title. (A “powerful fourth novel” and “an unsettling, affecting read” from an author who won the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2016, wrote Toronto Star reviewer Robert Wiersema.)

  • Ten Good Seconds of Silence, by Elizabeth Ruth. Novel. Copy-edited for The Dundurn Group. (Shortlisted for three 2001 awards: the Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award and the in Canada First Novel Award. Also named a top-10 book of the year by NOW Magazine, the Vancouver Sun and the London Free Press.)
  • The World, by Bill Gaston. Novel. Copy-edited for Penguin Canada. (Won the 2013 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.)