About Me

Stephanie Fysh, editor

About Me

I’ve been a freelance editor, proofreader, and occasional back-of-the-book indexer to the book-publishing industry since I began this second career in 1999. Over that time, I’ve worked on everything from psychology journals, grammar textbooks, and religious studies monographs to young adult (YA) and literary fiction, government commission reports, and current events books. My clients are now a mix of traditional publishers, hybrid publishers, and independent authors.

Books I have edited have won the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, the Pearson Writer’s Trust Non-fiction Prize, the Winterset Award, and Lambda Literary Awards, and have been short- or longlisted for the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction, the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize, the Trillium Book Award, the City of Vancouver Book Award, the ReLit Award, the National Business Book Award, and CBA Libris Awards.

I currently specialize in stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading of adult and YA fiction and trade nonfiction; manuscript evaluation and substantive editing of fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, romance, and erotica; and world bible compilation and maintenance. Find out more about these services on my cleverly named Services page.

Selected Publisher Clients

Selected Projects

Adult fiction

  • André Alexis, Beauty and Sadness
  • Michael Christie, The Beggar’s Garden
  • Ken Finkleman, Noah’s Crime
  • Stuart McLean, Secrets from the Vinyl Café
  • Lisa Moore, Open

YA fiction

  • Edward Kay, STAR Academy
  • Paul Glennon, Bookweird
  • Rebecca Eckler, Rotten Apple and Apple’s Angst
  • Eric Wilson, The Emily Carr Mystery


  • Joshua Knelman, Hot Art
  • Andrew Nikiforuk, Empire of the Beetle
  • Anna Porter, The Ghosts of Europe
  • Margaret Trudeau, Changing My Mind
  • Jeff Rubin, Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller
  • Mike Holmes, Make It Right and The Holmes Inspection
  • Jean Chrétien, My Years as Prime Minister
  • Peter C. Newman, The Secret Mulroney Tapes and Izzy
  • Ken McGoogan, Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, and Lady Franklin’s Revenge
  • Lorne Tepperman and Jim Curtis, Sociology: A Canadian Perspective
  • The Cornwall Public Inquiry and the SARS Inquiry final reports

I live in downtown Toronto, Canada, with my husband and three children. Contrary to stereotype, I do not own a cat and I don’t work in my pyjamas, but I have been spotted wearing a cardigan. Learn more about why I might be the right editor for you, on my Background page.