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Strong words

Freelance editing and writing services

Whether you have a website or a business report that needs a thorough copy edit, a cookbook project that needs a clear and consistent recipe style, a corporate publication that needs an effective, engaging editorial structure, or a magazine that needs new packaging ideas, I can help.

I’m a versatile freelance editor and writer, with expertise in food and DIY but not at all limited to those subjects—check out my portfolios to see the variety of work I’ve done. I have a logical side that loves copy editing, the precise craft of putting the right word in the right place, and a creative side that excels at editorial packaging, the art of engaging a reader with innovative storytelling devices.

Freelance editing and writing services

Whether you have a website that needs a thorough copy edit, a cookbook project that needs a clear and consistent recipe style, a corporate publication that needs an effective, engaging editorial structure, or a magazine that needs new packaging ideas, I can help.

I’m a versatile freelance editor and writer, with expertise in food and DIY but not at all limited to those subjects—check out my portfolios to see the variety of work I’ve done. I have a logical side that loves copy editing, the precise craft of putting the right word in the right place, and a creative side that excels at editorial packaging, the art of engaging a reader with innovative storytelling devices.

thumb_01_60_60STEVE MAXWELL
Writer, columnist, and DIY expert

“Martin is one of the most professional ‘craftsmen of the written word’ ever. Most of the time when editors change my writing I’m annoyed because they weaken it. With Martin, I’m jealous because I wish I had written it that way myself.”

thumb_01_60_60CHRISTINE SISMONDO
Writer, cocktail expert, and author of America Walks into a Bar and Mondo Cocktail

“He’s probably my favourite editor to work for. Does that sound like kissing up? I hope not, since I mean it quite genuinely.”

thumb_01_60_60RUTH GANGBAR
Food stylist and recipe developer

“You showed me what a great editor really does—coaxing copy, focussing the nuance, listening to and culling from my creative rants about people and places.”

thumb_01_60_60RUSSELL MATHEW
Toronto Land Economics Weekend Co-Chair,
Lambda Alpha International

“The guide that Martin wrote for the Toronto Land Economics Weekend is smart, insightful, and a great read. It weaves together all the themes we asked him to highlight, but Martin actually found connections among our tours and talks that we hadn’t even thought of. Our chapter president said it best, ‘First and foremost—it’s fabulous.’ ”

What I do

Copy editing

I’ll read your copy for errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I’ll also look for consistency, logic, appropriate tone, and lively sentence structure. I’ll suggest a better word choice when yours is vague or ambiguous.

This is what you need if you’ve polished your copy and are ready for a keen eye to check the details.

Structural editing

A structural edit applies judgement rather than rules. I’ll note where to tighten up copy and where to add detail. I’ll identify an argument that would be more persuasive with concrete examples or quotations from experts. Are paragraphs in the most effective order and do ideas flow smoothly? Have you raised questions in the reader’s mind that need to be addressed? If your copy wanders off topic, I’ll bring it back.

Copy fitting

When your copy is too long, I make it shorter. And better.

Writing

Service journalism

Food content and recipe editing

Editorial packaging

DIY and Home improvement Copy

Display Writing

I’ve written and edited for

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