Patti Simmons

perSimmons editing
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Patti Simmons
Patti Simmons
Having a PhD in English from Cambridge and decades of experience, I am a careful reader and writer, equally attentive to precision and nuance in thought and expression. Words can be slippery. Writing can be fuzzy. Except in poetry and fiction, ambiguity can be tiring, if not downright irritating. As an editor, I approach all writing from the dual perspective of the author and the reader. I can help bridge the gap between authors and readers, refining the language to facilitate communication.

I offer painstaking structural editing, stylistic editing, and copy editing in these areas:

  • literary fiction (esp. short stories)
  • creative non-fiction (e.g., personal essays and life writing)
  • non-fiction (for general audiences)
  • scholarly books and articles (esp. humanities, social sciences, multi-disciplinary)
  • oral presentations (e.g., conference papers and lectures)
  • application materials (e.g., provincial, national, and international funding; internal awards; promotion & tenure; admission to professional programs)
  • dissertations and theses (in keeping with Editors Canada’s ethical guidelines)

Whether you need feedback on the structure of a short story, journal article, or book; strategies to respond to reviewers’ critiques; suggestions to tighten or expand or reorganize; revision to make your words sing; or conformity to a particular style guide, I can likely help. If not, I will try to connect you with an appropriate editor to meet your needs.

Let’s talk. Tell me what you need and I’ll tell you whether I can help.

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