Help with mechanics (such as grammar and punctuation); consistency, completeness, and correctness of body text, footnotes, bibliographies, tables, and figures.
Creating an index or key to the contents of your finished monograph.
Review of final proofs for minor, mechanical errors and consistency with style sheet.
Help with voice, tone, and clarity through attention to word choice
and sentence structure.
Substantive / Structural Editing
Help with organizational issues and decisions; feedback on clarity of content and effectiveness of structure.
Help with thinking through your ideas and direction in the early stages of your project, whether it be analytical or narrative in nature.
PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London
“Dr. Peterson played an active role in the development of my MA thesis from conception during the first study abroad program to completion almost two years later. Several of the writing tips she gave me during this period continued to guide me through my PhD dissertation, and I would not be the scholar I am
today without her support.”
Dr. Ryan Alford
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
Author of Permanent State of Emergency (McGill-Queen's UP, 2017)
"You can't imagine the peace of mind and creative freedom that comes from working with an editor with Lesley's perception, style, and literary sensibility. Thanks to this safety net, I feel confident in approaching new heights."
2016 Tom Fairley Award
“Lesley Peterson worked effectively and efficiently as an editor on all technical fronts as she negotiated into print this important work … accomplishments that go far beyond the usual expectations for even the best editors.”
2015 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Editors Association of Canada
2014 English department nomination for Research Excellence Award, UNA
2007 College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant, University of North Alabama
2002-04 Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta
2001-02 Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship, University of Alberta
2001 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Writer’s Grant, Alberta Foundation for the Arts
1997 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
I am an award-winning editor who brings to my work a sharp eye, a keen ear,
a deep respect for the author’s vision and the audience’s needs, and a proven ability to work effectively with other stake-holders in order to produce a publication that honours both author and audience with prose that is at once clear, precise, and engaging.
More About Me Here:
Permanent State of Emergency: Unchecked Executive Power and the Demise of Rule of Law, by Ryan Alford
(McGill-Queens UP, 2017): indexing
Home and Away: The Place of the Child Writer (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016), a collection of essays: ed. and Introduction by David Owen and Lesley Peterson: developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, indexing
Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order, by Shawna Ferris (U of Alberta P, 2016):
The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R, by Ernest Zimmermann, ed. Michel S. Beaulieu and David K. Ratz (U of Alberta P, 2016): structural editing, stylistic editing, copyediting