Nadine Ryan 

Editing and Consulting


I have ten years of experience writing and editing, primarily in a university setting. I began editing for peers in school and business while completing my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Anthropology, at York University in Toronto. Since graduating in 2018 I have shifted this practice into freelance work. Over the years, I have developed my skill through my own experience writing, presenting, and publishing ethnographic projects, and in working as an Editor for Contingent Horizons: The York University Student Journal of Anthropology (Volumes 4 and 5). 


I approach editing from the perspective of collaboration, offering guidance in the development of various projects in terms of style, content, and message. I work with each author to determine their personal preferences; I can do as much or as little as desired. My clients have included scholars, artists, and business people requiring the skills to edit a wide range of works. I have had the opportunity to work with authors for whom English is their second or third language, and I am enthusiastic about supporting efforts to Indigenize, complicate, and experiment with English language conventions. In this respect, I am guided by Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera, Daniel Heath Justice's Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, and Gregory Younging's Elements of Indigenous Style. Furthermore, being an affiliate of the shíshálh Nation in B.C. and working remotely in Toronto ON, I am grateful to the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Anishinaabe who have shared their ceremonies with me and continue to host me on their traditional lands

A select list of my current and past editorial work is available here.


Types of projects I have experience working on include:

  • Articles and Books

  • Artist and Research Bios and Statements

  • Business Plans, Policies, and Protocols

  • Course Outlines

  • Conference Papers

  • Cover Letters, CVs,  and Resumes 

  • Exhibition and Residency Submissions

  • Grant and Funding Proposals

  • Presentations

  • Project Proposals

  • Teaching Dossiers

  • Theses and Dissertations 

  • Social Media Posts

  • Speeches

I am proud that many of the academic projects I have collaborated on have received awards and award nominations. 


My rate is determined on a project-to-project basis. Please email me to discuss your requirements and goals, and to inquire about a quote.

Below is an outline of the services I offer:


Style and Syntax:

Developmental Editing:



Working line-by-line to primarily address spelling, punctuation, and grammar while also attending to consistency with tense and word-choices.

Focusing on word choice and order, phrasing, and tone and voice. This service also addresses clarity, wordiness, and repetition. This often involves reordering sentences and paragraphs, and advising on, or revising, language and phrasing.

Providing detailed feedback for the broad scope of the work by focusing on enhancing the work as a whole. Developmental editing addresses larger issues such as structure, theme, scope, narrative, and concept building. In this phase of editing I may make changes and suggestions to improve the structure and development of the work, helping you to layer (or build) your themes and concepts in a cohesive way. This is the most time-consuming and costly phase of editing

Editing for consistency, and conforming your work to specific requirements of presentation, including setting margins, pagination (setting page numbers), tables and illustrations, use of headings and sub-headings, etc. I am familiar with Chicago, APA, and MLA style guides, and I can follow an alternative style guide that you provide access to.

Proofreading is the final phase of editing, reviewing the final draft for consistency and accuracy. This process involves checking for errors and inconsistency in grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as approving the formatting of a final draft.


I work best in layers. Upon first read, I copy-edit and begin editing for and commenting on style and syntax. Therefore, in order to offer guidance and notes on conceptual development and structure, I first read through the entire document and perform a thorough copy-edit. In subsequent readings, I edit for and comment on style, syntax, and development. I then I edit the formatting. And finally, once these steps have been completed, I proofread the entire document.


Quick breakdown in phases:

  1. Copy editing, some light work on style and syntax

  2. Comprehensive style, syntax, and developmental editing

  3. Formatting

  4. Proofreading

Track-Changes and Notes

I like to work with the track-changes function and comment boxes (preferably in a Word document) to edit and make revision suggestions. With developmental editing, I summarize my notes in a separate document called "Editor Notes."


Please inquire if you need instructions on how to work with track-changes.



Time-frames for returning edited documents are determined on a project-to-project basis, depending on your needs and requests, and my availability.


Typically, I require a minimum of 48 hours to return a document.


If you have time constraints and require a quick turnaround, please reach out and we can discuss this possibility and short-notice rates.

Contact Me

Toronto, ON Canada  |  Email:

Thank you.

Wild Rose