tailoring for your voice, your ideas
I'm a Burnaby-based editor with a passion for assisting humanities and social science authors to clearly articulate their ideas. I hold an MA in history from the University of Calgary (2001) and pursued my PhD studies in British imperial history at the University of Illinois, with a research focus on gender and politics in Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and South Asia. I've held adjunct positions at the University of Calgary, the University of Illinois, and at Whitman College (2012-2017).
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As a managing editor for the Journal of Women's History (2006-2007; 2009-2010), a book review editorial assistant for Politics & Gender (2016-2017), and a freelance editor since 2010, I've been fortunate to work with authors from across the humanities and social sciences, including authors located in history, gender and women's studies, politics, sociology, anthropology, literature, health studies, geography, Asian studies, African studies, Jewish studies, and ethnic studies.
I'm an experienced academic editor, writer, and researcher who can help you bring clarity, consistency, structure, and energy to your book, article, dissertation, thesis, and job or graduate school application materials, making your writing flow and highlighting your ideas.
I will draw on my experience as a journal copyeditor, editorial assistant, and managing editor to apply style manuals and guides to ensure continuity and consistency within and between issues. I'll help you, your editors, and your authors prepare clean, print-ready prose and citations. I can also consult with your editorial team to produce or revise your house style guide, documenting the editing practices that define your journal's style and keeping you up to date with changes to various manuals of style.
Faculty and Independent Scholars
I will assist you to produce a polished manuscript before submitting to a press, journal, or book editor, or to revise according to editorial commentary. I will draw on my journal editing background to ensure a consistent style throughout an edited collection. And I will take on the intricacies of checking and applying a consistent style to your citations and bibliography.
I will help you to submit a polished thesis or dissertation by editing for grammar, punctuation, spelling and other mechanics of style, and by identifying issues with structure and clarity. I have experience with a wide range of academic referencing systems and I can also format your document according to your university’s thesis template.
* Your institution may have a policy regarding permissible interventions that an editor can make in your dissertation or thesis. Usually only basic copyediting (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics of style) is permitted (i.e., no structural or stylistic editing). Institutional policies may also require your academic adviser to grant you permission to hire a professional editor. It is in your interest to ask your adviser if your institution has its own policy and to familiarize yourself with the Editors Canada Guidelines for Editing Theses. If your institution does not have a policy, my editing contract with you will be based on the EC Guidelines, which require your academic supervisor's permission for professional editing.
I will work with you to make the information in your book more accessible to your readers. Within the short timeframe your publisher provides, I will analyze your book, understanding its content as well as the relationships between its various parts, and anticipate the needs of your readers in order to create a quality, user-friendly index that provides specific access points to the work's concepts and themes
I will examine the proofs for your book or journal issue to correct for errors in all its textual and visual elements, including consistency and accuracy of design; spelling; style; locations of and captions for art, figures, and tables; and headers and footers.
Correction of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of style
Ensure consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts
Correction of citations
Application of style guides
$40 per hour
Clarify and reorganize for content and structure
Smooth language, syntax, and other non-mechanical line editing issues
Modulate tone and jargon for audience
$50 per hour
Correction of grammar, spelling, punctuation and mechanics of style
Correction of citations
$35 per hour
This rate applies to the very basic level of editing universities and colleges permit on a work for academic credit. Editors Canada guidelines state that "editors should not specify changes beyond simple correction of grammar, idiom, punctuation, spelling, and mechanics, being careful to retain content and overall structure."
Analyze the text
Identify major concepts and themes and the relationships between them
Choose concise terms by which to index concepts and themes
Arrange terms into entries consisting of headings, subheadings, locators, and cross-references
$3.50-6.00 per indexable page
Check for accuracy of design elements; minor mechanical errors (spelling mistakes or deviations from style sheet); and consistency and accuracy of such elements as cross-references, running heads, page numbers, and captions
$30 per hour
Definitions above are consistent with those developed by Editors Canada. All rates listed are in Canadian dollars and are not inclusive of GST/HST. Rush jobs will incur an additional charge of 20%. An email agreement usually suffices, but if you wish to have a formal contract for the editing services required, I will generate one based on the Editors Canada Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement (revised, 2018).
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Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
vol. 11, no. 2 (2019)
Jack Jackson, Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right (UPenn Press, 2019)
vols. 51 - 52 (2018-2019)
vol. 10, no. 1 (2020)
Journal of Olympic Studies
vol. 1, no. 1 (2020)
vol. 87 (2019)
Mormon Studies Review
vols. 6 - 7 (2019 - 2020)
vol. 13, nos. 1-3 (2017)
James Warren did an exceptional job copyediting the most recent issue of our journal. He was professional and courteous in his communications with me and our authors, and his copyedits were clear and thorough. We were very impressed by his flexibility with regards to our timeline and his ability to complete his edits in record time when we faced a tight deadline. We will absolutely reach out to him in the future!
- Lauren Bosc
Managing Editor, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures
I had James as my PhD dissertation editor. I cannot really find enough words to describe James’s professionalism, accuracy, and his insistence on getting no less than perfect work. I deeply admire his hard work, honesty, and dedication to provide the best work on time.
- Ola Kattoura
PhD, Social Work, University of Otago
On recommendation from a colleague, I reached out to James for assistance with a university press book. He edited sections of the book, harmonized the citation style, and provided an index. Put simply, his work is superb. In addition to technical expertise, he brings academic acumen and intellectual depth to a project. Working with James is a genuinely rewarding collaborative process. He replies promptly and thoroughly to inquiries, offers thoughtful advice and guidance, and cares deeply about the work. I look forward to working with James in the future and recommend his services without hesitation.
- Jack Jackson
Assistant Professor of Politics, Whitman College
Author of Law Without Future: Anti-Constitutional Politics and the American Right (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
I hired James to help me work on an ethnographic chapter with lots of moving parts, including stylistic registers that ranged from the poetic, to highly theoretical, to the scientific. He took great care to investigate the larger project, my writing goals, and how to reorganize chunks of writing in a way that built suspense and clarity for the reader. James is a superbly qualified editor who is also a coach. He can open you to your own greatest potential as a writer. James listens and he knows how to craft edits so that your words still feel like your own. He deftly maneuvered the delicate process, tinkering words in sentences and rearranging paragraphs for maximum clarity. Significantly, his pricing was straight forward, and we accomplished what we set out to do within my set budget. Working with James will bring you a sense of relief as he can root out problems in your writing and shed new insight into your project. I highly recommend James Warren’s work to anyone writing a book.
- Eunice Blavascunas
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Whitman College
Author of Foresters, Peasants, and Bark Beetles: The Future of Europe's Last Primeval Forest (Indiana University Press, 2020)
James Warren proofread, copy edited and formatted my PhD thesis in a very professional and responsible manner. He was meticulous in spotting small details, but equally precise in keeping overall consistency of my writing. I was pleased with the short turnaround time for James to send edited parts of my thesis back to me. Throughout the whole process of working on my thesis, James kept me informed about all suggestions and recommendations that he made, and he took time to answer my numerous questions about grammar, style, and formatting. His edits were accompanied by detailed explanations and justifications of changes. Once finished, James offered to assist me further with the same thesis, should I need help with additional corrections. James understands financial constraints that graduate students face, so he sets his fees appropriately to meet students’ needs. I have already recommended James to another graduate student, as I was extremely happy with the quality of his work.
- Dr. Ivona Mladenovic
Senior Lecturer, Simon Fraser University
James was recommended to me by a trusted colleague, and he exceeded my expectations. I needed an editor for a complete book manuscript, fast—within six weeks, the text was to be edited for style, “jargon,” syntax, and structure. We met the deadline, and the book went into production very quickly after that—in other words, James’ work was excellent. As a non-native speaker of English, I appreciated his careful interventions, which managed to smoothen out the language while maintaining my style and bringing out my big and small arguments in much greater clarity. Still today I am immensely grateful for James’ availability and diligence under the time pressure, without his intervention at this critical juncture my first English monograph would not have been as successful as it turned out to be. I highly recommend him.
- Anika Walke
Assistant Professor of History; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and International and Area Studies
Author of Pioneers and Partisans: An Oral History of Nazi Genocide in Belorussia (Oxford University Press, 2015).
When I was appointed as book review editor for a major political science journal, I asked James Warren to assist me in that task. I was delighted when he accepted, and his work surpassed all reasonable expectations. James proved so good at copyediting that he rendered me largely superfluous. Moreover, to keep track of the books we received as well as their status while under review, James created a digital tool that I will be proud to pass on to my successor. Finally, as the principal source of communication with authors who agreed to complete reviews, James was invariably prompt, superbly organized, and meticulous in his attention to detail. His presence is much missed.
- Timothy Kaufman-Osborn
Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership, Whitman College
Book Review Editor, Politics & Gender
An editor who can think at big conceptual scales and sweat the details too is a rare and remarkable find. James Warren has an impressive track record of craft-based editing that ranges from books to journal articles and beyond. During his tenure at the Journal of Women’s History he was a painstaking reader who was deeply sympathetic to the work at hand and invested in bringing clarity and readability to the manuscripts placed in his care. He is fully engaged in the projects he takes on and utterly timely and reliable. Your work is in good hands.
- Antoinette Burton
Swanlund Chair, History, University of Illinois
Editor, Journal of Women's History (2005-2010)
For over two years, while a PhD student at the University of Illinois, James Warren served as the managing editor of the Journal of Women’s History. James’ editorial work on the journal was nothing short of amazing. As co-editors, Antoinette Burton and I worked hard to internationalize the journal’s content and its contributors, which meant lots of submissions from across the globe from authors whose first or even second language was not English. James’ expert editorial hand ranged from word- and sentence-level corrections to substantive content edits to clarify argument and analysis, which he managed while keeping the author’s voice fully in tact. As I’ve come to realize over many years of working with journals and two book series, editorial work is a true craft. James Warren is a masterful practitioner of that craft.
- Jean Allman
J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis
Editor, Journal of Women's History (2005-2010)
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