Who needs a freelance editor? Everyone.

Every project is different — your content, design, audience, medium, schedule, and budget have unique editing needs. But all publications share one thing: the need to communicate clearly, correctly, and effectively.

Let’s make your work better.


Who is Edits Approved?

I’m Carmen Siu, a Toronto freelance editor (and proud Certified Proofreader and Certified Copy Editor) with a passion for quality and a knack for delivering on time and on budget.

I believe that superior editing is completely invisible. A smooth read makes your message clear.

There are lots of automated spelling and grammar checking tools out there. So why hire a human editor?

I’m here to help

When you work with a real editor, you’re gaining an ally. Editors use their best judgment to strike that balance: helping you say what you want to say and making it clear, correct, and compelling for your readers. I put my knowledge, and my curiosity, into everything I edit.

I’m certified

I’m proud to have earned my Certified Proofreader designation in 2015 and my Certified Copy Editor designation in 2019. Certification from Editors Canada is the gold standard of editing — it identifies editors who are masters of their craft.

I’m a member of Editors Canada

I am a member of Editors Canada, and I volunteer there on a regular basis. I have editorial training from Ryerson University and Editors Canada, and I am a graduate of Western University.

Toronto freelance editor Carmen Siu is a member of Editors Canada.


What I edit

My editing experience includes the media and subjects below. However, I love learning new things — so don’t hesitate to contact me if your project isn’t listed here.

Media that I edit

  • annual reports and other investor relations materials
  • corporate social responsibility reports
  • websites
  • blog posts
  • magazines
  • advertising and general business materials
  • books and e-books
  • textbooks and learning materials
  • catalogues

    Subjects that I edit

  • business, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, environmental stewardship, governance, health and safety, human resources
  • financial services, investment, banking, insurance, pension funds
  • energy, electricity, utilities
  • natural resources, mining, minerals
  • real estate, housing, construction
  • education, private schools, summer camps
  • food and beverage
  • lifestyle, retirement
  • autobiography and memoirs


Get the editing services you need

Word doc or PDF? Print or digital? Did you know that different file formats, and different types of publications, have unique editing requirements? I use editorial best practices and up-to-date tools to ensure that your file gets the edit it deserves.

Types of editing services

I provide stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading services, as outlined by the Editors’ Association of Canada. Additionally, I offer desktop publishing services for a wide variety of materials.

Please note that the accompanying table is a general guideline. I am happy to assess your working file and can discuss editorial needs and recommendations on a case-by-case basis before work begins.

Stylistic editing

Editing to clarify meaning, ensure coherence and flow, and refine the language. It includes:

  • eliminating jargon, clichés, and euphemisms
  • establishing or maintaining the language level appropriate for the intended audience, medium, and purpose
  • adjusting the length and structure of sentences and paragraphs
  • establishing or maintaining tone, mood, style, and authorial voice or level of formality

Copy editing

Editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness. It includes:

  • editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
  • checking for consistency and continuity of mechanics and facts, including anachronisms, character names, and relationships
  • editing tables, figures, and lists
  • notifying designers of any unusual production requirements
  • developing a style sheet or following one that is provided
  • correcting or querying general information that should be checked for accuracy


Examining material after layout or in its final format to correct errors in textual and visual elements. It includes:

  • checking typeset proofs against original manuscript to ensure copy capture
  • checking accuracy of page elements, including running heads and folios, chapter/section numbers, and headings
  • checking page breaks and location of art
  • checking page numbers in table of contents and cross-references
  • flagging grievous errors in spelling or grammar
  • checking page corrections against mark-up, if applicable

Desktop publishing

  • design and file formatting for print or electronic distribution, including PDF, EPUB, e-newsletters, websites, and blogs


What my clients are saying

My clients include design communications agencies, publishing companies, trade associations, and coaches and consultants.

I am proud to help my clients deliver their messages clearly and correctly. Here’s what they have to say about my work.

I recommend her to anyone

Editor testimonial from The Works Design Communications.

Carmen Siu has done extensive investor relations proofreading on a freelance basis for more than eight years, during which time she has never missed a deadline. She is often the first reader on a manuscript and as such must be thorough and consistent in her markup. Her queries for authors are clear and helpful. She has a strong command of English grammar and reliably cross-checks with previous reports and style guides. I recommend her to anyone requiring time-sensitive copy editing or proofreading for their financial and sustainability reporting.

Kathy Sauder, Lead Proofreader

Whatever level of editing our clients need

Proofreading testimonial from Gravity Inc.

Carmen has been our editor on numerous client projects, from reports to investor relations materials. Responsive and easy to work with, she’s able to provide whatever level of editing our clients need, whether it’s a high-level read for logic, tone, and flow, or checking those tiny (but critical) details that make the finished piece professional and credible.

Wendy Gray, Founder and Creative Director

She advocates for the reader

Proofreader testimonial from Parcel Design.

Our design studio is focused on creating engaging branded content, and quality copy is an essential part of any brand story. Carmen is quick to immerse herself in our clients’ brand vision. She corrects errors and inconsistencies based on brand style, and advocates for the reader where text needs finessing for word choice or clarity. In today’s knowledge economy, it’s never been more important to work with an editor who cares as much about your content as you do.

Erin Brand, Partner

I can’t say enough about her professionalism

Client testimonial for Edits Approved from Better Builder Magazine.

As a busy small-business owner and magazine publisher, I can’t say enough about Carmen’s level of professionalism, responsiveness, and creative input into Better Builder magazine. Her contributions to Better Builder over the years have helped it to be vital to builder education and made the magazine a great read.

John Godden, Publisher

Her edits make the final magazine a better product

Editing testimonial from Our Kids Media.

Carmen edits a suite of lifestyle magazines for us each year. Our magazines always have numerous contributors with different writing styles, and a lot of visual elements, so it’s important that a proofreader pays attention to everything on the page. We are confident that her edits help make the final magazine a better product.

Wonderful to work with

Carmen Siu is a skilled designer – she is both creative and meticulous. She brings energy and enthusiasm to every project, and is wonderful to work with. Always cheerful and flexible, she works closely with editorial colleagues to ensure a professional product that is both attractive and informative.

Anne Louise Mahoney, Certified Professional Editor (former President, Editors' Association of Canada)


Get in touch

I would love to hear about your next project. For an estimate, please include the following information:

  • word count
  • final document type (report, magazine, book, website, etc.)
  • description of service required
  • expected file available date and file due date