I'm Erin Parker—a lifelong voracious reader who's gone pro.
As an editor with extensive literary training and over four years of freelance and in-house publishing experience, combined, I take great pleasure in collaborating with clients to develop and refine their fiction and non-fiction books for traditional and self-publishing.
I have a BA (Western), MA (Western), and PhD in English Literature (Toronto) and have taught several undergraduate literature courses at the University of Toronto. This educational background has given me a comprehensive appreciation of literary traditions, genres, and techniques, as well as deep empathy for other writers. I know firsthand how much passion and grit are needed to tackle long writing projects and all the revising that is required to transform a rough draft into a polished book. I have also taken several courses through Ryerson's Publishing Program, including "Trade Publishing," "Copy Editing," and "Editing Books for Children and Teens," and honed my editorial skills by completing three internships at HarperCollins Canada and Penguin Random House Canada, with whom I have since worked on contract and as a freelancer. Other clients include Page Two Strategies, Harlequin, House of Anansi, and many independent authors.
In 2015, I moved from the Toronto suburbs to the Vancouver suburbs with my husband and our spoiled border collie mutt, Zoe. When I'm not editing or reading, I can usually be found watching hockey, playing board games (current favourites include Paperback, Burgle Bros., Pressure Cooker, and Codenames), attempting to hike, or volunteering for the BC branch of Editors Canada, most recently as co-chair of its professional development committee (2016–2018).
These days I'm also busy getting ready for our new baby! I'm currently on maternity leave but will be editing again in January 2019. I'd love to hear about your project and help you determine your editorial needs then. In the meantime, here are some fantastic resources and a detailed description of my services. Thanks for your patience. I hope we get a chance to work together soon!