a book in my hand and a dog by my side

I have been editing in various capacities most of my life – on literary magazines, for trade publishers, and for academic publishers, and as a mentor to poets and fiction writers at the University of Toronto and Ryerson as well as in the larger community. To find out whether we are a good fit, and to get an estimate on what it will cost to get your work edited, please send me an email including a 1000-word writing sample, as well as the following important information:

1) What kind of manuscript you have written (a one sentence summary of the kind of project it is, and then a couple of paragraphs summarizing the text)

2) The length of your manuscript (in words, not pages)

3) The deadline by which you need the work done

4) Where you hope to submit your work

5) And most importantly, what kind of editing job you require. There are many different kinds of editing, and each takes a different amount of time. Like every editor, I charge on an hourly basis. For a substantive edit, I might only be able to get 1,000 words done in an hour, whereas in a final copy edit I might whiz through 4,000 words. Here is a useful list of the various kinds of editing jobs and how long you can expect them to take, adapted from fellow editor Arlene Prunkl and the EAC:

  • Developmental, substantive, structural editing, rewriting — 250-750 words per hour
  • Heavy to medium copy editing, stylistic editing — 500 to 1000 words per hour
  • Medium to light copy editing, stylistic editing — 1000 to 2000 words per hour
  • Proofreading — 1000-2500 words per hour
  • Manuscript evaluations — 2500-4000 words per hour, plus evaluation report.

When I have that information I will be able to send you an estimate on the job. I will also edit the extract you have sent me, so that you can see what kind of response to expect from me and decide whether I am the right person to work with you.


“Susan Glickman was a dream editor to work with. Always helpful and prompt  with a sensitive ear to the nuances of style. Her many fine suggestions and tweaks gave my book of children’s poems, Rosa Rose, just the kind of elegant final going over it really needed. Highly recommended.”  – Robert Priest

More references will be posted soon. Meanwhile, here is a list of some of the academic books I’ve edited.


Missing Link: The Evolution of Metaphor and the Metaphor of Evolution, by Jeffrey Donaldson, 2015

Maps and Memes: Redrawing Culture, Place, and Identity in Indigenous Communities, by Gwilym Lucas Eades, 2015

You’re Not Dead until You’re Forgotten: John Dunning, A Memoir, with Bill Brownstein, 2014.

David Lodge and the Tradition of the Modern Novel by J. Russell Perkin, 2014.

Magda and André Trocmé: Resistance Figures, Ed.Pierre Boismorand, trans. Jo-Anne Elder, Intr. Michael Bess, 2014.

The Birth of the New Criticism: Conflict and Conciliation in the Early Work of William Empson, I.A. Richards, Laura Riding and Robert Graves, by Donald J. Childs, 2013

In Time: Short Poems, Long Poems, and the Rhetoric of North American Avant-Gardism, 1963-2008, edited by J. Mark Smith, 2013.

Garden Plots: Canadian Women Writers and Their Literary Gardens, by Shelley Boyd, 2013.

Democracy’s Angels: The Work of Women Teachers in Toronto and Vancouver, 1945-1960, by Kristina R Llewellyn, 2012

Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities, edited by Sherrill Grace, Patrick Imbert, and Tiffany Johnstone, 2012      

Four Historical Definitions of Architecture, by Stephen Parcell, 2012

Rediscovering Reverence: The Meaning of Faith in a Secular World, by Ralph Heintzman, 2011

Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, the Grandmother I Thought I Knew, by Maria Meindl, 2011 (Winner Alison Prentice Award for women’s history, 2011)

Georges and Pauline Vanier: Portrait of a Couple, by Mary Frances Coady, 2011

Picturing the Land: Narrating Territories in Canadian Landscape Art, 1500-1950, by Marylin J. McKay, 2011.

Working Without Commitments: The Health Effects of Precarious Employment, by Wayne Lewchuk, Marlea Clarke, and Alice de Wolff, 2011

The Empire Within: Postcolonial Thought and Political Activism in Sixties Montreal, by Sean Mills, 2010    (Winner First Book Prize Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards 2010; Shortlisted Sir John A. Macdonald Prize Canadian Historical Association, 2011)

Marian and the Major: Marian Engel’s “Elizabeth and the Golden City,” edited by Christl Verduyn, 2010

Romantic Ecologies and Colonial Cultures in the British-Atlantic World 1770-1850, by Kevin Hutchings, 2009.

Woman’s Songs in Ancient Greece, by Anne L. Klinck, 2008

The Geography of Aging: Preparing Communities for the Surge in Seniors, by Gerald Hodge, 2008

Mr Charlotte Bronte: The Life of Arthur Bell Nicholls, by Alan H. Adamson, 2008


Also, here’s an article I wrote for an online blog that might be of interest:

“Editing the First Time Novelist,” The Editors’ Weekly (January 28) http://blog.editors.ca/2014/01/editing-the-first-time-novelist/


(click on the blue titles to read the relevant articles)

2015   “Cauliflower and Taxidermy,” Quill and Quire (June 2015),  42.

               “In My Opinion,” The Editors’ Weekly, (March 17) http://blog.editors.ca/?p=2648

            “Artful Flight,” The Editors’ Weekly, (February 3) http://blog.editors.ca/2015/02/facts-and-fiction-artful-flight/

2014 “What Does It Take to Start Freelancing?” The Editors’ Weekly (April 8)  http://blog.editors.ca/2014/04/what-does-it-take-to-start-


           “Editing the First Time Novelist,” The Editors’ Weekly (January 28) http://blog.editors.ca/2014/01/editing-the-first-time-novelist/

2009  “A Precise Woman,” in How Poems Work at Arc Magazine online.

2008 Angels, Not Polarities: Poetry and Prose in the Work of Bronwen Wallace, presented at the Common Magic Conference at Queen’s University, March 8, 2008.

2005 Obituary for Sheldon Zitner, Books in Canada (June 2005), 34.

           “The Better Mother,Maisonneuve (June-July 2005), 14-19.

2004 Found Money,” Maisonneuve (December 2004),14. To be reprinted in Slice Me Some Truth: An Anthology of Canadian Creative Non-                Fiction, ed. Zoe Landale and Luanne Armstrong, Toronto:  Wolsak and Wynne, 2011.

           “Why does a poet start writing fiction? Books in Canada (September 2004), 37-8.

2002 My Life with Northrop Frye,” Books in Canada (September 2002), 39-40.

1999 The Violin in History: A Preface to The Violin Lover,Brick 63 (Fall 1999), 27.

1998 Review of Gary Geddes’ Active Trading: Selected Poems 1970-1999, The Journal of Canadian Poetry 11 (1996), 91-4.

1994 Review of Michael Ondaatje’s The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems, The Journal of Canadian Poetry 8 (1993), 85-91.

1991 “The Waxing and Waning of Susanna Moodie’s ‘Enthusiasm’,”Canadian Literature 130 (1991), 7-26.

         “Speaking in Tongues: The Poetry of Erin Mouré,” Essays on Canadian Writing 43 (1991), 133-43

         Review of new editions of Oliver Goldsmith’s The Rising Village and Standish O’Grady’s The Emigrant, The University of Toronto      

         Quarterly 61 (1991), 152-5.

         Review of Peter Dale Scott’s Coming to Jakarta, The Journal of Canadian Poetry 8 (1993), 113-21.

1990 “Canadian Prospects: Abram’s Plains in Context,” The University of Toronto Quarterly 59 (1990), 498-515.

          “On the Line, Poetry Canada Review 11#13 (1990), 8-11.

           “Praising ‘ the form before form,'” (review of Patrick Lane’s Winter. Event 19 #3 (1990), 119-2.

           “A Note on Teaching Poetry,” Event 19 #1 (1990), 13-14.

           “Distance and Desire: Two Versions,” (review of Don Coles’ K. in Love and David Solway’s Modern Marriage). Essays on Canadian            

           Writing 40 (1990), 147-52.

1989 “Dictionnaire des Idées Reçues au sujet de littérature Canadienne-anglaise, Poetry Canada Review 10#2 (1989), 23.

          Review of Paulette Jiles’ The Jesse James Poems in Canadian Literature 122-3 (1989), 148-50.

          “Afterword,” to Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie, New Canadian Library .Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1989, 535-45.

          “Roberts as an Editor: Shelley’s ‘Adonais and Alastor,'” Canadian Poetry 25 (1989), 56-65.

           “Carman’s ‘Shelley’ and Roberts’ ‘Ave,’ Canadian Poetry 24 (1989), 20-8.

1988 “Driving Home with John Newlove,” Essays on Canadian Writing. 36 (1988), 95-109.

           “Second Person Impersonal, Quarry 37#4 (1988), 77-86.

           “The Ring and the Book: Fact and Fiction in Canadian Poetry,” Event 17#3 (1988), 105-9.

            Review of Ralph Gustafson’s Winter Prophecies and Plummets and Other Partialities. Books in Canada (1988), 29-30.

1987 “Proceeding Before the Amorous Invisible: Phyllis Webb and the Ghazal,” Canadian Literature 115 (1987), 48-65.

           “All in War with Time’: The Poetry of Don Coles,” Essays on Canadian Writing 35 (1987), 156-70.

            Review of Gwendolyn MacEwen’s Afterworlds, Books in Canada (1987), 26 .Rpt.Contemporary Literary Criticism, Detroit: Gale, 1990.

             Review of Nadine McInnis’s Shaking the Dreamland Tree and Lianne Heller’s Who’s to Say? Poetry Canada Review 8#4 (1987).

             Review of Diana Hartog’s Candy from Strangers, Poetry Canada Review 8#2-3 (1987), 42-3.

1986 “Indirection: Truth to Life in Fiction,” Poetry Canada Review. 7#4 (1986), 28.

           Review of Miodrag Pavlovic’s A Voice Locked in Stone, Poetry Canada Review 7#4 (1986), 36-7.

           “From ‘Philoctetes on the Island’ to ‘Tin Roof’: The Emerging Myth of Michael Ondaatje,” Spider Blues: Essays on Michael Ondaatje, ed.               Sam Solecki, Montreal: Véhicule, 1986, 70-81.

           “On Finding Oneself in Mexico,” Brick. 28 (1986), 47-9.

           Review of Anne Szumigalski’s INSTAR, Poetry Canada Review 8#1 (1986), 31-2.

1985 Review of Robyn Sarah’s Anyone Skating on that Middle Ground, Poetry Canada Review 7#2 (1985-6), 38-9.

1983 “The World as Will and Idea: A Comparative Study of An American Dream and Mr. Sammler’s Planet,” Modern Fiction Studies 28 (1982-             3); 569-82, rpt. Saul Bellow in the 1980s: A Collection of Critical Essays, eds. G.L. Cronin and L.H. Goldman, Ann Arbor: Michigan State            University Press, 1989, 209- 21.

1981 “Seduction and Betrayal at the RestWay Motel: Kent Thompson’s Shacking Up, Waves 9 (1981), 89-92.


Being Alive ed. Neil Astley, London: Bloodaxe, 2004.

Poetry International 7-8: English Language Poetry from Around the World, San Diego: San Diego State UP, 2004.

The Norton Introduction to Poetry, 6th ed., New York: W.W. Norton, 1997.

Contre-Tailles: Poèmes choisis de vingt-cinq auteurs canadiens anglais, trans. Pierre DesRuisseaux, Montréal: les editions Triptyque, 1996.

The Signal Anthology, ed. Michael Harris, Montréal: Véhicule Press, 1993.

Sudden Miracles: Writings by Eight Women Poets, ed. Rhea Tregebov, Toronto: Second Story Press, 1991.

Companeros: An Anthology of Writings about Latin America, eds. Gary Geddes and Hugh Hazleton, Dunvegan, Ontario: Cormorant, 1990.

Frictions: Short Fiction by Canadian Women, ed. Rhea Tregebov, Toronto: Second Story Press, 1989

Canadian Women Poets, ed. Rosemary Sullivan, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Celebrating Canadian Women Writers, ed. Greta Hoffman Nemeroff, Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1989.

Anything is Possible: A Selection of Eleven Women Poets, ed. Mary di Michele, Oakville, Ontario: Mosaic, 1984.