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Services below are provided by individual members of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) or by small businesses run by WFNS members. Services, rates, timelines, and other contractual matters must be arranged directly with the service providers and cannot be negotiated, vetted, or mediated by WFNS.

To submit a listing, please contact communications@writers.ns.ca with the subject line “Service Directory.”

Hybrid Publishing

Hybrid publishers provide fee-based services to writers pursuing self-publishing options. We encourage all hybrid publishers, and those seeking hybrid publishing services, to familiarize themselves with the Independent Book Publishers Association’s standards for professional hybrid publishing.

OC Publishing (Halifax, NS) was established in 2016 by award-winning author Anne Louise O’Connell, who mentors new authors through the writing and editing process, guides them through the publishing process, and assists in the development of an author platform. We provide support to authors from story concept and plot development, through several phases of editing, followed by professional layout and design, and finally a published book (both print and ebook formats as well as hard cover for children’s books), and set up for printing and distribution. Genres published include women’s fiction, mystery, historical fiction, memoirs, YA, first readers, and children’s picture books. OC Publishing also offers self-publishing coaching and conducts an annual in-residence writing retreat every October.

Somewhat Grumpy Press (Halifax, NS) is a new (2020) and very small hybrid publisher. We offer a range of services to assist independent authors, from editing to obtaining an ISBN to preparing and uploading your files for eBook and print distribution.

Book Design

Anne Camozzi (Antigonish, NS) offers licensing of art for book design. Anne’s art reproduces well in many forms and has been used in calendars, websites, magazine covers and cards. Think about original art for your book: licensing fees are reasonable and based on the print run of the book and how art is used. Check out Anne’s website galleries to see some of the art available for licensing. Please contact the studio if you are looking for something you don’t see on the website.

Ron McDougall is a print and digital design professional with over 25 years’ experience. For new and established writers, he can provide book design, website design, and trailer production—everything you need to successfully launch your writing into the world. Ron has designed for companies large and small, international and local, including: Scotiabank, Chrysler, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Nova Scotia Organics, and John Walker Productions. His work in publishing included several years as Art Director for optimyz magazine, in addition to cover design for Breton Books and Victus Publishing. Past work can be viewed at hmdesign.ca.

Andy Verboom (Halifax, NS) can usher your final manuscript into print, offering innovative book & cover design, printing management & e-book production, and virtual book launch support. If your book needs a little polish, then project consultation, substantive editing, and technical editing are also available. Andy has over 10 years’ experience in communications (in STEM, business, and arts fields) and 5 years’ experience in print and digital publishing. He is the editor & publisher of Collusion Books and the co-editor of long con magazine. Please direct all inquiries to verboom.ac@gmail.com.

Events & Publicity

Nicola Davison is an author and photographer based in Dartmouth, NS. She loves doing portraits of writers through her company Snickerdoodle Photography. Have a look at the headshot page and spot the local authors and creators among them. All WFNS members receive 25% off sessions. 

Stephanie Domet‘s Tiny Empire Writing Workshop (Halifax, NS) is a place for young writers to learn and hone creative writing skills through discussion, writing exercises, reading their work aloud, and giving and receiving thoughtful feedback. In this workshop, effort and kindness count, but spelling does not. Taught by award-winning lifelong writer Stephanie Domet in her home in central Halifax. Workshop terms last eight weeks, and are priced at $200 per child. New sessions starting in January, for writers ages 8-17.

Editing

Georgia Atkin (Halifax, NS) offers copy editing and stylistic editing for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her training includes courses from Ryerson University’s publishing program. She is a past recipient of the WFNS Joyce Barkhouse Writing for Children prize, and since 2014, she has volunteered as editor for local Halifax poetry publication Open Heart Forgery.

Valerie Compton (Halifax, NS) edits fiction and narrative nonfiction. She works with new and established writers. Services include: substantive editing, line editing, copyediting, and mentoring. Editing is tailored to the needs of the manuscript and writer. Occasionally, Valerie leads workshops in self-editing for fiction writers. Experience: Valerie Compton is author of the novel Tide Road, a finalist for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her short fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, and many other publications. She began as a book reviewer in 1991 and has worked as an independent editor, mentor, and workshop leader since 2005. Her training includes copyediting (Ryerson), page design (NSCAD), and fiction writing (UBC, Humber College, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference).

Rachel Cooper (Canning, NS) works closely with her clients to ensure they get the best value for her services within their budget. She edits fiction (including for children), narrative non-fiction, reports, speaking notes, and website copy. She offers critiques as well as substantive editing, stylistic editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Experience: Before becoming a freelance writer and editor 20+ years ago, Rachel was managing editor for a family of trade magazines in Cambridge, England. And before that, she was an editorial assistant who learned the art of shaping words. Please see her website for details.

Tim Covell (Halifax, NS) offers copy editing, structural editing, manuscript evaluation, reference checking, and formatting. He has edited academic books, cozy mysteries, and a YA novel, as well as several academic articles and book chapters. He works as a technical writer, and has published poetry, short fiction, essays, and academic articles. Tim also offers website design, upgrading, and tutoring, using WordPress. He has assisted several local authors update and expand their WordPress sites.

Annick MacAskill (Halifax, NS) offers bilingual (English and French) copyediting and proofreading services, as well as substantive editing for poetry and creative non-fiction.

Angela Mombourquette (Halifax, NS) offers substantive editing on feature-length works of non-fiction. Experience: Master of Journalism, University of King’s College, 2015.  Editor, Atlantic Books Today, 2013-2014. Associate Editor, Saltscapes (also Good Taste, Living Healthy, Food & Travel), 2010-2013.

donalee Moulton (Halifax, NS) is a professional editor/copy editor and writer/journalist. She has developed numerous award-winning communications plans and marketing strategies, and she can help you build a website, plan an awards night or media event, and develop all the online and print materials you need to make your project a success. donalee is a successful teacher/trainer and regularly teaches writing, editing, grammar, punctuation and media relations courses.

Pat Thomas (Hubbards, NS) has been a book editor for fifteen years. She offers editing on three levels: substantive, copy editing and proofreading – as well as formatting for print. Most of her edits apply all three levels to series fiction for multi-published authors or books of interest locally. Genres she’s comfortable with include historical, contemporary fiction and romance, paranormal, creative non-fiction, short stories, YA fiction and fantasy, anthologies, sagas, picture books, poetry and spoken-word poetry-to-print. Pat also does cover and interior design work. See her website for details.

Marianne Ward (Dartmouth, NS) is a sensitive, supportive, enthusiastic professional editor who is committed to helping writers present their best work. She specializes in book-length manuscripts and has a particular interest in historical, middle-grade, and YA fiction but also enjoys memoir and non-fiction. She provides the full range of editing services–from manuscript assessment to substantive editing, copy-editing, and proofreading–and has assisted clients with successful submissions to publishers. Client testimonials and more information are available on her website: marianneward.ca.

Andrew Wetmore (Clementsport, NS) provides proofreading, editing, and copy-editing services for fiction and non-fiction authors, journalists, and playwrights/screenwriters. He enjoys helping authors get the distractions out of their texts so what they want to say gets to the reader clearly and with power. Experience: Wetmore has decades of experience as an editor, both freelance and for publishing houses and newspapers. He spent much of the past 15 years as part of, or leading, technical documentation teams for software firms.

Hui Zhou (Hammonds Plains, NS) a freelance writer (Mandarin Chinese/English), translator and interpreter. She is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) and a member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Nova Scotia (ATINS). Her translation/interpretation services cover fields including legal, community/immigration, education, business, natural science and literature (non-fiction/fiction books, essays, news, and stories).

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