Carla DeSantis, PhD

Advanced Professional Member
Location TORONTO, Canada
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Website https://www.carladesantisediting.com/
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Skills

  • Copy-editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Structural/Substantive editing
  • Editing non-native English
  • Indexing
  • Proofreading
  • Anglicizing
  • Americanizing
  • Research

Extra Skills:

Copy-editing Latin, Italian, Spanish, Ancient Greek 

Proofreading Latin, Italian, Spanish, Ancient Greek

Translating from Latin, Italian, Spanish into English

Palaeographical transcription

Editing of critical apparatus

Media

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Multi-author books
  • Magazines
  • Government reports
  • Grant proposals
  • Abstracts
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Bibliographies
  • Conference materials
  • Indexes
  • Reference materials

Experience

Freelance since 2011

Training /Professional Development

Beyond the Digital Book (Digital Humanities Network), 2019

Ontario Classical Association fall meeting, 2019

SfEP Toronto Mini-Conference, 2019

CINDEX indexing software training (Indexing Research), 2019

Indexing Society of Canada conference, 2019

Names, the Challenge of Indexing special session (ISC conference), 2019

Estimating Editorial Costs (Editors Canada), 2018

Microsoft Word Styles (Editors Canada), 2017

Search Engine Optimization (Editors Canada), 2017

Substantive Editing (Editors Canada), 2016

Scholarly Editing (Editors Canada), 2016

Take Your Business to the Next Level workshop (Professional Writers Assoc. of Canada), 2016

Writing & Editing for the Web (Editors Canada), 2015

Stylistic Editing (Editors Canada), 2015

Indexing (Editors Canada), 2015

Freelance Business/Setting Rates (Editors Canada), 2015

Proofreading (Editors Canada), 2013

Copy-editing (Editors Canada), 2013

Graduate-level training in editing medieval manuscripts

Clients

  • University of Toronto Press
  • Collected Works of Erasmus
  • Royal Ontario Museum Publications
  • Journal of West Indian Literature
  • Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Publications
  • University of California Press
  • University of Toronto Research Services
  • Individual clients

Subjects

Classics, antiquity, ancient culture, medieval studies, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Humanism, Romance philology, comparative philology, literature (English, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish), literary criticism, comparative literature, literature in translation, critical editions, poetry, theatre, drama, textual criticism, manuscript studies, palaeography, codicology, hermeneutics, grammar/syntax, linguistics, languages (French, German, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish), dialects, philosophy, archaeology, arts, art history, Europe, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Latin America, Canada, United States, Toronto, religion/religious studies, theology, Bible, Christianity, Catholicism, liturgy, comparative religion, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Muslim studies, Jewish studies, ethics, mythology, grammatical texts, etymology, lexicography, history of book production, bibliography, history (ancient Greek, ancient Roman, church, medieval, Renaissance, European), social sciences, sociology, political science, business, humanities, international relations, translation, cinema/film, music, museum studies, education, teaching, composition, references, style guides, genealogy, parenting, juvenile diabetes, Canadian English, North American English

Qualifications

PhD  Medieval Latin language & literature; minor Romance Philology

MA  Classical Latin language & literature

BA  Classical Latin & Spanish; minor Ancient Greek

SSHRC Doctoral & Postdoctoral Fellowships; Metcalf Postdoctoral Fellowship; Fondazione Ezio Franceschini Research Fellowship (Florence, Italy)

Testimonials

"Editing a large volume and a technical literature needs more than editorial expertise. It takes a lot of patience and also intellectual engagement with the text to be successful. Ms. DeSantis demonstrated all these and showed exceptional commitment and sincere sensitivity to make the text accessible and readable both for experts as well as for the general interested public and policy makers ... In short, her excellent work has made me addicted to her editorial skills and style, and I hardly imagine I will make a second choice when it comes to my next work."     

M.J.A. Mahallati, Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies, Oberlin College     

"There is no doubt that Carla's superb copy-editing skills greatly improved the overall work, and I feel confident in a highly polished finished product. She was pleasant to work with, and always prompt and thorough in correspondence. I hope to have the chance to work with her again in the future."     

Prof. N. Van Deusen, University of Alberta     

"It has indeed been a pleasure to enjoy your thoroughness, obvious proficiency in the several languages used in my text, attention to the smallest detail, and intelligent reading of my text. I cannot recall one single issue on which I disagreed with your suggestions."    

L. Codignola-Bo, Senior Fellow, University of Notre Dame; Adj. Prof., St. Mary's University; Prof. ass., Université de Montréal     

"Ms. DeSantis copy edited a volume of the Collected Works of Erasmus which I edited, translated, and annotated. The volume was a complex one, containing five works relating to Erasmus’ controversies with his Catholic critics. She was able not only to ensure that the style was correct and consistent, but to find and correct many of my errors, working through the texts and notes systematically and meticulously. In the process she made good use of her knowledge of Latin and Greek. I commend most highly her thoroughness and her patient and pleasant attitude to the work."     

Prof. D.L. Drysdall, University of Waikato, NZ     

"Carla edited my book The Drama of the Assimilated Jew. She did an excellent job. She is very precise and detail oriented. She caught many of my own oversights and generally polished the text, making valuable suggestions and always consulting me on changes. I recommend her highly."     

Prof. L. Kroha, McGill University     

"I was pleased with Carla’s structural and copy edit of my nonfiction title Tragedy Is Risk Theatre. One of the things that I am most grateful for is that she preserved my own voice while adding clarity and directness to the manuscript. I am also grateful for her obvious care and patience in reading, analyzing, and restructuring the arguments. One of the qualities of a great editor is patience, and Carla has this quality in the spades. Great work, Carla, and I look forward to working with you again."    

E. Wong, author