|Carla DeSantis, Editor/Indexer|
|Carla DeSantis Editing & Language Services|
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Experienced editor specializing in scholarly and academic materials (Humanities, Social Sciences, Business), including copy, stylistic, and structural editing; back-of-book indexing; complex documentation; multilingual texts; source and citation formatting; and research proposals. In addition, I myself am a published author with experience in managing a project from research and writing to editing, indexing, and proofhandling.
My advanced linguistic training in several languages makes me attuned in a unique way to correct expression in English. I am fluent in English and Italian, have professional proficiency in Spanish and Latin, and a reading knowledge of French, Ancient Greek, and German. I offer editing services for English texts containing those languages and translating services from Italian, Spanish, and Latin into English.
As a PhD, I am a trained scholarly researcher whose skills, developed through managing lengthy and complex research and writing projects (e.g. critical assessment and analysis of sources; organization of large amounts of information; documentation; project management and timelines), can be applied to a varied range of fields and disciplines. In addition to my freelance scholarly publishing work, I have taught university-level language courses (Latin), taught Italian language privately, and have held research positions.
- Stylistic editing
- Structural/Substantive editing
- Editing non-native English
Copy-editing Latin, Italian, Spanish, Ancient Greek
Proofreading Latin, Italian, Spanish, Ancient Greek
Translating from Latin, Italian, Spanish into English
Editing of critical apparatus
- Multi-author books
- Government reports
- Grant proposals
- Academic papers and essays
- Conference materials
- Reference materials
Freelance since 2011
2020 Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award, for excellence in indexing
Training /Professional Development
LGBTQIA+ History and Language: What Editorial Professionals Need to Know (Editorial Freelancers Association), 2020
Indexing Arabic Names (American Society for Indexing), 2020
Clear Spanish Text in a Foreign Land: Is It Possible? (Editors Canada), 2020
What the GST? (Editors Canada), 2020
Beyond the Digital Book (Digital Humanities Network), 2019
Ontario Classical Association fall meeting, 2019
SfEP Toronto Mini-Conference, 2019
Money Matters and Mindset workshop (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
- 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
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
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)
"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