Rachel Small

Advanced Professional Member
Location Calgary, Canada
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Website rachelsmallediting.com
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Copy-editing, proofreading, developmental/substantive editing, plain/clear English, rewriting, Americanizing, writing


Books, company literature, illustrated books, websites/blogs


I've owned my editing company since 2010


  • Autobiography/biography/memoir
  • Business (annual reports, financial statements)
  • English literature
  • Environment/energy
  • Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Finance
  • Fitness/health
  • Historical fiction
  • Food and drink
  • Language
  • Literary fiction
  • Music
  • Personal development
  • Philosophy
  • Popular fiction
  • Religious studies/theology
  • Romance
  • Sports
  • Tourism/travel
  • Women's fiction
  • YA fiction


BA English, various courses in Ryerson University's Certificate in Publishing


I've been the beneficiary of Rachel’s ongoing editing for over two years. My business book is essentially a collection of short stories, which means that Rachel has been able to edit it story by story as I’ve completed each one.

In my case, “editing” means the unenviable task of not only correcting my grammar and syntax, but also culling my verbosity. The excellence with which she achieves this speaks to her capabilities as an editor. After each edit I glow with pride as a cabinet maker might after an expert has polished his latest creation to give it the finish he couldn’t quite achieve himself.

Without doubt, the fact that this book is finally nearing completion is in no small measure due to Rachel’s editing skills, patience, and professionalism. I definitely couldn’t have done it without her.

Michael Best

Rachel’s talent for editing and keen attention to detail were apparent as she polished our annual reports. She is able to craft messages that reflect an organization’s overall vision, and I highly recommend her services to anyone looking to create professional documents for a variety of readers.

Michelle Preston

I highly recommend the editorial services of Rachel Small. I have referred several authors to Rachel and always receive positive reports back from them of Rachel’s professionalism, reliability, and the accurate eye she brings to all of her editing.

Susan Toy

A consummate professional, Rachel stepped in towards the final stages of the Boy Moscow project. Her masterful approach, meticulous sifting through text, and creative examination of content has enhanced and added immense value to the project. For anyone who is in doubt about signing off on a project, I highly recommend using Rachel to apply the sheen and boost your confidence.

– Kevin-Paul Scarrott
Boy Moscow
ISBN 9781784659417 (paperback)
ISBN coming soon (hardcover)

Rachel Small is a treasure. Her proofreading work on my guidance documentation and web copy was spot-on, and she was always friendly and approachable while ensuring clarity, accuracy and consistency. Even editors need fresh eyes on the words they write, and Rachel’s insightful suggestions and tactful comments made the process a joy. I highly, highly recommend her!

Maya Berger

As a novice writer, I searched for an editor who possessed both professional skills and outstanding personal qualities. Rachel exceeded my expectations. She was fast, yet she did not miss anything. Her knowledge, experience, and insight shone. And she provided her service with sincere interest and support. Before we began, she listened to my concerns and gathered information about my goals and style. She is a thoughtful, warm, and patient person – someone I felt an immediate bond with. I look forward to working with her on future projects!

Beverly Holliday 

For more testimonials, please see my Reedsy profile: https://reedsy.com/rachel-small