|based in Berlin, Germany, though I edit internationally
I'm Tristen, an editor of fiction, memoir and arts-related non-fiction. Let me be the fresh eyes and creative collaborator that can help you to tell your story the way you want it told.
I am a line-editor, copyeditor, and developmental editor based in Berlin. I have been working as an editor in various capacities for over 25 years. I am also a filmmaker and musician, and I approach my work from a creative perspective, whether it be within problem solving, writing, or handling the words of others. I have always been fascinated with the written word and was the only kid in my class who enjoyed English grammar lessons (Oh comma, how you thrill me!). Coming originally from Toronto, Canada, it has been possible for me to move between British- and American-English styles, as Canadian style incorporates elements of both.
Copyediting, Line editing, Americanising, Developmental/substantive editing, Plain/clear English
Editing text translated into English or written by writers of non-English origin
Specialised knowledge in music, film and the arts
Fiction (genre, speculative, scifi, fantasy, horror, humour, historical, thriller, popular, erotic, juvenile, young adult)
Music (contemporary, pop, rock, jazz, blues, punk, experimental, dance, electronic, musicology)
Personal development (self-help/popular psychology)
Various independent authors
Modern Times Review magazine
UFZ Center for Environmental Research
Musikinstrumenten-Museum (SIM PK)
Training and Qualifications
Switching to Fiction | Louise Harnby
How to Write the Perfect Fiction Editorial Report | Louise Harnby
The Art of Querying | CIEP
Introduction to Fiction Editing | CIEP
Efficient Editing webinar | CIEP
Editing with Word | CIEP
Copyediting Headway | SfEP
Intro to Copyediting | SfEP
Intro to Proofreading | SfEP
Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute for Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), UK | 2022
BFA, Film and Video Production, specialisation in Editing | York University, Toronto, Canada
I was very pleased with Tristen´s attention to detail and professionalism during her editing of my new historical novel Desperate Valour. Of equal importance, she understood my genre and the need to balance two-hundred-year-old dialogues and culture while making the book appealing for modern readers. She was in regular contact with me, asking questions to strengthen the text.
Timothy Ashby, PhD, JD, MBA · Author · Florida, USA
Tristen’s corrections are the most detailed ones I have ever seen. I’ve also learned a lot from her comments.
Anita Jóri · Author · Berlin, Germany
Tristen’s thorough and diligent work improved this book very much! Her commitment to this project, in combination with very good communication, made this a fine publication.
Dr. Benedikt Brilmayer · Research Associate, Musikinstrumenten-Museum (SIM PK) · Author · Berlin, Germany
I loved working with her the most because of her great respect for others and her willingness to cooperate in solving some demanding tasks. Very kind and generous personality, with words and deeds.
Marija Zdravkovic · Painter and Designer, Modern Times Review · Belgrade, Serbia
Tristen is an incredibly responsible and professional editor who made the editing process stress-free and easy. Her attention to detail and commitment to meeting deadlines is impressive.
Mayya Geo · Designer and Writer · Berlin, Germany