Editing

Literary & Scholarly

Editing is an empathetic act. My goal is to guide authors deeper into their work, so they can realize their vision and share it with the public. I gravitate to authors who are passionate and open, committed to the transformative, often transgressive, power of storytelling.

“A truly great editor will help the writer to become the best possible version of him or herself and free the writer to do their best work. Susan is a writer-editor who understands the importance of a mutually respectful editor / writer relationship. From the beginning I felt that she understood me at rare level and with that came safety in both making myself vulnerable and in taking my writing to the next level. Susan is pure joy to work with. She is engaged, professional, and skilful. She respects both writer and writing and her mentorship and editing skills are unsurpassed. Working with Susan Scott has been a profound and liberating experience.”–Lindy Mechefske, author of Sir John’s Table

The New QuarterlyCanadian Writers & Writing (TNQ) has long been one of the country’s leading cultural magazines. TNQ writers regularly win the country’s most prestigious prizes: The Giller, Governor-General’s Awards, the Journey Prize, the Rooke-Metcalf Award and National Magazine Awards.

I was first published in TNQ in 2003 and in 2005 I joined the governing board, moving to editorial (fiction) in 2008. In 2012, I became the lead nonfiction editor, responsible for curating several features, including the popular Soundings, that features innovations in spiritual memoir. TNQ nonfiction highlights critical issues in creative writing and the glorious peculiarities of the writing life. If you have a manuscript (or a pitch for one), please consider TNQ (tnq.ca).

And to scholars:

Scholarship that is engaging, cogent and well-argued is a joy to read. It’s also an increasingly rare find. I work with humanities and social science authors who want to reach interdisciplinary audiences and educated readers through distinguished presses such as Oxford. Sample projects include:

Gender, Nation and Religion in European Pilgrimage, Willy Jansen and Catrien Notermans (Ashgate 2012).

Ritual, Media and Conflict, Ronald L. Grimes, Ute Huesken, Udo Simons and Eric Venbrux (Oxford Ritual Studies Series, 2011).

Negotiating Rites, Ute Huesken and Frank Neubert (Oxford Ritual Studies Series, 2010).

Please contact me at susanlorrainescott@gmail.com if you have a project you would like to discuss. ESL authors welcome.