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“Your first draft is just you telling yourself the story.”

– Terry Pratchett

Welcome and thank you for joining me here. I am Heather Youl, professional editor, copywriter and proofreader located in Vancouver B.C. Canada. As a writer you are looking to communicate your thoughts and messages swiftly and elegantly to your readers; therefore, you require an editor who is capable of detail oriented editing, proofreading and copywriting in a timely manner.

ABOUT ME

When I returned to University for my second degree, one of the first books that was gifted to me was “Everyone’s an Author” by A. Lunsford, M. Brody, L. Ede, B J .Moss, C. Clark Papper and K. Walters. Throughout my time at Simon Fraser University I returned to this resource time and time again, honing my writing, editing and citation skills along the way. It also fed my imagination, desire to write and appreciation for the art that is editing. To this day, this resource sits on my desk reminding me of the humble place where writing begins: with you.

Heather Youl, Editor

After I obtained my BA Environmental Geography, from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, I realized that I missed academia and all that came with it like research, writing and strangely enough proofreading. I found a new outlet for this energy in the form of a blog http://www.cedarcoastbc.com where in which I use my passion for the environment and sustainability to communicate new research and environmental news in a easy, digestible format that my followers can understand. It was here that I truly began to love creating blog content, writing articles and translating academic research into palatable and understandable works.

For the past 6 years I have been professionally editing and proofreading academic, digital, fiction, non-fiction, and professional writing. Additionally, I also create blog content (article writing & photography), copywriting for websites, marketing materials, social media and design websites. To learn more about my services click here.

Services

EDITING SERVICES

Types of Editing Services Available
  • Editing & Proofreading – academic, fiction & non-fiction, how-to and e-books
  • Editing & Proofreading – technical & professional reports & white papers
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Rewriting and stylistic editing
  • ESL support
Academic

I have 6+ years of experience editing and proofreading academic works such as dissertations, theses, and articles. I check your document for language, grammar, syntax, logic and flow. I can fix and suggest changes for phrasing which may be awkward or would improve your argument, as this will improve the academic tone of your work.

Non-fiction

Are you writing a how-to book or on a topic specific to your industry? Writing about your expertise (medical, accounting & finance, fitness & wellness) for the general public requires structural and stylistic changes. You may be used to writing for the academic community who is used to specific vocabulary, jargon, and vernacular. However, the general public requires this kind of writing to be more simplistic, yet informative. I can help you navigate this transition from academic to conversational
writing while maintaining your professional image, the facts, and the message.

Digital & Website Copy

Do you have a stock website from your company, franchise or a template hosting company like Wix, Square Space or WordPress? These services are great; however, they are impersonal and non-competitive. Customize these templates by injecting your personality into the text and copy of the website by effectively communicating to your clients what you do, what your company is about, and where you are. Clarity and brevity is key for digital and web copy, so I can help you streamline this information while still maintaining essential SEO keywords and phrases.

Click here to receive a quote. Please note, estimates require 3-5 pages of content to be submitted and analysed prior to an accurate quote to being generated.

CREATIVE SERVICES

Looking to have a website built to promote your business, book, or service? Or perhaps you already have a website for your business but are looking to update the copy and text to communicate better with your customers? Let me take the load off by providing customized and tailored copywriting for your website or digital platforms. I can provide partial or full service content creation for websites, social media, blogs, and marketing materials.

Types of creative services available
  • Website design and setup (Wix, WordPress & Square Space)
  • Copywriting – website, marketing materials & social media
  • SEO and Keyword integration and optimization
  • Ghostwriting, blog content creation & theme specific articles
  • Photography (social media content creation, product photography etc)

Want to be more hands off with your social media? Let me seamlessly create and manage the content for your businesses social media, website and marketing material.

Click here to receive a quote.

Social Media Management

Looking to be more hands off of your businesses social media but still want to reap the rewards of this free marketing and promotion opportunity? I provide select businesses with personalized social media management. This monthly package includes:

  • 3 weekly posts to 3 of your preferred social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest etc.)
  • 2 bi-weekly blog posts specific to your industry, business, or market.
  • Professional photography for all visual material/ in-house photography of your products for social media. No stock photography.
  • One-on-one discussions and brainstorming sessions.
  • Metrics and tracking for social media campaigns and promotions.

Social Media Management packages starting at $975.00 per month

** Please note that due to the custom nature of this service, social media management is only available to businesses and individuals located in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley area.

Contact

Looking for a quote? Fill out the form below and please leave as much detail as possible in the comment section. This will allow me to provide the most accurate estimate possible.