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Maxie Bai Martin

Freelance Editor | Copy Editor | Substantive Editor | Stylistic Editor | Proofreader


  • Maxie Bai Martin
  • maxie@kwcopyeditor.ca
  • @kwcopyeditor
  • @kweditor
  • Member of the Editors' Association of Canada (EAC)
  • Co-coordinator for the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph Twig of the EAC (September 2017)
  • Located in Kitchener-Waterloo

Personal Profile

I'm an editor with academic literacy and a dedication to clear communication. I also have a science degree.


Bai, Maxie and Ted Goosen. "Crow's Eye View." Monkey Business, No. 3, 2013, pp. 93-96.

Martin, Shane and Maxie Bai. "Gender and the Emergence of Plain Mennonite Parochial School Teachers." Ontario Mennonite History, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012, pp. 3-9.

Services & Skills

I can help

  • Clarify your thoughts
  • Create readable copy
  • Clean up internal inconsistencies
  • Eliminate jargon
  • Ensure that your work adheres to specific style guides
  • Fine tune language after translation
  • Smooth out and organize structural problems

Types of Edits

  • Substantive edits (structural edits)
  • Stylistic edits
  • Copy edits

Substantive editing, or structural editing, is the first step in the editing process and focuses on the argument, narrative, content, organization, and structure of the text. (Description adapted from the EAC website.)

Stylistic editing, or line editing, focuses on readability and clarity of your language. Here, I attend to the non-mechanical aspects of your writing like how smoothly it reads. I would also highlight run-on sentences, word choice issues, shifts in tone, repetition, problematic phrasing, eliminate jargon, etc.

This step is particularly useful for writers and translators just getting comfortable writing in English.

Copy editing corrects syntax, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and other mechanical aspects of writing. This step cleans up your writing and ensures that it adheres to style expectations. (Rules of spelling and punctuation, for example, can differ between British, Canadian, and American styles.)

Editing of

all types of copy edits: fiction, non-fiction, articles, monographs/books, essays, conference papers, dissertations, and theses for print, online, and self-publication.

Subjects Include

archaeology, ancient history, biography, biology, business, Canadian literature, chemistry, children’s literature, criticism, critical race studies, communications, cultural studies, Dalit literature, development, East Asian studies, ecology, education, English as a second language, environmental studies, evolution, experimental writing, fiction, film studies, gender, genetics, geography, health, healthcare, history, humanities, identity, intersectionality, Indigenous studies, Japanese studies, journalism, Korean studies, literature, literary theory, medicine, memoir, Mennonite history, mental health, natural sciences, non-fiction, nursing, nutrition, physiology, poetry, psychology, religious studies, representation, sex (and gender), science fiction and fantasy, small business, social and political thought, South Asian literature (in English), Sufism, translations, young adult literature.

Experienced with style guides including:

  • Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS)
  • Scientific Style and Format
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA) Style Manual
  • New Oxford Style Manual (New Hart's Rules)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)


  • Excellent grasp of academic, theoretical, and scientific language for intensive edits
  • Communicative approach to editing your work
  • Meets deadlines
  • Statistics competency
  • Experience with translation and transliteration


To get things started, please send a request for quote. All estimates are calculated on a by-project basis and are determined by an hour edit of your work. The sample edit will then be returned to you with the estimate. Quotes may be hourly or based on the project.

Send five to ten pages in a Word document to maxie@kwcopyeditor.ca. (Ten pages is ideal.)

Include the following information in the email:

  • the type of project
  • the subject or topic
  • the document length by word count
  • a timeline or deadline
  • the type of edit you are looking for
And if relevant to you, it would also be helpful to include the name of the style manual, the publisher or the manner of publishing, a copy of the publisher's in-house style guide, and any notes provided by early readers.


Formal Education

MA Humanities/York University

Politics of Writing and Translation, Literary Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Identity and Language, North American and Asian Literature (MRP incomplete)

Honours Bachelor of Arts, English Literature/McMaster University

Diploma of East Asian Studies/Korea University

Bachelor of Science/McMaster University