Claire Valgardson founded Effective Editing in 2008, and since then, has polished the prose of over five hundred individuals and organizations across North America. She has worked for a short-lived online fashion magazine, a consulting firm, several non-profits, and various small businesses, as well as for students, professors, bloggers, fiction and non-fiction authors, and job applicants. She is based in Toronto.

My View.

Many people think that copy editing is mainly about grammar. But while correct usage is essential, a good editor is more than a human version of Grammarly. I try to deduce what you want to communicate and then modify your writing to convey your message clearly, concisely, and compellingly. This could involve deleting excess verbiage, rearranging paragraphs to clarify an argument, punching up your syntax, and rephrasing text to appeal to a particular audience.

My Promise.

In an industry famous for cutting corners, I care as much about your writing as you do. Whether you’re a high school student applying for college, a Ph.D. candidate working on your thesis, a business owner crafting a press release, or an author submitting a manuscript, I go the extra mile to create a document we can both be proud of. I’ve worked for hundreds of clients across North America, about sixty percent of whom are non-native English speakers.




Let’s Chat.

Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions or to get a quote on your next project!