Hello! I’m Sylvia Izzo Hunter. Welcome to All in the Words!

I’m an editor and writer with almost two decades’ experience in helping authors communicate more clearly. A 20-year career in university press publishing has given me a broad range of editorial skills — from the meticulous detail work of copy-editing a 20-page bibliography, to negotiating nuances of meaning in a sophisticated discussion of legal philosophy, to keeping a grant application within the required word count, to ensuring that authors writing in their second or third language are accurately communicating their meaning to English-speaking readers — and a deep understanding of the scholarly communication ecosystem. And as a freelance editor and an author of published essays, articles, and books, I’ve experienced the editorial process from both sides of the desk, which has strengthened my commitment to giving every text and every author the same thoughtful, respectful attention — whatever the format, topic, or target audience.

I hold a BA (Hons) from York University, with a major in English Literature and a minor in French Studies. I’m also the author of three fantasy novels published by Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and of several articles including “Why Copy Editors Matter,” published in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing in 2004.

Through my in-house and freelance editorial work, I’ve learned my way around a variety of style manuals and documentation styles, as well as the idiosyncratic conventions of a range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences. My favourite thing about editorial work is that every manuscript teaches me something new!