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I've been editing and proofreading for more than 25 years, time that has flown by — as it does when one is doing something one enjoys.

I have worked on a broad assortment of books, reports, papers, blogs and magazines. My range extends from textbooks to cookbooks, reports on the internet to teachers' guides, marketing materials for law firms, and academic papers on global governance and international relations. In recent years I have worked on books on Canadian foreign policy, the global governance of climate change and health sovereignty in Africa, as well as reports on labour and development and on non-communicable disease.

For many, many years, I have been working with Professor John Kirton and serving as the executive director of the G7 and G20 Research Groups and the BRICS Research Group, as well as the Global Health Diplomacy Program, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. I have developed an expertise in global summitry, and you can watch a little video of me talking about our G7 and G20 work at an event organized by the Global Governance Project held at the House of Commons in London, England, in July 2018. The GGP is a partnership between these research groups and GT Media, and together we produce special "background publications" for each G7 and G20 summit. Our latest project is a series of publication produced with the support of the World Health Organization, the most recent being Health: A Political Choice — Act Now, Together.

Along with my colleagues and friends Janet MacMillan, Etty Payne, Katherine Trail, Kelly Lamb and Martin Payne, I am a member of Editing Globally, an international collective of editorial professionals.

I'm based in Toronto, Canada, but — when possible! — I travel all over the place. I have been a member of Editors' Canada since I became a freelance editor in 1990.

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Things I Can Do

It's really quite simple. I love copyediting. I love proofreading, too. I focus on making sure that written text is consistently and clearly written. I imagine that working with a copyeditor is liberating for a writer, who can focus on the content and on thinking the big thoughts, because I will look after the details that will make the finished product easy to read and easy to understand. That usually also involves formatting computer files so to sort out headings and clean up tables.

I have worked with many authors whose first language is not English, who may more comfortable other languages. I can help make translated texts read as though they were written in English to begin with.

I can also do basic layout, using InDesign — although I hasten to point out that I am by no means a graphic designer.

  • What is copyediting?
    • It's editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation; checking that terms are used and spelled consistently; checking for internal consistency of facts; standardizing citations; and so on. I also do basic fact checking.
  • What is proofreading?
    • It's reading text that has been edited and laid out to find incontrovertible errors, to make sure headers and footers are consistent, and also checking that the table of contents has the right headings and page numbers, and other details to make sure the document is as free of errors as possible.

A Few Accomplishments

I have worked on so many different publications! Here is a little selection of the most recent.

Cover image of Health: A Political Choice — Act Now, Together

Health: A Political Choice — Act Now, Together, edited by John Kirton and Ilona Kickbusch

The second issue in a special series of publications produced with the World Health Organization and the Global Governance Program at the University of Toronto, and published by the Global Governance Project, which is a joint project of GT Media, based in the United Kingdom, and the Global Governance Porgram based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. This edition is available for download here, and the first one, published in 2019, is available here .

Cover image of G20 Saudi Arabia: The 2020 Riyadh Summit

G20 Saudi Arabia: The 2020 Riyadh Summit, edited by John Kirton and Madeline Koch

Another publication produced by the Global Governance Project, a joint project of GT Media, based in the United Kingdom, and the G20 Research Group based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Distributed digitally, with a limited press run, in November 2020, this issue contained bespoke articles by several G20 leaders as well as the ministers of the Saudi government who hosted their G20 colleagues throughout their presidency, plus articles by the heads of international organizations, leading world experts, and G20 scholars. It's downloadable here for anyone interested!

G7 USA: The 2020 Virtual Summit

G7 USA: The 2020 Virtual Summit, edited by John Kirton and Madeline Koch, with Christopher Sands

Even though Donald Trump did not host a regular G7 summit in 2020, the Global Governance Project and the G7 Research Group based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, produced its annual "background book," released in December 2020 after a remarkable year. It's freely available here

The Global Governance of Climate Change

The Global Governance of Climate Change: G7, G20 and UN Leadership, by John Kirton and Ella Kokotsis

Published by Routledge, this is a scholarly work that drew on my knowledge of summits and international relations. Even so, I learned a lot.

Cover image of the September 2017 issue of the Literary Review of Canada

Literary Review of Canada

From 1998 until 2017, I was the production manager and copy editor of the LRC, which publishes articles and book reviews on a wide range of topics, some excellent poetry and eye-catching art. The September 2017 issue was the last one worked on.

Things Clients and Colleagues Have Said

  • Without reservation Madeline was always my "go to" editor. Having worked with Madeline for over 15 years, I can testify to her eagerness to embrace changing techniques and new technologies which have kept her consistently industry relevant. Always timely and responsive, she is highly flexible while accommodating the needs of the various editors and authors. Combining a rare balance of tact with a determination to succeed, she is hugely effective in her field.
    — Kirstin Howgate, director, Howgate Publishing Ltd. and former publisher at Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
  • Madeline co-edits our G7 and G20 publications, which entails sourcing articles from the highest echelons of government and the international community. This is a function that she performs with skill and tact. When it comes to working with copy, Madeline is an eagle-eyed editor. She is quick to spot inconsistencies and can simultaneously identify problems with syntax, punctuation, spelling and tone. Above all, Madeline is a pleasure to work with.
    — Jane Douglas, former managing editor, Newsdesk Media
  • I highly recommend Madeline Koch's editing work. She has an impressive level of technical skills but also the capacity to understand and improve the general tone of argumentation. I have trusted her with a number of manuscripts and was very pleased I did.
    — Andrew F. Cooper, Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo
  • We have been lucky to have our work edited by Madeline Koch. Her extensive experience, professionalism and thoroughness do wonders. Our texts are transformed into readable articles, chapters and manuscripts by Madeline's magic touch. I always admire how deeply Madeline knows the topics she gets to work on and how careful she is not to distort the meaning of the texts and intentions of the author.
    — Marina Larionova, editor-in-chief, International Organisations Research Journal

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