My New Book!

Some of you may already know this, but I am excited to announce at last that I have a new book coming out early in 2020. Last But Not Least is my guide to becoming a better proofreader.

Nothing is worse than working hard on an essay or a report for work only to realize after you’ve submitted it that you let an embarrassing typo slip through. Last But Not Least was written to teach you the skills to avoid that ignominious fate. It not only reviews and explains the rules of grammar and mechanics (my favourite! 😄) but also introduces techniques and processes to help you hone your proofreading-fu.

I am delighted to see the project so close to publication. Proofreading is something that we can all use a little help with, whether we’re composing a tweet or working on the latest magnum opus — and, as the title says, it may be the last thing you do, but it certainly isn’t the least.

The details can be found here. I look forward to hearing from you when the book comes out. You can bet I’ll be singing from the rooftops when it does!

Link to Brush Education

A review of The Complete Canadian Book Editor

Review: The Complete Canadian Book Editor by Leslie Vermeer

Sue Archer, Editors Canada

When I first heard about The Complete Canadian Book Editor, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the notion of a “complete” resource on book editing. I edit the works of self-publishing authors, so my knowledge of the world of traditional book publishing is limited — gained mostly through conversations with other editors and my editing courses at Ryerson. Would this book provide useful information for someone like me, a practising freelance editor who would like to learn more about the inner workings of the book editing profession in Canada? …

It would be impossible to cover everything about book editing in one book, but I believe Vermeer has provided an excellent place to start.

Read the rest of the review.

At Press!


Well, this is it. The Complete Canadian Book Editor is at press at last and should arrive in bookstores on Tuesday, September 6. Woot! (And I guess I’m wincingly looking forward to discovering the first editorial mistake — eek!)

Above is the cover again, now with back-cover copy in place.

I hope you enjoyed the weekend!

Manuscript update

Well, here it is: 383 pages of designed (by Dragich Design) and laid-out manuscript. Now I have two weeks to proof it and add an index before the final production details are worked through, and then it is off to the printer.

We are still hoping to have books by September.IMG_7632.jpg

Edits, Adds, and Revisions (and the cover)

The Complete Canadian Book Editor

Leslie Vermeer

I’m so pleased to report that my book has just reached two big milestones.

First, the edit is finished. In late May I responded to the copyedit and numerous queries. I also wrote a large amount of new material. The weeks since then have involved signing off the copyedit and reviewing the large number of figures and illustrations created to support the written text. As of now, that process is complete, and the book will move into layout in a few days. The next time I see it, the book will be in proof pages (at least, it will be for me, because I can’t proofread effectively on screen).

Second, the publisher has released the working cover image. And so, the cover reveal. Squeeeee!

Cover-Vermeer_Editor-Final Jun27



The Big Book Announcement!

Over last fall and winter I wrote a book, tentatively titled The Complete Canadian Book Editor, which has been accepted by Brush Education in Calgary, Alberta, and is poised for publication in Fall 2016. To complement that project, this site will now be a destination for information related to my book, as well as my other interests.

The Complete Canadian Book Editor is a primer for students, teachers, and working editors about what a book editor is responsible for day to day, from manuscript acquisition to marketing. It teaches readers what a book editor must know to be successful.

Here’s a basic outline of the content:

  • Why Edit Books?
  • The Book Industry in Canada and North America
  • Acquisitions
  • Contracts
  • The Editor–Author Relationship
  • Technical Editing
  • Textual Editing
  • Book Design and Manufacture
  • Sales and Marketing
  • On the Horizon: The Future for Book Editors

I’m super excited about this project and will have lots to share over the coming months.

In the meantime, I’ll will also be introducing some of my other writing to this blog, including new book reviews and others that I have previously published for a variety of outlets.

And finally, I am currently working on another manuscript about mothers, daughters, and their representation in literature for kids and teens. Watch this space for details as that project develops.