Canadian copy editors at your service

Hi. My name is David Leonhardt, and I run THGM Writing Services. Our team of professional copy editors is ready to finalize your book, article blog post or report. We’ll deliver your improved manuscript on time and on budget.

Our Canadian editors and American editors will make sure that your text is ready for your audience in Canada, in the USA or internationally.

Send us the yellow form on this page for a quick and free quote.

Copy editing is like first aid for your documents. They are in pretty good shape, but need just a little help to put them in top shape. We can do a full copy edit or just proofreading.

What copy editing includes:

  • spelling
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • capitalization
  • clarity of language
  • consistency of language

What copyediting includes

What proofreading includes:

  • spelling
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • capitalization

But we can do much more. We can check facts. We can restructure the manuscript or sections of it, if you wish. We can enhance descriptions or dialogue. These are not part of “copy editing”, but your manuscript might need more. Let us know what your text needs, and we’ll do it for you.

If you are not sure what your manuscript needs, we can do a high-level review. We deliver a couple pages of recommendations.

What high-level recommendations include:

  • the plot
  • characters
  • descriptions
  • passages where specific improvements could be made
  • other recommendations the editor offers

For a free quote, send us your details in the form on this page.


David I really like this and my writing style was not lost with your editing and assistance. It still reads like I wrote the story.


Oh wow, I am crying. It is beautiful. And I am not just saying that because it is my book and all. It flows smoothly. I am pleased. I am confident I will land a contract with that. Now I feel confident. I didn’t feel that confidence before with my manuscript. Being a writer, I know that my manuscript didn’t have the smoothness I was aiming for. Thanks so much.

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Five reasons to hire a professional editor

  • Hire a copy editor to be publish-ready.
  • Hire a copy editor for a fresh set of eyes.
  • Hire a copy editor to catch what you missed.
  • Hire a copy editor for accuracy and consistency.
  • Hire a copy editor to avoid looking like an amateur.

Consistency is important. You’ll look like an amateur if your style, tone or vocabulary are inconsistent. For instance, if you use US spellings, such as “center” and “neighborhood” in your manuscript, you don’t want to suddenly insert Canadian spellings, such as “centre” or “neighbourhood”. And if your protagonist is a” recruiter” in some sections, you don’t want her to suddenly become a “head hunter”. If you mention a “car” in some places and call it an automobile” in others, you will want to pick one word and stick to it. And let’s face it, if you want to sell your book south of the border, nobody will know what a “Newfie” is, nor the significance of “Meech Lake”.

Five reasons to hire our copy editors

  • Our copy editors are skilled – they know their English.
  • Our copy editors treat you like a king or queen ( or prince or princess, your choice).
  • Our copy editors are meticulous – they hunt down errors that you might have missed.
  • We are called The Happy Guy Marketing. Our specialty is making people like you happy.
  • We care. If your document needs more than a copy edit, we’ll stop and let you know.

If your documents need help, fill in the form on this page to get a free quote now.

We would like to say we think you did a wonderful job. The content flows really well and reads a lot smoother and more professional now. Thank you very much.

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Five reasons to hire a freelance editing agency

  • All our copy editors are proven and safe.
  • You get a pro to help you. You are not an isolated writer.
  • We are your team. We have a choice of editors to assign to you.
  • We let the editor do his job…but we step in if anything needs troubleshooting.
  • If your editor gets sick or has an emergency, we have back-up editors to jump in for you.

Are you curious how many people seek help editing their books, reports and screenplays? This chart shows what help Canadians want from us. As you can see, plenty of people just like you want their manuscripts edited.

Five reasons to hire a Canadian copy editing agency

  • We know Canadian English.
  • We also know US and UK English.
  • Typically Canadian, we are nice and polite.
  • Like you, we are hard-working and conscientious.
  • We have Canadian editors…but we also have American editors.

Five tips to work with our copy editors

  • Tell us your word count.
  • Pay for copy editing.
  • Let us know if there are any exceptions that you want preserved.
  • Review the edits that we send in “track changes”.
  • Accept whichever edits you want; reject whichever edits you don’t. It’s your manuscript and you are still the boss.

Exceptions can be important. Sometimes correct grammar or spelling sometimes includes slang or dialect, especially in dialogue. Let us know of any “errors” that were made on purpose – the ones you do not want “corrected”. We want to respect the tone you are trying to set.

To find an editor today, fill in the yellow form on this page.


I read the query letter and bawled like a baby; you did such a great job of capturing the story and my feelings towards the intended audience. The edits (for the chapters) are refreshing. I notice the improvements with the transitions of thoughts and scenes.


I can’t thank you enough for the excellent job you did. The article flows like a symphony… Of all the editors that did help me out – in my other publications – you are the best. I am very happy that I found you. and grateful for David that he recommended you. I will now submit the article for publication and if accepted I will hand you the book for your editing.

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Five things you should know about the cost of editing

We don’t compete on price. We compete on quality. We charge what it takes to deliver quality, without paying celebrity prices.

  • Editing is a labor intensive job. It costs money.
  • The longer the manuscript, the more it costs.
  • Ours editors are just as good as celebrity writers, but you don’t pay extra for their celebrity status.
  • There are cheaper editors on the Internet. But if price is your top consideration, why even hire an editor?
  • Our standard copyediting price includes:
    • spelling
    • grammar
    • punctuation
    • capitalization
    • clarity of language
    • consistency of language
    • service with a smile
Tap or click to read about some of our Canadian editing projects.

Coming soon…

Editing pie chart

We’ll make you look spectacular!

The top reason people ask us to edit their documents is to look good. Their story is great. Their information is solid. Their ideas are clever. But their writing could be better.

Once we have finished with your manuscript, your writing will be better.

Nothing says “amateur” like:

  • misspellings
  • poor grammar
  • disconnects in your text
  • Fortunately, it is easy to head off instant failure before it happens by hiring a professional manuscript editor or proof reader. Let us know today how we can help you.

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