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Our Professional Editing Team

At The Editing Company, we love what we do! Our professional editors have the specialized training you can rely on. We provide a wide range of services that we tailor for each of our projects: editing, proofreading, indexing, clearing copyright permissions, and page layout and design. Our outstanding track record proves that we deliver high-quality work, within budget, and on time for our clients.

It is a pleasure to introduce the members of our team.


Beth McAuley, Owner & Senior Editor / Academic & Non-Fiction Editor / Business Editor / Proofreader

Beth completed her master's degree in history at the University of Toronto in the 1980s, and shortly afterwards began her editing career. She crafted her editorial skills through professional courses at Ryerson University and the Editors' Association of Canada (now Editors Canada). Under the tutelage of academic authors and researchers, she learned the precise art of scholarly editing. She has edited for academic, trade, and educational publishers, and worked as an in-house managing editor. In 1997, she launched the successful Women's Issues Publishing Program with Sumach Press. Over the course of 12 years, she acquired, edited, and published 25 titles in the series. She founded The Editing Company Inc. in 2007, celebrating 13 years in 2020. With the assistance of a strong and dedicated editorial team, Beth has built a strong network of professional clients that include established academic presses, academic journals, professional associations, small and medium-sized businesses, and a wide range of authors, both academic and trade.


Lesley-Anne Longo, Design and Layout Editor / Non-Fiction Editor / Newsletter Editor / Social Media Editor

Lesley-Anne has an Honours BA in Professional Writing/Communication Studies from York University, and followed her love of editing to Centennial College’s Book + Magazine Publishing program. She graduated with High Honours in 2013, and completed her internship at ECW Press, where she was subsequently hired on as an Editorial and Marketing Assistant, and worked there for six months. She has proofread and copyedited a variety of books, from young adult and fiction to sports history, and is experienced in curating and creating blogs, managing social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook, and creating electronic marketing materials such as newsletters to connect with readers. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active with yoga and walking her dog—and balances these healthy pursuits with another hobby: baking!


Ronnie Morris, Social Media Editor / Assistant Academic Editor

Ronnie earned an MA in History from the University of Guelph, writing a thesis on the development of the newspaper press and the public sphere in Scotland. He has worked as a freelance editor and proofreader on a number of academic monographs and journals and is currently completing the Ph.D. program at York University, studying class and childhood in eighteenth-century England, as well as taking courses in Ryerson University’s publishing program. Ronnie is also a musician, playing and recording with local bands and touring internationally, as well as a practising visual artist. He was recently awarded a black belt in karate.


Patti Phillips, Academic Editor / Indexer

Patti received a PhD in Sociology from York University, with a thesis on postwar adoption and scientific social work, and completed postgraduate courses in the publishing program at Ryerson University. Specializing in the social sciences and humanities, she has edited books, journal articles, theses, term papers, and abstracts in fields that include sociology, history, science and technology studies, education, gender and women’s studies, allied health professions, and criminology. In the rest of her life, she enjoys community gardening, snow-shoeing, and reading a range of fiction and non-fiction.


Debbie MacDonald, Business Editor

Debbie has an Honours BA in both Urban & Economic Geography and Psychology from the University of Toronto. With over 25 years in business and government communities, Debbie has worked extensively with consultants, planners, and engineers, writing and editing reports, proposals, business strategic plans, and policy documents. She honed her editing skills through professional courses at the University of Waterloo and her membership with Editors Canada. Debbie is also an avid photographer, landscape gardener, and tandem cyclist.


Molly Rookwood, Freelance TEC Blogger

After graduating from the University of King’s College with a BA in Early Modern Studies and English, Molly completed the Ryerson University Chang School’s publishing certificate. She spent seven months working at The Editing Company as an Academic/Non-Fiction Editor, and when she moved back to Halifax in 2019, she was thrilled to remain part of TEC’s team as a freelance blogger. When she isn’t blogging for TEC, Molly works as a freelance editor. Her favourite genre to edit is fiction, although she loves learning new things about the world through non-fiction editing of books, journal articles, and essays. In her free time, Molly reads everything from experimental fantasy to Victorian panoramic novels, sings in a choir, and plays board games.

Michael Bedford, Freelance TEC Blogger

After earning BAs in theatre studies and philosophy, Michael attended the Chang School at Ryerson University and completed its publishing certificate program. Since 2016, Michael has been working as a freelance editor and copy writer. As a part of Editors Canada’s publications committee, he contributes ideas and edits chapbooks and other resources for members. When not writing blogs about editing and writing, Michael writes about a range of other topics: TV and beer reviews and articles on the history of comic books for monkeysfightingrobots.com, and online content about Hamilton-area businesses for thespec.com. Michael is also a semi-professional actor who has appeared in plays in both the Toronto and Edmonton Fringe Festivals as well as at the Alumnae and Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatres.