Martin Gavin



Martin Gavin


M.A. history/philosophy (University of Glasgow), Diploma in Librarianship (University of Strathclyde), Certificate in Copyediting (UC San Diego), • Advanced Editorial Workshop: Substantive Editing, UC Berkeley (two semester units), Indexing: Theory and Application (UC Berkeley), Embedded Indexing and Ebooks (UC Berkeley)

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City, Province

Victoria BC

Company Name

Adroit Editing

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Quality work–on time and on budget.

Personal Biography

I served twenty-six years as a professional librarian and latterly as a senior manager in Canada’s ninth largest library.

I have a lifelong interest in non-fiction of all kinds, and the insatiable curiosity and research skills of the reference librarian. I’m interested in fitness and health literature, as I’m a marathoner and have also completed weight training, personal training and yoga teaching courses. In 2011, I cycled 8,500 km across Canada.

A sample of what I’ve done professionally over the years (necessarily incomplete):

• Managed children’s non-fiction and computer book collections for a population of 350,000.
• Served the information needs of thousands of clients of all ages.
• Re-negotiated leases and interpreted employment contracts.
• Written reports for politicians on a thirty-eight member board of management.
• Edited customer service manuals.
• Managed building projects, including a BC Library Association award winner.

Skills Author support/coaching, Business editing, Copy editing, Editing, Fact checking, Grant/proposal writing, Indexing, Manuscript evaluation, Non-fiction editing, Online editing, Plain Language editing, Proofreading, Reference checking, Research, Structural editing, Stylistic editing, Substantive editing
Subject / Areas of Interest Academic editing, Biography/memoir, Book publishing, Business, eBooks, Government publications, History, Human & Social Development, Humanities, Manuscript evaluation, Non-fiction, Technology
Types of Publications Annual Reports, Blogs, Books, Briefing notes, Brochures, Conference proceedings, Correspondence: government, Correspondence: personal, eBooks, Magazines, Newsletters, News releases, Obituaries, Personal stories, Policy documents, Reports, Software manuals, Theses – Dissertations, Websites
Citation styles APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago, CP (Canadian Press), In-house styles, MLA