About

Book Magic provides manuscript evaluations, proofreading, and copyediting services for fiction and nonfiction books as well as academic papers and memoirs. The company is owned and operated by Sigrid Macdonald, who works in conjunction with Betsy Blondin, Maeve O’Connell, Mary Bass, Lowry Bass, and Dian Yu. After living in Ottawa, Ontario, and happily servicing Canadians for decades, Sigrid currently resides in sunny Florida; some team members remain in Canada, and others are in the US. Regardless of our physical location, we work with clients all over the world, and we welcome American, Canadian, British, Asian, African, and Australian writers. Sigrid has also spent a great deal of time working with people who have English as a second language, including students who don’t want to submit papers with mistakes in verb tenses or missing prepositions.

Meet the Team

Sigrid Macdonald is the successful author of three full-length books, which she published herself, and two short stories, which were released by Silver Publishing. Her first book, Getting Hip: Recovery from a Total Hip Replacement, became an Amazon bestseller on Kindle. It has sold more than 18,000 copies. Her second book, a novel titled Straight and Narrow, is loosely based around a true-life story about a woman who disappeared in Ottawa, Ontario. It is crime fiction but also a mystery because it is highly fictionalized. Sigrid’s third full-length book, Be Your Own Editor, is self-explanatory: she did writing tips for years for the website freelancezone.com, and eventually she decided to publish a book for people who preferred to edit their own work.

Sigrid has been affiliated with five publishing companies including Dragon Moon Press in Alberta; Contento de Semrik International Publishing House in Israel; Book Coach Press in Ontario; Total Recall Press in Texas and Hasmark Publishing in Ontario. She has extensive experience writing, editing, and proofreading, as well as self-publishing, and is available for consultations for those who are interested in choosing the highest quality professionals for the lowest cost to format and distribute work for Kindle and Smashwords. This includes referrals to the finest formatting people, graphic art designers, and cutting edge, affordable website designers.

Sigrid has a BA in Psychology, graduating summa cum laude, from Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey, and did graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, the Editorial Freelancers’ Association in the U.S., and Florida Independent Writers, and she spent many years in Toastmasters International.

sig2010 - Copy Betsy Blondin is a twenty-five year veteran in writing, editing, and publishing with a foundation as a legal assistant and a passion for working with people and words. Before establishing her own editing company, Word Metro, she spent nine years as an editorial manager in book publishing, shepherding more than seventy-five books through the editorial process. She also founded Word Metro Press, through which she has published At Home Abroad: Today’s Expats Tell Their Stories and Migraine Expressions: A Creative Journey through Life with Migraine as well as helped others publish their books. As a newspaper reporter, photographer, and editor, Betsy wrote hundreds of local stories and copyedited the stories of several other reporters. In addition she created and conducted grammar workshops for newsroom writers and editors. Betsy’s specialties are copyediting and proofreading, and she has consulted with authors and edited numerous books, articles, and academic papers. She loves to work with those who are passionate about their work and want their writing to shine.

Maeve O’Connell has a commercial background in marketing communication; she worked in newspapers and the film industry for 14 years, where she made advertisements, some of which won awards.

She has a BA in Communications, an MA in Film Studies, and an MBA. She moved to Canada in 2014 where she earned a Graduate Certificate in Scriptwriting. In Ottawa, she also worked for the House of Commons where she was trained as a transeditor.

Maeve has worked as a proofreader and editor for five years. She has worked on a huge range of material: from academic papers to children’s books, from self-help manuals to thriller novels.

In her spare time, she writes fiction for books and for the screen. In 2016, she wrote the short film which won the best film award at Ottawa’s Digi60 festival.

She has worked at Book Magic since 2015.

Mary Bass developed her passion for policy and healthcare while growing up in rural northwest Montana during the asbestosis crisis, near the W.R. Grace & Co. Vermiculite Mine, the deadliest EPA Superfund site in American history. After majoring in public policy at Stanford University, Ms. Bass went on to serve as director of public policy, and subsequently executive director, of Americans for Cures, a stem cell research policy non-profit that advocates for patients’ rights. In her five-year-tenure in the nonprofit domain, Ms. Bass directed a California state-wide scientific communications campaign to drive support for increased public funding for medical research. Ms. Bass has since worked on the Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate campaign.

Ms. Bass holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Public Policy, with a concentration in Health Policy, from Stanford University. She also holds a certificate in Genetics and Genomics from Stanford University School of Medicine.

sig2010 - Copy Dian Yu has published her works in a short story anthology called Pot-Pourri, the Varsity, as well as the Ottawa Citizen newspaper. She loves reading and hopes to polish each work she sees to perfection. Dian currently studies at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a copy editor with Book Magic for ten years.

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Rest assured that we respect your confidentiality at Book Magic. Our copyediting, proofreading, and manuscript evaluation contracts promise never to forward, reproduce, or copy your material in any way, shape, or form; we guarantees this. We can also help you to copyright your material if you are concerned about piracy. Approximately one third of our clients are returning clients; that’s because writers tend to write one book or document after another. It also says something about how they feel about our company—they have found a home here, and we hope that you will too.