About me


begins with inclination and ability—for me, these are

  • passion for language and the visual beauty of the page in any medium: print, Web, or ebook
  • well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills
  • excellent command of grammar and style
  • effective and thorough editing techniques
  • good writing skills
  • solid project management skills and tools

I’m Leslie Saffrey, owner of Aptitude Editorial Services and a trained editor with close to twenty years of experience in non-fiction book editing and business and technical communication, both in-house and as a freelancer. I know the publishing process inside and out, and can guide a document from its concept to pages ready to print or post online, staying on schedule and on budget.

I completed the Ryerson University Publishing Certificate in 2008, and in 2015 I earned the Certified Professional Editor designation from the Editors’ Association of Canada, which recognizes excellence in structural and stylistic editing, copyediting, and proofreading.