Tristen Bakker · Editor and word person

About me

I am a copyeditor, line editor, and developmental editor, based in Berlin, originally from Toronto, Canada. I have been working as an editor in various capacities for over twenty-five years. I am also a musician, filmmaker, and documentarian. I approach my work from a creative perspective, whether it be editing, problem solving, writing, or handling the words of others. I have always been fascinated with the written word and was the only kid in my class who enjoyed English grammar lessons. (Oh comma, how you thrill me!)

Coming from Canada it has been possible for me to move between British- and American-English styles, as Canadian style incorporates elements of both. I work within genre fiction (humour, sci-fi, speculative, romance, apocalyptic) for young adults and adults. I also work with memoir, and develop the tone, plot, and characters similarly to working with novels. I have worked on many other styles of manuscripts from self-help to erotica to poetry. I also enjoy working with essays, criticism, and reviews, specifically within the fields of music, film, and performance. Other non-fiction subjects I enjoy are philosophy, psychology, sociology, ecology, and education.

I work with independent authors, small publishers, non-profits, and cultural organisations. I know how to work with creative people on creative work because I am one.