I’m Kim Siever

I’m a copy edi­tor in Leth­bridge, AB.

About me

I’ve been edit­ing and writ­ing for over 30 years. I spe­cial­ize in reduc­ing word count to make your writ­ing clear and con­cise.

Peo­ple are always sur­prised when I tell them I’ve been writ­ing and edit­ing for over 30 years. True, much of those 3 decades saw me edit­ing and writ­ing off and on. But, I’ve been get­ting paid for my edit­ing for over a decade, and I’ve been run­ning my copy edit­ing busi­ness in Leth­bridge for over 5 years.

If your writ­ing is per­pet­u­al­ly plagued by wordi­ness, then you’ve come to the right place. I spe­cial­ize in edit­ing to elim­i­nate wordi­ness and mak­ing mes­sages clear­er and more con­cise. Plus, time and again, I find gram­mat­i­cal and style issues oth­er writes and edi­tors miss.


Spe­cial­ize in cut­ting wordi­ness


Help you get straight to the point


Famil­iar with APA, MLA, and Chica­go


Dis­cov­er issues oth­er edi­tors miss

My latest writing tips

Here are a hand­ful of the most recent arti­cles I’ve writ­ten on writ­ing, edit­ing, and gram­mar.

How much do you charge?

I charge per page, not per word or per hour.

I charge $15 per page for edit­ing. That’s based on 12 pt Cam­bria font with 18 pt lead­ing (in oth­er words, 1.5 line spac­ing).

I offer a 50% post­sec­ondary stu­dent dis­count.

What’s your turn around time?

It usu­al­ly depends on my sched­ule at the time. If I’m work­ing on mul­ti­ple projects, it may take me a bit longer than if your project was the only one.

Gen­er­al­ly though, if it’s just 1 or 2 pages, I can do it in a day. An entire master’s the­sis will prob­a­bly take me at least a week, but like­ly close to two.

What kind of editing work
have you done?

My edit­ing expe­ri­ence is pret­ty broad. I’ve edit­ed web­site copy, mar­ket­ing copy, cor­re­spon­dence, news­pa­per and mag­a­zine columns, blog posts, print and elec­tron­ic newslet­ters, cat­a­logues, con­tracts, book chap­ters, course mate­ri­als, and much more.

If I had to pick one spe­cial­ty though, it’d be edit­ing grad­u­ate work. I’ve edit­ed the­ses for 10 master’s stu­dents and a dis­ser­a­tion for 1 PhD stu­dent. I’ve also edit­ed papers that were to be pul­ished in aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nals.


I think one rea­son I do well with edit­ing grad­u­ate work is that I’m a recent uni­ver­si­ty grad­u­ate myself, hav­ing grad­u­at­ed in 2013. As a result, edit­ing in APA, MLA, and Chica­go is still rel­a­tive­ly fresh in my mind.

One final thing. Recent­ly, I start­ed work­ing in the Writ­ing Cen­tre at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge, where I tutor under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents to improve their aca­d­e­m­ic writ­ing. This gives me an added per­spec­tive to use when I edit your work.


“Hir­ing Kim to edit my the­sis was def­i­nite­ly one of the best deci­sions I made. There’s no way I would’ve made my dead­line in time to grad­u­ate with­out his ser­vices. Fur­ther, his amaz­ing edit­ing skills great­ly enhanced the read­abil­i­ty of my the­sis and its over­all qual­i­ty. I for one am a huge fan! I don’t hes­i­tate to drop his name to oth­ers who need edit­ing because I know they’ll get time­ly, pro­fes­sion­al, and high qual­i­ty ser­vice.” Kristal Frank

Master’s stu­dent, Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge

”I received so many com­ments from my com­mit­tee regard­ing the edit­ing. The ‘lit­tle’ things Kim can pick out and cor­rect amazes me. His edits gave the project the final pol­ish it need­ed. There was not even one addi­tion­al cor­rec­tion required by my com­mit­tee pri­or to final sub­mis­sion. There’s no doubt this was the best mon­ey I spent on my the­sis.“ Steve Szi­lagyi

Master’s stu­dent, Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge

“Amaz­ing with grad stu­dent writ­ing help!” Steph­nie Wat­son

Master’s stu­dent, Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge

“I’ve worked with lots of peo­ple on edit­ing and writ­ing, and in my rea­son­ably wide expe­ri­ence, I can attest to Kim being the most per­son­able, pro­fes­sion­al, and car­ing. The fact that his work is afford­able is just a bonus.” Court­ney Atkin­son

Broker/Owner, Atkin­son & Asso­ciates Real­ty

“We use Kim to proof­read all of the mar­ket­ing mate­r­i­al for Triple M Hous­ing. He has always done a very excel­lent job with our con­tent, and we use him on a reg­u­lar basis. I’d high­ly rec­om­mend him, and we’ll con­tin­ue to use him for future projects.” Sarah Eliot

Mar­ket­ing Coör­di­na­tor, Triple M Hous­ing

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