Who Is Bodie?
My name is Bodie Dykstra, and I’m a professional editor based out of British Columbia, Canada. I believe that independent publishing has definitively changed the way that authors connect with readers. By providing high-quality editing and formatting services, my mission is to help indie authors create books that are indistinguishable from the best traditionally published books.
I earned my Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Calgary in 2014. I studied military history, specifically the British Army’s use of field fortifications in the First World War (my first peer-reviewed paper is set for publication in October 2018). I then completed a Professional Writing Certificate, which included formal training in copy editing and proofreading. I began working as a professional editor in 2015. Click here to see what people are saying about my services!
What I Do
I specialize in the mechanical aspects of writing: grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and word choice. I edit everything by reading aloud and thus pay special attention to how a text flows and sounds to the ear. I mainly do line editing and proofreading to improve the quality of the prose and ensure its adherence to major style guides (usually the Chicago Manual of Style). I work mostly with speculative fiction (particularly military science fiction due to my academic background in military history) but welcome writers of all skill levels and backgrounds.
“Bodie exceeded the glowing testimonials I’d read. He is affordable, prompt, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. A true professional. I can finally sigh in relief knowing I’ve found an editor I can move forward with in my career.”
“Bodie did a killer job. The edits were quick, thorough, and helped bring out my voice as a writer. Personally, I consider myself to be a bit of a grammar snob, so I have high standards for editors. Bodie met them all. Highly recommended. Oh, and the style sheet he provided was something I had never seen another editor do, but I loved it.”
“Bodie was a pleasure to work with. His editing was quick, thorough, and punctual. He tailors his services to provide precisely what your manuscript needs. Highly recommended.”
“I can’t recommend Bodie enough for fiction works. His service was fast and efficient, and really brought out the best in my prose. I will certainly hire him again for similar projects.”
“Bodie responded quickly to my email inquiry requesting rush editing services for a non-traditional project over a holiday weekend. He was prompt, insightful, and willing to offer additional help when I had follow-up questions regarding grammar and punctuation. He took great care to correct mistakes while being respectful of my informal voice and writing style. I appreciated the prompt turnaround, the transparency in pricing, and his friendly support.”
“Bodie is an excellent editor. I’m someone who is new to the writing world, and he really helped me pinpoint my flaws and refine my novel into something great. I will be coming back to him again.”
“I feel genuinely grateful to have had Bodie work on my manuscript. He has an eye for detail and a real feel for storytelling that helped me turn a good story into a polished manuscript. His professionalism was first rate and his work of the highest standard. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his services and will be sure to work with him again on future projects.”
Free Editing Sample
It’s hard to choose an editor. I believe that authors have the right to know what they’re paying for, so I offer free editing samples of up to 1000 words. Simply complete the form below and attach a piece of writing. I’ll return the sample within three business days. Your work will remain confidential and there’s absolutely no commitment to make a purchase. This contact form accepts .doc (unfortunately not .docx) and .pdf files. (If your file won’t attach, you can e-mail it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.)