Madeleine Vasaly

Madeleine Vasaly

I am a detail-oriented editor with both in-house and freelance experience covering a variety of content. I’ve worked with texts of fewer than 1,000 words and over 100,000, with casual online pieces and formal history books, and with a wide range of subjects. My clients are publishers, packagers, self-publishing and traditionally publishing authors, marketing and PR agencies, nonprofits, industry professionals, and more. My primary style reference is the Chicago Manual of Style (16th or 17th edition), but I also have experience with AP style as well as numerous in-house and project-specific styles, both working with them and creating them myself from scratch. My editorial experience is primarily in nonfiction, but I am actively looking to expand my fiction work.

I am a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute program and have foreign-language skills in French (business level) and Japanese (conversational). In addition to my freelance work, I am the co-head and senior editor of Twin Cities Geek, a Minnesota-based nonprofit news and culture site, and the marketing and social media liaison for the Professional Editors Network.


“Madeleine is the best of the best when it comes to copyediting services. … Her eye for detail is without rival—she has a sharp eye for consistency, word usage, and voice in addition to the nuts and bolts of editing.” —Author and artist

“In short: any assignment that lands on Madeleine’s desk is in excellent hands.” —Managing editor, historical society press

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Editing Services: Copyediting, Developmental editing, Proofreading, Substantive
Writing Services: Magazine, Nonfiction
Other Services: Editorial project management, Image sourcing, Manuscript critique, Style guide creation, Transcription
Subjects: automotive, aviation and aerospace, cooking/food, comics, crafts, DIY, film, France, gardening, gaming, geek/nerd culture, history, home improvement, homesteading, inclusive language, Japan, licensed IP, military, Minnesota, movies, music, new age, pop culture, popular science, spirits and cocktails, technology, television, theater, travel
Nonfiction Genres: Cookbooks, Creative nonfiction, Essay, DIY/how-to, History, Reference, Travel
Age Levels: Adult
End Products: articles, books, blogs, marketing copy, nonprofit materials, résumés, query letters
Style Manuals: Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Software: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint
Other Memberships: ACES: The Society for Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association, Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable