Madeleine Vasaly


Primary services: copyediting, developmental editing, proofreading, writing

Areas of experience include: automotive, aviation & aerospace, brand-licensed/IP publishing, comics, cooking, DIY & craft, fiction gardening, gaming, geek culture & fandom, history, home improvement, memoir, movies/film & TV, news, spirituality, new age & witchcraft, pop culture, popular science, social media, spirits & cocktails, style guide creation

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As a former in-house editor and an independent professional since 2017, I’ve worked with projects of fewer than 1,000 and more than 100,000 words; with those needing a light touch and those needing extensive work; and with materials that include formal academic texts, meme-filled online articles, comic books, nonprofit reports, video scripts, and more. I’m as much at home with copyediting and proofreading as I am with developmental editing, project management, and art research.

In addition, I’m one half of the driving force behind Twin Cities Geek, a nonprofit website bringing news, reviews, cultural essays, and other content to Minnesota readers since January 2015. As senior editor, I help guide the editorial content of the site, edit articles for both style and substance, develop and maintain the site’s style guides, and supervise a small team of junior editors. I also write occasional articles for the site and jointly run our social media channels and community engagement initiatives.

Alongside my work for clients and for Twin Cities Geek, I’m a member of the board of the Professional Editors Network, where I manage the organization’s marketing efforts, social media, website, and webinars.

I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota and attended the Denver Publishing Institute, an intensive program designed to prepare the next generation of publishing professionals. Before starting my own business, I worked in-house in a traditional progression of roles, editing and shepherding books through acquisition, content editing, copyediting, design, proofreading, and production at a midsize publisher. I work with the Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook and have experience with a variety of publisher- and project-specific styles—both following them and creating them myself. I also have foreign-language skills in French and Japanese.

You can find some of my current and former clients below and learn more from my testimonials and portfolio.

“In short: any assignment that lands on Madeleine’s desk is in excellent hands.”
—Shannon Pennefeather, Managing Editor, Minnesota Historical Society Press
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I work with publishers large and small, book packagers, authors (traditional and self-publishing), agencies, nonprofits, and anyone else who deals with words. Publisher clients include:

“I love working with Madeleine! Her attention to detail, robust editorial knowledge, and pitch-perfect judgment on queries and sensitivity concerns have made her one of my go-to freelance proofreaders. I know I can rely on her to treat every project with care.”
—Anonymous Senior Proofreader, Major US Comic Book Publisher
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Contact me to see what I can do for you!

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Proofreading, Series, Substantive
Writing Services
Magazine, Nonfiction
Other Services
Editorial project management, Image sourcing, Manuscript critique, Social media, Style guide creation, Transcription
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, spirituality, technology, television, theater, travel, witchcraft
Nonfiction Genres
Cookbooks, Creative nonfiction, Essay, DIY/how-to, History, Reference, Travel
Age Levels
Young adult, New adult, Adult
End Products
articles, books, blogs, marketing copy, nonprofit materials, résumés, query letters
Style Manuals
Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Other Memberships
ACES: The Society for Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association, Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable