Michelle Parker

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Michelle Parker ("she" or "they" pronouns, Mx.) is a nerdy, queer, nonbinary, neuroatypical, disabled thirtysomething and has enjoyed an unusually colourful life, having lived in or visited fourteen countries on four continents and learned seven languages along the way. Chelle's background is primarily in education, where she spent eight years teaching English, French, math, science, and life skills to at-risk junior-high students, but she's also worked in a peculiar array of other environments. These range from daycares to sexual health clinics, doing jobs as diverse as librarian, baker, radio DJ, and Braille transcriptionistall while editing on the side.


She's staying put for the moment (more or less) in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada—on unceded Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory—where she wields her trusty red pen as a full-time freelance editor, acts as the managing editor of Fireside Fiction Company's Fireside Magazine, and serves as a human shield for her chronically anxious rescue dog. Some of her more notable editing clients include animation giant Mediatoon's Europe Comics imprint (for whom she edits graphic novels translated from French into English), Fireside Fiction Company (for whom she also copyedits and proofreads all the short stories, essays, and poems that are released through the magazine), and Publishers Weekly's BookLife Reviews (for whom she has fact-checked and edited reviews).

As part of her work with Fireside, Michelle was a Hugo Award finalist (under the name Chelle Parker) in 2019 and 2020.

When off the clock, Chelle devotes a significant portion of her time to her role as the Program Co-Chair for Readercon, a world-renowned conference on imaginative literature; there, she helps develop the program and select panelists, as well as editing their bio-bibliographies, the annual Program Guide, and the annual Souvenir Book. She also volunteers as a grants juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation.


Though her heart lies with speculative fiction, Chelle has also edited nonfiction work including academic papers for PhD candidates, candid memoirs, and self-help books. With fifteen years of editing experience, she will happily apply her keen eye for detail to your project. A good editor is there to support you and help you polish your work until it shines.


Marissa Lingen

Author of Over 150 Published Short Stories

 I've found Michelle's timeliness, attention to detail, and sensitivity to nuance to be completely invaluable.

Author & Disability Activist

Donna Jodhan

Michelle is probably one of the most dedicated and committed persons that I have had the pleasure of working with.  Her timeliness and attention to detail are to be greatly admired.

Rose Fox

Former Director, Booklife Reviews

(a division of Publishers Weekly)

Michelle is careful and thorough, always willing to ask questions when directions aren't clear so that the work gets done right the first time. I highly recommend her.

Pablo Defendini

Publisher, Fireside Magazine

Michelle is an absolute pleasure. She consistently crushes deadlines and works extremely well with others, offering substantial critiques with kindness and compassion.


Frances Rowat

Michelle's patience, and her gift for teasing out the underlying structure to help identify weak spots, is incredibly helpful when refining a narrative.

Anne Bigham


When I need expertise, I always call on Michelle. That way I can be sure the final copy will be of the highest standard.

Dr Laurie Dodson, PhD

Special Education, Literacy & Native Studies

The quality of Michelle's help was well beyond expectations. Her technical skills are particularly strong and her work ethic is unquestionable.


Andrew Canham

Michelle is intelligent, articulate, experienced, and capable. She is always willing to go the extra mile. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with her and recommend her highly.

Rachael Bell-Irving


Michelle is everything I'd hoped to find in an editor. Thorough and attentive to detail, she helped me understand the editing process and got right to the heart of my story.