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If you wish, initial contact with Final Copy Editorial Services can be followed immediately with a sample edit of your work, absolutely free!

Why? Because by reviewing your work and editing a small portion right at the start, the editor gets a better feel for the author’s unique style and strengths. As well, the process allows the writer an opportunity to better judge if Final Copy Editorial Services is the right choice for him or her before any commitments are made. A good fit between writer and editor maximizes chances that the best possible book will be the primary outcome… and no one’s time or money will be wasted along the way.

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Final Copy's Rick Johnson

Aside from trying hard to ensure a positive, productive relationship with writers, my highest priority is the nurturing of clearly understood copy that flows smoothly, is grammatically and structurally sound, respects the writer’s genre and style, and is on time and on budget.

Decades of experience

As a private entrepreneur, Final Copy Editorial proprietor Rick Johnson has edited and/or written website content, books and academic papers for clients in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.

As a former journalist and communications co-ordinator for an INGO (international non-governmental organization), he has covered important meetings at the United Nations, written and edited reports and articles from all over the world, co-ordinated the creation of internationally distributed Disability International Magazine, designed and produced annual reports, brochures, a Disability Directory for his home city in Canada, and various public relations materials.

Rick’s previous responsibilities as a print media managing editor have included all aspects of departmental management: administration and planning, supervision and co-ordination of editors, freelance writers and columnists, annual budget planning, and daily substantive editing of stories, features and editorials.


While semi-retired, Rick continues to work with new and experienced authors around the world. More and more he is being asked to assist people whose first language is not English in preparation of everything from letters and resumes to important legal documents.


  • The Way Life Is:: A true story about the love and devotion of a young couple whose two daughters are born with disability.
  • Beyond Words: an anthology of creative writing pieces
  • Celebrating Seniors: a collection of 21 feature profiles in commemoration of The United Nations Year of Older Persons


  • Two-time winner of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors Golden Dozen Award for outstanding editorial writing
  • Three-time winner of the Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy for best national editorial, Canadian Community Newspapers Association
  • First-place winner of the Vopni Memorial Award for best editorial, Manitoba Community Newspapers Association
  • Second-place winner of the Canadian International Development Agency’s Award for Excellence in feature writing on international co-operation
  • Media Award winner, Ontario Forest Industries Association, for excellence in news and feature writing on the forest industry