About me

Something Bookish is a “cover” for Stacey Kondla, a bibliophile who has lived and breathed the book business for the past 15 years. Her experience includes working as a Field Representative for Scholastic Book Fairs, managing the IndigoKids department at two different Chapters/Indigo stores, and serving on the organizing committee of When Words Collide (A Festival for Readers and Writers). She actively supports and champions indie authors everywhere.

As an editor, Stacey specializes in fiction, particularly Young Adult and Middle Grade. Stacey’s copy editing skills earned her an instructor nomination for the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing at Ryerson University, where she is working towards a certificate in book publishing. Stacey has been providing manuscript evaluations for The Rights Factory Literary Agency since October 2017 and is an Associate Agent with The Rights Factory as of March 2018. She is a member of the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors and is a student affiliate with Editors Canada. She loves substantive editing more than anything.

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“There can be no greater testimonial to the value of Stacey’s skill than to say that working with her has made me a better writer. She has a talent for zeroing in on the aspects of my writing style that unintentionally distract the reader from focusing on what I want them to focus on.
   But perhaps more important than that has been her influence on the stories themselves. Having worked with more than a dozen different editors previously I know from experience that what I want more than anything is for someone to inspire me and lead my stories into places that I never imagined they would go. Nothing is more amazing in the creative process than being inspired to explore.
   Stacey’s feedback and comments are massively inspirational. After every discussion with her, I want to immediately get back to the keyboard and explore all the places that her insights might take us.
   Stacey is a true writing muse. I don’t think of her as an editor. I think of her as a collaborator.”
Iain Reading
Middle Grade and Young Adult Author

“I’ve enjoyed working with Stacey on manuscripts as she has an acute editorial eye, a forthright approach, and a fearlessness that is essential to a productive substantive edit. She understands the fundamental aspects of a manuscript: story, characterization, dialogue, description and pacing. As well, she has a profound knowledge of the YA/middle grade market.”
Diane Terrana
Executive Editor
The Rights Factory

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