Tristen Bakker

Line editing | Copyediting | Structural editing

I work on texts relating to the history of music, electronic and popular music, critiques and reviews, artists profiles, grant applications, memoirs, and fiction.

About me

I am a copyeditor, line editor, and developmental editor, based in Berlin, originally from Toronto, Canada. I have been working as an editor in various capacities for over twenty-five years. I work in UK, US, and Canadian English styles.

I am also a musician, songwriter, filmmaker, and documentarian. I approach my work from a creative perspective, whether it be editing, problem solving, writing, or handling the words of others. I know how to work with creative people on creative work because I am one.

My clients include artists, museums, indie authors and publishers, NGOs, and magazines. 

CIEP grade: Professional Member
Keywords: music history, lyrics, film, television, popular, electronic, rock, jazz, r&b, folk, gospel, academic, educational, songwriting, fiction, memoir
Instruments/Musical skills: voice, bass, guitar, homemade instruments
Location: Berlin, Germany (though I work internationally)


“I was very pleased with Tristen's attention to detail and professionalism. She was in regular contact with me, asking questions to strengthen the text.”—Timothy Ashby, PhD, JD, MBA · Author, Florida, USA

“I loved working with Tristen the most because of her great respect for others and her willingness to cooperate in solving some demanding tasks. Very kind and generous personality, with words and deeds.”—Marija Zdravkovic · Painter and Designer, Modern Times Review, Belgrade, Serbia

“Tristen’s corrections are the most detailed ones I have ever seen. I’ve also learned a lot from her comments.”—Anita Jóri · Author and music historian, Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany

“Tristen’s thorough and diligent work improved this book very much! Her commitment to this project, in combination with very good communication, made this a fine publication.”—Dr. Benedikt Brilmayer · Research Associate, Musikinstrumenten-Museum (SIM PK), Berlin, Germany 

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