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onça publishing is always looking for clients in need of design and editorial services. Onça’s owner shed simas is a designer and editor with over four years’ experience in the book publishing industry, supported by a Master of Publishing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Some of our returning clients include Harbour Publishing, Douglas & McIntyre and Tradewind Books.

Onça Design

Onça is proficient in long-form text design and typesetting. Simas began designing publications as a Visual Arts student at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. He built on this foundation during his graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. Simas’s designs for the trade emphasize practicality and readability while complementing the spirit of the text with the page layout. Simas is also skilled at faithful and efficient print-to-ebook conversion workflows.


Some of Onça Design’s most notable designs include David Zieroth’s the bridge from day to night and the page layouts of Jennifer Manuel’s debut novel The Heaviness of Things That Float (D&M, 2016) and Drew Hayden Taylor’s science fiction short story collection Take Us to Your Chief (D&M, 2016). See the full portfolio.

Onça Editing

Shed Simas is a fan both of stories and of The Chicago Manuel of Style. He began flexing his literary critic muscles in undergraduate Creative Writing courses, then solidified those skills during his Master’s degree. He loves to help authors communicate their ideas in a clear and engaging way, whether it be in fiction or non-fiction.


Onça Editing’s most notable work is the substantive edit for Simon Rose’s juvenile fantasy novel The Sphere of Septimus (Tradewind, 2015). Onça has also copyedited multiple books. see the full portfolio.


2015– Onça Publishing, Owner. Regularly provides design and editorial services to publishers. Oversees the ebook programs of Harbour Publishing, Nightwood Editions and Douglas & McIntyre, including conversion, distribution and efficiency. Manages user accounts and new content for KnowBC.com.

2014–15 Harbour Publishing / Douglas & McIntyre, Designer & Ebook Coordinator, Production Assistant. Oversaw conversion and optimization of ebooks; designed book covers, page layouts and marketing materials; assisted in photo research; ensured books progressed through editorial stages smoothly and on schedule; and managed user accounts and customer service for KnowBC.com

2012–13 Tradewind Books, Editorial Assistant. Collaborated with editors and publisher in editing upcoming titles; designed and updated promotional materials including magazine ads, catalogues, and flyers; and maintained and updated the company website.


2015 Master of Publishing, Simon Fraser University. With an emphasis in design and multi-platform publishing efficiency.

2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, University of British Columbia. With an emphasis in book production and design, drawing and writing.


2013 Susan Juby Award, Simon Fraser University, Master of Publishing. Given to students who have demonstrated the qualities of a top editor during the Editorial Theory & Practice course.

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