Al MacKay is a non-binary freelance editor and writer with experience in a variety of creative fields. They work in many different areas, including (but not limited to) zine making, writing, video editing for film and television, independent animation, and transcription. Al has a special fondness for YA fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy, and LGBTQ+ romance; but they enjoy reading and editing for just about any genre and demographic. They take pride in their attention to detail, and their fast turnaround times. They especially love reading for transmasculine and gay characters in fiction. 

They’re currently a member of the screening committee for Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and they carry this strong interest in LGBTQ2+ media of all types to their work for Salt & Sage. 

In their free time, Al loves discovering new comics and zines at small press fairs.


  Sensitivity / Expert

  • Transmasculinity / transgender men
  • Non-binary identity
  • Bisexuality and pansexuality
  • Animation & animation history
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Late 2000s & early 2010s internet subcultures
  • Alt/independent comics
  • Bullying (online, verbal)
  • Art school student culture
  • Filmmaking and film history
  • Intimate partner abuse / gaslighting

 Preferred Genres

sci-fi  fantasy  erotica  xenofiction  autobiography 

 Avoided Genres


What Clients Say


Very constructive and helpful - gave me lots of useful points to work with and ways to improve the character for future rewrites.


I am so thankful for the wonderful service I’ve had from Salt & Sage! Al and Erin have both been absolutely fantastic - friendly and professional to a fault. The process of hiring Al was smooth and stress-free, and their feedback on my chapters was incredibly insighful and helpful - as a cis woman, I was nervous about doing my trans character justice in his “coming out” scene. He’s a very special character to me, and I want him to be the best version of himself! Al’s other feedback (including scenes of bullying and verbal abuse) was really useful, too; I have a few new ideas for sentences and dialogue to include, thanks to their feedback.

I will absolutely be using Salt & Sage again in my writing career. Thank you so much, Al!