Respect and trust in the editing process

As an independent substantive and developmental editor, I have been very lucky to work with many wonderful authors whose stories are amazing, and with whom I have developed strong friendships. Being part of their journey from manuscript to published book – or from woe...

Why I love Track Changes mode

I first used computers in my job at the Australian Museum in Sydney. Back then, we used Corel’s WordPerfect as our program of choice, and I fell in love with, among other things, its wonderfully revealing Reveal Codes option. I still use that program on a daily...
Building bridges in Saskatoon

Building bridges in Saskatoon

Attending the 2018 Editors Canada Conference in Saskatoon as a presenter is both exciting and somewhat familiar. At their 2001 conference in Ottawa, I delivered a presentation on personal and professional maintenance for freelance editors. It was very well received...
Taking the time to listen

Taking the time to listen

Last Thursday, I was expecting to meet a friend for coffee. It had been too long since we last caught up, and I was very much looking forward to our conversation. When he called to say there had been a change of circumstance at his end of the equation, I immediately...
Community outreach for freelancers

Community outreach for freelancers

Coffee shops can provide an instant community and a much-needed time out from our day-to-day. Last Friday, my friend Miriam retired from public service. Ever since, it’s been go, go, go for her, with farewell events, lunches and get togethers with family and friends,...