About

A bit about me …

I am a writer and editor. I’ve published four books, have written several others, and have been the editor of many more. I am currently writing another book, and in the past have also written many other pieces – articles, essays, reviews, and more – that have been published, both personal and professional.

I have 25 years experience carrying out editing as part of my former professional work as an academic librarian (books for publishers, articles for peer-reviewed journals), as well as for individuals in my work as a freelance editor. I’ve served on the editorial boards of academic journals and have been the chief editor of two professional magazines.

My editing experience has been much beyond simply academic texts. I’ve also edited books for major commercial and educational publishers in Canada. And as a freelance editor, I’ve edited novels, stories, booklets, articles, and much much more, large and small.

I also do volunteer editing:

March 2022 to present: I am tutoring in English-language writing for ELTOC (English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community).

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March to May 2021: I provided a free assessment of writing to anyone who requested it, with no obligation for them to use any of my paid services afterwards, in an ad I maintained on kijiji. They sent me samples of up to 1,500 words in any form or genre, and I sent them an assessment of its pros and cons — not editing in detail, but providing an analysis pointing out issues to do with the overall structure, or flow of paragraphs, or sentence construction.

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ca. 2010: I helped to initiate and compile the bibliography of the study of Canadian English for the Strathy Language Unit at Queen’s University.

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January to April 2021: I was a volunteer for the Endangered Alphabets Project, working on its Atlas of Endangered Alphabets. Under the guidance of the project’s president, Tim Brookes, I reviewed a large portion of the website, correcting errors, suggesting re-wordings and the addition of text, as well as developing a style sheet so that future editors and the publisher will have this important tool indicating what editorial choices have been made.

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If you are interested in checking out the details, please see my personal website.