Editing Services

Editors take on any number of tasks that prepare content for publication in print and online. I specialize in substantive editing, which usually also involves copy editing. 

Substantive Editing

This is the heavy lifting task of editing. I identify the objectives for the information and shape the material into its best possible structure. I ensure the ideas are organized, the arguments logical and complete, the information current and correct, and the style and design appropriate for the audience. I can also create or revise the visual content to ensure illustrations and photographs represent the information accurately and clearly.

Copy Editing

This is the work most people associate with editing: using language, punctuation, and style guides to correct and polish the content. Copy editing also includes reviewing content, references, and visual elements for accuracy and completeness. Some projects may include localizing content (for example, Canadianizing) or translating to plain language, writing captions and ALT text, listing and obtaining permissions, and making other changes needed for production.

Information Design

Good communication starts with the content and ends with presenting it the way readers need to get it. Making content usable involves designing visual and physical elements for best function. It may also involve adding graphs, charts, photographs, or other figures to the text. Aesthetics are part of the equation, but so is knowledge of white space, headings, image placement, font, and so much more that translates information into usable communication.

Production Management

The quality of a document, print or online, depends not just on good content but also on a well-managed process for developing the product. When needed, I coordinate and edit a project from proposal or rough manuscript to final production, incorporating input from authors, illustrators, consultants, and reviewers. Management may also include budgeting, hiring, design supervision, and project co-ordination.

Experience

In addition to post-graduate education in technical communication and degrees in English and Law, I offer:

Five years of freelance experience (See my portfolio for samples of my work.)

Editor at Ivey Publishing, editing business case studies and teaching materials, and at Ivey Business Journal, developing and editing articles for publication

Ten years' experience working and writing in health care policy

Ten years' experience working in clinical health care and research

Taught and published in academia
(See my list of publications for more details.)

Extensive technical skills, including design software

Active member of Editors Canada

Achievements

Technical Communication Post-Graduate Certificate (with Honours), Algonquin College

Digital Print Design (Continuing Education), Toronto Image Works

Bachelor of Laws (Dean’s Honour List), University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts (English Literature, with Distinction), University of Guelph

Diploma in Nursing (with Distinction), Mohawk College

THE BRAGGING LIST

President's Award for Volunteer Service, Editors Canada

Government of Canada Writing Skills, Levels 3 and 4 (WST3 & WST4)

First Prize, National Association of Women and the Law Writing Award, University of Western Ontario

JSD Tory Writing Award, University of Western Ontario

Best in Show and Doug Boult Award for Excellence in Photography, Arts Council of Eastern Ontario


 
The art and skill of editing require knowledge of both the use of language and the methods by which we make sense of information.
— Carolyn Rude, Technical Editing