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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to post-graduate certification in technical communication and degrees in English and Law, I offer:
Five years of freelance experience planning, writing, editing, and delivering a variety of communication projects for various clients (See my portfolio for samples of my work.)
Editor at Ivey Publishing, editing business case studies and teaching material used globally for management education, and at Ivey Business Journal, developing and editing articles for publication in the journal
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.)
Active member of Editors Canada
An editor needs to have technical skills and these are mine:
- PC and Mac operating systems
- Microsoft Office and Mac Work
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Adobe Acrobat Professional
- CMS and formatting with Markdown
- Online databases and catalogues
- Data management specialist
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