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.
I’m an expository writer, with a twist. I am particularly good at presenting reasons, giving explanations, describing processes, and giving accounts. My writing is clear and organized, and the content balanced and built on solid research. My writing is also narrative. I use story — sometimes latently, sometimes overtly — to shape information into patterns and engage readers' emotions as well as thoughts, making the information easier to understand and remember. My writing ranges from the highly functional, such as policies and procedures, to functionally creative, such as business cases and legal summaries. Whatever I write, I strive for content that is engaging to read and informative.
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 how people read and how white space, headings, image placement, font, and so much more translates information into usable communication.
In addition to post-graduate education in technical communication and degrees in English and Law, I offer:
Eight years of freelance experience (See my portfolio for samples of my work.)
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
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 (Member, Professional Editorial Standards Task Force)
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