~~ About Me ~~

I live in rural Nova Scotia (with excellent high speed internet) in a rapidly emptying nest. I worked part-time at The Odd Book for years while I was homeschooling (unschooling) my three children.

I am now a freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer. I learned how to perform these tasks from courses in the publishing program at Ryerson. I continue my professional development through workshops run by professional associations in Canada and the US and sessions at the various conferences that I’ve attended.

See below for my education and ongoing professional development. See the individual pages of editing, proofreading, and indexing for examples of work I have done recently. See also the testimonials page for evidence of my clients’ satisfaction with my work.

 

Post-Secondary Education

McMaster University, 1989, BSc in Psychology

Ryerson University, 2017, Publishing Certificate

Courses included: Copy Editing, Substantive Editing, Proofreading, Grammar, Indexing, Government Reports, Publishing Overview: Education, Visual Skills for Publishing, Book Design, Publishing Overview: Trade

Editing Recipes, 2020

Workshops and Webinars

Nova Scotia Twig/Editors Canada: Intermediate Copy Editing, Grammar Boot Camp, Plain Language Editing, Eight-Step Editing, Punctuation, Period!

ASI (American Society for Indexers): Embedded Indexing, Successful Subheadings, Structured Indexes, Indexing in InDesign, Metatopic, Cindex

Copyediting.com audio conference on File Management and Version Control

Meetings and Study Groups

Wolfville Editors monthly meetings
Editors Nova Scotia quarterly events in Halifax
copy editing study group
Cindex (dedicated indexing software) manual study group

Conferences

Editors Canada: Halifax, 2013; Toronto, 2014 and 2015; Vancouver, 2016; Ottawa–Gatineau, 2017; Saskatoon, 2018; Halifax, 2019

Indexing Society of Canada: Toronto, 2014; Victoria, 2015; Chicago, 2016; Montréal, 2017; Winnipeg, 2018; Ottawa, 2019

Communication Central: Rochester, 2016

Volunteer Work

Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada)

Editors Nova Scotia co-coordinator, 2016–2018
Recording secretary for the national executive council, 2015–2020
Editor, Active Voice /Voix active, 2016

Indexing Society of Canada

Co-president, 2017–present
Conference 2017 Chair, Conference 2018 Chair, Conference 2020 Chair
Eastern Representative on the ISC executive, 2015–2017

Awards

President’s Award for Volunteer Service, Editors Canada, 2015
President’s Award for service, Indexing Society of Canada, 2016

Email me with any questions you have.