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.
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
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
Editors Nova Scotia co-coordinator, 2016–2018
Recording secretary for the national executive council, 2015–2020
Editor, Active Voice /Voix active, 2016
Conference 2017 Chair, Conference 2018 Chair, Conference 2020 Chair
Eastern Representative on the ISC executive, 2015–2017
President’s Award for Volunteer Service, Editors Canada, 2015
President’s Award for service, Indexing Society of Canada, 2016