I have an insatiable curiosity for the written word and language. My favourite subject in school was always—surprise—English, and my favourite assignment was always essay writing! I love to read, research and create engaging text. Recognizing that writing and editing are the best ways to appreciate and cultivate these irrepressible traits, I received university degrees in mass communication and sociology, then journalism. Upon graduation from journalism school, I was an intern at Chatelaine magazine, then assistant editor at Homemakers magazine and then writer and editor at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In May 2003, with my six-month-old son in tow, I launched my freelance editing and writing business, Planet Word.
Through Planet Word, I offer a selection of freelance services such as editing (including copy editing and proofreading), writing, researching, project and content management, fact-checking, project and content consultation and mentoring. My interests are vast and varied, which are reflected in the clients, projects, publications and ongoing commitment to volunteer work in my portfolio.
I’m an active member of the Toronto branch of Editors Canada. I’m the chair of Editors Toronto, as well as the former seminars chair and seminars vice-chair. I’m also a regular contributor to BoldFace, the branch’s blog. As administrative director of the Rowers Reading Series, I collaborate with the artistic director/board president, treasurer and web director to manage the monthly reading series, which includes strategic planning, securing promotional coverage for each event, assisting with grant applications, brainstorming ideas for authors, and recording and distributing minutes for board meetings. I’m a member of The Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. And I mentor novice editors via Editors Canada and novice writers via PWAC.
I live in east Toronto with my husband, our teenaged bilingual son, who shares my eternal love of words and his dad’s enviable knack with numbers, and our amazing retired racing greyhound, Aquaman. And, contrary to urban myth, I do not work in my pyjamas!
When I’m not writing, editing or imagining life as a bestselling author, I enjoy hatha yoga, gardening, theatre and movies, travelling, baking, antiquing, delving into the world of Nancy Drew and spilling ink for my first book, a YA novel.
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