Update: Thank you for your interest. I am currently not taking on any new clients.
I want to help you tell your story.
I am a skilled editor and project manager with more than ten years’ experience in publishing. I am confident working at all stages of the production cycle, from conception to execution and distribution. I have edited bestselling books (fiction and non-fiction), websites, reports, and more. I work with a variety of clients including publishing houses, self-published writers, yoga teachers, non-profits, filmmakers, and those looking to make career transitions. I love helping individuals and organizations use storytelling to create positive social change, and I’m especially passionate about working with environmentally and socially conscious clients.
Do you have an idea, but you’re not sure how to shape it?
Are you working on a manuscript and curious about next steps?
Does your organization need a streamlined communications plan?
I offer a range of services, including consulting, manuscript development, editing, and project management.
My clients include:
Art Canada Institute
Community Food Centres Canada
House of Anansi Press
McClelland & Stewart
New College at the University of Toronto
Page Two Strategies
Random House Canada
Plus a range of private clients
Please contact me for my rates, and let’s start the conversation about how we can best work together. I am happy to work within a project budget, and I also offer a sliding scale.
I worked for eight years as an editor and managing editor at Knopf Canada, Random House Canada, and Vintage Canada (all imprints of Penguin Random House Canada) before going freelance. I am also project and development manager with Page Two Strategies.
I’m co-founder and programming director of The Reading Line, an annual reading festival on two wheels that promotes local authors and infrastructure improvements.
Prior to joining Penguin Random House Canada, I worked at Rebus Creative in Vancouver, where I coordinated the Adopt-a-Library Program, which distributes notable books by BC authors to schools throughout the province.
I hold an MA in English literature and a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education, both from the University of British Columbia. For my MA I specialized in spatial studies, book history/print culture, American literature, and autobiography. I also studied publishing and editing at Simon Fraser University and Ryerson University, and participated in the 2017 Editing Indigenous Manuscripts course at Humber College, facilitated by Warren Cariou, Cherie Dimaline, Gregory Scofield, and Greg Younging. I am the recipient of a Graduate Entrance Scholarship and SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, the Butler Award, Garner Book Publishing Award, and Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Book Editing. In 2017 I was a finalist for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for my work on Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin.
I am a certified yoga instructor who understands the nuances of communicating different styles of yoga, in the studio and on the page.
I am passionate about open communication, self-care, simple living, vegan food, and overalls. I dislike censorship and tiny pockets on t-shirts. In my spare time I am learning to play the bass guitar.
I live in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territories. I hold Canadian and EU (Irish) citizenship.
Photo credit: Zoë Gemelli