My love of books began at an early age. The worst punishment my parents ever gave me was taking away my books, but it was the only thing that worked. My teachers in grade school were often shocked at the level of books I was reading—they told me I couldn’t read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in my first grade reading time, but I did anyway. As I grew up and I started to learn the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation I began to be annoyed at the number of errors I would find in published books—to the point that I would furiously circle them and send pictures to friends with capitalized messages explaining my frustration. When I decided I wanted to edit books for a living, nobody was surprised.
As a writer seeking an editor, you are submitting your hard work to a stranger to be assessed and altered. You need to find somebody you trust to keep your voice and tone consistent throughout the manuscript, and that trust may be hard to give away. As an editor, I understand it is my duty to you to keep your style and voice consistent, and it is my duty to your reader to ensure a clear and enjoyable reading experience. Collectively, it is my duty to ensure the best possible version of your manuscript is being presented to the public.
Even the most experienced writers require editors. After working with a manuscript for an extended period of time and becoming attached to it, it is easy to miss things because you know it so well. A fresh pair of eyes from an editor will help you catch errors you may not otherwise notice. Editors exist to aid authors in the writing and publication process to ensure the best manuscript possible is going forward.
Editing, similar to writing, is a skilled art that takes time, patience, and practice to master. The English language can be tricky with the large number of exceptions to every ‘rule’ it has, and these rules and exceptions can change as needs and usage evolves. In order to keep up with changes in the language, and to keep myself sharp, I attend and participate in many workshops, seminars, and classes that are offered through local universities as well as the Editors’ Association of Canada. For more information about my qualifications and training click here.