Author (August 2017-present)
Wrote the middle-grade novel Clutch, published by Red Deer Press. While Jackie Robinson breaks the colour barrier with the Montreal Royals in 1946, 12-year-old Joey Grosser struggles with his father’s sudden death and takes it upon himself to move his family out of their dump of a neighbourhood, turning to the wrong person for help.
Various Publishing Houses
Editor, copyeditor (June 2017-present)
Edit and/or copyedit children’s books, from picture books to middle-grade fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction, and graphic novels. Clients include Owlkids, Second Story Press, James Lorimer & Company, and Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Digital consultant (September 2016-present)
Project-manage the rebuild of the English- and French-language CHF Canada website and its AGM website on behalf of the non-profit organization. Write, edit, and update web content. Advise on site design and architecture.
Writer, editor, translator, copyeditor (October 2000-present)
Write and/or edit articles about books, travel, home decor, parenting, health, entertainment, and more for print and online publications, including Style at Home, Canadian Living, Homemakers, The Globe and Mail, Help! We’ve Got Kids, and Quill & Quire. Translate and/or copyedit for several publications, including CAA-Quebec magazine (formerly Touring) and OWL.
Translator (November 2014-present)
Translate copy from French to English for two Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) consumer magazines and site.
Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore
Blog Manager/French Book Buyer (September 2014-present)
Bookseller (September 2014-September 2016)
Manage all aspects of the store’s book-review blog, including writing, editing and posting staff reviews as well as promoting them on social media. Research and buy French titles (novels, picture books, non-fiction books). Assist at outside author events and school visits. Help customers find specific books and recommend suitable titles.
Creative director (August 2010-August 2012)
Managed all aspects of women’s technology website. Wrote, edited and posted weekly articles. Created and executed inbound (SEO and social media) marketing plan. Adapted WordPress template to specification and designed e-newsletter. Tracked website data.
Researcher (September 2011)
Updated the entire database of A-Z health content.
Health news contributor (January 2007-June 2011)
Wrote a monthly health news column.
Editor (April 2009-April 2011)
Created the monthly editorial schedule. Assigned, edited, wrote, and posted articles, advertorial copy, and weekly blog. Coordinated with third-party content providers and sought contributing experts. Worked with internal stakeholders. Designed and researched artwork. Published all content via the content management system.
Microsoft Home Magazine
Senior editor (March 2004-September 2006; May 2008-March 2009)
Fact checker (October 2002-February 2004)
Assigned, edited and wrote articles. Co-styled photo shoot and created crafts for the Holiday Helpbook
Senior editor (August 2006-September 2006)
Helped assign, schedule and edit articles while staff looked for full-time employee.
Style at Home magazine
Senior editor (January 2004-July 2004; December 2009-February 2010)
Assigned, edited and wrote articles while staff looked for full-time employees.
Substantive editor (December 2007-July 2008)
Edited copy for the Baby & Me section of the site’s Beech-Nut advertorial.
Pearson Education Canada
Proofreader (March 2003-April 2003)
Proofed and wrote some copy for a series of children’s non-fiction books.
Fashion and beauty editor (November 2001-October 2002)
Assigned, edited and wrote articles.
Writer/columnist (July 2001-October 2006)
Wrote feature articles and a regular column called “Canuck Notes” for Bell ExpressVu’s programming guide.
News writer (October 2000-January 2001)
Wrote press releases and program notes for upcoming television shows and specials.
Senior editor (July 2000-October 2000)
Online editor, home and apparel (May 2000-July 2000)
Created the editorial calendar and edited all copy. Managed a team of two full-time editors and four freelancers. Coordinated with third-party content providers. Wrote one Home & Garden and Apparel feature per week. Maintained department budget. Managed contributor contracts. Established guidelines and submissions process.
George Brown College
Continuing education instructor (September 1999-May 2004)
Taught a class called Editing: An Introduction.
TV Guide Canada
Assistant listings manager (January 2000-May 2000)
Senior copyeditor (July 1998-January 2000)
Copyedited listings. Wrote feature pieces and created crossword puzzles. Selected, assigned and edited 200-word weekly close-up reviews in English and French. Managed a team of six writers.
Editor (January 1998-July 1998)
Wrote a weekly service article about personal finance. Copyedited the site.
Ladies’ Home Journal
Editorial assistant (March 1997-January 1998)
Wrote service articles. Fact-checked and proofread copy. Videotaped segments for and maintained the website.
CANSCAIP – Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
Speaker coordinator – Packaging Your Imagination conference (February 2015-present)
Planning committee member (May 2015-April 2017)
As speaker coordinator: help brainstorm themes and speakers for the one-day conference, work with speakers to develop their sessions as needed, facilitate flow of information to and from speakers, coordinate speaker-shadow volunteers, and ensure deadlines are met. As one of six co-program chairs: help plan programming themes and speakers for the Toronto monthly meetings from September to June, and attend board meetings to report on programming plans.
New York University
MA: Journalism. Graduated December 1996.
BA specialization: Communication studies. Graduated with distinction, May 1994. Dean’s list.
French, social networking tools, Microsoft Office, HTML, Photoshop, Digital Image Suite, InDesign, WordPress, Hootsuite, Google Analytics, The Canadian Press Stylebook, The Chicago Manual of Style.
CANSCAIP, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Access Copyright, Editors’ Association of Canada, Quebec Writers’ Federation, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).