Children’s author, editor, copyeditor (August 2017-present)
Published two novels and one nonfiction book for middle-grade readers. Work with new and established authors and publishing companies, editing, copyediting, and/or evaluating picture books and novels for Owlkids Books, Second Story Press, and James Lorimer & Company.
Digital consultant (September 2016-present)
Project-managed the rebuild of the non-profit’s English- and French-language main and AGM websites. Wrote, edited, and updated content. Advised on site design and architecture. Continue to manage the AGM sites.
News and Lifestyle Publications
Writer, editor, copyeditor, translator (October 2000-present)
Provide various editorial services to print and online publications, including Quill & Quire, Style at Home, Canadian Living, Homemakers, The Globe and Mail, CAA-Quebec magazine (formerly Touring), TCHIN TCHIN, Cellier, and OWL.
Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore
Blog Manager/French Book Buyer (September 2014-April 2019)
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.
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.
Arts and Lifestyle Publications
Columnist (July 2001-June 2011)
Wrote a monthly health news column for Homemakers.com from January 2007 to June 2011. Wrote feature articles and a monthly column called “Canuck Notes” for Bell ExpressVu’s programming guide from July 2001 to October 2006.
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 Packaging Your Imagination speaker coordinator, recommend workshop topics and speakers, work with speakers to develop their sessions as needed, facilitate the flow of information to and from speakers, coordinate speaker-shadow volunteers and ensure everything runs smoothly during the conference. As co-program chair, helped program Toronto monthly meetings and attended board meetings.
New York University
MA: Journalism. Graduated December 1996.
BA specialization: Communication studies. Graduated with distinction, May 1994. Dean’s list.
I Can’t Do What? Weird Rules and Laws from Around the World (working title). Nonfiction. Red Deer Press, Spring 2021.
The Other Side. Novel. Red Deer Press, May 2020.
What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? Nonfiction. Owlkids Books, March 2020.
Clutch. Novel. Red Deer Press, August 2017.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Clutch: Best Books of 2017, Historical Fiction, Kirkus Reviews; 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award; starred pick, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018; 2018 Silver Birch nominee, Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading; 2018 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People finalist; 2019 MYRCA Sundogs finalist. Winner (short-story version entitled The Boys of Summer), 17th Annual Writing for Children Competition, CANSCAIP and The Writers’ Union of Canada, 2014.
French, social media, 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, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The Writers’ Union of Canada.