I started my publishing career on the editorial side of book publishing with Kensington Book’s Lyrical Press imprint and an internship with Entangled Publishing.
I’ve dabbled in positions outside of editing such as public relations, marketing, and agenting, but keep coming back to editing.
Ever since I was a kid, books had been my best friend. I was that awkward kid with her nose stuck in a book (and her Toronto Maple Leafs jersey on). I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something in book publishing.
I spent years working privately on my writing craft and finally worked up the guts to participate in an online event with an editor—however, it wasn’t a positive experience.
There was nothing nice said, and the tone was beyond demeaning. Plus, it was in an open format so a dozen or more writers had witnessed my shame.
I decided to quit writing, but thankfully, a kind writer (who turned into my critique partner) helped me to see that while I had far to go with my knowledge, there were bright spots.
This experience shaped who I am as an editor. I don’t ever want to make an author feel that way. While I’ll always give truthful feedback, it’s done in a positive and professional way.
I’ll pull out my pompoms to help you learn, develop, and grow as an author.
It was the kindness from a stranger that made me keep going.
I’ve attended Conestoga College for Radio and Television Broadcasting and the University of Waterloo for courses in English Literature.
I’ve taken editing courses at Simon Fraser University and completed my publishing certificate at Ryerson University with a designation in children’s literature.
Away from books and my laptop, I can be found following (okay, taxiing) my three kids to various sports events, watching sports on TV (Leafs) with my husband, and cuddling my pups, Blue and Sniper.