"I wanted to let you know that as I go through your feedback I keep shouting at the screen 'Of course! Why didn't I think of that!' I'm never writing something I want to submit for publication again without your eagle eyes and sharp mind."
– Jennifer Ouellette
"I've worked with dozens of editors and Holly is one of the best. She's always a pleasure to work with, and, most importantly, she makes your work better. It's still your work, still your voice, but it's better." – Teresa Pitman
Awkward sentences, structural problems, style inconsistencies and typos lurk in even the best draft.
That's why you need an editor. I am a versatile and meticulous editor with experience in a wide variety of publication types, including magazine articles, research reports, books and web copy.
I can handle every level of editing from proofreading to working with writers at a substantive level to ensure their work is as accurate and compelling as it can be. When rewriting or trimming is required, I pride myself on “seamless” editing that preserves the voice and integrity of the original work. And I love working with designers to create beautiful and effective text packages.
Editor, Education Canada
I am currently the English-language editor of this bilingual, quarterly magazine from the Canadian Education Association. The magazine includes contributions from some of the leading Canadian and international educational researchers and innovators, as well as the shared experience and insight of hands-on educators. In addition to planning and editing the magazine, I am responsible for researching emerging education issues, identifying and approaching potential contributors, and working with a cross-Canada editorial advisory board.
Editor-in-Chief, Today's Parent Special Editions
As editor-in-chief of the Today’s Parent Special Editions, I was responsible for our specialty magazines (and their French equivalents):
• Today’s Parent Pregnancy
• Today’s Parent Baby & Toddler / Bout de chou
• Today’s Parent Newborn / Poupon
• Today’s Parent Baby Names
At Today's Parent I also handled a variety of special projects, which gave me the opportunity to create everything from social marketing booklets to e-newsletter programs, as well as stand-alone and sponsored magazines. Examples include:
Today’s Grandparent, a quarterly magazine for active grandparents
Today’s Parent Family Living, an annual family lifestyle magazine
Toonies for Tummies, a custom publication designed for the Grocery Foundation
The "Parenting for Life" booklet and poster series on positive parenting, created in partnership with the Pscyhology Foundation, with titles on discipline, fatherhood, play, preteens, and more.
The Stages Development Guide: a program of biweekly e-newsletters from conception to age 6
The Today's Parent book series, published with Key Porter Books
My recent editing projects have included:
Books: numerous titles for Friesen Press and for individual authors, including teen fiction, adult fiction and self-help books.
Magazines: Brainspace, a Canadian children's magazine.
Web and Marketing: The Every Mind Matters quarterly e-newsletter, for the Psychology Foundation of Canada (editing and design); other recent clients include Act First Safety, SPR Associates, Zim Art.
Research reports: Father Factors: What social science research tells us about fathers and how to work with them; Fashion Autobiographies: A case study with fourteen subjects, master's level major research paper and accompanying exhibition catalogue; proposals and final reports by the social research firm, SPR Associates