Who I am. Where I've been.
Nicholas Hoare Bookstore, Toronto
Courtesy of Tim Shore
a book seller,
a national book buyer,
a publisher's sales rep
and a book editor.
Now I work for myself...
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I have more than twenty years of experience in book publishing, with expertise in retail, sales, acquisitions, and editing.
The Canadian Booksellers' Association named me Editor of the Year in 2011 and Sales Rep of the Year in 2009.
As Senior Editor at Penguin Random House Canada, I acquired and edited thirty national bestsellers.
I speak at events such as the Surrey International Writers' Festival, When Words Collide (Calgary) and the Ontario Writers' Conference. I lecture on publishing topics at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
I acquired and edited literary and commercial novels for Penguin Canada for years so I know exactly what publishers and readers are looking for. There is a wide and appreciative readership for your novel. Here's how we'll find it:
Step One: Assess your manuscript. I'll tell you who your readership is, what their expectations are, and how to exceed those expectations. I'll point out the strengths and weaknesses of your novel, and offer encouragement, advice, and concrete solutions in a ten-page report.
Step Two: Substantively edit your manuscript. This is broad-stroke, big-picture editing. I'll consider your novel's genre, readership, and influences to recommend improvements to structure, character, plot, pace, dialogue and style in your manuscript using 'track changes' over multiple drafts.
Step Three: Copyedit your manuscript.* This is detail-oriented, rules-based editing. I'll ensure the correctness of your grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style, and the internal consistency of facts and presentation.
*Only self-publishers need this service. No agent or publisher expects to acquire a fully copyedited novel.
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