Why hire a writer?
A professional writer is the difference between ho-hum, impersonal writing and copy that engages, persuades and resonates with readers. Which would you rather have when making a first impression with your target market, reconnecting with your customers, or reaching out to your employees?
A writer also saves you time and frustration by fine-tuning your message, choosing the best methods to convey it, and expressing it concisely and effectively.
Why hire an editor ?
An editor provides expertise and a fresh perspective to ensure that your project is well organized, professional, consistent and free of embarrassing (and expensive) errors.
Why hire a freelancer?
Hiring outside help is a flexible and economical option that ensures that your copy is top quality. How can I help you?
News and recent postings
- Updates: I had a tiring but fantastic time earlier this month at the Editors' Association of Canada conference in Ottawa and MagNet 2012. I learned new skills, caught up with magazine colleagues at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors gala and met many PWAC members from across Canada. I'm already looking forward to next year! (Posted Jun 23.)
- Updates: I've joined the International Association of Business Communicators! See my listing in the Marketplace here. (Posted Feb. 26, 2012.)
- Updates: Thanks to the national executive board of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) for inviting me to take part in its strategic planning last week. Lots of great stuff is coming up in the near future, so if you're a writer and not yet a member, now is the time to join. What else is new? My blog about editing and writing, EditFish, is getting good traffic. Thanks to my new subscribers! (Posted Feb. 11, 2012.)
- Updates: It's been a busy few months for me! I'm thrilled to announce that I'm now blogging about writing and editing. My blog, Editfish, launched this month, and I'm extra-excited that it's syndicated on Masthead Online. I will also be appearing on "Starting Up and Setting Out," a panel about freelancing, for the Editors' Association of Canada on Feb. 4. If you're an editor who's considering making the leap to a freelance life, this is for you!
- New article: I wrote about the controversy surrounding kids' access to their asthma inhalers while at school, for the Fall 2011 issue of Allergic Living.
- PWAC Toronto Chapter activities are under way for 2011/12. We had a great time talking to the public about the benefits of PWAC membership at Word on the Street this past weekend, and our first professional development seminar, an editors' panel organized by yours truly, is on Oct. 12. If you're a freelancer, new or experienced, this is a great opportunity to find out what editors really want. You can also check out a blog post I wrote for NetWords for tips on making a good first impression.
In August, I also had a great time teaching the new crew of Canadian University Press about common grammar and punctuation problems. Thanks to National Bureau Chief Emma Godmere for inviting me in for the second consecutive year.
Last note for now: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression is selling tickets for its annual gala (Nov. 24 at the Fairmont Royal York). This is a great cause - money raised goes to CJFE's Journalists in Distress fund, which helps persecuted journalists with legal, medical and travel costs in emergency situations. If you can't attend, you can still become a member! (Posted Sept. 26, 2011.)
Read past updates in the Archives.