About Me

Photo of JaclynMy name is Jaclyn, and I’m an editor and a writer with more than 15 years’ experience. I’ve always enjoyed working with words, I’m a magazine junkie, and I’m grateful to have a job I love.

Why “EditFish”? Stuck for a blog name, I took the advice of my friend (and former Masthead blogger) Corinna vanGerwen and sought inspiration from industry veterans. I came across a quote attributed to American journalist and author Peggy Noonan. It resonates with my own goal of creating clear, concise copy – with a touch of humour whenever possible.

“Remember the waterfront shack with the sign FRESH FISH SOLD HERE. Of course it’s fresh, we’re on the ocean. Of course it’s for sale, we’re not giving it away. Of course it’s here, otherwise the sign would be someplace else. The final sign: FISH.”

About me: I have an English degree from the University of Toronto and a Magazine Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. Like many people who work in magazines, my career began with internships (eye weekly, Shift, Nylon and FASHION). In 2001, I joined the staff of Chatelaine as a researcher, and became an associate copy editor and eventually copy chief. After departing from Chatelaine in 2005, I became the managing editor of Abilities, a post I held for four years.

Since becoming a full-time freelancer at the end of 2006, I’ve worked with a wide variety of consumer, trade and custom publications (such as Best Health, Reader’s Digest, Cottage Life, PROFIT, Marketing, FASHION, The Globe and Mail, CMA Magazine, EcoLiving and Harry), websites (Chatelaine.com, besthealthmag.com, DailyXY.com and others), non-profit organizations and companies.

I’ve presented workshops about copy editing for the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Professional Writers Association of Canada and Canadian University Press, and I was the copy editing instructor for the Summer 2011 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

I’m the president of PWAC Toronto Chapter and a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada and the Canadian Freelance Union.

Thank you for visiting EditFish!

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