Beyond Editing: From Medical Editor to Graphic Novelist

by Indu Singh and Ann Nam-Tran Le Editors Canada member Dr. Paul Ling certainly has taken the road less travelled. After a successful career in medicine as a surgeon and clinical professor, Dr. Ling detoured into health science editing, and then following his passion for nineteenth-century gothic adventures, took a turn into the world of art … Continue reading Beyond Editing: From Medical Editor to Graphic Novelist

Prize-winner learns value of mentors

by Deborah Joy Innes I was the very lucky winner of two (yes, two!) raffle prizes at the Editors Toronto meeting in September. The first was the book The New Vine by author Robert Marrone. There were two authors present that night (Robert Marrone and Trevor Cole), along with their editors, speaking about the author-editor … Continue reading Prize-winner learns value of mentors

An evening with Michael Redhill and Martha Kanya-Forstner

by Joanne Haskins Editors Toronto hosted a special branch meeting in January, when acclaimed author Michael Redhill took the stage with his editor, Martha Kanya-Forstner, to discuss the writing and editing of Bellevue Square, the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner. Redhill’s novels include Consolation (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and Martin Sloane (a finalist … Continue reading An evening with Michael Redhill and Martha Kanya-Forstner

Ask Aunt Elizabeth: The authors I work with see me as the enemy

By Elizabeth d’Anjou Looking for advice on editing the editing life? Whether you’re a beginner looking for tips on starting out or an old hand looking for another perspective, veteran editor Aunt Elizabeth is ready to address your queries. Submit them to [email protected]—you may find the answers you are looking for in next month’s column. (1) … Continue reading Ask Aunt Elizabeth: The authors I work with see me as the enemy

How to break through walls: A writer’s perspective on the infamous “block”

By Judy Ann Crawford People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.—Anna Quindlen So it’s time to write the thing. Topic? Check. There it is, typed out at the top of the page, a vast whiteness beneath it that you are trying not to focus on. Coffee? Of … Continue reading How to break through walls: A writer’s perspective on the infamous “block”

Five steps to successfully editing for a controlling client

By Jessica Trudel To outsiders, editing seems like a very straightforward process: read a document, fix the mistakes, and rinse and repeat. What we editorial insiders know, though, is that no two editing projects are exactly alike. Think about it. Each project you work on involves a new and different client document intended audience purpose … Continue reading Five steps to successfully editing for a controlling client

The writer-editor relationship, part 2: Five things writers wish editors knew—and followed

By Nina Munteanu In my previous article, “The writer-editor relationship, part 1: Editors preparing writers,” I focused on clarifying expectations between editors and writers from the editor’s point of view. Part 2, this article, focuses on this same relationship from the writer’s point of view. Clarity of expectation, honesty, and mutual respect are key features … Continue reading The writer-editor relationship, part 2: Five things writers wish editors knew—and followed

The writer-editor relationship, part 1: Editors preparing writers

By Nina Munteanu As indie publishing soars to new heights and successes, writers are looking more and more to freelance editors to help them create works of merit that will stand out in the market. Whether this process is seamless and productive or fraught with difficulties depends on the relationship established between editor and writer … Continue reading The writer-editor relationship, part 1: Editors preparing writers