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Editor for Life: Julia Kuipers, manager of editorial and design services at the Ontario Dental Association

Interview conducted by Jennifer D. Foster

A career as an editor is often a solo adventure, especially if you’re a freelancer. So we thought one way to better connect with fellow editors was to ask them the W5: who, what, where, when, and why. Read on for some thought-provoking, enlightening tidbits from those of us who choose to work with words to earn our keep.
Editor for Life: Julia Kuipers, Manager of Editorial and Design Services at the Ontario Dental Association

Julia, please tell us a little about yourself, the kind of work you do, and how long you’ve been an editor.

Editing chose me. I started with a decor magazine as an editorial assistant but took the job hoping to assist the editor with her TV show. This was a long time ago—and I never did get anywhere near the TV studio. But I discovered that editing and writing was a natural fit for me: I had always been a voracious reader and majored in English lit, so this was a good career choice. From editorial assistant, I worked as a copy editor and senior editor and finally managing editor for consumer magazines, and about 10 years ago, I took a position with the Ontario Dental Association as managing editor of their professional journal and editor of their consumer magazine. (more…)