We want to give the Editors Toronto members and student affiliates another way to get to know the executive and find out what is involved in being on the committee. So, we ask each new executive committee member to introduce themself and their role by answering a few questions.
Meet Amanda Clarke, our current treasurer. She has been a member of Editors Canada for four years and joined the Editors Toronto executive committee as of the 2021–22 season. Amanda spends most of her time consuming stories, in words and on screens. When not immersed in other worlds, she is usually found on an ice rink.
What kind of editor are you? Tell us a bit about your experience.
I am a freelancer who works primarily with first-time and independent fiction authors. I specialize in science-fiction/fantasy, but I have also worked with literary fiction, horror, and short stories. I also edit educational STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) materials up to Grade 12.
What is your favourite part of the role you hold on the executive committee (or the “exec,” as we call it)?
I like spreadsheets, and the treasurer role lets me use a lot of them. I also like the fact that numbers are pretty concrete. They are what they are.
Give us an elevator pitch for your role.
Keep track of the money and make sure people get paid.
What’s your favourite part of an exec meeting?
It’s nice to chat and catch up at the end of meetings, but I really like when we get to talk through a problem. The collaborative energy is really great.
If you didn’t have your role on the exec, what role would you pick?
I’d be interested to run BoldFace for a bit. I think it would be a great way to connect with a lot of different editors and see what they are interested in. I think it would also push me a little out of my comfort zone as it would allow me to explore a new territory.
Editors Toronto holds elections to fill the executive committee positions every May. For the 2022–23 season, we are looking for candidates for the roles of co-chair, vice chair, secretary, community liaison, BoldFace editor-in-chief, and possibly communications chair, seminars chair, and programs chair. If you are interested in any of the positions, please contact us at [email protected].
This article was copy edited by Keith Goddard, the owner of Common Sense Editing.