Executive Unplugged: Sharon Cozens, Secretary

We wanted to give Editors Toronto members and student affiliates another way to get to know their executive committee members, while also finding out what is involved in being on the committee. So, we asked executive committee members to introduce themselves and their roles by answering a few questions for our “Executive Unplugged” series.

Although Sharon came somewhat late to her career as an editor, she has always loved words and is constantly amazed at the various ways they can be used to help people to communicate. Although we live in an often divisive world, she is happy to know that words can often be a powerful tool for uniting people.

Sharon Cozens

What kind of editor are you? Tell us a bit about your experience.

I’m a freelance copy editor. My focus is on non-fiction and my passion lies in historical works, memoirs, and craft books (especially beading and crochet). I also have experience in creating and writing for newsletters, both in print and online.

I’m currently working on building my client base and my reputation as an editor. I’m especially open to working with new writers and people whose first language is not English.

What is your favourite part of the role you hold on the executive committee (or the “exec,” as we call it)?

I get to see the inner workings of Editors Toronto and learn about the roles and responsibilities of each chair. As a result, I’ve developed an understanding of, and appreciation for, all the hard work that goes into the smooth running of the organization.

Give us an elevator pitch for your role.

As secretary you serve an important function on the exec without having to invest a huge time commitment. You keep the exec committee on track by reminding everyone, via the monthly minutes, of what decisions have been made and what tasks have been—and need to be—completed. Even better is that you get to do all this while working with a friendly and helpful team.

What’s your favourite part of an exec meeting?

I enjoy the collaborative and supportive environment—there are no egos. Even though we each have varying levels of responsibility, and different levels of editing and life experience, each exec has an equal voice in the decision-making process. We each focus on doing our best to support Editors Toronto members.

If you didn’t have your role on the exec, what role would you pick?

For now, I’m very happy with my current role as secretary. However, once I have more experience with Editors Toronto, I think being the editor of BoldFace would present an exciting new challenge. I’d like to be responsible for creating and sourcing content that would engage Editors Toronto members and support them in their careers.

This article was copy edited by Ann Kennedy, a freelance copy editor and proofreader who lives in Toronto with her retired service dog, Rosa, by her side.

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