By Whitney Matusiak If you have read my BoldFace post “Three months at a literary agency made me a better editor,” then you’ll remember I figured out a systematic editorial approach that I developed from repetition. I looked at a lot of manuscripts and worked out the steps to increase an author’s chance of getting … Continue reading Three months in marketing made me an even better editor
Interview conducted by Jennifer D. Foster Have you ever wondered what fellow editors like to read? We have, too. In our interview series “By the Book,” we get the inside scoop on editors’ all-time favourite books, their top style guides, and what their alternate-universe careers would be. Tell us about your current job, Laura, plus … Continue reading By the Book: Copy editor and writer Laura Godfrey’s book highlights
By Whitney Matusiak In the changing landscape of the publishing industry, one thing has remained the same: literary agents will advocate for your work—they’re the Jerry Maguires of the author world. That is, if you’re lucky enough to get one. Since January 2015, I’ve been interning with Anne McDermid & Associates, a Toronto-based literary agency … Continue reading Three months at a literary agency made me a better editor
By Whitney Matusiak Fact checking is an ongoing process, and there’s no wrong time to start asking why that Macy’s dress went from red to blue, or since when did the space race take place in the ‘70s? While checking facts can be considered an art form—based on the powers of observation, curiosity, and listening … Continue reading Facing Facts—Why fact checking is the first and last thing you should do
By Whitney Matusiak I haven’t always worked freelance. I spent eight years in an office where the dress code was business casual, which loosely translated to dressing well, but not trendily, not comfortably, and certainly not better than my clients or boss. One year ago, I started working freelance, and I went from itchy-waist dress … Continue reading Freelance fashion: What should I wear?
By Whitney Matusiak Author Stephen Kelman grips readers and deftly conjures compassion with the use of a culturally and socially magnetic dialect in his debut novel Pigeon English (2011). Set in a rough London estate, Pigeon English is a modern-day coming-of-age tale with dark leanings centring on the gang-related death of a young boy. With … Continue reading Book review: Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
By Whitney Matusiak I had a conversation with a friend of mine recently, and I casually mentioned my love for words. After that initial statement, irony set in, and I called my linguaphilia indescribable. Is that even possible? Have I failed my passion of writing and editing by being incapable of wielding its power to describe my love for it? I have a … Continue reading In a world fraught with jargon, are we drowning in English?
By Whitney Matusiak Alena Graedon’s debut novel, The Word Exchange, explores an imagined time of conquered print-media prowess—replaced by “smart” technology bordering on artificial intelligence. Graedon’s “dystopian novel for the digital age” follows the perils of Anana Johnson with clever thematic nods to George Orwell’s 1984, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, and John Wyndham’s The … Continue reading Book review: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon