My career as a writer and editor began with an indignant (and slightly arrogant) letter-to-the-editor of my campus newspaper. That letter prompted an invitation to join the newspaper’s staff and an eventual change of major from biology to English writing. Since then, I’ve been helping people communicate: writing award-winning articles; completing writing fellowships; serving as editor-in-chief; working as a writing centre peer tutor; teaching speech communication and writing. After finding my way to publishing school in Toronto, I finally discovered the job of book editor. Turns out, the development and production of books (and media) for higher education was a great fit for me.
After three years of valuable in-house editorial experience at both a large multinational publisher and a small mom-and-pop shop, I began my career as a freelance editor. Talk about a dream job. I got to do the work I liked to do, when I wanted to do it, in comfy clothes, and just ten feet from my bedroom door. It seemed like heaven—my time was my own, I was free of office politics, and if I wanted to earn more money, I simply had to do more work.
After developing a solid client base through word of mouth and industry networking, I got into a groove. But it wasn’t long before I realized that I was in a rut—a never-leave-the-house freelancing rut. So, after eight years as an editor, I took on a new challenge and rediscovered myself as a writer.
Around this time, I also packed up my office, rented out my house, and set off on a new adventure as a digital nomad, travelling around the world with no fixed address for the better part of two years.
For several years, I divided my time between my home in Toronto and the rest of the world. I still work primarily in educational and academic publishing—both print and digital materials—but I also write. As a writer-for-hire, I’ve written over 30 books for young readers. I’ve also written adult learning materials for community agencies, magazine feature articles, online travel content, and of course, my own travel blog.
My client roster is relatively small, but that’s because my clients keep me very busy. I’m always looking for new challenges and I’m especially interested in applying my educational content experience and knowledge of the publishing process to new industries, fields, and platforms.
In 2019, I started a new chapter by completing the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design at Athabasca University’s Centre for Distance Education. My goal is to transfer my experience and expertise developing learning resources to post-secondary institutions to help create open-source texts and online content for distance ed, flipped classrooms, and blended learning.
I’m rather excited about what the future holds and look forward to new opportunities and adventures.