From an early age, I’ve been a storytelling enthusiast and self-proclaimed cinephile. My need to know and devour every novel—from Bronte to Vonnegut Jr. to Ondaatje—and every film—from Rear Window to The Graduate to Silence of the Lambs—led me to my career as an editor. It’s my goal to help elevate writers and their stories to the highest possible standard. Working with writers and helping them to create their best work has been a wonderful privilege, and one I look forward to continuing through Shelf Made Creative Services.
As an editor, I prefer not to tell you what needs to change in your work, but rather I want to guide you to an understanding or to spark an idea so that you can grow as a writer and continue to create better and better stories for me to obsessively consume—it’s all quite selfish, really.
I have an MA in Journalism and took courses in the Ryerson Publishing Certificate. I’ve worked for multiple publishers, edited for literary agents, and have been a bookseller. Most recently, I was an editor at HarperCollins Canada where I provided editorial reports and championed many talented authors such as Jessica Westhead, Steven Hall, Kate Eberlen, Dan Vyleta, Owen Nicholls, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, Karen McBride, Jeffrey Colvin, Beatrice MacNeil, and Alison Taylor.
After five years in Toronto, I am now a freelance editor based out of Winnipeg and look forward to spending every day talking about stories and working with new and diverse authors and genres of all kinds. I'm a horror nut and am a member of the Horror Writers Association, but I also love to work on character-driven literary fiction, speculative fiction, thrillers and have even dabbled in YA fantasy. And now, with SMCS, I'm able to work with my other passion of film through script editing with my expertise in concise, forward-moving storytelling. My goal is to guide authors and screenwriters to a polished manuscript/screenplay they feel confident in bringing out to the world. Let's see if we'll be the right fit!