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Laura Edlund

Toronto, ON M4J 1G9
Canada
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Certifications

  • Certified Structural and Stylistic Editor (2008)

EAC Volunteer Participation

  • Certification (2013)
  • Toronto Branch (2013, 2014)
  • Publications (2014)

Profile

EAC-certified for excellence, I bring experience, efficiency, and enthusiasm to writing and editing projects. My specialities are fiction, clear language, and plain language for informational and educational publications. For nearly 30 years, I have worked (virtually) around the world for companies, individuals, and organizations, including many Canadian publishers (Pearson, Oxford University Press, Nelson, McGraw-Hill, Annick Press, Scholastic, UBC's Pacific Educational Press, etc.).

For outstanding service, call me about manuscript evaluations, coaching, editing, and consulting.

Recent subjects have ranged from Arctic ecology, Inuit stories and perspectives, Inuktitut language, teaching with online videos, education, rebellions, and Shakespeare's works and life to (in fiction) murder, family secrets, heroic battles, pirates, aliens, and DIY technology.

Specialties:

helping subject experts present their knowledge with clarity and focus for their target readers

writing and substantive and structural editing for bilingual publications (Inuktitut, English)

planning, managing, motivating, and troubleshooting for new writers, subject experts, and ELL writers

markets in Canada and the United States, and for online international/English-language users

working with large teams, multiple reviews, and complex submissions (e.g., for tendered publications with diverse stakeholders)

Education, training, and memberships include:

Plain Language International Association (PLAIN) membership

EAC membership, EAC certificate for excellence in Structural and Stylistic Editing

BA in English Literature (University of Toronto) 

Book and Magazine Publishing
/Book Editing and Design (Centennial College, Toronto)

Writing for Multimedia (Centennial College, Toronto)

Diploma in Web Content (contented.com, New Zealand)

Plain Language, Editing Fiction, Editing E-Books, Writing and Editing for the Web, and other seminars and workshops

 

Editorial Skills

  • Adaptations
  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Atlases, maps, plans
  • Blogs
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Business materials, general
  • E-books
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Graphical materials
  • Guidebooks
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Aboriginal people
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Entertainment
  • Geography
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Social sciences
  • Travel and tourism