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Greg Ioannou

Colborne Communications

720 Bathurst St, Suite 303
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
Canada
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2011, 2015)
  • National Executive Council (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Publications (2011, 2014)
  • Newsletter (2012)
  • Strategic Planning (2012)
  • Toronto Branch (2012, 2013)
  • Governance Task Force (2013, 2014)
  • Awards (2014)
  • Francophone Affairs (2014, 2015)
  • Nominating Committee (2015)

Profile

I provide a complete range of services for self-publishing authors, including editing, crowdfunding, printing and distribution. Like, everything, eh?

I own or part-own three companies:

Colborne Communications, a writing and editing company, works on a wide range of publications: websites, books, board games, government reports -- pretty much anything. Our customers tend to be loyal: We worked on the Lemon-Aid car guides from 1982 until 2012, and have edited publications and websites for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts since the early 1990s. (Yes, we understand SEO and how to use it effectively.) Although most of our work comes from word of mouth, we’re always on the lookout for clients who need ongoing writing or editing help.

Iguana Books publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction. If it’s good, we will publish it. Our books are distributed worldwide as ebooks and print-on-demand paperback and hardcover books. We provide a full range of services for self-publishing authors. Many of the books we publish come to us from EAC editors who are trying to find a publisher for a pet editorial project, or even for their own books. Most of our books are crowdfunded by:

PubLaunch provides crowdfunding to help people publish books. As well, PubLaunch connects writers with a range of vetted service providers: editors, designers, marketing people and more. Why should writers crowdfund? If the crowdfunding works, the publication's costs have been covered. If the crowdfunding fails, the writer has learned that the book isn't ready for the marketplace -- a valuable (and free) piece of market research.

I used to be involved in romance publisher Tryst Books, but alas there's no more romance in my life. :o(

I also give corporate workshops on a variety of writing and editing topics, and on plain language. 

I've been editing books since 1977, on topics ranging from cannibalism to vegetarian cuisine, and from science fiction to how to design a helicopter. I've edited many writers you'll never hear of, as well as some you might know about, including Margaret Atwood, Peter Gzowski, Robertson Davies, and (posthumously) Lester Pearson. 

 

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Indexing
  • Layout and design
  • Plain language
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Anthologies
  • Blogs
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Government materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Reports, annual
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Administration
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Arts
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Construction and real estate
  • Economics
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Government, federal
  • Government, municipal
  • Government, provincial
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Insurance
  • Leisure, general
  • Literature
  • Music
  • North America
  • Politics
  • Transportation