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Barbara Feldman

8 Meadow Larkway
Toronto, ON M2N 5Z8
Canada
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Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Toronto Branch (2012)

Profile

I'm a Toronto-based editor, researcher and writer. I’ve edited government reports, case studies and white papers on a wide range of subjects including public transportation, public-private partnerships, energy grids, municipal policing, international trade barriers, infant feeding and leadership development. I edit with general readers in mind, flagging possible problems, eliminating jargon and applying plain-language principles to help my clients effectively communicate complex ideas to nonspecialists.

I have edited family histories and memoirs, speculative and science fiction, mystery and romance novels, children’s books, self-help books and collections of short stories. I enjoy working with first-time authors—if you send me a page or two of your manuscript I’ll be happy to do a free sample edit and cost estimate for your entire project. I offer competitive rates and can usually take on last-minute assignments. 

As a former craftsperson and small-business owner, I have a special interest in entrepreneurship—in how things are made and ideas are developed. I’ve published articles on making bagpipes and designing modular-component bridges, harvesting wild rice and growing nut trees, starting up a kosher cookie business and developing plastics from potatoes, managing construction noise and fostering diversity on non-profit boards.

I have written travel articles and children’s books that I’ve also illustrated with fabric appliqué, polymer clay or pen and ink.

My areas of interest not mentioned in the lists below include B2B writing, literary fiction and nonfiction, short stories, science fiction, graphic novels, skeptical inquiry, humour, cuisine, restaurants, food businesses and cooking, family-owned businesses, small businesses, health, medicine, nature, sailing, journalism, newspapers, magazines, journals, trade magazines, diversity, human relations, human rights, female sexuality, feminism, children’s books, children’s issues, Jewish culture, Jewish history, film, fine art (visual art), education, craft, handicraft, construction and building, transportation, heavy construction, how-to, polymer clay, fabric art, blogs.

 

 

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Academic materials, general
  • Booklets
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Trade non-fiction

Subjects

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Construction and real estate
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Europe
  • Family
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Government, federal
  • Government, municipal
  • Government, provincial
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and manufacturing
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Leisure, general
  • North America
  • Sciences, general
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States