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Zoë Waller

Zoë Waller – Writing, Editing & Communications

Peterborough, ON
Canada
Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Profile

Freelance editor, writer and proofreader with a penchant and enthusiasm for accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation. I carefully review and revise the style, tone and degree of technical information to make it appropriate to the target audience. Optimum text flow and readability are always a priority. 

I have diverse editing experience in the private sector (financial, human resources, education, publishing, marketing), public sector, and not-for-profit organizations. My background in teaching adults and children has long demonstrated the need for audience-appropriate communication.  Working languages:  English and French

 

Client comments and thanks

* As a first-time self publisher, I was skeptical about using an Editor for my work. I was concerned that this person would undo my writing, and my personality and voice would be lost in the edit. Zoë showed me how an edited manuscript can polish and transform your work, while retaining your personality and voice. She rolled up her sleeves and dived right in, as passionate about the book as I was. Once her work was completed, I was a lot more confident that my book had a much more meaningful and professional message for the reader, just as I intended.

During the editing process, Zoë was thorough, organized and kept me informed every step of the way. Thank you, Zoë, for your skills and expertise. I will surely return for the next edition.  Recent note from Connel Valentine & John Ribeiro, Interview Success Coaches

 

* Thanks for sending along your edits. I’ve had a chance to go through them and make the editorial changes and incorporate your suggestions from the comments. I don’t have any questions, your edits were straightforward and really helped to clarify the technical concepts and increase the readability – very much appreciated!"  Recent response from a public sector client

 

* Thank you, Zoë, for bringing your energy, dedication and hard work to our communications project. Your positivity and attention to detail always make us look good.  I also approeciate all of your extra effort in seeing this to completion.  Note of thanks from a Project Manager

 

* You are magic!  absolutely magic  Client response to my review and revisions to a bilingual document

 

Assignments, tasks, projects and adventures include:

Stylistic editing, copy editing and rewriting –  trade paperback, corporate marketing and client communications, concept papers, proposals

Copy editing and rewriting –  multimedia scripts, website content, newsletter articles, PowerPoint presentations, RFP proposals and submission materials

Research and writing – newsletter and website articles, communications for fundraising events, speeches, news headlines and news stories (English and French), image cutlines, ghostwriting

Translation review and revisions (English/French) – RFP content, marketing materials, speeches, announcements, correspondence, website content 

Honours BA in Linguistics and French (University of Toronto); Bachelor of Education (Faculty of Education University of Toronto). Additional studies in journalism, freelance writing, communications, media relations and translation.

Editorial Skills

  • Bilingual editing
  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Mark-up and coding
  • Metrication
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, English to French
  • Translation, French to English
  • Web adaptation
  • Writing

Media/Genres

  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Correspondence
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • In-house publications
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Policies and procedures
  • Public relations materials
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Speeches
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Business
  • Canada
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • Government, provincial
  • Information technology
  • Insurance
  • Labour and employment
  • Sciences, general
  • Technology