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In May 2021, Gael Spivak (Editors Ottawa–Gatineau) gave a presentation at the Access for All plain language conference. She spoke about the work of the localization and implementation committee, which she chairs on behalf of the International Plain Language Federation. This committee is helping countries around the world to plan for adopting and localizing the ISO plain language standard after it is published in the fall.
The Unsuitable Bride by Pamela McGarry has been shortlisted by the 2021 Whistler Independent Book Awards (WIBA). Editors British Columbia member Sheila Cameron is excited and proud that this is the third WIBA shortlisted book she's contributed to. The others were Goodnight Sunshine by Mark Cameron (2016 awards) and 17 Weddings by Mark Cameron (2019 awards). As a freelance editor working alone, she often wonders if her editing contributions are worthy. It is a real boost to have WIBA recognize three books that she has had the pleasure of working on. WIBA began in 2016 and provides valuable manuscript feedback to authors.
Editors Toronto member Greg Ioannou is relieved to announce the long-delayed launch of his new company, PubLaunch, which connects writers, especially self-publishing authors, with pre-screened publishing professionals. You're all welcome to sign up as suppliers (e.g., editors, proofreaders, indexers and writing coaches). We've made the process as easy as possible. Professionally certified editors and proofreaders are automatically pre-approved for the areas in which Editors Canada has certified them. We're currently strengthening the roster of suppliers on the site. We'll start marketing the site to writers at some point in June. (At the moment, we're especially looking for experienced ghostwriters and illustrators. Please tell your friends!) Please check out www.publaunch.com.
In October 2020, Editors Toronto member Betty R. Robinson self-published the first book in her Elizabeth series, Elizabeth Goes to Mars! Betty wrote the book to support the Space unit of the Ontario Grade 6 science curriculum. She is currently working on the second book in her series about light. This book is aimed at supporting students studying the Light unit of the Ontario Grade 4 science curriculum. The Light book is being edited by Editors Toronto member Susan Hughes and will be published later in 2021. For more information, please visit Betty's website.
Editors Toronto member Carla DeSantis was awarded the 2020 Ewart-Daveluy Award for Excellence in Indexing by the Indexing Society of Canada for her index to Heather Bamford's Cultures of the Fragment: Uses of the Iberian Manuscript, 1100–1600, published by University of Toronto Press.
Editors British Columbia member Lenore Hietkamp was a guest on the Edit Boost podcast, presented by Malini Devadas, an Australian coach for editors. In Episode 28: How do I turn down familiar jobs so I can move into a new field of work? Lenore and Malini discuss navigating the tricky transition of moving to coaching from editing when you have ongoing work and steady stream of referrals.
Editors Nova Scotia member Virginia (Ginny) McGowan’s first children’s book, A Girl, Her Mother, and The Forest (Nana Press), was released on November 10. It’s not her first time for storytelling, however. She delights in making up stories and songs with and for her grandchildren and is an award-winning non-fiction author from PEI.
Editors British Columbia member Frances Peck’s new novel, The Broken Places, will be released in Spring 2022 by Edmonton’s NeWest Press. The novel is about a major earthquake rocking Vancouver.
Dominique Gaucher (Editors Québec), secretary of the Editors Québec branch, editor, and resident of Laval, Quebec, published her fifth poetry opus last June, L’inverse de la lumière (the opposite of light) with Écrits des Forges (Trois-Rivières). Learn more about the author.
Amy Haagsma (Editors British Columbia) has joined the partnership of West Coast Editorial Associates, LLP. Amy specializes in copy editing and proofreading non-fiction materials, with a focus on business and technical communication and academic writing. She is a Certified Copy Editor and Certified Proofreader through Editors Canada, and her many contributions to Editors Canada include co-chairing the national conference in 2016 and holding executive or committee roles with the British Columbia branch for seven years. For more information, please contact Barbara Johnston.
Editors Toronto member Mary Rykov virtually launches her poetry collection, Some Conditions Apply, on Thursday, June 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., EDT. Here's the launch link.
She has also done a reading from the collection for Garrison Keillor's Pandemic #TWApoems, and has posted the recording on Facebook.
Editors Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph member Sue Archer self-published her debut novel, Fortune's Shadow, on April 26. It's a paranormal/urban fantasy that was edited by Editors Canada member Maggie Morris and proofread by member Jess Shulman. For more information please visit Sue's website.
Editors Ottawa-Gatineau member Beverly Ensom is retiring from the House of Commons. After 12 years in a great workplace, editing interesting material and working some strange hours, she's decided that her next chapter will include more volunteer work, sports and friends/family. But Beverly hasn't retired from editing. She still has contracts with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, plus other "regulars."
Beverly served on the national executive council and Editors Ottawa–Gatineau executive, as well as volunteering with the certification steering committee and providing volunteer copy editing for Editors Canada documents.
Editors Toronto member Joanne Haskins edited a book that has won the gold medal in the UK's Self-Publishing Review Book Awards. The book is The Woeful Wager from the new dark fantasy series "The Race to the Blackened Nevers" by Douglas Bain.
Editors British Columbia member Lucy Kenward joined the partnership of West Coast Editorial Associates on January 1, 2020.
Lucy currently serves on the Editors British Columbia executive and is an award-winning editor of non-fiction books and publications. Her clients include Penguin Random House, Figure 1 Publishing, Douglas & McIntyre, the Art Canada Institute and non-profit organizations and educators. She is also an editorial associate with Greystone Books.
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