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Member news (2016)

December 2016

In November, Sandra Gravel (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) published Entrepreneurs : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires. This book is intended to help the self-employed, microentrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who write their own business copy to improve the overall quality of their text, and correct common mistakes.

The cover and layout for this book were created by 3C Publications, a company that belongs to fellow association member Michelle Boulton (Editors Saskatchewan).

Purchase Entrepreneurs : Soignez vos écrits – Améliorez vos affaires at


November 2016

Editors British Columbia member Lana Okerlund has joined West Coast Editorial Associates, LLP.

For nearly 25 years, West Coast Editorial Associates has been providing editorial, writing and training services to a wide range of corporate, government and publishing clients across Canada and internationally. Five of the partners are located in Victoria and now three in Vancouver.

Lana has more than a decade of experience as a freelance editor, writer, indexer and trainer. She is a Certified Copy Editor and Certified Proofreader and holds an Editing Certificate from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.


October 2016

Editors Manitoba member Melody Rogan has won first place in the Marie Barton Postcard Fiction Award held by The Writers' Collective of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Free Press.


September 2016

Penelope Mavoungou (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) has written Polygamiques, a collection of short stories published in 2015 by Éditions Doxa in France.


August 2016

Karen Autio (Editors British Columbia) has won the 2016 Word Award for best children's novel for her book Kah-Lan the Adventurous Sea Otter.

Editors Toronto member Marnie Lamb has had her first novel accepted for publication. The History of Hilary Hambrushina, a young adult novel, will be published by Iguana Books this fall. For further information and to purchase an advance copy, visit

Editors Toronto member Mary Rykov's first nonfiction prose was recently published in a literary web journal. Visit Numéro Cinq to read what Mary describes as "a comic sliver of her wild and woolly youth."


July 2016

Mary Newberry (Editors Toronto), a freelance indexer and editor residing in Toronto, is the 2016 recipient of the Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award. The award was presented at the joint conference of the Indexing Society of Canada and American Society for Indexing in Chicago, IL, on Thursday, June 16, 2016. This award honours Mary's indexing of The Letterbooks of John Evelyn, volumes 1 and 2, edited by Douglas D.C. Chambers and David Galbraith and published by University of Toronto Press.

The ISC/SCI Ewart-Daveluy Indexing Award is presented each year to an individual who has created an index that demonstrates outstanding expertise, the ability to analyze complex text and the ability to design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text.

Editors British Columbia member Alison Jacques copy edited The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures by Mareike Neuhaus (published by University of Regina Press), which was recently awarded the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing.


June 2016

Editors British Columbia member Nancy Flight is the editor of Tuco: The Parrot, the Others, and a Scattershot World by Brian Brett, which recently won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. She also edited That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away by Lorimer Shenher, which was a finalist for the same award. Both were published by Greystone Books, of which Nancy is the associate publisher. For more information go to


May 2016

Editors Ottawa–Gatineau member Stacey D. Atkinson has published her second novel, Letters from Labrador. It's based on a true story about a British nurse who moved to northern Labrador in the 1970s to be a midwife and who now struggles to keep her memories alive as she lives with Lewy body dementia. You can purchase the book directly from the shop button on Stacey's Facebook page, and she will also be signing books at the vendor fair at the Vancouver conference, from June 11 to 12.

Karen Autio, an Editors British Columbia member who has already published several children's books, participated in the National Reading Campaign's Reading Town events in Sudbury on May 6. She also gave presentations in conjunction with the TD Canadian Children's Book Week from May 7 to 14. Presentations took place in schools and libraries from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie and points in between. For more information on Karen's current and future projects, visit her website.

On May 19, Sue MacLeod (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) launched her new poetry collection, Mood Swing, with Pear, published by Signature Editions (Winnipeg). Sue, who has recently moved from Toronto to Montreal, is the author of two other poetry collections and one YA novel. She is currently working on a second YA novel.


April 2016

On March 17, Alain Lafond, an author from the greater Montreal area, launched his latest book, Le forgeron du destin, the third and final installment in his supernatural thriller series. Sophie Pallotta (Editors Quebec/Atlantic Canada) had the pleasure of editing this book, and of presenting the author at the launch, as a friend and close collaborator. Along with the editing work, she has also begun working on the translation of the entire trilogy into English. For more information visit the Éditions Onirium website.


January 2016

Congratulations to Nancy Cassidy (Editors Nova Scotia) on her recently released, self-published book, Quickies: Writing Short Fiction for the Romance Market. This book details Nancy's "Short Plot Method" of development and is available in paperback or ebook format from most distributors. For more information, visit Nancy's website.


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