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Jennifer Dawn Foster

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Conference (2014, 2015)
  • Toronto Branch (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)


I'm a Toronto-based freelance editor and writer, specializing in book and custom publishing, marketing and communications, and magazines. I work on everything from adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, consumer and trade magazines, (e-)newsletters, ads and POS materials to brochures, web copy/blog posts, reports/manuals, curatorial content and book reviews. My company is Planet Word.

With 21 years’ experience as a professional editor and writer, 16 of those as a freelancer, I meet deadlines and aim to provide superior products for my clients, which include The Globe and Mail, Owlkids Books, PwC Management Services, Art Gallery of Ontario, House of Anansi Press, Transcontinental Media, Quill & Quire, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto Foundation, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Havergal College, Canadian Children's Book News, Indspire, Ontario Dental Association, the D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Oxford Properties Group and Upon A Star Books/Victorine Publishing.

My full suite of freelance editorial skills includes: writing (blogging, copy writing, rewriting, ghost writing); substantive, stylistic and line editing; copy editing; researching and interviewing; proofreading; fact-checking; project consultation/management; and mentoring.

My educational qualifications include an honours BA in sociology and mass communications and a bachelor of applied arts in journalism, specializing in magazines, as well as ongoing professional development in editing and writing.

I volunteer my time as:
• administrative director of Rowers Reading Series;
• vice-president of Canadian Authors Association, Toronto branch;
• a writer and an editor for BoldFace, the blog of Editors Toronto, as well as for other Editors Canada and Editors Toronto publications and projects;
• a copy editor/proofreader for Networds, the blog of the Toronto chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), and Pulse, the e-newsletter of PWAC's Toronto chapter;
• assistant editor of Hook, Line & Chapter, an e-newsletter of Canadian Authors Association; and
• a mentor to novice writers via PWAC Toronto.

I was co-chair of Editors Toronto for the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, and I'm a mentor of novice editors via Editors Canada and via Planet Word.

Thank you for visiting my profile, and I look forward to working with you!



Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Atlases, maps, plans
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-published
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Catalogues
  • Cookbooks
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Guidebooks
  • In-house publications
  • Labels and packaging
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Policies and procedures
  • Public relations materials
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Speeches
  • Style guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Websites


  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Finance and taxation
  • Food and drink
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Gender studies
  • Government, municipal
  • Health
  • Health and medicine, general
  • History
  • Leisure, general
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Politics
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Travel and tourism