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Vicki Austin

Webbird Communications



Senior researcher, writer, and editor who specializes in business, science, mathematics, and technology. Skilled at developmental, substantive, structural, stylistic and technical editing, photo research, and translation of technical jargon to plain language. Academic background includes laboratory science, Ryerson University; accounting and auditing, CGA Ontario; and computer programming and Internet applications, The Institute for Computer Studies. Business background includes 25+ years as a freelance editor (primarily in educational publishing), four years in information technology, and 12 years as an accountant in private industry. Clients include major educational publishers, educational institutions, and private enterprises.

Editorial Skills

  • Canadianization
  • Copy editing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Mark-up and coding
  • On-screen editing
  • Plain language
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Academic materials, general
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Reports, other
  • Style guides
  • Teachers' guides
  • Textbooks, college and university


  • Business
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Finance and taxation
  • Government
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Medicine
  • Physical and chemical sciences
  • Sciences, general