In January 2014, I established Romance Refined so that I could expand the scope of my clientele to include working directly with self-publishing authors and authors wanting to refine their manuscripts before submitting to agents or publishers. I'm proud to have many repeat clients, and I enjoy adding new clients to my roster too. I continue to be available to work with small and large presses.
I'm well versed in both Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition and New Hart's Rules, and I'm proficient with Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature and Adobe's mark-up tools.
In March 2011, I joined romantic-fiction publisher Choc Lit's "Tasting Panel," where I was part of a team of readers who gave feedback on manuscripts being considered for acquisition, and I quickly became one of their top-tier critiquers. In January 2012 Choc Lit hired me as their freelance production editor and proofreader for 11 titles in their 2012 and 2013 list (titles not shown in my portfolio). While holding this position I also solely edited their e-only Choc Lit Lite imprint, including the first edition of their Christmas short story anthology (titles are listed in above portfolio). During this time I also overhauled Choc Lit's house style sheet.
In December 2012, I became Choc Lit's primary editor. I was responsible for the majority of their 2013 paperback list and some of their spring 2014 paperback list, which included substantive, line, and copy editing each title in a three-stage editing process. Although the work was freelance, Choc Lit had no in-house editor, so my role for the publisher was comprehensive: I executed project management duties, reviewed final proofs, and I was the main point of contact with the authors throughout the editing and production process.
Ongoing Professional Development
I haunt many popular editing & grammar blogs and websites weekly to stay on top of industry changes and news, and my home library is packed with books on writing and editing fiction. I'm active in several forums for fiction editors, where giving and getting help with tricky editing situations is a highlight of my day.
Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP)
Charter Member of the Association for Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP)
Associate Member of Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Member of The Beau Monde, RWA's Regency chapter
Editors Canada's Developmental Editing Fiction and Memoir webinar
SfEP's Brush Up Your Grammar in-person class
SfEP's Intro to Proofreading in-person class
EFA's E-Editing II: Editing in Word online class
Constance Hale's Perking Up Sentences audio conference on the art of line editing
Copyediting's Grammar: Beyond the Basics online class
RWA University's Take Me Deeper, POV! online class
RWA University's Romancing YA online class
RWA University's Pacing: How to Write a Page-Turner online class
RWA University's Body Language online class
RWA University's A Day in the Life of a Forensics Expert webinar
The Regency Academe's Mind of a Gentleman online class
Marketing webinars with Mark Dawson and Bryan Cohen
Get Writing 2011 -- general attendee
Get Writing 2012 -- general attendee, including a class from Book Doctor Philippa Pride
Get Writing 2013 -- general attendee
RT Convention 2013 -- attended as Choc Lit's editor; participated in their Publisher Spotlight panel and took pitch sessions at Pitch-a-Palooza
RT Convention 2014 -- attended as an independent freelance editor
Editors Association of Canada "Editing Goes Global" Conference 2015