In 2003, I earned my doctorate in English from McMaster University. After my PhD, I pursued SSHRC-funded postdoctoral research at Queen's University and the University of Tasmania, published a revised form of my thesis as a book monograph with McGill-Queen's University Press, and began work on a handful of editing projects. My experiences as a member of the editorial board of a scholarly journal, and as the co-editor of a major book publication, were pivotal in priming my editing skills and affirming my love of the labour.
Since that time, I have committed to many more projects, ranging from theses and articles to grant proposals and non-fiction book manuscripts. I have been editing for more than a decade now, and the work continues to bring me intellectual satisfaction and emotional fulfillment. Freelance editing isn't for everyone. It requires a scrupulous eye for detail, a willingness to work in the shadows, and a healthy dose of self-discipline. But for me, freelancing is the best gig in the world: it means that I get to cultivate trusting professional relationships with people whose work I come to care deeply about, and that I spend much of my life thinking about words and ideas. I live in Barrie, Ontario with my husband and three children, although my clients live all over the world.