I was lucky to start off at a small national magazine, where I learned the fundamentals of editing and publishing. I gained hands-on experience in everything from brainstorming story ideas to copy editing, from project management to proofreading. The role expanded to include feature writing, advertising and newsletter design, and development of other publications, and I left as managing editor.

I went on to found Think Communications, helping a wide range of clients present their message professionally so they connect meaningfully with their audience.

I offer project editing, structural editing, stylistic editing (sometimes called line editing), copy editing, production editing and proofreading, as well as writing and design services. I’ve worked on a variety of publication formats, including books, theses, magazines, newsletters, business reports, websites and social media, on incredibly diverse subjects. See Services for more detail. 

What else does Think Communications offer?
•  English as a Second Language editing (with experience in ESL teaching, curriculum development and online learning, and working with authors for whom English is not their first language).
•  Content design, formatting and layout.
•  Transcription and transcription editing.

Other word-wonk stuff
I have an Honours BA in English.

I’m a long-time member of Editors Canada, the professional organization for Canadian editors, and I’ve taken on a number of supporting roles with them. I’m currently the moderator of their Facebook members’ group.

I started a writers’ group, which now runs on Facebook. I’m a past director of the Stephen Leacock Associates, which oversees the Leacock Memorial Medal for literary humour and its $15,000 cash prize, and I remained their website and social media guru until the 2017 shortlist announcement.

Bottom line: I love language
Whatever the nature or size of your project, I have the experience and the skill to help you make the most of your words. And I have access to a pool of talented colleagues who can pitch in whenever additional expertise is needed.

Working with authors on a vast array of subjects means I get to learn a lot — a huge perk. I love language, and I treat your words as respectfully as I would my own.

Please see the Get a Quote page for contact information.

— Joanne