Jennifer D. Foster
Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile with the Editorial Freelancers Association!
With 25 years’ experience as a professional editor and writer, 20 of those as a freelancer running my business, Planet Word, I meet deadlines and aim to provide superior results for my clients.
Client projects include everything from fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books, consumer and trade magazines, newsletters, beta reading/manuscript evaluation, blog posts and PR/marketing materials to web copy, reports, curatorial content, style guides and book reviews. My clients include: Penguin Random House Canada, The Globe and Mail, Art Gallery of Ontario, HarperCollins Publishers, Canadian Children’s Book News, Firefly Books, Havergal College, CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Tavanberg Communications, PwC Management Services LP, Kids Can Press, Indspire, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Imagine Canada, ECW Press, Ontario Dental Association, Canadian Authors Association, Annick Press, Editors Canada, Page Two Books, Dietitians of Canada and Toronto Foundation.
My full suite of freelance editorial skills includes: writing (blogging, copy writing, rewriting); substantive, stylistic and line editing; copy editing; researching and interviewing; proofreading; fact-checking; project consultation/management; mentoring; beta reading/manuscript evaluation; book reviewing; and book judging.
My educational qualifications include an honours bachelor of arts in sociology and mass communications from Toronto’s York University and a bachelor of applied arts/MA in journalism, specializing in magazines, from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). I also engage in ongoing professional development in editing and writing.
I am the assistant editor of Smile Magazine, a publication of the Ontario Dental Association. I contribute regularly to BoldFace, the blog of Editors Toronto (a branch of Editors Canada), and am associate editor of Hook, Line & Chapter, an e-newsletter of Canadian Authors Association. I mentor novice editors via Planet Word and Editors Canada’s John Eerkes-Medrano Mentorship Program, and I’m an annual book reviewer for the Whistler Independent Book Awards and have been a judge (twice) for the Fred Kerner Book Award.
I’ve built my solid reputation on eagle-eye attention to detail, engaging text, comprehensive research, never-missed deadlines and a can-do attitude. In business, as in life, it’s always wise to get another opinion, so here’s what a collection of my clients, colleagues, and sources have to say about my freelance work:
“Jennifer, this is terrific. A Thanksgiving dinner of a piece. You’re a delight to work with. Thanks for sending!”—Elizabeth Berg, New York Times–bestselling and award-winning author
“You made some excellent catches as far as word treatment, punctuation, and grammar go. Your clearly and respectfully worded queries were much appreciated also. Thank you for your superb read. And indeed, a big thank you and congrats are due to you for your input and polishing on Frying Plantain. It’s so wonderful it received the benefit of your keen eye before it went out into the world. And it’s a pure thrill that Zalika’s debut was on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist!”
—Maria Golikova, Senior Managing Editor, Doubleday Canada/Penguin Random House Canada; former Managing Editor, House of Anansi Press
“Jennifer, thank you for the thorough copy edit and your sensitivity and attention to detail throughout. I’m very happy to have had you on this project. It’s been a pleasure working with you. I’m very much looking forward to working with you again and will absolutely keep you in mind for future projects.”—Kaela Cadieux, Managing and Acquiring Editor, Annick Press
“Jennifer, this is a terrifically well-written book review! Are you open to cloning? Thanks.”
—Dave Jenkinson, Reviews Editor, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Thank you so much for viewing my profile, and I hope we have the pleasure of working together!
Years in the field: 25
Years freelancing: 20