Jennifer D. Foster
Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile with the Editorial Freelancers Association!
With 23 years’ experience as a professional editor and writer, 18 of those as a freelancer running my business, Planet Word, I meet deadlines and aim to provide superior products for my clients.
Client projects include everything from adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books, consumer and trade magazines, newsletters, beta reading/manuscript evaluation, blog posts and PR/marketing materials to web copy, reports/guides, curatorial content, style guides and book reviews. My client include: Penguin Random House Canada, The Globe and Mail, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Children’s Book News, Firefly Books, Havergal College, House of Anansi Press, Greystone Books, PwC Management Services LP, Annick Press, Indspire, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, ECW Press, Ontario Dental Association, Owlkids Books, Canadian Authors Association, Dolce Media Group, Editors 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; 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 Ryerson University, in Toronto. I also engage in ongoing professional development in editing and writing.
I contribute regularly to BoldFace, the blog of Editors Toronto (a branch of Editors Canada), and am assistant 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’ve also been a book reviewer for the Whistler Independent Book Awards and a judge 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 a pure thrill that Zalika’s debut was on the [Scotiabank] Giller [Prize] longlist!”—Maria Golikova, Managing Editor, House of Anansi Press
“Jennifer is an excellent addition to any team. She’s smart, creative, organized and meets deadlines. She’s a good writer, as well as editor and manager. And she’s a pleasure to work with.”—Sally Armstrong, Order of Canada member; bestselling author; award-winning human rights activist; former Editor-in-Chief, Homemakers magazine; journalist; lecturer/educator
“Thanks, Jennifer. This looks really awesome! I truly appreciate your amazing contributions and your support.”—Marcus Staviss, Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Events, Ontario Dental Association
“I have no hesitation in assigning Jennifer any piece that is written for DOLCE Magazine or City Life Magazine. Her attention to detail and reliability are what I appreciate most about her as a proofreader and an editor. She is thorough, effective and knowledgeable; I appreciate her attention and care to every edition.”—Michelle Zerillo-Sosa, Co-founder and Publisher, Dolce Media Group
Thank you so much for viewing my profile, and I hope we have the pleasure of working together!
Years in the field: 23
Years freelancing: 18