On a freelance basis, I've been the Web and Corporate Communications Editor for the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, writing and editing corporate communications and web site materials. In addition, for each issue of the quarterly CCCA Magazine I've written the Chair's message, "Spotlight on CCCA" feature article, CCCA News, and ghostwritten the general counsel "Inside Edge" article.
I was the inaugural managing editor on a freelance basis of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association's CCCA Magazine since its inception in 2006, until the position was moved in-house in another city. I provided key editorial support and writing services to the Editor-in-Chief. This included helping to generate article ideas, assigning articles to freelance writers, editing, copy editing, proofreading, liaising with law firms and editing articles from lawyers. As managing editor I wrote feature articles and profiles of lawyers. Further, I worked directly with the magazine designer and approved all final layout.
After writing feature articles and profiles of franchisors and franchisees for Franchise Canada Magazine for more than 10 years as a freelancer, I took the helm of the magazine while they were searching for a full time, in-house editor. This was a very challenging position. I took over at a time when the magazine was also changing publishers. No articles had been assigned and the magazine had to be assigned, written, designed and sent to the printer within three weeks. By drawing on my freelance contacts from the Financial Times of Canada, the deadline was met. I stayed on as editor for three issues.
I was the contract “Supplements Editor” for five years. In this position I was responsible for hiring all writers (I wrote some of the articles) for as many as 20 reports a year. Topics were as diverse as banking, law, investment, securities, real estate, economic development, personal finance, franchising, management consulting, human resources, logistics, technology and manufacturing. Each of the supplements was at least 16 pages (8 editorial), while some had page counts as high as 32. I assigned/edited all articles and worked with the art department and production departments. On these projects, I had to adhere to extremely strict deadlines.
As a contract editorial consultant and writer, I wrote dozens of articles for the web site. This role also included ongoing editorial suggestions as to topics and sections to be included. I also edited and "Canadianized" (by researching and adding in material relevant to Canadian small business readers) a number of articles on business and legal issues for this web site that Bell Canada obtained from U.S. providers.
I was the freelance Contributing Editor of Toronto Construction News, the magazine of the Toronto Construction Association. Each issue, I wrote the Chair's message, the main feature article, and the TCA News section. I also wrote the TCA Annual Report, speeches for the Chair, press releases, and edited the Association's newsletter.
As a Contributing Editor to Your Office, Canada's Small Business Magazine, the publication of the Canadian Office Products Association, my writing included many cover stories and features about small business (including e-commerce, venture funds, angel investors, banking, financing and human resources). My role also included editorial suggestions for special reports and specific articles. I also acted as contract interim editor for two issues when the full-time editor left. This was extremely challenging in terms of maintaining editorial schedules already set in place.
As a Contributing Editor, I wrote as many as 15 features and columns yearly. These included profiles of start-up entrepreneurial companies, success stories, banking articles and features about specific issues such as licensing or branchising (including an excerpt from my book Franchising: The Complete Guide for Canadian Buyers and Sellers, published by Key Porter Books Ltd.). I wrote articles on topics as diverse as credit, taxes, human resources and legal trends.