I joined Scholastic Education as an editorial assistant in 1998 and spent the next nine years working with wonderful people and learning about every aspect of publishing, from illustration and design to production and packaging.
Working in-house for so many years means I’ve done just about everything at one time or another, from organizing meetings and mailings to writing catalogue copy, coordinating photo shoots, and tracking down experts in different fields of expertise. I know the thrill of seeing the idea for a book take shape and the disappointment of finding a typo in printed samples. I understand the responsibilities of all those who participate in turning an idea or proposal into a finished product, and I respect whatever authority and deadlines I am given.
Senior Editor (2004–2006)Managed the creation of over 200 books and other materials for a primary language arts resource, Literacy Place for the Early Years K–3.
- reviewed proposals and manuscripts at various stages of development
- organized and facilitated brainstorming meetings
- commissioned books from novice and experienced authors
- hired and assigned freelance editors and photo researchers
- wrote and edited materials as required
Editor (1999–2004)Gradually assumed responsibility for larger and more complex projects, including:
- the adaptation and Canadianization of 24 teaching guides for the guided reading resource Momentum K–6
- the creation of the 2002 Scholastic Supplementary Resources Catalogue.
- writing a grade 6 unit on space; adapting an existing grade 3 unit on structures, materials, and stability
- coordinated photo shoots: prepared photo lists, collected props and materials, booked locations, secured models