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Barb Feldman

Barb Feldman - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

I'm an experienced magazine writer and editor of historical, speculative and science fiction, memoir, self-help and children's craft books.

Overview

I'm an editor, researcher and writer—I’ve edited speculative and science fiction, mystery and romance novels, children’s books, self-help books, family histories and memoirs. I enjoy working with first-time authors, offer competitive rates and can usually take on last-minute assignments.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Comics & Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Science Fiction Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Agriculture Biographies & Memoirs Children's Books (Non-Fiction) DIY & Crafts Engineering & Materials Science

Certifications

  • B.A., University of Toronto
  • Certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management, Humber College

Work experience

Writer, Editor

Barb Feldman is self-employed

January, 1989 – Present (almost 28 years)

As a former craftsperson and small-business owner, I have a special interest in entrepreneurship—in how things are made and ideas are developed. I’ve interviewed people who design modular-component bridges, manufacture bagpipes, harvest and market wild rice, grow nut trees, and are striving to develop plastics from potatoes, manage construction noise and foster diversity on non-profit boards.

I’ve edited case studies examining public administration, municipal policing, energy grids and public-private partnerships and written summaries and introductions for many of them, applying plain-language principles to help my clients effectively communicate complex ideas to their non-specialist readers.

I have written travel articles and children’s books that I’ve also illustrated with fabric appliqué, polymer clay and pen and ink. I've ghostwritten a psychic newsletter.

Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (editing, proofreading, research, writing)
• Three Case Studies: CCPPP’s 2015 Award-Winners
• Position paper: First Nations P3s: Where Are They?
• Three Case Studies: CCPPP’s 2014 Award-Winners
• Three Case Studies: CCPPP’s 2013 Award-Winners
• 25,000-word summary of proceedings: 20th Annual National Conference, “The Power in Partnership”
• Three Case Studies: CCPPP’s 2012 Award-Winners
• Three Case Studies: CCPPP’s 2011 Award-Winners
• Breaking New Ground: P3 Hospitals in Canada
• Public-Private Partnerships: A Guide for Municipalities

Ontario Public Health Association (editing)
• Position paper: Informed Decision-Making and Infant Feeding

LeaderCity Canada (writing, editing, research)
• “Doing it Right at the Wallace McCain Institute: Developing entrepreneurial leaders in the Greater Atlantic area”; “Free the Children and Me to We: Inspiring the collective leadership potential of young people around the world”; biographies, web content

MaRS Market Intelligence (editing)
• “Critical Factors and Opportunities in Solar Power Electronics”; “Mod Media Moguls”;
“Client Venture Templates”; “Ontario Utilities and the Smart Grid”; press releases

Research, Innovation, Commercialization (RIC) Centre (writing, editing)
• “Peel Startup Weekend”: 700-word article for Mississauga Business Times

IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance, University of Toronto Press (editing)
• Off and Running: Canadian Government Transitions, Prof. David Zussman (2012)
• Deputy Ministers in Canada, Prof. Jacques Bourgault, ed. (2013)

Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (writing, editing, proofreading)
25,000-word summary reports of four-day events, including brief speaker biographies and abstracts of keynote speeches and panel discussions:
• From the Ground Up: Civic Engagement in Our Time (2011)
• The Global Financial Crisis: Watershed Moment or Wasted Opportunity? (2010)
• The Global Politics of Food (2009)
• The Power of Knowledge: The New Global Currency (2008)

Lester Publications, 2011‒present
Articles for regional, agriculture and construction industry magazines Northern Experience, Communicator, Groundbreaker, Northern Experience, PileDriver, Piling Canada, and Think BIG:
Company and association profiles:
• Anchor Shoring and Caissons; John’s Electric; ASL Paving; ROC Equipment; Meever USA; Liebherr; HoistCam; Guardian Traffic Services; Groundwerks Soil Solutions; GEMTEC; Johnston Construction; Crux Subsurface; Hasse Contracting; Alcom Electronic Communications; Wayne’s Backhoe Service; Universal Engineering Sciences; Force; Helical Piling; Anchor Shoring; Naosap Harvest; Canadian Association of Farm Advisors; Canadian International Grains Institute; BioTalent Canada

Features:
• “Is There a Place in P3s for Small Contractors?”; “What’s New in Heavy-Construction Equipment for 2014”; “Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association Economic Impact Analysis”; “Flooding: ‘Hundred-year’ floods more frequent across Canada”; “Growing Forward 2: Farm-industry responses to government policy changes”; “BRIC Reports: Agriculture in India”; “Excedrin Headache: When the noisy neighbour is you”; “Youth in Pile Driving: Attracting young people to the construction trades”; “Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency: Protecting industry or protecting citizens?”

Personal profiles:
• Dawn Tattle; John Fleming, Kevin Lone, Jamie Plesh, Christina Creaser, Bob Brode

Project profiles:
• “Paving the Way for Growth”; “EllisDon Uprising: Harnessing the Power of the Idea Generation”; “Careers in Construction Website Relaunch”; “Deh Cho Bridge”; “Helping to Build Bridges to Prosperity”; “Plastics from Potatoes”

Yahoo Finance
• “Banking on Immigrants for Growth”; “Do You Need Tenant Insurance?”

Small Biz Advisor
• “Expanding into International Markets”; “Succession Planning”; “Long Term Care Insurance”; “Benefit Plans: From optional to mandatory”; “Preparing for Biologics”

Mortgage Journal
• “BYOD: when employees bring their own laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work”

Maytree Foundation
5,000-word profiles of award-winning community organizations and how each achieved board diversity:
• Centennial College; Dixon Hall; Family Service Toronto; Harbourfront Centre; North York Seniors Centre; United Way Toronto; Women’s College Hospital; YMCA

Edible Toronto
• “Cutting the Mustard”: Canadian gourmet food market entrepreneurs—small, medium, and large
• “Nuts in Niagara”: scientific curiosity fuels orchardist Ernie Grimo’s passion for nut trees

Canada’s History
• “Pipe Line from Canada”: Niagara bagpipe maker’s innovations update an ancient craft

EDITING: FICTION & MEMOIR
• “Aydy’s Fiddle” by Edward Curnutte: historical fiction
• “An Immigrant’s Story” by Pernille Fischer-Boulter: memoir by one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence
• “The Swordbearer” by Marcy Erb: fantasy adventure
• “Fear Nothing” by Jacqueline Snyder: science fiction
• “Tova Tovarah” and “Of Bonds and Bondage” by Rita Baker: historical romances
• “ECMOdays” by Sandra Fleming : memoir of the author’s son’s grave illness and the family’s survival
• “The Path” by Maria Trautman: memoir of a difficult childhood and triumphant adulthood
• “Follow Me Now” by Jennifer Kaplan: contemporary fiction

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
• Alphamagnets, Penguin (illustration)
• Alphamagnets, Penguin (illustration)
• Make Your Own Jewelry Book and Box, Reader’s Digest Press (design, writing)
• Butterfly Bangles and Ladybug Beads, Reader’s Digest Press (design, writing)
• Stephen's Frog, Annick(writing, illustration)
• Going, Going, Annick (writing, illustration)

Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdicational Perspectives

Fold line in the back cover - minor. Digital photo upon request "Collectively, provincial deputy ministers command the largest assembly of government budgets, employees, and influence in Canada, but despite their importance, they have not been the subject of systematic study until now. This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers withi... read more

Fold line in the back cover - minor. Digital photo upon request "Collectively, provincial deputy ministers command the largest assembly of government budgets, employees, and influence in Canada, but despite their importance, they have not been the subject of systematic study until now. This unique volume, which deals with a uniquely significant topic, reviews the role of deputy ministers withi... read more

Butterfly Bangles and Ladybug Beads (Make Your Own Jewelry Set)

A lovely jewelry case, done in rich colors, with a special hideaway drawer, opens to reveal a wealth of creative opportunities for clever kids. Full color.

A lovely jewelry case, done in rich colors, with a special hideaway drawer, opens to reveal a wealth of creative opportunities for clever kids. Full color.

Of Bonds and Bondage

Baker Rita Baker, Rita Baker

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