Barb Feldman

Barb Feldman - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

I've edited romance, historical and mystery novels, speculative and science fiction and memoirs; I enjoy working with first-time authors.

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Overview

I'm a certified professional editor who's also a writer, ghostwriter and researcher—I’ve edited memoirs, family histories, short stories, speculative and science fiction, mystery and romance novels, and I enjoy working closely with first-time authors. Whether I'm suggesting small edits, flagging potential problems or helping writers re-imagine or deepen the worlds they've created, I'm always respectful of the author's unique voice and mindful of the creativity and courage it takes to write anything at all!
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
DIY & Crafts
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Historical Fiction
Picture Books
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction

Certifications

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

Work experience

Writer, Editor

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (over 14 years)

I'm a certified professional editor and a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

I've edited family histories and business memoirs, speculative and science fiction, mystery and romance novels, children’s books and self-help books. I’ve also 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 enjoy working with first-time authors and have a special interest in stories of entrepreneurship—in how people come to make things and how they develop their ideas. I’ve interviewed people who design modular-component bridges, manufacture bagpipes, harvest and market wild rice, grow nut trees, are developing plastics from potatoes, managing construction noise and increasing diversity on non-profit boards.

I've written travel articles and children’s books that I’ve also illustrated with fabric appliqué, polymer clay and pen and ink. For many years I ghostwrote a popular newsletter for a California psychic.

EDITING: FICTION & MEMOIRS
• Geoffrey Kiggundu, The Girls Take Control (2018): https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Take-Control-Geoffrey-Kiggundu-ebook/dp/B07CRL8DNW
• Geoffrey Kiggundu, Frenemy Matriarchs (2016): https://www.amazon.ca/Frenemy-Matriarchs-Geoffrey-Kiggundu-ebook/dp/B06VSFWPGS
• Rita Baker, A Girl Named Pet (young adult fiction, 2017);
• Rita Baker, Tova Tovarah (historical fiction, 2015);
• Rita Baker, Of Bonds and Bondage (contemporary fiction, 2014): https://www.amazon.ca/Bonds-Bondage-Rita-Baker/dp/1420885650
• Ed Curnutte, Aydy’s Fiddle (historical fiction, 2016): https://www.amazon.ca/Aydys-Fiddle-Memory-Edward-Curnutte-ebook/dp/B01LZ3E2Y8
• Pernille Fischer-Boulter, Tales from an Immigrant Entrepreneur: One Woman's Story (memoir, 2015): https://www.amazon.ca/Tales-Immigrant-Entrepreneur-Womans-Story/dp/1460287770
• Marcy Erb, The Swordbearer (fantasy adventure, 2015)
• Jacqueline Snyder, Fear Nothing (science fiction, 2015)
• Sandra Fleming, ECMOdays (memoir, 2014)
• Maria Trautman, The Path (memoir, 2014)
• Jennifer Kaplan, Follow Me Now (contemporary fiction, 2014)
• Leonide Albert, Memories of Miramichi (memoir, 2010)
• Bruce Harvey, The Portal (science fiction, 2010)
• Lanny Miller, Stone Time (science fiction, 2009)

EDITING: GOVERNMENT & NONPROFIT
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)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Frenemy Matriarchs

Mr. Geoffrey Kiggundu

Merab doesn’t want to marry. The husband chosen for her is an older farmer with three children of his own. To object doesn’t cross Merab’s mind, however. She respects and obeys the limited roles Ugandan tribal culture gives to women. To do otherwise would be to deny centuries of culture. Unlike Merab, Ruth rails against the limitations of being a woman in a world where men hold all the power. ... read more

Merab doesn’t want to marry. The husband chosen for her is an older farmer with three children of his own. To object doesn’t cross Merab’s mind, however. She respects and obeys the limited roles Ugandan tribal culture gives to women. To do otherwise would be to deny centuries of culture. Unlike Merab, Ruth rails against the limitations of being a woman in a world where men hold all the power. ... read more

Tales from an Immigrant Entrepreneur

Pernille Fischer Boulter

What if you were a well-educated, multi-lingual, widely travelled, and successful businessperson, who fell in love with someone from overseas, got married, and moved to a new country, only to find that because you “came from away” none of your skills or prior achievements were valued? That’s what happened to Danish immigrant Pernille Fischer Boulter when she arrived in Canada in 1998. But rais... read more

What if you were a well-educated, multi-lingual, widely travelled, and successful businessperson, who fell in love with someone from overseas, got married, and moved to a new country, only to find that because you “came from away” none of your skills or prior achievements were valued? That’s what happened to Danish immigrant Pernille Fischer Boulter when she arrived in Canada in 1998. But rais... read more

Of Bonds and Bondage

Baker Rita Baker, Rita Baker

The Girls Take Control

Geoffrey Kiggundu

Merab and Ruth have retired, and both businesses are failing without them. Leah wants Merab’s restaurant to stay open, but it is losing money and she is not equipped to save it. Although Ruth’s home furnishings boutique is still profitable, its performance is declining, and Herbert is not interested in running it. The matriarchs’ granddaughters, Babirye, Nakato and Hellen, have their own busy ... read more

Merab and Ruth have retired, and both businesses are failing without them. Leah wants Merab’s restaurant to stay open, but it is losing money and she is not equipped to save it. Although Ruth’s home furnishings boutique is still profitable, its performance is declining, and Herbert is not interested in running it. The matriarchs’ granddaughters, Babirye, Nakato and Hellen, have their own busy ... read more

Aydy's Fiddle: The Memory Thief

Edward Curnutte

In 1887, the precocious twelve-year-old daughter of a café manager aspires to be a concert violinist. She inherits her grandfather’s violin and begins to play it with rapid and stunning progress. However, music has the power to draw memories from people and she soon realizes she can see these memories in the people who hear her play. As she plays over time, her visions become stranger and she ... read more

In 1887, the precocious twelve-year-old daughter of a café manager aspires to be a concert violinist. She inherits her grandfather’s violin and begins to play it with rapid and stunning progress. However, music has the power to draw memories from people and she soon realizes she can see these memories in the people who hear her play. As she plays over time, her visions become stranger and she ... read more

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.

Going, Going (Annick Toddler Series)

Barbara Feldman

As a little boy gets too big for his mother to carry around, he convinces her to get a driver's license.

As a little boy gets too big for his mother to carry around, he convinces her to get a driver's license.

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