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Gillian Rodgerson

Gillian Rodgerson - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

If there's a way to bring order to your word chaos, I'll find it! Experience? Years... LGBTQ and emerging writers very welcome.

Overview

I'm a senior editor at Insomniac Press in Toronto, specializing in literary fiction, mysteries, and memoirs. I work on a lot of LGBTQ and feminist books, although every writer will find me conscientious, constructive, and committed to promoting your individual voice.

When I'm not working with Insomniac, I freelance as an editor, copy editor, proofreader, and manuscript evaluator. I love crime fiction and I'm one of only two editor members of Crime Writers of Canada.

I also teach trade fiction editing, online and in the classroom, in the post-graduate Publishing Certificate Program through the G. Raymond Chang School at Ryerson University.

A bit about my background: after the School of Experiential Education (SEE) and religious studies at the University of Waterloo, I joined the collective of The Body Politic, Canada's gay liberation newspaper, and edited Capital Gay newspaper and Diva magazine in London, England. As a journalist, I have contributed to BBC radio and television, and programs for Britain's Channel 4.

In the 1980s, I was a founder member of Feminists Against Censorship and, with Elizabeth Wilson, edited the anthology Pornography and Feminism: the case against censorship.

Currently, I am a member of the Board of Directors of Pink Triangle Press.

Services
Languages
English (CAN)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment LGBTQ (non fiction)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature

Certifications

  • Post-graduate Publishing Certificate, Ryerson University

Awards

  • Marsh Jeanneret Award, 2010

Work experience

Instructor, Editing Trade Fiction

Ryerson University
January, 2014 – Present (about 4 years)

Wrote and teach, online and in class, six-week Editing Trade Fiction course for the Raymond G Change School of Continuing Education post-graduate publishing certificate program at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Senior Editor

Insomniac Press
September, 2005 – Present (over 12 years)

Edit and market fiction and non-fiction titles for this independent Canadian press.

Freelance editor

Self-employed
March, 2004 – Present (almost 14 years)

Evaluate and edit manuscripts for a variety of freelance clients, including emerging writers.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Femme Confidential

Nairne Holtz

Femme Confidential is a wry look at sexual freedom and finding yourself, your queer tribe, and the not-so-perfect girlfriend. Beautiful and charismatic Veronika, whose primary dating criteria is hotness, embraces the role of mean girl—until she has a baby. Liberty, the daughter of leftist Quaker hippies, is quick to judge but discovers some butches make it hard for a femme to do the right thin... read more

Femme Confidential is a wry look at sexual freedom and finding yourself, your queer tribe, and the not-so-perfect girlfriend. Beautiful and charismatic Veronika, whose primary dating criteria is hotness, embraces the role of mean girl—until she has a baby. Liberty, the daughter of leftist Quaker hippies, is quick to judge but discovers some butches make it hard for a femme to do the right thin... read more

This One's Going to Last Forever

Nairne Holtz

This One's Going to Last Forever reflects both the naïve optimism of those who have yet to learn about love ­­and the cynicism of those who feel that by now they should know better. Clara, a university student working at the McGill Daily, discovers that in love and politics, commitment is often more imagined than real. Kelly and Sonya share a bond that has less to do with love than with their ... read more

This One's Going to Last Forever reflects both the naïve optimism of those who have yet to learn about love ­­and the cynicism of those who feel that by now they should know better. Clara, a university student working at the McGill Daily, discovers that in love and politics, commitment is often more imagined than real. Kelly and Sonya share a bond that has less to do with love than with their ... read more

Pink Icing and Other Stories

Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai draws delicately detailed portraits of life in Jamaica and other islands, with occasional trips to Canada. Her characters speak with the cadences of the Caribbean and cope with the universal experiences of birth and death, joy and betrayal. Mordecai turns a sharp ear to the nuances of everyday speech, exposing the currents beneath the calm exterior and producing complex tales t... read more

Pamela Mordecai draws delicately detailed portraits of life in Jamaica and other islands, with occasional trips to Canada. Her characters speak with the cadences of the Caribbean and cope with the universal experiences of birth and death, joy and betrayal. Mordecai turns a sharp ear to the nuances of everyday speech, exposing the currents beneath the calm exterior and producing complex tales t... read more

Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired: A Memoir About Family, Trauma, and Good Times

Nicola Harwood

"Wanted: lesbian couple to foster wonderful eleven-year-old African American boy with gender identity issues." Meet Antwan. Not only has he got gender issues, he's severely emotionally disturbed, severely demanding and, as he puts it, "born to argue." In the late nineties, Nicola Harwood and her girlfriend moved to San Francisco in order to be at the epicentre of queer culture. Shortly after a... read more

"Wanted: lesbian couple to foster wonderful eleven-year-old African American boy with gender identity issues." Meet Antwan. Not only has he got gender issues, he's severely emotionally disturbed, severely demanding and, as he puts it, "born to argue." In the late nineties, Nicola Harwood and her girlfriend moved to San Francisco in order to be at the epicentre of queer culture. Shortly after a... read more

Dog the Moon

Stan Rogal

Mike Hanson is surprised to inherit his aunt’s farmhouse in rural Abbey, Saskatchewan. Even more surprising are the terms of the will: To keep the house, Mike must live there for three years, pursuing his long-abandoned dream of becoming an artist. If he fails, various local charities will benefit. Settling into his new life in Abbey, Mike strikes up friendships with the local doctor and with ... read more

Mike Hanson is surprised to inherit his aunt’s farmhouse in rural Abbey, Saskatchewan. Even more surprising are the terms of the will: To keep the house, Mike must live there for three years, pursuing his long-abandoned dream of becoming an artist. If he fails, various local charities will benefit. Settling into his new life in Abbey, Mike strikes up friendships with the local doctor and with ... read more

The Taste of Ashes

Sheila Peters

Isabel Lee's early life in rural BC was forever changed by a brief but powerful love affair with a young Oblate priest. Now a recovering alcoholic, Isabel struggles to pull the tattered fragments of her life together and repair the damage to her relationship with her estranged daughter. Once idealistic and hopeful, Father Álvaro Ruiz now has his own demons to confront. Brutally tortured at the... read more

Isabel Lee's early life in rural BC was forever changed by a brief but powerful love affair with a young Oblate priest. Now a recovering alcoholic, Isabel struggles to pull the tattered fragments of her life together and repair the damage to her relationship with her estranged daughter. Once idealistic and hopeful, Father Álvaro Ruiz now has his own demons to confront. Brutally tortured at the... read more

I'm A Registered Nurse Not A Whore

Anne Perdue

The darkly humorous stories in I'm A Registered Nurse Not A Whore take dead aim at how easily our desire to be good is perverted or undermined by a desperate need for love and recognition. Despite a world of fading optimism and advancing catastrophe, plans are formulated, deals drawn, bargains struck, and hope prevails. Beautifully flawed, well-meaning yet easily sidelined, the characters in t... read more

The darkly humorous stories in I'm A Registered Nurse Not A Whore take dead aim at how easily our desire to be good is perverted or undermined by a desperate need for love and recognition. Despite a world of fading optimism and advancing catastrophe, plans are formulated, deals drawn, bargains struck, and hope prevails. Beautifully flawed, well-meaning yet easily sidelined, the characters in t... read more

Red Rover

Liz Bugg

Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or simply avoiding her family? When his daughter disappears, conservative businessman John Spencer hires Toronto private eye Calli Barnow to find her. At first it seems like just another runaway case, but when Calli finds out that Thalia's lover, Zoe, hasn't seen her either, she starts to wonder if there's something sinister going on. Then Thalia's ... read more

Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or simply avoiding her family? When his daughter disappears, conservative businessman John Spencer hires Toronto private eye Calli Barnow to find her. At first it seems like just another runaway case, but when Calli finds out that Thalia's lover, Zoe, hasn't seen her either, she starts to wonder if there's something sinister going on. Then Thalia's ... read more

Oranges and Lemons

Liz Bugg

In the glamorous world of advertising, image is everything as intrepid lesbian PI Calli Barnow finds out when she goes undercover at a top Toronto agency. Following a twisted money trail, she stumbles across the body of a hot young copywriter, dead of a drug overdose at his desk. Just another casualty of the Bay Street rat race? Calli doesn’t think so, and when she follows her intuition, troub... read more

In the glamorous world of advertising, image is everything as intrepid lesbian PI Calli Barnow finds out when she goes undercover at a top Toronto agency. Following a twisted money trail, she stumbles across the body of a hot young copywriter, dead of a drug overdose at his desk. Just another casualty of the Bay Street rat race? Calli doesn’t think so, and when she follows her intuition, troub... read more

Yellow Vengeance: A Calli Barnow mystery (Calli Barnow mysteries)

Liz Bugg

The third Calli Barnow mystery celebrates family: lost, found, chosen, and unexpected. Calli faces her most difficult challenges yet, confronting the unthinkable, armed only with the love of her friends and her own inner resources.

The third Calli Barnow mystery celebrates family: lost, found, chosen, and unexpected. Calli faces her most difficult challenges yet, confronting the unthinkable, armed only with the love of her friends and her own inner resources.

Being Young: Scott, Neil and Me

Astrid Young

A biography of the Canadian-born musician by his sister describes their relationship and shared childhood, his music career and development as a musician, and her own efforts to make it as a singer-songwriter and a sommelier.

A biography of the Canadian-born musician by his sister describes their relationship and shared childhood, his music career and development as a musician, and her own efforts to make it as a singer-songwriter and a sommelier.

The Shakespeare Folio

Chris Eyles

Dangerous characters, razor-sharp humour, machine-gun dialogue, and suspense rolled into a dark little package, a 400 year old package — this is The Shakespeare Folio. Frank hates his job. He needs more excitement, more action and more money. He puts together a gang of like minded men with criminal skills and hard edges to steal one of the most valuable books ever written. Reminiscent of Elmor... read more

Dangerous characters, razor-sharp humour, machine-gun dialogue, and suspense rolled into a dark little package, a 400 year old package — this is The Shakespeare Folio. Frank hates his job. He needs more excitement, more action and more money. He puts together a gang of like minded men with criminal skills and hard edges to steal one of the most valuable books ever written. Reminiscent of Elmor... read more

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