I mainly read manuscripts for the quality of ideas and writing style. I make suggestions on how to improve a story or text for eventual submission.
Together with my late husband Jacques de Roussan—author, art critic, and historian—we founded a publishing company. In the first few years, we concentrated on coffee table art albums featuring Quebec artists. I translated the majority of them from French to English so they each had a side-by-side bilingual text. In addition, I worked on the layout and color reproduction of the albums.
Later, in 1989, I formed a children’s book division that emphasized and published first-time authors. We gained recognition early on for our willingness to take a risk at publishing unknown writers. Many of the books we published also were partially illustrated stories for the pre-kindergarten through YA readership. My principal role was to choose the manuscripts to be published and do substantive and developmental editing. The excellent storylines and quality of production were recognized by the wider publishing industry and the Arts Council of Canada in the form of annual grants. Our books often received excellent reviews in Quill & Quire and the press.
After my publishing partner and husband passed away, I closed the doors to the children's books division in 2005. The majority of our author list was picked up by other established children's book publishers in Canada and the US. The French art division continued to publish until 2019.
C.D Howe is a highly regarded think tank for which I edited policy papers and books targeted for the Canadian and provincial government political influencers. I left the company when it moved from Montreal, where I lived, to Toronto.
I edited and/or proofread non-fiction books that included tourist and parenting guides. I also read the manuscripts and publishing proposals that were submitted for consideration.
I was one of the reviewers for The Montreal Gazette that publishes a daily and still exists today. My specialty was adult fiction. I left the newspaper when I started working for a publisher due to potential conflicts of interest.
Tundra Books is the oldest publisher of children's books in Canada. To this day it relies on beautiful art and illustrations to identify itself. It is currently the children's book imprint of Penguin Random House of Toronto.
The first to introduce board books for babies and toddlers, owner May Cutler in the early 1970s believed that by creating a baby-resistant format of "tiny books for tiny hands", children would gain a sensibility both for books and an artist's bright colors to carry them into their adult years. Tundra cultivated a long list of Quebec and Canadian painters who created unique stories for pre-schoolers through the middle grades accompanied by their art. I edited and worked with designers on many books, including adult non-fiction, during my tenure there.
What happens when an imaginative, confident young dinosaur is faced with a messy room? To the delight of his parents, he remembers his own skills and uses his knack for innovation to put his problem solving to the test. With a clean room, and strong self-confidence, Necky the dinosaur is ready to take on whatever problems may come his way.
In the World of the imaginary Eastern Block Morania, in the old communist regime years, Ingo—the whimsical protagonist—brings to light with innocence, charm, and humor the socio-political reality and inevitable conflicts. His mother told him, his goal in life should be to have the companionship, friendship, and love of a good master. Blessed with The Gift of understanding human speech—a touch ... read more
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