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Jenny Govier

Jenny Govier - Editor

Toronto

I edit and proofread fiction (mostly romance) and non-fiction (mostly financial). It's all about balance, kids.

Overview

I am a Certified Copy Editor and Proofreader who focuses on editing contemporary romance and new adult fiction and trade nonfiction. Having a finance background means I've edited many personal finance books, some self-published, but I've also edited lots of books on sports (um, hockey, of course) and history. My finance background has also provided me with many years of experience in editing corporate financial and accounting material.

I read anything that gets my attention, but much of what I read is young adult, new adult, and contemporary romance fiction. I follow the romance and new adult community closely because I'm a fan, and I edit both traditionally published and self-published books in these genres. I edit smut -- there, I've said it!

My clients have included BMIR, CPA Canada, Dundurn, ECW Press, McClelland and Stewart, Tundra Books, Whitecap, and Wiley. I have edited and proofread bestsellers, award nominees and winners, and a Chapters-Indigo Heather's Pick. When I'm not doing everything I can to make my clients happy, I do what I can for new adult and romance publishing by acquiring and editing for
Tryst Books.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)
Fiction
Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Certified Copy Editor
  • Certified Proofreader

Work experience

Publisher

Tryst Books

February, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

As a side project to freelance editing, I acquire and edit new adult, contemporary romance, and women's fiction.

Senior Editor

Colborne Communications

February, 2007 – February, 2010 (about 3 years)

At Colborne, I edited, proofread, indexed, fact-checked, evaluated, fetched lunch...really, just name it. I worked on legal documents, pregnancy manuals, romance novels, government brochures, magazine articles...again, anything you can think of.

Manager of Client Services and Trader

Heathbridge Capital Management Ltd.

June, 1999 – January, 2007 (over 7 years)

Before becoming an editor, I worked as a trader and client services manager for a money management firm. My duties included overseeing account transactions; supervising administrative assistants; preparing and editing correspondence, documentation, and promotional material; and assisting in preparing financial plans.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Half for You and Half for Me: Best-Loved Nursery Rhymes and the Stories Behind Them

Katherine Govier

"Half for you and half for me" is the first line in a short nursery rhyme that continues with "Between us two shall goodwill be." The phrase is a fitting title for this book, which was inspired by the experience of shared reading, and whose audience is children as well as adults. The author, award-winning novelist Katherine Govier, grew up with her mother reading to her, especially from one of... read more

"Half for you and half for me" is the first line in a short nursery rhyme that continues with "Between us two shall goodwill be." The phrase is a fitting title for this book, which was inspired by the experience of shared reading, and whose audience is children as well as adults. The author, award-winning novelist Katherine Govier, grew up with her mother reading to her, especially from one of... read more

In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912

S.L. Osborne

In the Shadow of the Pole tells the history of how the Arctic became part of Canada and how the Dominion government established jurisdiction there. It describes the early expeditions to Canada's North, including the little-known Dominion government expeditions to the Subarctic and Arctic carried out between 1884 and 1912. The men on these expeditions conducted scientific research, meteorologic... read more

In the Shadow of the Pole tells the history of how the Arctic became part of Canada and how the Dominion government established jurisdiction there. It describes the early expeditions to Canada's North, including the little-known Dominion government expeditions to the Subarctic and Arctic carried out between 1884 and 1912. The men on these expeditions conducted scientific research, meteorologic... read more

Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait

William Littler, John Terauds

Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait traces the first 30 years of what was initially known as "New Massey Hall." Arthur Erickson's iconic design quickly became a symbol of a vibrant city emerging on the world stage. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the hall has welcomed a range of acclaimed artists and lecturers, film presentations, and corporate events. The authors provide a background to the ... read more

Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait traces the first 30 years of what was initially known as "New Massey Hall." Arthur Erickson's iconic design quickly became a symbol of a vibrant city emerging on the world stage. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the hall has welcomed a range of acclaimed artists and lecturers, film presentations, and corporate events. The authors provide a background to the ... read more

Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos

Leesa Culp, Gregg Drinnan, Bob Wilkie

Limited time offer. Sudden Death brings to life the incredible ongoing saga of the Swift Current Broncos hockey team. After a tragic game-day bus accident on December 30, 1986, left four of its star players dead, the first-year Western Hockey League team was faced with nearly insurmountable odds against not only its future success but its very survival. The heartbreaking story made headlines a... read more

Limited time offer. Sudden Death brings to life the incredible ongoing saga of the Swift Current Broncos hockey team. After a tragic game-day bus accident on December 30, 1986, left four of its star players dead, the first-year Western Hockey League team was faced with nearly insurmountable odds against not only its future success but its very survival. The heartbreaking story made headlines a... read more

Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers

Gwendolyn Richards

That citrus kiss, that tang, that pucker, it makes some of us swoon. Pucker is for the citrus lovers amongst us who'd gladly pass over chocolate or caramel for a lemon meringue or key lime pie. But citrus love extends beyond these common favorites, and extends itself to drinks like Lemon Bourbon Sours, Sidecars and Moscow Mules, it touches appetizers like Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc... read more

That citrus kiss, that tang, that pucker, it makes some of us swoon. Pucker is for the citrus lovers amongst us who'd gladly pass over chocolate or caramel for a lemon meringue or key lime pie. But citrus love extends beyond these common favorites, and extends itself to drinks like Lemon Bourbon Sours, Sidecars and Moscow Mules, it touches appetizers like Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc... read more

Bench Bosses: The NHL's Coaching Elite

Matthew Dibiase

Bench Bosses celebrates the greatest NHL Coaches in the history of the game. Bench Bosses is filled with compelling biographical narrative, innovative analysis, historical allusion, hockey folklore, humour, heartbreak, and tragedy. By introducing a creative new method for evaluating coaching success, professional historian and hockey columnist Matthew DiBiase settles many a debate. His hard-hi... read more

Bench Bosses celebrates the greatest NHL Coaches in the history of the game. Bench Bosses is filled with compelling biographical narrative, innovative analysis, historical allusion, hockey folklore, humour, heartbreak, and tragedy. By introducing a creative new method for evaluating coaching success, professional historian and hockey columnist Matthew DiBiase settles many a debate. His hard-hi... read more

The World Outside

Eva Wiseman

An informative and powerful novel, The World Outside explores the life of a teenage girl in a fundamentalist Hasidic community who dreams of a different future. Seventeen-year-old Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. Religion is the most important aspect of her life, and, like other Lubavitcher girls, she is expecte... read more

An informative and powerful novel, The World Outside explores the life of a teenage girl in a fundamentalist Hasidic community who dreams of a different future. Seventeen-year-old Chanie Altman lives the protected life of a Lubavitcher Hasidic girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, in 1991. Religion is the most important aspect of her life, and, like other Lubavitcher girls, she is expecte... read more

Money Talks: Lessons from Canada's Wealthiest

Sam Sivarajan

The lasting impact of the recent financial crisis is the fear and uncertainty that it has left in the minds of many Canadians. Will they be able to retire? Will they be able to fund their kids’ educations? "Money Talks: Lessons from Canada’s Wealthiest" follows a group of friends as they struggle with these questions. Applying lessons learned from the richest Canadians, the friends learn, in e... read more

The lasting impact of the recent financial crisis is the fear and uncertainty that it has left in the minds of many Canadians. Will they be able to retire? Will they be able to fund their kids’ educations? "Money Talks: Lessons from Canada’s Wealthiest" follows a group of friends as they struggle with these questions. Applying lessons learned from the richest Canadians, the friends learn, in e... read more

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