I have loved stories since I was a little girl and wrote little books about goldfish and leprechauns in the third grade. However, I had trouble reading until the fourth grade, when I had a teacher who connected the dots for me. But once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I even read out the local library of Young Adult novels by the time I was 13, and had to order books from the larger, regional library. My new found love of books motivated me to want to be a writer when I grew up (still working on that one).
While I was going to university to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in English (focus on creative writing), I found myself drawn to editing. My interest began while taking creative writing classes, where I learned from doing peer edits that I loved helping others develop their stories. But the decision to make it my career happened while I was working as a a teaching assistant providing both structural editing and copy editing feedback on student essays for two years.
In March 2016, I decided to join Editors Canada as a student affiliate and have taken several webinars regarding copy editing and developmental editing. I also completed the six-week Print and Digital Editing Immersion Workshop at Simon Fraser University in November 2016 and the Copy Editing for Books, Journals and Articles course through Ryerson University's Publishing Certificate Program in December 2017.
My favourite genres are: cozy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy and romance. Marcia Muller, Janet Evanovich, Joan Hess, Kristen Ashley, July Hyzy, Tijan and Mia Sheridan are my favourite authors.
"Rosalie beta read my novel, and with a few weeks, I had it back with suggestions and comments which helped me immensely. With her overall love of her work as an editor, she went above and beyond to fulfill her role in beta reading. I will definitely be using her again in the future!"
—Samantha Armstrong, Author, The Movement
"Rosalie's feedback on my manuscript was extremely thorough and helpful. She gave thoughtful and specific suggestions on improving the book, which I was able to implement. I felt very fortunate to have Rosalie provide a beta read for my book, and I felt it helped me in producing a better book."
—Laura Durham, Author, Death on the Aisle
Agatha Award-winning Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery series
"Rosalie's manuscript assessment was exactly what I needed to make my novel the best it could be. She was incredibly thorough and knew exactly what needed further development and what didn't work. Apart from being supremely helpful and encouraging, her keen eye for editing was invaluable to my work."
—V.V. Mont, Author, The Elementalist
"She sees that writing is both an art and a science, which requires knowing the syntax of a sentence, along with recognizing a creative variance on it."
—Dr. Clay Burlingham, University of Regina