Honouring the writer, delighting the reader

When working in editing and communications, Marlena has been nicknamed "Hawkeye" and "Queen of Publications". She is very skilled in the English language and fact-checking. She can also work with authors in the developmental stages of their writing, and as a copy editor. She loves working collaboratively with writers to make their publications and books easy to read and understand, concise, and effective in meeting their goals – while letting the writer's voice, intention and goals shine through.

Her editing career began at Canadian publisher Maclean Hunter, editing several monthly magazines, for which she wrote their style guide.  At TVOntario, she was chief editor of four types of bilingual publications: a weekly newsletter, monthly and quarterly magazines, and their annual report. For two of these publications, she instigated and saw through major design and structural changes to better meet the needs of the readers. She managed the work of dozens of writers, copy editors, designers and translators, while also working with printers, ensuring every publication was produced on time and on budget.

Within the realm of fundraising, she has won awards for donor newsletters she has edited. She also used her knowledge of fundraising science to reinvent the design of several newsletters, changing the writing style, design and content to turn them into fund-generating tools.

Marlena would love to work with you on your publication or book to ensure that the end result is even better than you envisioned.