Meet the team: Grammar Factory Canadian Publisher

Meet the team

Scott MacMillan

Scott MacMillan

President and Executive Publisher (Toronto, Canada)

Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A), University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business

Computer Science (Major), Economics (Minor), Spanish (Minor), University of Toronto (DNF)

Graphic Design Diploma, St. Lawrence College

Author of Entrepreneur to Author (Coming mid-2020)

Catchphrase: "Can we test that?"

Let me tell it to you straight. I'm not a professional writer. Nor am I an editor.

Like you, I'm an entrepreneur and business leader. After 20+ years in executive, operational, and management consulting roles with the likes of Boston Consulting Group, Rogers Communications, and Corus Entertainment, I ventured down the entrepreneurial path, and haven't looked back.

Fortunately, I don't need to be a professional writer or editor. My team (you'll meet them below) are the real experts, which let's me focus on what I do best...strategy, making sure that our authors' books line up, support, and accelerate the growth of their business.

Sara Litchfield

Editor and Writer (Otago & Southland, New Zealand)

Masters in Theology, University of Cambridge

Author of The Night Butterflies (a dystopian thriller)

Catchphrase: "Make the right mark!"

It’s my mission to help people get their words out into the world. I think everyone has a book in them, and seeing thought-leadership spark inspiration and seeing stories brought to life are what make my world go round. A book is not only a labour of love but also a work of art – being able to help structure, shape and shine the final piece is a precious process requiring energy and commitment. I love engaging with ideas both familiar and new, helping craft the vessel through which they’re shared in such a way as to make the messages clear and relevant for those embarking on the journey.

I consider myself more an ‘English language enthusiast’ than a member of the ‘Grammar Police’, but I can’t deny a passion for correct punctuation that borders on obsession. Rather than twitch at text speak, I channel my powers for good by making sure your book is architecturally sound, both impressive to view when it comes to overarching structure and tied together solidly on a line-by-line level.

As a self-published author myself, I know the value a professional editor brings to a book – they are an integral part of presenting a credible body of work to the world. Let me help you bring your book to life!

Michelle Stevenson

Editor and Writer (Perth, Australia)

Journalism (Major) and Performance Studies (Major), Curtin University

Catchphrase: "You had me at the proper use of ‘you’re’."

After trying my hand at journalism, I discovered I much prefer being on the other side of the fence, helping writers – trained and untrained – whip their words into polished, publishable content. A self-confessed grammar nerd/perfectionist/stickler, I actually get a rush of endorphins when I see well-written, perfectly punctuated text (perhaps because it’s so rare).

I believe the key to a good book is the author’s ability to present a big idea, well-expressed benefits, a logical thread and a satisfying conclusion. That’s a big ask, which is why it’s so important to work with an editor – preferably one who knows what they’re doing and has a genuine interest in the finished product. I’ll give you an honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of your book, and guide you through the writing and editing process, to help produce a book you’re proud to put your name on.

Carolyn Jackson

Editor and Writer (Melbourne, Australia)

Bachelor of Arts, English and History, Melbourne University

Professional Writing and Speech Graduate Diploma, La Trobe University

Author of Surviving Redundancy Someone Who Did (Wrightbooks, 2003), Blake’s Go Guide to Renovating Your Home (Pascal Press, 2004), As You Were – the History of the Altona RSL (2006), The Workies – 50 Not Out (2009), plus numerous local histories for community groups, businesses and families.

Catchphrase: "Keep calm and hire an editor."

I like reading books too, but have a nasty habit of re-writing them in my head as I go along. I’ve also been obsessively re-writing signage since the age of seven. Restaurants with blackboard menus beware – I’ll erase that incorrect apostrophe before you can say ‘possessive’! Fortunately, Grammar Factory is a haven for punctuation vigilantes, and now I have a safe outlet for my addiction.

As the author of a few books, I understand that producing one is always a team effort. Authors aren’t magicians whose fingers pour out perfect words as they type. They need help from a dispassionate third party who will hit the delete button fearlessly and give them the unvarnished truth about their manuscript. But they also need someone who can help find solutions to their writerly dilemmas and guide them down the difficult road to publication. And self-published authors need someone like this – a professional editor – even more. So please, send your diamond in the rough to me, so I can polish it to perfectly punctuated glory.

Julia Kuris

Cover Designer (Sydney, Australia)

Advertising and Graphic Design Graduate Diploma, Lorraine Martin College

Catchphrase: "Creativity is a drug I cannot live without."

I've been a creative at heart for as long as I can remember. Back in school, I was my happiest in an art class with some scraps of coloured paper and a paint brush.

Fast forward 15 years, I am combining my love of design and marketing, allowing me to wake up each morning and do what I absolutely love, which is helping self-published authors bring their important message into the world by creating beautiful book covers that sell!

Specialising in both fiction and nonfiction books, I've had the privilege to design covers for some of Australia’s leading authors and entrepreneurs.

And yes I do secretly buy books I have no intention to read purely based on their covers. I also choose wine based on how good the labels look.

Jake Creasey

Publishing Assistant (Bogor, Indonesia)

Catchphrase: "Where does the comma go?"

More than anything, my passion is learning. For me, there is nothing more exciting than learning new skills and developing existing ones. I like to consider myself Jake of all trades – apart from assisting with the publishing process, I can also (kind of) fix broken wooden chairs!

I’ll be honest though. Grammar is not really my forte. It seems to be a trend with the Grammar Factory dudes (hi Squishy!). Thankfully, there’s a lot of editors on my team to help out (and yes – they did edit this for me).

Luckily, you can breathe easy because I won’t be writing or editing any of your work! I’m more of a guide buddy throughout the publishing process. From keeping the project on track to answering any questions, all the way to helping you pick a head-shot for your book, if desired. Whatever it is you need, to borrow a line from Randy Newman, you’ve got a friend in me.