Position: President + Executive Publisher
Catch phrase: Let's test it.
Goes by: Scott
Location: Toronto, Canada
Education: MBA, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Graphic Design
Books: Coming soon...
Hello and welcome - I'm looking forward to getting to know you (and your book) better! For the moment, though, here's a little about me.
I'm a Toronto-based publisher, entrepreneur, start-up advisor, and strategist with a passion for helping entrepreneurs grow their business by extracting, packaging, and publishing their knowledge and expertise in the form of best-selling books and media products.
After spending 20+ years in executive, operational, and management consulting roles at Rogers Media, Rogers Publishing, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Corus Entertainment, I took the entrepreneurial path and haven't looked back.
While my professional experience includes publishing, my super-power is in business strategy, and making sure that our authors' books line up, support, and accelerate the growth of their business.
Catch phrase: Make the right mark!
Goes by: Sara (no h!)
Location: Middle Earth (also known as New Zealand) has been my home for the last few years
Education: Masters in Theology from the University of Cambridge
Books: The Night Butterflies (a dystopian thriller)
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 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!
Catch phrase: You had me at the proper use of ‘you’re’.
Goes by: Michelle, Mich (preferred), M, Michie Moo, Michmellow… the list goes on.
Location: Albert Park by day, Elwood by night (though I’m always planning my next holiday).
Education: Double degree from Curtin University, majoring in journalism and performance studies (theatre darrrling).
Books: One day. I’ve written a blog – does that count?
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.
Position: Editor and Chair of the Save the Semicolon Committee
Catch phrase: Keep calm and hire an editor.
Goes by: My name, which is Carolyn; not Caroline. Although some call me the Word Warrior.
Location: Beautiful bayside Melbourne, four blocks from the beach, in the world’s smallest house.
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne Uni, majoring in English and history, plus a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Speech from La Trobe.
Books: I’ve written a few. My titles include Surviving Redundancy; by 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.
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.
Position: Cover designer
Catch phrase: Creativity is a drug I cannot live without
Goes by: Julia or Julz
Location: Sydney, Australia
Education: Graduate Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design (Lorraine Martin College)
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.
Position: Publishing assistant
Catch phrase: Where does the comma go?
Goes by: Jake, Jakey, Jakey Chan, Eurasian Persuasion
Location: I live in Bogor, Indonesia, but I’m a dual nationality kid – English from my dad’s side, Filipino from my mum’s side. That’s where the term ‘Eurasian’ comes into play.
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 headshot for your book, if desired. Whatever it is you need, to borrow a line from Randy Newman, you’ve got a friend in me.