Meet the team: Grammar Factory Canadian Publisher

Meet the team

Scott A. MacMillan

Scott MacMillan

President and Executive Publisher

(Toronto, Canada)


Qualifications

MBA, 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 Credits

Entrepreneur to Author

Catchphrase

"Can we test that?"

About Scott

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're about to meet them) are the real experts, which let's me focus on what I do best: Strategy. That is, making sure that our authors' books line up, support, and accelerate the growth of their business.

Carolyn Jackson

Editor and Writer

(Melbourne, Australia)


Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, English and History, Melbourne University

Professional Writing and Speech Graduate Diploma, La Trobe University

Author Credits

Surviving Redundancy...by Someone Who Did

Blake’s Go Guide to Renovating Your Home

As You Were – the History of the Altona RSL

The Workies – 50 Not Out

Plus numerous local histories for community groups, businesses and families.

Catchphrase

"Keep calm and hire an editor."

About Carolyn

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.

Sara Litchfield

Editor and Writer

(Otago & Southland, New Zealand)


Qualifications

Masters in Theology, University of Cambridge

Author Credits

The Night Butterflies (a dystopian thriller)

Catchphrase

"Make the right mark!"

About Sara

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)


Qualifications

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

Author Credits

Coming Soon

Catchphrase

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

About Michelle

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.

Elisa Fernández-Arias

Elisa Fernández-Arias

Editor and Writer

(Edinburgh, United Kingdom)


Qualifications

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Creative Writing and Translation, Columbia University

Bachelor's of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Oberlin College

Author Credits

The Under

Catchphrase

"Creativity is a drug I cannot live without."

About Elisa

Elisa Fernández-Arias is a writer, singer, and teacher who just moved to London after spending over two years living in Paris and Rome (which you can read more about in the archives of this blog).

Elisa completed her MFA in fiction writing and translation at Columbia University in 2014, where she was awarded the De Alba and Chair’s Fellowships to subsidize her studies. Her undergraduate work was at Oberlin College, where she studied comparative literature and philosophy. Elisa’s stories have appeared in many literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, The Portland Review flash fiction feature, Cream City Review, New Delta Review, and Berkeley Fiction Review, among others. She has also read and interned at The New Yorker, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Helping Orphans Worldwide Journal, and Apogee.

Julia Kuris

Cover Designer

(Sydney, Australia)


Qualifications

Advertising and Graphic Design Graduate Diploma, Lorraine Martin College

Catchphrase

"Creativity is a drug I cannot live without."

About Julia

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.

Dania Zafar

Dania Zafar

Internal Layout Designer

(Toronto, Canada)


Qualifications

Masters of Publishing, Kingston University

About Dania

I help authors through their publishing journey from concept to print, creating stimulating creative content for both print and web.

I'm a creative professional with a flexible mindset and hands-on mentality. I'm also a binge reader, hiker, and art history enthusiast!

Jake Creasey

Jake Creasey

Publishing Assistant

(Bogor, Indonesia)


Qualifications

International School of Bogor

Catchphrase

"Where does the comma go?"

About Jake

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 a "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. 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.