ABOUT

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Cindy DeJager
Professional Substantive Editor

Cindy is a professional substantive and stylistic editor with 20 years’ experience in editing and publishing.
She was previously the senior editor of eight years for Great News Publishing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; the publisher of 93 monthly community publications.

Cindy realized she was meant to be an editor in grade school when she fell in love with her red pen and an insane need to correct her pen pal’s letters.
Writing and publishing has been in Cindy’s blood since she was a very young girl when she used to watch her mother write a book using the old manual typewriter. The tall, wood bookshelf in the living room used to fascinate her and the titles of her mother’s research material intrigued Cindy for many years. In 2000, her mother self-published her book and Cindy learned how to market and promote the book. Amazon was a new sales platform at that time. Years passed and in 2014 when her mother became ill, Cindy decided to open her own publishing company, Opal Publishing, named after the birthstone that she and her mother shared. Her mother passed away in 2015 and Cindy retired her mother’s company, Rosetta Stone Press.

Currently Cindy owns and operates Opal Publishing; the publisher of OPAL a digital magazine for author and writers. Opal is published 10 times a year and features best-selling and up-coming authors, short fiction, poetry, prose, and articles by great writers.

Cindy is a writer also, she is currently working on generational family saga set in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


History

Words Are My Business, Calgary, Alberta, 2014 – Current
Founder and Owner
Professional Editor specializing in substantive and developmental editing. I specialize in short manuscripts, articles, blogs, and business documents.

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Opal Publishing, 2014 – CURRENT
Founder and Owner
Publisher | Opal e-Magazine is published 10 times a year.
An e-magazine for authors, writers, and professionals in the book trade.
www.opalpublishing.ca

Great News Publishing, 2009 – 2017
Senior Editor
91 Community newsletters (149 communities).
Circulation 450,000+ households and businesses in Calgary.
The main focus of the Editor at Great News Publishing is the gathering and organizing of news submitted by the community editors and outside sources. A strong knowledge of MS Office and Outlook is critical to the day-to-day business.
Manage all facets of the Editorial Department.
Establish deadlines and prioritize community content monthly.
Compile, organize, and prioritize the content for all books and make ready for graphic designer.
File Management of all emails and content submitted through the ‘News’ email address.
Liaise between Community Associations, Resident Associations, City, and Great News Publishing.
Compile and maintain public service announcements for use in community newsletters.
Proof mock-ups and ensure consistent quality and accuracy.

Rosetta Stone Press, Calgary, Alberta, 2000 – 2015
Owner
Publisher of The Many Waters, Lauretta Lueck
This company is closed now. The author, my mother, passed away on April 25, 2015.

Book Reviews 411, Calgary, Alberta, 2005 – 2006
Founder and Owner
Professional Book Reviews for Indy Authors