Finding a Niche

One of the great pleasures of being a freelance editor is working on a wide range of subjects. Last fall, I went from cultural anthropology to human sexuality to criminal conspiracy to Canadian history. The variety keeps boredom at bay and expands my mind (and provides plenty of material for both small talk and deep discussion).

But sometimes the projects cluster in one area. There was a stretch when every project coming my way was a business textbook. And over the past six months, I’ve worked on several texts on environmental topics: ethics, change and challenges, politics, and policy—editorial nirvana for a small-time green activist!

Many editors focus on a niche market, usually one in which they’ve got specialized knowledge or training. And now that I’ve established myself as an skilled editor, it’s time to apply my horticultural training and keen interest in sustainability and environmental issues—especially urban agriculture—to finding my editorial niche. In particular, I’m eager to contribute to the work of Canadian NGOs and think tanks that point the way to a vibrant economy powered by renewable energy, sustainable practices, and creative, innovative entrepreneurs.