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Educating for Peacebuilding

Implementing restorative justice principles and practices in a school system. Catharine Bargen. 2011. Ninety pages. Published by Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives. ISBN 978–0–9736743–4–7. Book design and cover by Dana Hepting of MCC.  

Project Highlights

The publisher hired us to manage this pressing project. Working with the author and publisher, we provided the following services

• Project management — coordinating work and ensuring deadlines are met
• An analysis of the existing manuscript, offering suggestions for additions.
• Structural, or developmental editing. Creating an outline.
• Stylistic editing that included eliminating jargon.
• Rewriting portions as necessary
• Integrating material from annual reports and other sources
• Developing and editing captions.
• Developing copy for the credit / copyright page
• Copyediting and proofreading. Developing a style sheet.
• Ensuring that permissions were obtained.
• Advising on and developing copy for the back cover blurb
• Meeting with the author
• Coordinating with the designer

Of our participation, the author wrote, “Without Philip, I'm not sure this book would have been completed. He provided encouragement and support for the overall project when it might have felt easier to just let things slide. He not only stuck to his own deadlines, but gently made sure that I stuck to mine. I felt like I had a partner in the process and that was incredibly valuable. Thanks Philip!”

Jennifer Siemens of FRCJI wrote, “I appreciate Philip's editing skills as he supported the production of our latest publication. He assisted tirelessly in getting out a book of excellent quality, and his suggestions throughout the process were consistently helpful. It was refreshing to work with someone who was committed to maintaining both deadlines and high standards.”

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"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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