Via the Editors’ Association of Canada
The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) is pleased to announce that Sandy Newton of Cupids, NL, is the winner of the 2012 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Newton was awarded the $2,000 prize for her work on Here’s the Catch: The Fish We Harvest from the Northwest Atlantic, by Wade Kearley (Boulder Publications). The award was presented at EAC’s annual awards banquet, which took place on June 8, 2013, at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax.
Newton was unable to attend the award ceremony, but was honoured and delighted to hear that she had won.
“Winning this award gives a tremendous boost to both my personal confidence and my belief in the merit of the editorial processes I have been applying,” she said.
Here’s the Catch is an illustrated celebration of 52 finfish species that are the reason many communities in Atlantic Canada remain linked to the northwest Atlantic Ocean. The book is also a complex two-and-a-half-year project. Newton was the nominally the managing editor, but in reality played a much larger role. Newton had a hand in verifying factual information, guiding the book’s development through stylistic editing, and assisting with page design. The judges praised her meticulous attention to detail and her thoughtful insights, which contributed to the high quality of the finished work.
“The value [Newton] added to this book is most consequential,” commented one judge. “[She] clearly adheres to the highest possible professional standards.”