About Us

“Keep Helping Writers!” is our motto.

I have always been surrounded by books. As a child, I loved libraries — big, old libraries with thousands of books. They were magical repositories of knowledge, history and imagination. I liked books with foil stamped on aged leather covers. I loved manuscripts written in calligraphy, sometimes with gold and green and red flourishes, whether in English or French or German or Gaelic. I liked coffee-table and music books, books with rough paper and books with someone’s pencil marks in the margins. Our family home was full of books.

Now I love new books with crisp paper and good bindings. I like modern fonts and clean layouts. I like technology and electronic books. I love the stories, knowledge and memories they hold. Books are records of the history, ingenuity, imagination (and folly!) of humankind.

Knowledge relies on language and clearly expressed ideas. I thank my teachers for showing me this. I thank my clients and students for entrusting me with their manuscripts, so that I can help them produce their own books, whether for their immediate communities or for people everywhere. I thank my team of skilled experts in different areas of publishing, who, over the years, have helped to make Sun Editing & Book Design a high-quality, reliable, resourceful enterprise for writers, publishers and, ultimately, readers.

Everyone has stories and learning inside. When people write what they know, the pages can become books that are shared with others — sometimes for generations … or even centuries!

This is a cause for celebration.

— Jill Ronsley, Sun Editing & Book Design

Experience

Jill Ronsley started work as a book editor, which, coupled with her affinity for design and art, led naturally to book design. More than fifteen years of experience with writers, editors, illustrators and publishers have given her a broad knowledge of the publishing industry. Jill works closely with graphic artists, illustrators, and other professionals based on the needs and wishes of her clients. Many of the books she has worked on have won prestigious awards.

Her clients include the American Cancer Society, Moody Press, Guernica Editions, Lightwave Publishing and other publishers for book cover design and interior book design. She has edited books published by Harper Collins, Rowman & Littlefield and Northfield Publishing, as well as Canadian glossy lifestyle magazines, La Dolce Vita Magazine and City Life.

She was the editor-in-chief of The Blue Review, a monthly online children’s writers e-zine, for which she wrote two columns. She won the Best Book Editor 2005 award from the Editors and Preditors Readers Poll (out of over 100 nominees) and has been asked to contribute as a judge in writing and book competitions. Early in her career, she helped structure what was then one of the largest online children’s writers’ critique programs, Boost for Writers.

Jill teaches writing and conducts events and workshops on writing and publishing for small writers’ groups, self-publishers and writing programs. She has written articles on editing, book design and writing and was a presenter at the Muse Online Writers Conference in 2009 and 2010.

Professional Memberships

Access Copyright
Adobe InDesign User Groups
Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS)
Bay Area Editors Forum (BAEF)
Canadian Authors Association
CE-L Directory of Freelance Editors, Indiana University
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Education

Jill has a BA in English from McGill University and a diploma in Literature and Languages from Vanier College.

She has taken courses in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) from Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge) and TEFL.org.uk, including Teaching English Online.

Jill studied French at the University of Grenoble and achieved the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. She has achieved varying levels of proficiency in Spanish, German, Italian and Hindi.

Besides studying painting at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School and at McGill, she earned a CreativeTechs Certificate of Completion in Photoshop.

Johannes Gutenberg, Strasbourg

Laurens Janszoon Coster, Haarlem