Marilyn, our company owner, lead editor, and grant writer, spent 35 years in Information Technology, starting as a computer programmer and finishing with helping businesses outsource their IT services to the companies she worked for. During this time, she wrote and edited many sales proposals that won new clients and hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.
Writing to busy executives and nitpicky decision-makers of these client firms was great practice for her. She learned what it takes to be clear, concise, and comprehensible in writing.
Marilyn’s experience and credentials
Marilyn does freelance editing and has edited over 200 fiction and nonfiction books in multiple genres. Over the past few years, Marilyn has edited for ghostwriters from around the world. Marilyn is a 2021 graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Editing Certificate program and holds a diploma in Computer Programming/Business Analysis.
She is a part-time grant writer for a school division and writes cause-focussed grants for other non-profits. She has secured over $1 million in grants to date.
Marilyn has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Foothills for over 10 years and has served on other non-profit boards for community services and housing.
Marilyn is an ultra-organized, independent worker who meets deadlines, and a life-long learner, researcher, and writer.
Why “Composed Lotus”?
Here’s why Marilyn is so passionate about our company name. As a huge fan of world travel and culture, it was natural that she would look to her favourite country, India, for inspiration.
The lotus is the national flower of India, and it’s also a symbol of rebirth.
The lotus grows up out of the mud and becomes a beautiful flower, petal by petal. That’s what writing and editing feels like to our team.
And why “composed”? Because composed describes how our team operates. We are all professionals and pride ourselves on quality work. And it’s a play on the written word.