Meet the Team

Jon Parsons, Writer-Instructor

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Jon is a writer, researcher, and teacher. He is the author of Everyday Dissent: Politics and Resistance in Newfoundland and Labrador, a self-published book based on his journalism, and Expressive Subjects: 25 Writing Prompts to Unleash Your Creativity.

He has a PhD in English and has taught university-level writing courses and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students. He has helped hundreds of students improve their writing and learn the fundamentals of effective storytelling.

His writing covers a range of topics and genres with a focus on creative nonfiction:

Erika Steeves, Editor-Instructor

Erika founded E.S. Editing Services in 2012 and has been working with academics, entrepreneurs, and self-publishing writers ever since. She loves working with driven and creative people, people with big dreams who want to make a difference and share their expertise and insights with the world.

Erika has an MA in Philosophy and is a longstanding member of Editors Canada. She has worked as an in-house editor for traditional publishing companies, but she’s most fulfilled helping people write books and navigate the ever-evolving world of self-publishing. 

Everyone has a story to tell and Erika loves facilitating that process for writers.

 
 

What people say about working with Jon & Erika

"I’ve always loved to write but never thought my writing was good enough for a book. The 8-Week Writing Bootcamp has helped me gain confidence in my writing and refine my message, while giving me enough structure to finally get things done.

For years I procrastinated and set aside my own goals to serve my clients. Jon and Erika helped me realize that by setting aside time to work on this project I would be serving my clients in ways I had never imagined possible.

My favourite part of the program has been the personal attention and feedback I’ve gotten as I’ve worked through each step. The Bookends Writing team provide the perfect environment to get out of your own way and finally get your message out there.

If you’ve ever wanted to write a book and aren’t sure where to start, this program is for you!"
"I'm not sure I can express how invaluable working with Erika and Jon on my first self-published book has been.

I came to them in need of direction, guidance and editing to get my finished manuscript ready for publishing. Jon was fantastic in providing structural edits that created a thoughtful flow for the reader and a framework to offer coherence. Erika was wonderful with copy editing and proofreading, ensuring that my message was clear and concise and formatted the final draft beautifully, paying attention to details I would have easily missed or overlooked.

Both were encouraging, knowledgeable and highly skilled and together walked me through the entire process and helped me create something I was proud to publish.

I'm so grateful to have had their support and services through this process and am looking forward to working with them again."