We’re pleased to announce that Adrineh Der-Boghossian has joined the Page Two team as a project management and editorial contractor!
Adrineh has a background in communications with a strong focus on editorial and production work. She holds certificates in editing and publishing as well as a master’s degree in communications. Her work experience includes communications roles at the Institute of Canadian Citizenship and the HIV Legal Network, where she managed the production of in-house publications. More recently, she completed a production internship at Penguin Random House Canada and launched her own editorial business offering proofreading and copyediting services to independent authors and publishers such as Penguin Random House Canada and ECW Press.
Her new role involves managing projects for Page Two clients, copyediting, proofreading, and overseeing quality assurance for book production. Read on to learn more about Adrineh!
What excites you most about your new role as a project management and editorial contractor?
I’m most excited about working with clients and helping shepherd their books into the world. I’m in awe of creators such as writers and designers and see my role as one of providing support. I’m also looking forward to working with freelance proofreaders and copyeditors—being on the other side of the table this time!
Do you have a favorite word (or words)?
When I was editor-in-chief of BoldFace, the official blog of Editors Toronto, we would ask this question of editors we interviewed for our monthly Editors Unplugged series. But I have never been asked this question. As an editor, I should love all words equally, and I admit, it’s hard to pick just one! But I will say I love loanwords (words from another language); some examples are café, gesundheit, and spiel. I love the mélange of cultures they represent.
If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
As someone who also edits cookbooks, I love a food-related question! Can the one meal be dessert? If so, my answer is pain au chocolat. It is my favorite pastry (or Viennoiserie, as it is known in Belgium), and I could eat it every day.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last year and why?
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It is a beautifully written book and perfect as a pandemic read. The protagonist is an aristocrat who, in 1922, is sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to house arrest in Moscow’s Metropol hotel. His experience of spending his days confined indoors mimicked our lockdown reality, and he taught me to make the most of an unpleasant situation.
If I can offer a runner-up, I would say Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life by Cait Flanders. It’s a book that makes you look inward, and it also made me appreciate (even more!) the great outdoors in beautiful British Columbia.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
Reading, hiking, and cooking (unsurprising, considering my answers to the previous questions!). I also love to go cycling. One of the most memorable experiences in my life was going on a bike tour with three other women from Yerevan, Armenia, to Batumi, Georgia, many years ago. We camped along the way and met such wonderful, hospitable people. I hope to go on more bike tours in the future.