Sidewalk Babble

Meandering through the urban maze


Writing, editing, communications

Our company has closed $2.5+ billion in transactions. For years, Naomi has been our secret weapon. You simply can’t find a better candidate for editorial, writing and communications projects. With her razor-sharp instinct for capturing the right tone for every audience, she has elevated and matured the Goodman Report (50,000 e-subscribers) to a whole new level. Thanks to her editorial direction, the Georgia Straight named the Report as the Best Newsletter to Learn About the Apartment Market in the Best of Real Estate in Vancouver 2016: “What makes this newsletter better than others is the extent of information about the overall market, plus the clean, crisp writing.” Both the media and our industry rely upon us for up-to-the-minute insider news on commercial real estate, and Naomi leverages her keen knowledge of business and politics to ensure that our information and expertise remain widely cited. She adds flavour and flair to our newsletter, in-depth reports, website, special marketing and communications pieces and social media channels. With a Harvard degree and as a past editor at Business in Vancouver, she’s also delightful to work with … and super-fast. We give her our highest endorsement!

Mark Goodman and David Goodman, principals, The Goodman Report

Naomi possesses one of the most astute and incisive publishing minds I’ve come across in my 25 years in the business. I would trust her acumen to handle a broad range of editorial and writing projects and produce first-rate results.

Marilyn Biderman, Marilyn Biderman Literary Management

Naomi has a knack for bringing out the best in a text while respecting the author’s intentions. My work with Naomi on several magazines over the course of five years allows me to rank her among the best editors I’ve encountered in more than 20 years of contributing to newspapers and magazines.

– Peter Mitham, journalist and contributor, Business in Vancouver

Over our many years as colleagues and friends, I’ve known Naomi as a person who represents the best of media. Being an editor, literary agency co-owner, translator and ghostwriter myself, I’ve had the opportunity to partake in the multitude of elements that go into the making and selling of excellent written work. Of the exceptional professionals I’ve been fortunate enough to know, few can rise to the place that Naomi continues to hold in my mind. Admired and respected by the authors she has supported, Naomi enjoys the affection of colleagues who have climbed a similar ladder, driven by the power of the written word. She’s a generous mentor, compassionate listener and strategic thinker unlike any I’ve ever encountered. On a personal level, her ethics, refreshing wit and astute reflections are a gift to behold. I still hope to partner one day with Naomi on what would be, undoubtedly, a literary adventure of a lifetime. In the meantime, anyone who gets to work with her is likely to come away feeling deeply enriched and grateful.

– Julia Serebrinsky, VP of development, Level Five Media; formerly editor, Ecco, Harper Collins, Dutton/Plume (Penguin)

Naomi has that winning combination of professionalism, reliability and kindness. She offers prompt and thorough service in a respectful, patient and engaged way that I really appreciated. One of our most recent projects together was On These Shores, a museum exhibition where she was responsible for editing all the copy as well as fact-checking some of the resources. She skillfully navigated the scholarly material and even went the extra mile to develop a deeper understanding of the archival records. Her thirst for knowledge and commitment to scholarship shine through in all the work she does.

– Erika Balcombe, designer; faculty member, Wilson School of Design; anthropologist in training

One of the most brilliant minds I know. Super-articulate and eloquent.

– Sarah Infini Takagi, pianist, spiritual artist, New England Conservatory faculty member,

I’m one of the very satisfied recipients of Naomi’s insightful editorial take. Recently I undertook the complex task of publishing an exhibition catalogue of my mosaic art, which was being shown in galleries in Toronto, Vancouver and Dallas. Naomi’s sweeping knowledge and sensitivity in editing the book, coupled with a disciplined, timely approach, helped us achieve our goals.

– Lilian Broca, 


Naomi has helped me tremendously throughout our lessons together. I have been learning writing style, grammar, reading comprehension, etc. since December 2014. Naomi is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humour. Instead of editing my work alone, she guides me to reconstruct awkward sentences myself. My writing has improved a lot throughout the years, and I am very grateful for her help. She is very knowledgeable and can make essays flow much better just with simple changes to structure and phrasing. Thank you so much!

– Angela Zhang, student

Yi Lin and Henry love attending your writing classes and continue to learn from you.

– James Shi, parent

You are the teacher Gary and I respect the most. I’m here to say “Thank you” for being such a help to Gary over such a long period. You have taught him a lot of knowledge.

– Lily Zhao, parent

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