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Proofreader / copyeditor

Queens, New York, United States
January 21, 2019

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Hazel Shahgholi

Queens, New York *****

347-***-**** •

Production Editor / Copy Editor

Talented international editor and writer with more than 10 years’ experience in proofing, copyediting, and producing print and digital books, brochures, newsletters, magazines, and articles on time and with superior content. Areas of expertise include…




Magazines / Newsletters

Books / Articles

PR Media Kits / SEO

Social Media Strategy

Chicago, AMA, AP styles expert

Medical News & Research

Literary Reviews & Humanities

Philosophy & Political Issues

New Authors & Book Publishing

Internal & External Writers

Senior Editors & Staff

Authors & Agents

Industry Networks & Sources

Professional Experience

Lapham’s Quarterly – Freelance Proofreader / Copyeditor

New York, New York, 2013 – Present

Advanced quickly to be “go-to” freelancer due to quality and consistency of electronic and hard copy work, producing error-free content and maintaining Lapham’s reputation of editorial excellence. Provide thorough and efficient proofing and copyediting, with errors marked clearly following standardized symbology. Easily switch between UK and US grammatical and stylistic formats.


Increased readership by introducing power/not push notifications.

Met multi-project deadlines within budget using prioritization, organizational, and project management skills, covering philosophy, social theory, politics, current events, visual arts, literature, and history.

MedPage Today – Production Editor/Staff Writer

New York, New York, 2016 – 2018

Managed newsletter and web content, posting 30-40 articles daily. Proofread, copyedited, and uploaded user-ready formats for articles, videos, images, and website links, using AP, Chicago, and AMA style. Focused on psychiatry, cardiology, oncology, and endocrinology, framing writing style to address specific audiences. Created clear, compelling work earning Continuing Medical Education accreditation and American Heart Association sponsorship standards and contributing to further site engagement. Resolved production issues, oversaw posting schedule, and coordinated internal and remote writers to ensure accurate content within rigid timelines.


Conceptualized, developed, and executed new daily newsletter format, “The Late Shift”, with wrap-up of timely medical news.

Tripled click rates for psychiatric articles in three months, and increased overall newsletter open rate by 40%.

Successfully designed and launched “PopMed” newsletter, targeting younger physicians between 28-35, effectively engaging a new audience and achieving over 60% open rate within three months.

Verso Books – Freelance Proofreader and Copyeditor

Brooklyn, New York, 2010 – 2013

Proofed and copyedited digital and print manuscripts, with rigorous attention to presentation, errors, and fact-checking.


Consistently recognized for highest quality work and timely delivery of manuscripts.

Turned around 300-page text on eugenics, and delivered error-free copy and publishable press release within 24-hours, despite no familiarity with topic.

The London Review of Books – Assistant Editor

Brooklyn, New York, 2009 – 2012

Supported and collaborated with senior editors and editor-in-chief to research and plan new articles. Sourced writers, bloggers, and commentators for commissioned articles. Organized simultaneous projects, liaising with internal and external writers, agents, and Design, Marketing, and Production divisions to ensure copy delivery within set parameters and deadlines. Wrote and copyedited content for accuracy, SEO tags, press releases, and style. Added images, illustrations, and videos for final copy.


Improved research skills, rapidly identifying new authors, and expanding industry network.

Hunt Gallery – Art Writer

St. Louis, Missouri, 2010

Interviewed artist; researched and wrote 2000-word article, in ArtForum style, for solo exhibition “David Schild: Being Content with Uncertainty”, to be transitioned as a two-page, color exhibition brochure.


Brochure served as critical literature and informed commentary on artist’s debut show.

The Paris Review – Editorial Assistant

New York, New York, 2009

Served as editorial intern under the tutelage of Editor-in-Chief Phillip Gourevitch, noted Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and current staff-writer for The New Yorker. Completed extensive copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking for senior editors, frequently writing reader’s reports on new fiction and poetry. Transcribed author interviews before global editing. Addressed event planning issues for high-profile authors and their agents. Contributed to daily Twitter posts.


Discovered quality article from “slush pile” for review and subsequent publication.

Verso Books – Editorial Assistant

Brooklyn, New York, 2008 – 2009

Built basic skillset in copyediting, proofreading, and quality assurance to prepare manuscripts and typeset files for production. Created databases of contacts in academic publishing. Assisted with marketing strategies and press campaigns, writing press releases, blurbs, jacket, and catalogue copy for upcoming publications. Handled author contracts and events planning.


Guided six submissions from submission to publication.

Education / Training

Master of Arts in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

New School of Social Research – New York, New York

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with Honors

Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Copyediting and Proofreading Fundamentals (2016)

New York University Professional Course, New York, New York

CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages -2008)

ILC, Paris, France

Technical Proficiencies


Mac OS and CMS, Windows


Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs, Word Styles, Photoshop, InCopy, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, ProofHQ, XML, Java

Selective Published Works

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