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freelance editor

Lincoln, NE
February 28, 2020

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402-***-**** portfolio: OBJECTIVE

Continue living my dream since third grade of being a copy editor. Embody the center part of the Venn diagram where my interests, passion, and highest skill of development editing ESL grammar materials overlap. EXPERIENCE

Freelance Editing

Copy Editor, Various University Presses 06/2006 – Present

• Copy edit and proofread book-length manuscripts, including scholarly nonfiction books, cookbooks, reference materials, technical reports, and winners of fiction and poetry prizes

• Create and manage style sheets; discuss potential revisions with authors and clients; incorporate changes to manuscript copy; ensure accuracy of content as needed; manage overlapping deadlines

• Maintain superior organization of email correspondence, author and client specifications, instructions from managing editors, invoices, development and production guidelines, and style sheets Boston College, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center Chestnut Hill, MA Copy Editor 01/2017 – 07/2017

• Copy edited the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) encyclopedia for electronic publication by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement

• Reviewed 54 chapters written by mostly non-native English speaking educational policy experts from around the world for grammar, style, accuracy, formatting, and bias and cultural sensitivity issues

• Worked with the Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations; research directors; sampling, psychometrics, and data analysts; graphic designers; and the Center’s executive directors MullenLowe Boston, MA

Copy Editor 10/2015 – 03/2016

• Copy edited print and digital advertisements, storyboards, presentations, scripts, billboards, social media content, mass emails, reports, marketing materials, and internal publications

• Reviewed all print and web-based materials for grammar, style, accuracy, formatting, functionality, bias and sensitivity issues, and adherence to client “voice” and specified production guidelines

• Worked with the Creative Services director, project managers, account executives, and copywriters to produce high-quality content that met the specifications of the constantly changing style guide National Geographic Learning Boston, MA

Development Editor 03/2014 – 09/2015

• Supported editorial development and production of Grammar Explorer and Grammar in Context, the company’s bestselling grammar textbook series for post-secondary English language learners

• Served as the primary contact person for the Grammar Explorer teacher’s guides; oversaw a team of freelance writers and editors; reviewed vendors’ work; supervised two in-house editorial interns

• Edited student book and teacher’s guide content for grammatical correctness, style, accuracy, clarity, bias, socioeconomic and cultural sensitivity issues, formatting, and production specifications Lincoln, NE

Web Editor 02/2013 – 02/2014

• Edited web-based middle school and high school courseware for grammatical correctness, style, consistency, formatting, accuracy, bias, socioeconomic and cultural sensitivity issues, and functionality

• Wrote course content adhering to the Common Core standards as well as answer keys, lesson objectives, sample essays, rubrics, new style guide entries, permissions requests, and ancillary documents

• Used Adobe Acrobat, Dreamweaver, the Microsoft Office Suite, Concurrent Versions System, and other industry-standard and specialized software; continuously stayed up to date with the latest technology ALAYNA COHEN

402-***-**** portfolio: UNL Center for Great Plains Studies Lincoln, NE

Journals Editor 07/2010 – 10/2011

• Managed the development and production schedules for two award-winning scholarly journals, Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research; supported Great Plains Museum events and exhibitions as needed

• Reviewed all scholarly manuscripts and book reviews for grammar, style, accuracy, formatting, and adherence to production guidelines throughout the development and print production processes

• Corresponded via phone and email with authors, book reviewers, the journals’ managing editors, graphic designers, freelancer editors, university press representatives, and commercial press professionals Pearson Education Iowa City, IA / Amherst, MA

Copy Editor 05/2006 – 03/2009

• Reviewed educational assessment materials for grammar, style, accuracy, bias, socioeconomic and cultural sensitivity issues, formatting, internal production guidelines, and state and client specifications

• Wrote original content for technical reports, marketing materials, annual publications, and student and faculty Internet resources as needed; routinely edited these and other ancillary materials

• Worked closely with content specialists, test development managers, graphic designers, project managers, and item development associates to produce high-quality content for high-stakes educational assessments ACT, Inc. Iowa City, IA

GMAT Proofreader 02/2005 – 06/2005

• Reviewed post-secondary standardized test questions and passages for grammar, style, accuracy, bias, socioeconomic and cultural sensitivity issues, internal production guidelines, and customer specifications

• Discussed potential revisions with item writers, test development managers, and other proofreaders; attended weekly status meetings to stay up to date on all projects while managing overlapping deadlines

• Wrote original test items, answer keys, reading comprehension passages, technical reports, ancillary documents, and marketing materials as instructed; rewrote content on an as-needed basis University of Iowa Press Iowa City, IA

Assistant to the Managing Editor 08/2004 – 02/2005

• Tracked manuscript development and production; created and maintained author and editor databases

• Edited marketing materials; proofread manuscripts during print production; reviewed freelancers’ work

• Reviewed manuscript submissions under consideration by the Press’s acquisitions editor VOLUNTEER WORK

Peace Corps Mauritania, West Africa

English as a Second Language Instructor 2005 – 2006

• Taught English as a Second Language; helped high school students prepare for the Baccalaureate exam

• Completed three months of intensive ESL and language training; wrote lesson plans and exams University of Iowa Intensive English Program Iowa City, IA English as a Second Language Teaching Assistant 2003 – 2004

• Taught Iowa Intensive English Program in ESL reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar courses

• Led a weekly ESL conversation group; tutored students individually in English writing and grammar EDUCATION

University of Denver Publishing Institute, Denver, CO Publishing Certificate

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Bachelors of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication/Linguistics with TESOL emphasis

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