Freelance Editor, 1985 – present

  • Critiqued, copy-edited, rewrote, and restructured manuscripts for writers, publishing companies, and business clients
  • Followed clients’ house style, whether AP or Chicago
  • Proofread and formatted manuscripts for publication as e-books
  • Designed and typeset books, brochures, and newsletters
  • Created indexes by hand and with software
  • Coordinated projects with marketing consultants, engineers, scientists, authors, editors, vendors, and literary agents

Copywriter, Haworth Press, Inc, 2000 – 2001

  • Wrote eye-catching headlines and effective advertising copy for print and Web-based catalogues, working from marketing questionnaires, manuscripts, or just a table of contents
  • Tailored copy to appeal to markets ranging from agronomy professors to tattoo enthusiasts
  • Created persuasive direct-mail letters targeted at libraries, professionals, and academics
  • Wrote, edited, and proofread press releases, new-book announcements, journal blurbs, and cover copy
  • Helped maintain FileMaker database and online catalogue with HTML coding
  • Earned two raises and a special year-end bonus in first nine months
  • Company sales increased by 10% in the first year I worked there

Publisher, Berkana Press, 1993 – 2000

  • Planned budgets, forecast sales, and handled project management
  • Handled all aspects of book production, including design, typesetting, proofreading, cover design, and print production
  • Planned and implemented successful marketing strategy, wrote press releases, and designed advertisements
  • Handled liaison with vendors, bookstores, distributors, and direct customers

Production Editor, Greenwood Press, 1984 – 1986
Production Assistant, Temple University Press, 1981 – 1983

  • Shepherded academic, legal, and business books from manuscript to bound books, keeping track of permissions, schedules, and camera-ready art
  • Hired and supervised freelance designers, editors, and proofreaders
  • Acted as liaison with vendors
  • Reassured nervous authors, exhorted dilatory authors, soothed unreasonable authors, enjoyed pleasant authors

The greatest thing
in the world
is the Alphabet
as all knowledge
is contained therein
except the wisdom
of putting it together.
—from an old German bookplate