As a professional writer, editor, researcher, and designer, I am seeking a position that uses my considerable verbal, editorial, organizational, and creative skills to their best advantage.
2008 – Present
Publications manager for a biopharmaceuticals firm
Sirion Therapeutics, Inc., 9314 E. Broadway Ave., Tampa, FL 33619 (813) 496-7325
Â· Research, write, and/or edit articles for peer-reviewed ophthalmic medical journals.
Â· Write, design, and produce posters (both print and electronic) for medical conferences.
Â· Design and create graphics using the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
Â· Develop a publication schedule for each piece using Microsoft Project.
Â· Review and manage freelance copyeditors’ assignments.
Â· Manage each project from inception to print, including physician/author review, fact and quality checks, and liaison with publishers.
Â· Coordinate with marketing department to provide medical education materials for trade shows and conferences.
Â· Manage a scientific journal collection, including renewals, reading for content, and distributing articles of interest monthly.
Â· Catalog articles into an online library of over 5,000 entries using Reference Manager software.
Â· Act as a general company-wide resource for writing, editing, and communications issues.
2007 – 2008
Copywriter for full-service marketing and advertising agency
FKQ Marketing & Advertising, 15351 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760 (727) 539-8800
Â· Researched, wrote, edited, and proofread copy for print, radio, television, and web.
Â· Clients included Dollar and Thrifty car rental, Melitta Coffee, Badcock Furniture & More, and PODS Moving and Storage.
Â· Proofread and fact-checked all online material.
Â· Wrote and/or edited proofread internal communications, client proposals, and statements of work.
Freelance editorial contractor (as Verbatim Communications)
Organic, Inc., 2600 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 (through OtterBase Staffing)
Â· Wrote, copyedited, and proofread online advertising copy for this leading international digital marketing and web design firm, specializing in Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge websites.
Â· Developed the agency’s first editorial style guide, with special attention to technical/factual accuracy, brand identities, and trademarks.
Verbatim Communicationsâ€”a freelance editing, writing, and design sole proprietorship
Work included design, editing, writing, and proofreading. I managed most projects concurrently, usually handling printing and distribution as well. Principal clients included:
Lerner & Lerner, LLC â€” International academic writing, editing, and media development firm.
Â· Researched, edited, and rewrote copy for high-level encyclopedias and other academic text- and reference books.
Â· Earned frequent bonuses as a top copyeditor and researcher.
Â· Assignments included chief copyeditor as History of Scientific Thought.
Thomson Gale (now Cengage) â€” World leader in e-research and educational publishing.
Â· Projects included researching and writing entries for the Encyclopedia of World Biography and Contemporary Black Biography, proofreading 1,500 pages of Pollution A to Z (in two weeks), and copyediting the ongoing series Contemporary Musicians.
Tomkiw Dalton Law Firm â€” Land-use specialists in Royal Oak, MI
Â· Wrote, researched, and edited material for various pieces publicizing the firm’s landmark appeals case on eminent domain.
Project manager for the seven-volume book series Science and Its Times
The Gale Group (now Cengage), 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331, 800-877-4253
Â· Edited copy, researched, wrote, and rewrote articles when necessary, chose all illustrations, proofread galleys, and consistently met aggressive print schedules.
Â· The series went on to win a RUSA Outstanding Reference Source award from the American Library Association in 2001.
Â· In that same year it was also named a Reference Books Bulletin/Booklist editors’ choice for best reference as well as one of twenty best bets for student researchers by Booklist.
Â· Wrote, researched, and edited articles for both Thomson Gale and other clients on topics that included history, biographies, medicine, science, the environment, and current events
Managing editor for technical research quarterly
Schlumberger-Doll Research, Ridgefield, CT (203) 431-5000
Â· Managed copy, art, and production for a quarterly technical publication of Schlumberger, Ltd.
Â· Edited and rewrote articles for high-level research, technical, and trade papers, with subjects ranging from mathematics and physics to geology and oil-well production.
Â· Developed a production and printing schedule for each issue, and worked closely with the authors, artists, art director, and editor to coordinate graphics and text.
Â· Checked all text and references for accuracy and style; proofread all galleys.
Â· Managed all stages of typesetting, layout, and printing.
Â· Managed a 500-title journal collection for the laboratory’s library, including subscriptions, hardcover binding, and cataloging the collection on the library’s computer system.
Assistant editor for Plastics Engineering, a monthly trade publication
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Brookfield, CT
Â· Edited, rewrote, and proofread features and columns.
Â· Wrote and designed each issue’s product/industry news and book review pages.
BA in English, minor in history, Western Connecticut State University, 1981. Edited Clio, a joint publication of the English and history departments during my senior year.
Computers, software, and editorial styles
Windows XP, Mac OS X; Adobe Creative Suite, Thomson Reference Manager, Livelink, and Microsoft Office Professional; American Medical Association (AMA) and Chicago Manual styles.
Writing and design samples are available on request.