Melanie Zimmerman

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

1172
Location:Cary, Illinois, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/melaniezimmerman
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Kudos
5.0
2 Skills
$18
Rate/Hr
MELANIE J. ZIMMERMAN

-------------------------PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY-------------------------
Professional with more than 25 years of editorial expertise in freelance proofreading and copyediting. Experienced in e-book, book, and magazine publishing, advertising, marketing, and corporate communications. Diverse background includes editing, proofreading, writing, research, and fact checking, as well as the development and implementation of brand voice and style. Excel in the ability to multitask while maintaining overall superiority of product, an organized individual who is deadline-driven, flexible, and results-oriented.

-------------------------EXPERIENCE-------------------------
Freelance Copyeditor/Proofreader 5/01 – present

WINDY CITY PUBLISHERS
• Proofread/copyedit books

ADAMS MEDIA
• Proofread/copyedit books

ASPATORE BOOKS
• Proofread/edit business/financial/legal books written by C-level executives and top attorneys

THE CADENCE GROUP
• Proofread/copyedit books, promotional materials, and website copy

CRIMSON ROMANCE
• Proofread/copyedit romance e-books

INDIVIDUAL AUTHORS
• Copyedit/proofread manuscripts, galleys, and finals for self-publishing authors, both print and e-book format

AMACOM
• Copyedited business manuscript

M.E. SHARPE
• Copyedit/proofread educational books for middle school through college level

QUESTCORP PUBLISHING
• Copyedit articles for magazines and newsletters covering topics such as health care, transportation, construction, and pop culture

ART SQUAD
• Copyedit/proofread brochures, posters, signage, direct mail and various other advertising pieces for a number of industries including wireless, chemical, and food services

WILLMAN-BELL PUBLISHING, INC.
• Proofread manuscripts and materials for publisher of astronomy books

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CIRCUIT CITY STORES, INC., Richmond, VA 5/99 – 12/03
Promotions Copy Manager—Marketing Services: Managed the day-to-day creation of weekly advertising circular, in-store signage, newspaper/magazine ads and all promotional copy from concept to print while maintaining consistency in brand voice and style.
• Managed staff of 4 to 6 copywriters
• Edited copy for all vehicles to maintain consistency and ensure the presence of Circuit City equities, brand voice and style
• Worked closely with Creative Director to create themes for Back-to-School and Holiday buying guides

Copy Supervisor—Creative Advertising: Supervised the day-to-day creation of weekly advertising circular from concept to print while maintaining consistency in brand voice and style.
• Supervised staff of 3 copywriters
• Actively participated in developing a style guide and “voice” for all Circuit City advertising
• Edited copy to maintain Circuit City equities, brand voice and style
• Wrote copy for brochures, magazine ads, in-store signage and internal communications

Copywriter—Creative Advertising: Responsible for writing compelling copy for the Video and Digital Imaging categories.
• Proofread ads for consistency across versions, as well as typographical content
• Edited product-copy database on a daily basis for content, style and consistency
• Wrote/edited informational brochures, flyers for consumer use

OPTIKINETICS, LTD., Ashland, VA 4/98 - 5/99
Marketing Coordinator: Responsible for all advertising and marketing for the U.S office of a manufacturer of effects lighting and aluminum structural systems.
• Wrote, edited, and designed variety of marketing materials including catalogs, brochures, magazine ads, press releases, newsletters, and corporate website

VIRGINIA BUSINESS MAGAZINE, Richmond, VA 1/97 - 4/98
Freelance Contributing Editor

COWLES BUSINESS MEDIA, Stamford, CT 2/90 - 12/96
Copy/Production Editor: Edited/proofread copy for two business magazines.

MACLEAN HUNTER MEDIA, Stamford, CT 6/89 - 2/90
Editorial Assistant: Provided proofreading and writing assistance to staff of eight editors.

-------------------------EDUCATION-------------------------
BA in Communications, Bowling Green State University
Leadership Lab, Circuit City Management Class
Skills (2) Rating
Editing
Proofreading