Laurel Ornitz

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Aptos, California, United States
2 Skills
Laurel Ornitz
2619 Willowbrook Lane, Unit #102
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 427-2511,


Freelance Editor March 2005 to Present
Editing a variety of books, including adult, young-adult, and children’s fiction, memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies, art and arts-and-crafts books, how-to and self-help books, books on New Age spirituality, Jewish mysticism, alternative medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, yoga, qigong, and nutrition, as well as travel guides, gardening books, woodworking books, and cookbooks
Editing marketing material, technical documents, dissertations, personal statements, college application essays, and resumes

Developmental Editor CTB/McGraw-Hill (Monterey, CA), April 2002 to March 2005
Edited manuals designed for school administrators and teachers
Gathered and wrote new content for manuals
Edited technical reports
Wrote and edited children’s short stories to be used in testing material
Responsible for all phases of production

Freelance Editor Aug. 2001 to April 2002
Edited books on alternative medicine, travel stories, and a training manual

Web Content Editor Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA), June 2000 to Aug. 2001
Edited highly technical engineering documents for the company's website, using HTML and Dreamweaver
Responsible for the overall editorial quality of the website
Developed standards for web editorial style and formatting

Freelance Editor Nov. 1992 to June 2000
Edited/rewrote various nonfiction books (many of which were direct translations of foreign languages), including books on health and nutrition and traditional Chinese medicine, arts-and-crafts books, self-help books, how-to books, and novels

Editor Sterling Publishing Company (New York, NY), Oct. 1985 to Oct. 1992
Edited primarily heavily illustrated how-to books
Responsible for book layout
Worked with authors on manuscript development
Responsible for all phases of production, from initial manuscripts to printed books
Oversaw the work of proofreaders, designers, illustrators, and printers
Edited back-cover copy and catalogs

Proofreader Raven Press (New York, NY), July 1985 to Oct. 1985
Proofread medical books and journals

Freelance Editor Aug. 1984 to May 1985
Edited books, brochures, manuals, and press releases

Editor SYBEX Computer Books (Berkeley, CA), Feb. 1984 to July 1984
Edited and tested computer books

Technical Writer California Dental Service (San Francisco, CA), Jan. 1983 to Feb. 1984
Edited technical documentation, including System Development Methodology
Developed standards for editorial style and formatting

Assistant Editor Sandpiper Publications (Inglewood, CA), Nov. 1980 to Nov. 1981
Editor of two monthly newsletters: Responsible for writing, editing, reporting, proofreading, photography, picture editing, and layout
Worked on travel magazines: Writing, editing, reporting, and proofreading

Editorial Assistant Century City News (Los Angeles, CA), June 1979 to Oct. 1980
Wrote articles and press releases, edited columns, and proofread copy

Preschool Teacher Dubnoff Center (North Hollywood, CA), Sept. 1978 to June 1979
Taught developmentally, emotionally, and physically disabled children, including autistic children and other special-needs children
Conducted art therapy


Immaculate Heart College (B.A. with honors)
Center for Early Education (Certificate of Completion)
San Francisco Art Institute
California College of Arts and Crafts
Skills (2) Rating