Adam Lefton

Freelance Copywriter & Content Writer

Location:Austin, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Summary Points:

- Former Managing Editor and Literary Agent's Assistant
- Extensive experience editing and providing feedback on manuscripts
- Skilled press release and copy writer for web and print


Founding Director, LitRagger LLC
Remote (May 2012 – Present)

- Developed and supervised construction of iPad application for small press literary magazines
- Recruited magazines to join app for launch
- Formatted content in InDesign and Photoshop for display on the iPad
- Crafted message and tone for all marketing collateral
- Managed all social media efforts

Managing Editor, Sycamore Review
West Lafayette, IN (May 2010 – May 2012)

- Wrote and designed marketing emails and tracked response using My Emma
- Wrote copy for direct mail campaigns
- Created and updated social media accounts
- Produced content for blog and updated/redesigned website
- Maintained databases to track subscriptions, donors, contributors, and prize submissions

Literary Assistant, Ralph Vicinanza Ltd.
New York, NY (March 2006 – March 2009)

- Wrote copy for annual rights guide
- Read and wrote reviews of manuscripts under consideration for representation
- Vetted and negotiated contracts
- Arranged agency presence at annual bookfairs

Intern, Lotus Public Relations
New York, NY (May 2005 – February 2006)

- Wrote press releases and other collateral for clients
- Pitched client news to major media outlets through press releases, phone calls, and email
- Discussed innovative ways to raise clients’ profiles at weekly staff meetings
- Monitored media outlets for client-related news

Student Writer, Dickinson College Office of Media Relations
Carlisle, PA (August 2004 – May 2005)

- Wrote press releases announcing campus news, grants, awards, and upcoming events
- Conformed to AP Style
- Edited releases written in other departments
- Fact-checked and researched press release subjects

Education: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Master of Fine Arts in May 2012
Concentration: Fiction; Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
Bachelor of Arts in May 2005, *** Laude
Major: English; Minor: Creative Writing, Fiction; Cumulative GPA: 3.5/4.0


Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Filemaker Pro
Adobe Creative Suite
Wordpress (CMS)
Familiarity with all style guides



- “We Never Really Had Old Times,” Water~Stone Review (forthcoming) Fall 2012
- “Strays” Washington Square Review, Spring 2012
- “If It Fits” Pindeldyboz, 2007
- “A Letter to my Journal Re: Hectic” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 2007


- Boldtype Issue 54, Dangerous Laughter by Stephen Millhauser, 2008
- Boldtype Issue 57, Meatpaper (magazine), 2008
- Boldtype, Issue 59, How Fiction Works by James Wood, 2008
- Sycamore Review, 24.2, Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill, 2012

Honors and Awards:

- Honorable Mention, 2011 Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Contest
- Roy Battenhouse Memorial Award, National Society of Arts and Letters, 2011
- Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union Award for a Short Story, 2011
- Finalist, Unifed Literary Contest, 2011
- Intro. Journals Award Nomination, AWP, 2010
- Semifinalist, The L Magazine Literary Upstart Contest, 2009
- Dean’s List, Dickinson College, 2005
- Poetry Award Nominee, Dickinson College, 2005
Skills (2) Rating
Content Writing