Kate Spezowka

Freelance Editor & Content Writer

Location:Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
2 Skills
Freelance copy editor and creative writer. Projects include scholarly books (nonfiction), fiction, corporate materials and screenplays. Versatile with style guides.

Employment History
2005 – present Freelance editor and creative writer. Clients include LG, JOI, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and IBM (for Maritz), UBC Press, Smash Media, Park Royal Shopping Centre and Darwyn Audio. Editorial work includes proofreading scholarly books and associated marketing materials, e-learning modules and scripts. Creative projects include a series of graphic novels and several original film scripts.
2004 - 2005 Editorial Assistant, UBC Press. Wrote grant applications; took minutes; wrote marketing copy for book conferences; liaised with authors regarding contracts; maintained files; issued rejection and permission letters; organized publication board meetings; hired work-study students; maintained HR spreadsheets; assisted with web page updates.
2003 – 2004 Marketing Assistant, UBC Press. Coordinated mailings; generated marketing materials for libraries and authors; prepared and supervised student tasks; prepared materials for awards and conferences; answered front-desk calls; performed data entry and shipping/receiving.
2001 – 2002 Desktop Publisher/Documenter, Commercial Electronics Ltd. Wrote proposals and marketing copy; designed PowerPoint presentations; prepared spreadsheets; assisted with development of spinoff company called HomeLink.
1997 – 2001 Executive Assistant to the President, Commercial Electronics Ltd. Typed correspondence; managed office purchasing; scheduled travel; edited marketing materials; prepared customs paperwork; supervised switchboard staffing and scheduling.
Prior Work experience includes restaurant service (White Spot Restaurant, North Vancouver and Victoria locations) video game testing (Sanctuary Woods, Victoria), aerobics instruction (Fitness World) and cash handling (various companies including Canadian Tire and Sears).

Relevant Skills
Advanced ability with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Explorer, Access and Outlook; proficiency with Adobe PageMaker, InDesign, Photoshop, Final Draft and Acrobat.
Exceptional grammar, punctuation and spelling; facility with editing conventions and style manuals; thoroughness with research, proofreading and critique.
Excellent secretarial abilities, including dictation, 70-wpm typing speed, formatting, streamlining, and automation of documentation systems.
Project coordination skills in both sales and nonprofit contexts. Strong multitasking skills.

1989 English, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
1996 Applied Communications, Camosun College, Victoria BC. Received CJVI Scholarship. Awarded “Best Video Producer.”
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Skills (2) Rating
Content Writing