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Mark Scott

Freelance Content Writer & Editor

Location:Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Phone: (248) 910.3403
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Mark W. Scott
1409 Arborview Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 248.910.3403

Business Accomplishments

As President, Convergence Publishing Group, LLC

Founded editorial and publishing services company that has worked with both small and large publishers, as well as other businesses and nonprofit organizations, in areas of product management, content development, quality assurance, and communications. Primary service has been the development and management of web-based products for companies such as ProQuest Information and Learning and Thomson-Gale.

As Publisher, Literature and Business Product, Gale Group, Inc.

Led teams in creation of content that fed multiple print and online products in Gale’s Literature and Business portfolios, generating more than $70 million annually in sales.
Key senior member of cross-functional team that developed and released Gale’s proprietary ebook program in 2003.
Launched 11 new reference products during tenure. More than 90% of new products met their release dates and generated more than $2 million in sales collectively since publication.
Led effort to successfully migrate customers from declining print to higher-margin online resource centers.

As Director of Editorial Services, Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Expanded company’s licensing program and increased revenue from licensing and publishing alliances by more than 60 percent in two years.
Contributed to company initiative to develop a media-neutral repository of health administration and patient care journals for online distribution and content repurposing.
Led department’s efforts to streamline production schedules by as much as 40 percent in two years.
Managed an increase of nearly 40 new print and electronic products in 1999 while reducing development and production costs by more than $100,000.

As Executive Editor, The Taft Group:

Led division's shift in new product development from print to electronic information products; introduced first CD-ROM fundraising tools to the nonprofit marketplace.
Reversed declining revenues from "legacy" print publications; between 1992 and 1995, net unit sales of three core print directories increased by an average of 13 percent.
Expanded custom directory and newsletter programs in division--the first such "customized" product lines within the company; in 1995, revenue from these programs accounted for nearly 6 percent of net sales.

Work Experience

11/03 – Present
Convergence Publishing Group, LLC
Ann Arbor, MI
Founded editorial services company to provide publications support for publishing and non-publishing businesses. Projects include web-based content development and quality assurance, editorial and preproduction activities for print products, project management, and internal communications. Clients include ProQuest Literature and Learning, Thomson/Gale, Fannie Mae Foundation, Aspen Publishers, Council on Foundations, and others.

12/99 - 11/03
Gale Group, Inc., Farmington Hills, MI
Publisher, Literature and Business Products
Directed publishing programs of two of the largest business units in the company, generating annual sales of nearly $70 million. Oversaw the annual publication of more than 60 print/electronic products, consisting of approximately 240 serial and iterative directory volumes. Administered annual budgets totaling $4 million and directly supervised 9 senior editorial staff. Routinely conducted market research to guide marketing programs, new product conceptualization, and
product life-cycle management.

9/97 - 11/99
Aspen Publishers, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD
Director of Editorial Services
Managed editorial activities of four departments, 20 employees, and more than 70 freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers. In 1999, division produced nearly 400 print and electronic publications, including journals, books, loose-leaf products, and electronic media. Also responsible for company’s permissions and copyright management, including licensing of Aspen content to third-party information providers. Responsible for the timely development and production
of products with annual revenues of $30 million. Oversee annual operating budgets totaling more than $2.2 million.

4/96 - 7/97
Capitol Publications, Inc., Alexandria, VA
Director of Information Products
Managed product development for two profit centers consisting of more than 30 active print titles, electronic databases, software applications, and custom research services. Responsible for new product development and cultivation of new business opportunities, including joint ventures, data acquisition, and data licensing to publishers and third-party providers. Managed all Internet publishing activities of the Nonprofit Product Group. Administered annual budget of
more than $1 million and supervised team of four editors and numerous contractors.

9/91 - 4/96
The Taft Group, a Division of The Gale Group, Rockville, MD
Executive Editor
Managed offsite division of parent company, including product development; supervision of 16-member team of editors, researchers, and production/design staff; new product research and production; business development; and alignment of marketing, sales, and editorial functions. Administered annual sales budget of more than $4 million. Represented company at all market conferences and trade shows.

7/81 - 9/91
Gale Research Inc., Detroit, MI
Held various editorial and management positions involving content creation and editing; quality oversight; staff supervision; new product development; and budget administration.

Professional Development

Denver Publishing Institute (one of two employees awarded scholarship by Gale Research)
Management for the Newly Appointed Manager (University of Michigan Executive Program)
Fast-Cycle Product Development (Thomson Publishing, Inc.)
Organizational Leadership (Thomson Publishing, Inc.)
Wolters Kluwer Executive Development Program (Wolters Kluwer, Inc.)
Fundamentals of Multimedia Development (George Washington University)


Central Michigan University, MA English
Western Michigan University, BA English and Journalism
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Content Writing