Sophie Pinkoski

Freelance Editor & Fiction Writer

972
Location:Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Website: http://parchment-and-petrichor.com
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/sophiepinkoski
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Kudos
5.0
2 Skills
$35
Rate/Hr
Storyteller, wordsmith, champion of stories worth sharing.

My unique outlook on the world makes me an effective project manager. Everything can be broken down based on characters, conflict, and resolution. Because I deconstruct and reconstruct key elements so seamlessly, I am easily adaptable to any environment and well suited to collaborative teamwork. Characters guide each story, whether they belong to a target audience, or a team creating something new. Their stories are the ones that bring meaning to my work.

SKILLS

Editing:

Copy editing and proofing
House Style
Project management and Editorial team leadership
Editorial management for academic, fiction, commercial and magazine genres
Editorial collaboration and peer review

Marketing:

Designing AI sheets, promotional materials, book covers
Proficient in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop software packages
In depth social media analysis to determine target audiences
Branding consistency, creating business plans, and project management
Promotion through social media aimed at bloggers, reviewers, and press
Survey writing and circulation, collection and analysis of results

Writing:

Technical writing
Correspondence management
Promotional materials and cover copy
Novel writing
Writing magazine and newspaper articles

Communications:

Blog posts and press releases
Social media content
Web design and management
Interviewing and transcription

Administration:

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
Academic research
Database and records management
Transcription

EDUCATION

MSc Publishing Edinburgh Napier University, 2016. Edinburgh, UK:

MSc Dissertation: Improving the Young Adult Market to Better Include Teen And Adult Audiences
Conducted market research and collected more than 300 survey responses circulated on social media to gain perspectives from teen and adult readers of YA to better address content based on their interests
Interviewed authors, publishers, and agents as primary research
Identified gaps in the market to improve publishers’ YA catalogues to reflect a wider breadth of teen experiences

Bachelor of Arts University of Victoria, 2014. English Literature Major, History Minor. Victoria BC, Canada:

Copy-Editing for Professional Writers Course, 2013, University of Victoria

GCE A-Levels The Beauchamp College 2010. English Language, English Literature, History. Leicester, UK:

GCE A-Level English Language, 2010, Leicester, UK
GCSE Media Studies and Graphic Design, 2008, Leicester

Writing Creative Nonfiction Course, 2015, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Professional and Technical Writing Course, 2014, University of Alberta

EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER HISTORY

Editor, October 2017 to Present
Wendigo Productions, Edmonton, AB, Canada:

Edits and proofreads poetry and prose for literary anthology

Youth Representative and Board Member, August 2017 to Present
Writers Guild of Alberta, Edmonton:

Allocates funding for literary events across Alberta
Ensures youth engagement within Alberta’s literary community is prioritized.
Builds mentorship and networking opportunities for young professionals in the publishing industry.

Editorial Consultant, February 2017 to Present
Pinkoski Consulting, Edmonton:

Proof reads marketing proposals for new startups
Substantive editing for business plans to launch fall detection devices and oil engineering companies
Website design and management

Children’s Marketing & Publicity Assistant, November to December 2016
Penguin Random House, London, UK:

Created social media content; photography
Participated in business meetings addressing innovative marketing strategies, point of sale, and sales numbers
Prepared contest prize packages and collected data for blogger outreach
Book ordering programs, Gratis, and Biblio3
Official fan site moderator for author Jacqueline Wilson.
Prepared market research for promotional campaigns of upcoming film and television adaptations.

Editorial Manager and Production Officer, January 2016 to October 2016
Merchiston Publishing, A Voyage to Arcturus, Edinburgh, UK:

Managing editor for a new edition of A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay
Approved all editorial updates to House Style; initiating manuscript edits and leading editorial team meetings
Created marketing campaign; performed in-depth scan of social media to determine best online channels to reach target audience; promoted work at conferences
Solicited printer quotes
Proofed final drafts using InDesign
Point of contact for authors Alan Moore and Gary Gibson, who wrote introduction and preface
Wrote and proofed copy for back cover, Advanced Information sheets, blog posts, and marketing campaign

Features Editor, January 2016 to May 2016
Merchiston Publishing, Buzz Magazine, Edinburgh:

Authorised final copy before publication which included final copy edits and approval of spreads before print.
Generated article ideas, kept writers on task and collected article submissions.
Wrote articles for print and web after curating questions and interviewing local entrepreneurs.

Social Media Designer, February to April 2016
Author Sara Sheridan, Edinburgh:

Created marketing campaign for upcoming Mirabelle Bevan novels and On Starlit Seas by Sara Sheridan
Designed 50 quote memes using Adobe Photoshop after collecting the most eye-grabbing quotes from Sara Sheridan’s novels
Performed in-depth scan of social media in order to determine best on-line channels to reach target audience and posted memes to social media sites.
Provided editorial notes for first draft of Sheridan’s latest manuscript
Liaised with members of the Scottish Book Trust, Crime Writer’s Association, and Visit Scotland for collaborative meetings

Student Records Clerk, January to February 2015
University of Alberta, Office of the Registrar, Edmonton:

Updated more than 200 undergraduate student files per day using PeopleSoft student records system
Prepared hard-copy student documents for conversion to new electronic record storage system

Arts & Culture Staff Writer, October 2014 to April 2015
University of Alberta, The Gateway, Edmonton:

Wrote six 500-plus word length reviews and opinion pieces
Pitched story ideas in weekly Opinions and Arts and Culture meetings

Staff Writer, September 2013 to April 2014
University of Victoria Student Services, The Martlet Independent Newspaper, Victoria, BC, Canada:

Wrote four 500-plus word length reviews, opinion pieces, and articles on campus events
Interviewed participants and organisers at campus events
Pitched story ideas in weekly editorial meetings

Copy-Editing Assistant, January to April 2014
University of Victoria, Victorian Review, Victoria:

Copy-edited more than 50 pages of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and updated page layouts for consistency prior to publication
Sent final manuscripts to the printers
Performed academic research on 19th century Sensationalist Literature

General Editor and Copy-Editor in Chief, September 2010 to March 2014
University of Victoria, The Albatross, Victoria:

Organized and ran peer review workshops for potential submissions; peer-reviewed scholarly papers for publication
Collaborated with authors through multiple submission drafts
Led ten hours of copyediting sessions; made editorial decisions regarding design, layout and final copyediting; performed final copy-edit
Liaised with English Faculty advisors
Event planning: organised launch parties and fundraisers

Research Assistant, June 2011 to August 2013
University of Alberta, School of Public Health, Edmonton:

Interviewed participants of study on hearing disorders and transcribed recorded interviews
Updated files and records, to online database system,
Organized hundreds of research papers to database
Transferred data from Microsoft Excel to Access, maintaining accuracy across systems
Assisted in research using library database to find research sources
Formatted tables for grants and published papers using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RELEVANT ACTIVITIES

Attendee When Words Collide Festival, August 2017, Calgary, AB

Attendee Juxtapositions WGA Conference, July 2017, Edmonton

Book Seller Poetry Fest, April 2017, Edmonton

Attendee Young Adult Literature Convention, July 2016, London

Attendee, Society of Young Publishers Conference November 2016, London

Member Society of Young Publishers, September 2015 to Present, Edinburgh

Attendee London Book Fair, April 2016, London

Attendee Society of Young Publishers Conference March 2016, Edinburgh

Attendee Publishing Scotland Conference, February 2016, Edinburgh

Saltire Awards Shadow Panelist Saltire Society, November 2015, Edinburgh
Read and critiqued shortlisted titles for Fiction Book of the Year Award 2015

Attendee Magfest, September 2015, Edinburgh

Writer, The Glass Buffalo, September 2015, Edmonton

Book Seller LitFest, October 2014, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Attendee Words Worth Camp, July 2009, Camp Kiwanis, Calgary

Attendee Youth Write Camp, July 2007, Camp Kiwanis, Calgary

PERSONAL WRITING PROJECTS

Parchment & Petrichor, January 2017 to Present:

Book blog reviewing new releases and Advanced Reader Copies in the Young Adult fiction market.
Published online at parchment-and-petrichor.com/blog

Time, Regardless, 2005 to 2017:

95,000 word YA sci-fi/fantasy manuscript completed, currently being queried to agents and publishers
Pitched to Jenny Brown Associates at Pitch Your Book event for Book Week Scotland 2015
Pitched to agents at the Young Adult Literary Convention, London 2016
Pitched to Coffin Hop Press and Edge Publishing at When Words Collide literary festival, Calgary 2017

Time, Undone (sequel to Time, Regardless) 2008 to Current:

228,000 word manuscript, completed, currently in editing phase, with intent to submit for publication

Moonage Daydream, July 2015 to Present:

124,000 word YA fantasy manuscript, completed, currently in editing phase, with intent to adapt for publication
Achieved more than 6,500 hits with a dedicated online following.

Haunt Your Murderers, November 2017 to Present:

Victorian crime novel, currently in progress.
Skills (2) Rating
Editing
Fiction Writing