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Chad Sievers

Freelance Editor & Project Manager

Location:Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Phone: 317-220-8750
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Chad R. Sievers
4614 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46201
(317) 220-8750 (office)
(317) 402-8661 (c)

With a well-rounded education in journalism and Spanish and more than 16 years' experience in book publishing and editing, nonprofit magazine and newsletter editing, and daily newspaper writing, I have the hands-on, daily experience to help your organization with all of your project management, writing, editing, and proofing needs.

Education: Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, 1990-1994
B.A. in journalism and Spanish, 4.0 GPA

Sievers Communications, LLC
08/11-present Owner, editor, writer
• Develops book manuscripts at chapter level for content, organization, and tone
• Manages authors, technical editors, and illustrators to meet deadlines
• Copy edits book manuscripts for clarity, flow, grammar, and punctuation
• Coaches and trains authors to ensure their writing reads well
• Writes magazine articles
• Ghostwrites manuscripts

Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
07/10-07/11 Senior project editor
• Same duties as project editor
• Develops more difficult books
• Works with management to create new series and related series guidelines
• Manages challenging authors to ensure projects stay on track and are of high quality
• Coordinates and leads quarterly meetings for project editors to discuss issues
• Worked with acquisitions to develop new titles ideas and ways to generate revenue

09/05-07/10 Project editor
• Developed manuscript at chapter level for content, organization, audience level, and brand
• Managed authors, technical editors, and illustrators to meet deadlines
• Measured author’s text for acceptability
• Coached and trained authors to ensure their writing was in-line with the brand
• Annually tracked technical editor, cartoon, and art budgets, worth approximately $40,000
• Collaborated with copy editors to ensure editing schedule stayed on track
• Worked with other departments to produce ancillary product lines

07/02-09/05 Copy editor
• Edited trade For Dummies books, focusing on line-by-line editing, section development, and clarity
• Developed manuscript at section level for content, organization, audience level, and brand
• Guided author to improve the manuscript through queries to clarify statements, reorganize sections, and so on
• Instructed author about proper manuscript preparation
• Coordinated multiple tasks, annually copy edited nine book projects, and managed time to deliver fully edited manuscript on schedule
• Communicated with project editor, manager, and author as needed
• Assisted project editor with management issues in case of project editor’s absence

11/00-06/02 Association of College Unions International, Bloomington, Indiana
Managing editor
• Served as editor of the bimonthly Bulletin magazine
• Prepared annual budget for all publications
• Worked with component groups to develop Bulletin material, solicited articles from freelancers, managed freelancers, and edited manuscripts
• Supervised design and editorial work of marketing designer
• Reviewed book manuscripts, worked with authors, managed three book projects (during my tenure), and edited final drafts for publication
• Wrote and edited other materials, including the Union Wire newsletter, and other promotional materials as needed
• Wrote and sent news releases for major accomplishments and events at international level
• Worked as reporter and photographer to ensure adequate coverage in ACUI publications at annual conference

06/00-11/00 Journal Review, Crawfordsville, Indiana
Copy editor/News editor
• Edited all newsroom and sports copy for daily newspaper
• Wrote senior reporting assignments
• Worked with editor and designer to redesign newspaper
• Paginated daily newspaper with designer
• Managed four-person evening staff

02/99-06/00 Sports editor
• Planned all coverage for seven local high schools
• Paginated and designed three-five page daily sports section
• Wrote daily game coverage, columns, and feature stories
• Photographed local sporting events
• Managed two sports reporters and several stringer reporters

03/98-02/99 Courier Times, New Castle, Indiana
Assistant sports editor
• Wrote daily game coverage, columns and feature stories
• Paginated three-five page daily sports section with sports editor
• Worked with sports editor to plan area sports coverage
• Served as a part-time cop beats reporter

02/97-03/98 News Sun, Kendallville, Indiana
Business editor/beat reporter/feature writer
• Wrote all business stories and paginated two-page business section for Saturday’s newspaper
• Covered two small communities (local government, schools, etc.)
• Wrote feature stories
• Helped sports department with weekend game coverage
• Served in managing editor position on alternating Friday nights

Awards: Hoosier State Press Association, First place
Hoosier State Press Association, Third place
Hoosier State Press Association, Third place
Associated Press, Honorable mention
Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Honoree
Journal Review Employee of the Month, Dec. 1999
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