Leslie Patterson

Freelance Proofreader & Editor

Location:Mount Vernon, New York, United States
2 Skills
Leslie S. Patterson

630 Gramatan Avenue Apt 3C ? Fleetwood, NY 10552 ? 914-815-1152 cell ? 914-530-5128 home
lespat74@msn.com ? www.linkedin.com/pub/leslie-patterson/22/a99/384


Successful project management and publishing professional, with over 15 years of experience working in a wide variety of companies as an editor, writer, and researcher. Significant experience in working on products for the ESL young learners’ markets in North America, Latin America, and Asia. Experienced researcher and interviewer for project/product proposals.
Repeatedly recognized for excellent organizational skills and ability to create systems to facilitate workflow. Fine eye for detail and consistency. Proven record of on-time, on-budget project implementation. Strong decision-maker with the entrepreneurial zeal to surpass company goals and objectives, delivering strong results through a variety of core competencies:
??Project Management ??Cross-Cultural Communications
??Customer Communication ??Copywriting/Copyediting/Proofreading
??Fact Checking and Research ??Market Research

Willing to travel and/or relocate within the U.S. as needed

Professional Experience

Pearson Longman, White Plains, New York 2005 – present
Development Editor, 2006 – present
Associate Development Editor, 2005 – 2006
• Develop content, edit manuscripts, and manage production/publication of more than 5 top-selling elementary and high school communicative programs; components for each 6-level program includes textbooks, teacher’s manuals, practice books, and CD-ROMs for rollout to readers and schools worldwide
• Manage projects from development to final product and work with production and marketing teams to ensure timely delivery of content while communicating progress to other work teams
• Compile research findings from focus groups to supply sales and marketing with detailed content information and use the results provide recommendations to authors and sales reps
• Responsible for daily production schedules and collaborating with production and marketing teams to ensure timely delivery of content and help meet tight deadlines
• Oversee on-location photo shoots and directed CD recording sessions to support the visual and audio learning aspects of educational learning programs
Key Accomplishments
• Received merit-based promotion from Associate Development Editor to Development Editor within first year of employment.
• Proposed and implemented a successful new system for creating and maintaining the accuracy and readability of recording scripts for educational audio programs, resulting in significant time and money savings
• Supervised a team of editors in producing test practice books that prepared elementary-level students for successful state-specific testing in Math and Language Arts

Triumph Learning, New York, New York 2001 – 2004
Developmental Editor
• Conducted market research that garnered customer feedback for development and production
of state-specific, elementary test-prep books and other instructional materials
• Edited/Copyedited test-prep books (for 4 states) from manuscripts to bound books
• Reviewed and approved manuscripts and daily production schedules
• Created original designs for new projects and maintained publication schedules

Earlier Professional Experience
McGraw-Hill Companies
-Project Editor (Freelance), 2001
International Masters Publishing
-Associate Editor, 2000–2001
McGraw-Hill Companies
-Senior Coordinator, 1999–2000
Doubleday (Random House)
-Advertising Assistant, 1998–1999
Development Dimensions International
-Associate Editor, 1995–1998

Master of Science; Pace University; New York, New York
Major: Publishing
Bachelor of Arts; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana, Pennsylvania
Major: Journalism

Computer Skills
??Extreme proficiency in MS Office Suite, FileMaker Pro, PDF Mark-up, Sharepoint, Quark
??Developing proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver

Organizations and Memberships
??INROADS Organization, Pittsburgh affiliate - alumna
??Literacy Partners of New York – volunteer tutor
??Rising Stars Girls’ Mentoring Program - mentor
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