Alicia Eckley

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Walnut Creek, California, United States
2 Skills
What I Bring to Future Clients and Employers

A 29-year publishing veteran — including more than 8 years as a managing editor — I have provided project management; line, and copyediting; proofreading; and website content maintenance to a variety of book, magazine, and web publishers; corporations; academia; and authors. Some of the qualities, skills and talents I have developed over my long editorial career include a record of working well independently, as a team member, and as a team leader; meeting or exceeding expected results; the proven ability to quickly learn and master new software, processes, and systems; excellent organizational and interpersonal communication skills; and experience training co-workers and executives on basic elements of style, grammar, and punctuation. I am a very quick study, having worked with a wide range of subject matter, including alternative/complementary medicine (I am a certified massage therapist, Reiki Master, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, and certified energy healer), pets, medicine/health care, life science research, diagnostic imaging, sports, internet/web, home decor/interior design, and home remodeling, as well as polishing the work of non-native speakers.


Editorial/project management: founding managing editor for two publication and a website, determining staff and freelance needs, devising editorial budgets, and developing editorial and production processes; hiring and supervising writers, editors, researchers, and proofreaders; developing and upholding editorial schedules; managing budgets; trafficking content elements from outline through publication or website upload; working closely with other editors and designers to ensure completeness, accuracy, and coordination of text and art elements; writing display copy, developing and maintaining style guides (both Chicago Manual– and AP-based)

Editing: developmental, line, and copyediting; proofreading; writing, website content maintenance using myriad computer and web-based software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel; Adobe InDesign, InCopy, and Acrobat; Quark XPress; and Interwoven TeamSite, Joomla, and other content management systems

Professional Experience: Employers

Editor, Writer, Managing Editor, Publication Production Manger, Public Relations Manager, (1982-2011): I earned a job in publishing fresh out of college, then worked in positions of increasing responsibility as a writer, editorial assistant, assistant editor, managing editor, and public relations manager for numerous publishers and corporations. Even after I started my editorial consulting business, I took several full-time positions with clients who offered me an interesting, novel, or too-good-to-pass-up opportunity to broaden my skills.

Part-time Copyeditor, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA (2009-2011)
Copyeditor/Proofreader, Diablo Publications, Walnut Creek, CA (2004-2007)
Managing Editor, The Net, Brisbane, CA (1996-1997)
Production Editor, Netscape World, San Francisco, CA (1996)
Managing Editor, Forbes ASAP, Foster City, CA (1992-1994)
Managing Editor, Upside Magazine, Foster City, CA (1990-1992)
Public Relations Manager, Diasonics, Inc., South San Francisco, CA (1987-1989)
Public Affairs Manager, Squibb Corporation, Seattle, WA, and Princeton, NJ (1984-1987)
Assistant Editor, Editorial Assistant, Diagnostic Imaging magazine, San Francisco, CA (1982-1984)

Professional Experience: Editorial Consultant/Freelance Editor

Sole Proprietor (1989-Present)
Since 1989 I have provided superb editorial services to myriad clients, from book, magazine, and web publishers to PR firms to corporate communications departments to the law and business schools at UC Berkeley. Repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied clients have made the business a success for more than two decades.

Clients include:

IDG: managing editor and copyeditor, managing editor and copyeditor
Braun, Karina: Creating Peace with Your Hands: The Therapist’s Survival Guide for a Healthy Career: line and copyeditor for second edition
Ferguson, Traci, MD: 21 Secrets to Amazing Health: developmental, line, and copyeditor
Ferguson, Rhadi: When the Games Are Over: Managing Post-Olympic Stress Syndrome in Athletes: developmental, line, and copyeditor
Sunset Books: proofreader for numerous gardening, home repair, and home decorating books
Sunset Custom Publishing: copyeditor for Best of the West
Ortho Books: proofreader for numerous gardening books
Key Curriculum Press: proofreader for Living By Chemistry
Weldon Owen, proofreader for The Wine Guide
Sparks Custom Publishing, copyeditor for 2009 and 2010 Global integrity Report
Diversity Woman magazine: proofreader
The Bark magazine, proofreader
Intuition magazine, copyeditor and proofreader
Wet Feet Press, copyeditor
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law: copyeditor for website
University of California, Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business: copyeditor for Annual Report of Private Giving 2006–2007 and 2007-2008, and Real Estate Report


The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio — Bachelor of Arts, major in journalism, minor in French

References, Representative Titles, and Editing Samples

Available upon request
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