Mark Scott

Freelance Article Writer & Content Writer

Location:Livonia, Michigan, United States
2 Skills
Mark W. Scott
1409 Arborview Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
phone: 248.910.3403 e-mail:


As President, Convergence Publishing Group, LLC

? Founded editorial and publishing services company in 2003 that has worked with numerous companies and nonprofit organizations, specializing in writing, editing, project management, quality assurance, and other content development activities.
? Notable projects include:
? Research, writing, and editing of affordable housing brochure for Illinois Housing Development Authority, Chicago, IL.
? Writing and editing of conference materials and special reports for FannieMae Foundation, Washington, DC.
? Writing and editing of conference presentation materials for Council on Foundations, Alexandria, VA.
? Development of dozens of literature-themed study guides for ProQuest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, MI.
? Management of content creation and production activities for more than 80 reference titles and related proprietary online subscription products for Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI.
? Writing, editing, proofreading, indexing, and SGML coding of more than 100 current events titles for Greenhaven Publishing, Farmington Hills, MI.
? Writing numerous biographical essays on leading entrepreneurs and business leaders for The Schlager Group, Dallas, TX.

As Publisher, 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.
? Leadership role in the ongoing development—including content selection and functional design—of two of Gale’s most successful proprietary online products: Business Resource Center and Literature Resource Center.

As Director of Editorial Services, Aspen Publishers, Inc.

? Directed company’s licensing program, increasing revenue from licensing and publishing alliances by more than 60 percent in two years.
? Key participant in company’s initiative to develop a media-neutral SGML repository of health administration and patient care manuals for online distribution and content repurposing.
? 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.
? 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.


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 and web-based products, project management, and internal communications. Clients include ProQuest Literature and Learning, Gale Group, Greenhaven Publishing, FannieMae Foundation, Illinois Housing Development Authority, 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 and website 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.


? Denver Publishing Institute
? 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 Literature
Western Michigan University, BA English and Journalism
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Content Writing