Samantha Prust

Freelance Editor & Writer

Location:Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
2 Skills
With over 15 years of professional experience as a writer and editor in book and magazine publishing, I have edited a variety of writing styles and have written articles on a wide range of topics for magazines. I have also been a ghostwriter for middle level English and language arts books.

I'm the author of "A Sentence a Day: Short, Playful Proofreading Exercises" (Prufrock Press, 2007) and "Romance and Other Stories" (The Write Deal, 2011).

Visit my blog, Little Wayward Typewriter, at


Bachelor of Arts, English, Minnesota State University, 1995
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Colorado State University, 1999


Transcription Editor
3PlayMedia (
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Edit transcripts to create time-synchronized text.

Contract Editor
Larimer County Natural Resources (
Fort Collins, Colorado
December 2010-present
Proofread, edit and rewrite scientific text for trailhead and kiosk signs, including Colorado’s Fossil Legacy, Poudre River History Panel, River Bluffs Education Plan, Backbone Born from the Rockies, Colorado’s Fossil Legacy, Formations of the Devil’s Backbone, The Rock Cycle, and Rounded Rock Puzzle.

Associate Editor/Writer/Marketing and Production Assistant
Cottonwood Press, Inc. (
Fort Collins, Colorado
October 1999-October 2010
Wrote creative material for language arts books.
Wrote catalog copy and press releases for products.
Proofread and edited all company materials: books, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, press releases, newsletters, direct mailers, and author contracts.
Proofread and edited company website using Joomla.
Conducted fact-checking and research on the Internet.
Compiled and maintained book topic index in Quark.
Researched marketing strategies; wrote marketing plans.
Made sales contacts and established new resellers.
Maintained customer database in Microsoft Access.
Tracked inventory of books, posters, and CDs in Excel.
Attended educational conferences as a sales representative.
Answered multiple phone lines; checked voicemail.
Processed phone orders, online orders, and mailed orders.
Recorded new sales and accounts receivable.
Sent and received faxes; made photocopies.
Filled orders for mailing; used postage scale.
Took the initiative to organize and clean office, streamline order procedures, and save money on shipping.

Assistant Editor
Style Magazine (
Fort Collins, Colorado
August 2000-September 2005
Wrote feature articles for a monthly readership of 65,000.
Researched article topics via the Internet and interviews.
Fact-checked all editorial material.
Compiled community events calendar.
Collected, generated, and organized graphics.
Proofread and edited all articles and advertisements.
Consulted with advertising representatives.
Communicated regularly with freelance writers.

Associate Editor
The Colorado Review (
Fort Collins, Colorado
December 1995-February 1999
Reviewed submissions and passed on material to editors.
Proofread and typeset magazine pages in Microsoft Word.
Maintained subscriber database.
Fulfilled submission guideline requests.
Organized mass mailings.
Helped to organize and host author readings, including Robert Boswell, Dorothy Allison, Jim Harrison, and Annie Proulx.

Assistant Editor
Birch Lane Press (
New York, New York
January 1992-June 1992
Reviewed submissions and passed on material to editors.
Proofread accepted submissions.
Learned proofreader’s marks.
Wrote rejection and acceptance letters.
Edited galley copies.
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