Freelance Editor & Copywriter

Location:Schenectady, New York, United States
2 Skills

Seeking a position where proven skills in publishing and project management will add value. Creative, highly motivated and deadline-savvy. Superior work habits, energetic team player, proven skills in project management and uncompromised integrity. Confidential (Level 1) DOE clearance.


Firsthand knowledge of publishing process. Nearly ten years of project management experience;
Superior verbal, writing and communication skills. Developed DuVivier/Your Strategic Future, winner of the Golden Lamp Award for Distinguished Achievement;
Skilled at adapting to and overcoming changing conditions. Met $5.7M signing goals while transitioning team in the development of the Professional Business Unit and acquisition of Chilton and AutoData products; and
Superior work ethic and uncompromised integrity. Achieve results independently, with teams and able to establish effective rapport with vendors and clients. Exceeded expectations as a new editor and, in under one year, transitioned to cognizant editor for Reactor Plant Manuals in support of the largest fleet of naval nuclear submarines.


Freelance Editor (2006 – present)
Liaison between authors, reviewers and publishing company; edited, wrote and developed content; contract positions.
Cengage Learning*: Coordinated reviews of firefighter textbook; prepared check requests and files; assigned and monitored reviews;
High Stakes Writing, LLC: Reviewed and edited computer software textbook for ITT Technical Institute; and
Jones and Bartlett Publishing: Developed PowerPoint presentations and lesson plans for EMS textbooks; edited, wrote, and developed content for firefighter textbooks.

Project Coordinator, Sr.: Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation**/Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), West Milton, NY (2011-2012)
Improve the quality and delivery of electronic information and develop creative IT solutions to meet and exceed business needs. Member of the Information Management and Support Services team (IMSS).
Work side-by-side with engineers to modify data;
Perform editorial changes in several formats including XML, SGML, HTML, FrameMaker, Adobe and Microsoft suite of products;
Member of a team who led the migration of the Site from our Intranet model to Microsoft SharePoint;
SharePoint council member; and
Microsoft InfoPath lead for IMSS.

Publishing Coordinator, Sr.: Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation**/Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), Schenectady, NY (2007 – 2011)
Coordinate, manage and publish editorial changes to naval nuclear submarine manuals. Member of the Technical Manuals team under Fleet Support Operation, Power Plant Projects.
Worked side-by-side with engineers to modify data;
Performed editorial changes in several formats including XML, SGML, HTML, FrameMaker, Adobe and Microsoft suite of products;
Designed and taught training sessions for new editors;
Single-handedly reduced work item backlog to historic lows;
Recognized and identified as a High Potential Employee by Executive Management Team – after an unusually short history with the company;
Project lead for Reactor Plant Manuals (RPM) to Common Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM); and
Project lead for revision to the Technical Manuals Users Guide (TMUG) - the governing document for Technical Manuals.

Managing Editor: National Trade Publications, Inc., Latham, NY (2006 – 2007)
Responsible for the development of the carwashing and detailing industry’s leading trade magazine, Professional Carwashing and Detailing™.
Generated editorial content of an especially current and timely nature for the magazine and electronic media;
Researched and wrote articles in accordance with company standards, including editorial integrity, accuracy, composition, usefulness, currency, fairness, and readability;
Ensured all deadlines are met for editorial and production schedules;
Monitored and participated in industry-specific listserv, website, bulletin board commentary to search for story ideas and responded as a representative of the company;
Identified articles requiring follow-up and provide appropriate updates;
Maintained currency in industry through training and frequent interaction with industry professionals;
Responded to reader comments and concerns;
Attended reader visits and industry trade shows;
Worked with advertising personnel and freelance authors to develop articles;
Edited freelance material as needed;
Worked with research personnel to prepare relevant surveys and utilize reader responses as fuel for articles, assess reader interest and need for articles on particular subjects;
Worked with production department to suggest appropriate visuals to illustrate articles; and
Liaison to magazine advisory board to solicit comments and feedback.

Editor: Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender, Albany, NY (2006)
Contract editorial position.
Implemented data modifications/enhancements to editorial master files via scripting in XML and SGML including performance quality checks and troubleshooting.

Technical Writer: MillWest Engineering and Landscape Architecture, PLLC, Averill Park, NY (2005 – 2006)
Strategic contributor to a professional engineering firm.
Wrote, edited, published and distributed technical documentation;
Created, updated and maintained division manuals and reports;
Collaborated on documentation plans and schedules.
Developed and updated projects via MicroStation; and
Worked side by side with teams and clients to successfully communicate efforts of project managers.

Developmental Editor/Project Manager: Cengage Learning*, Clifton Park, NY (2004 – 2005)
Responsible for the development of highly competitive projects from contract stage through the final stages of production and beyond. Member of the Career Education Business Unit.
Simultaneously managed a project list worth over $10M;
Trained Editorial staff for promotion and quoted by colleagues stating, “thank you for taking the time to always lend a helping hand and [for your] exceptional guidance in development;”
Communicated to authors about Delmar's expectations and requirements for art, permissions and deadlines;
Resolved problems that arose in the writing/revising process. Coined as “the negotiator” by team Editor;
Contracted and supervised copyediting, proofreading, and other freelance services;
Negotiated changes and compromises to ensure that complete, competitive, and production-ready material was submitted within all deadlines and budgets.
Known for delivering projects ahead of schedule and budget, cited by supervisor as “amazing” in project turn-around; and
Member of the Charitable Contributions Committee.

Editorial Assistant: Cengage Learning*, Clifton Park, NY (2002 – 2004)
Funded, researched, planned and developed a combined $5.7M product list for the Automotive and Trucking Product Development Manager and Chilton Editor on Technology and Trades Professional Business Unit.
Developed automotive and trucking products over $1M. Established and managed author’s schedules to ensure delivery of first and final manuscripts, commissioned reviewers and monitored turnaround of project reviews on a fast-cycle schedule;
Funded 133 percent of the entire revision goal totaling $3.5M, developed 59 percent of the entire new signings goal resulting in the addition of 25 new titles to the team’s catalog;
Cited for “doing the right thing, the impossible, whatever it takes everyday,” by Production Manager, who added: “because of her hard work and determination, we are able to meet our team deadlines;”
Described by supervisor as, “gracious, focused, dedicated, relentless and competent;” and
Gained market knowledge of automotive and trucking industry by communicating with authors, reviewers, instructors, automotive shop owners/technicians, and conducting internet research.


Academic Consultant to The Sage Evening College English Department (2006 – present);
Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive and Professional Women 2006/2007 “Honors Edition” Registry;
Ongoing professional training courses including, but not limited to, management, leadership, finance, presentation skills, quality and computer skills. (2002 – present);
Bachelor of Arts: English/Writing, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY (2001); and
Computer training at Russell Sage College, Troy, NY. (1999) Studied computer operations, programming (XML, HTML, C, C++).

*Formerly Thomson Delmar Learning
**Formerly under contract by Lockheed Martin, Martin Marietta, and GE.
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