Swapna Lovin

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Arlington, Virginia, United States
Website: http://www.skrishnasbooks.com
2 Skills

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, MA in Political Science, August 2010

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA in Economics and Political Science, June 2005


Freelance Writer & Editor, July 2010 – Present
Project examples include:
• Online Editor & Reviewer, Aplia Cengage
• Web Editor, Book Maven Media
• Book Reviewer, Kirkus Book Reviews

Associate Editor & Review Coordinator, THE BOOK STUDIO WETA-PBS, Arlington, VA, September 2009 – July 2010
• Managed a pool of 15 reviewers, posting one submitted review per week
• Edited and fact-checked reviews and 2-3 web posts per week
• Worked on a tight, team-oriented schedule, never missing a deadline
• Promoted The Book Studio through social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and LibraryThing
• Managed and ensured the fulfillment of weekly giveaways
• Assisted in the production of taped author interviews and served as an escort for authors and guests

Compliance Analyst, FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, Washington, DC, September 2006 – July 2008
• Edited and fact-checked technical documents, including legal referrals to the FEC’s Office of General Counsel
• Reviewed all candidacy filings by candidates for federal office, including 2008 presidential candidates
• Managed status for and verified eligibility of all federal candidates appearing on state ballots
• Wrote, edited, and fact-checked administrative fines referrals for non-compliant candidates
• Served as liaison for two contracting teams designing new operating programs for the FEC
• Managed a team in charge of archiving records from the 2005-06 election cycle in coordination with counterpart at the National Archives


Administrator & Book Reviewer, S. KRISHNA’S BOOKS, http://www.skrishnasbooks.com, June 2008 – Present
• Write reviews for approximately 90% of books read
• Promote authors and books through blog posts and social media, including through the South Asian Challenge, a project to raise awareness of South Asian authors and literature
• Establish and maintain relationships with authors and publicists, often working on tight deadlines to review books
• Member of the National Books Critics Circle (NBCC), with book reviews appearing in media outlets such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Saathee Magazine, and The Book Studio
• Site stats: Average of 25,000 monthly page views with a daily subscriber base of 1,000

Writing & Editing: Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, APA, AMA, AP, and APSA formatting styles

Software/Online: Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Word’s Track Changes and Blackline features), HTML, Adobe CS5 Suite, Digital Media, Social Networking (Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn), Blogger, Wordpress & Drupal (CMS)

References: Available upon request
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