I have 20 years of professional experience in editing print and digital content. I was a newspaper editor in high school and college and hold a journalism degree, but books (especially children's, middle grade, and young adult fiction) are my first love. I have spent most of my career working on reference books that cover a wide variety of topics -- from adrenal fatigue to wind power, from biostatistics to wedding etiquette, and so much more.
I provide content editing, copyediting, and proofreading services for print and digital products on a freelance basis. Areas of nonfiction experience include health and fitness; food and cooking; hobbies such as crafts, music, and pets; education subjects such as history and religion; memoirs; test preparation; and business. Areas of fiction experience include children’s fiction, middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, short stories, and historical fiction.
I acted as the main resource for every aspect of a consumer "For Dummies" book project after the book was contracted. I developed each book’s table of contents and text to meet vision and brand requirements; directed the writing and editing processes; managed the art program; oversaw the technical review; managed established project budgets; prepared each book for composition; and supervised editorial aspects of the composition process to ensure smooth and timely publication. As a senior project editor, I worked with high-profile authors and especially challenging text, and I provided training to other editors.
Scholastic Reading Counts! is a technology-based reading motivation, management, and assessment system used in schools. I became the assistant manager of editorial operations in September 2000 and was promoted to manager of editorial operations in August 2002. My duties included making final checks of quizzes; training, supervising, and fielding questions from editors, writers, and second readers; creating and implementing procedures to improve work flow and quiz quality; overseeing special projects as needed; addressing and solving departmental problems and issues; and working with other departments such as marketing and book clubs.
In addition to writing and editing quizzes, I assisted with the training of new quiz writers, provided feedback to established quiz writers and second readers, and worked on special projects as needed.
An updated classic covering the latest techniques and trends in crocheting Are you hooked on the art of crochet? Looking for a fun new hobby that you can take with you virtually anywhere? Crocheting For Dummies, 2nd Edition gives you easy-to-understand instructions on how to choose the right tools, create basic stitches, and finish off your work to make beautiful pieces of art. From learning t... read more
Learn Latin American Spanish quickly and painlessly The job market for those who are bilingual is expanding rapidly. Businesses and government agencies are hiring translators; retailers and advertisers are concentrating more energy in targeting the Spanish-speaking ; and hospitals and agencies are seeking to overcome language barriers. Whether you’re a student studying Spanish, a traveler gear... read more
The bestselling music guide - now updated and with a FREE DVD! Have you always wanted to learn to play guitar? Who wouldn't? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster. . . Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to "Johnny B. Goode". . .B.B. King making his "Lucille" cry the blues. No doubt about it—guitars are cool. Guitar For Dummies gives you everything a beginning or interme... read more
The #1 wine book—now updated! The art of winemaking may be a time-honored tradition dating back thousands of years, but today, wine is trendier and hotter than ever. Now, wine experts and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan have revised their popular Wine For Dummies to deliver an updated, down-to-earth look at what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. Wine enthusiasts and novices... read more
The fun and friendly guide to all things beer Beer has always been one of the world's most popular beverages; but recently, people have embraced the rich complexities of beer's many varieties. Now, with Beer For Dummies you can quickly and enjoyably educate your palate—from recognizing the characteristics of ales, lagers, and other beer styles to understanding how to taste and evaluate beer. T... read more
"This book is designed for realty investors who want to profit from buying below market, making cosmetic improvements to add value, and then quickly reselling. But real estate agents and home buyers should also study it because of the valuable insights offered by a longtime, very successful real estate broker. On my scale of one to 10, this superb book rates an off-the-chart 12." —Robert Bruss... read more
Keep a low GI diet with delicious and simple recipes Using the glycemic index is not only a proven method of losing and maintaining weight safely and quickly, it's also an effective way to prevent the most common diseases of affluence, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Now you can easily whip up meals at home that will help you shed unwanted pounds and stay healthy with th... read more
The way to a full-body workout with amazing results by mastering kettlebells Have you heard the buzz about the all-in-one strength and cardio workout that works every muscle in the body at once? There's a reason why professional athletes and A-list celebrities are joining the Kettlebells revolution-and now you can, too! With numerous step-by-step photos throughout, Kettlebells For Dummies give... read more
Your comprehensive guide to remarkable achievements in space Do you long to explore the universe? This plain-English, fully illustrated guide explains the great discoveries and advancements in space exploration throughout history, from early astronomers to the International Space Station. You'll learn about the first satellites, rockets, and people in space; explore space programs around the w... read more
The fast and easy way to grow your stock investments in today's changing market The changes, events and conditions affecting stock investors since the recent economic crisis have been dramatic. Today's economic and financial landscape offers new challenges and opportunities for investors and money managers. This new edition of Stock Investing For Dummies provides you with the information you n... read more
The easy way to build an online craft business from scratch Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies offers expert advice for artists and entrepreneurs looking to build an online craft business from scratch. You'll get invaluable information on setting up your online shop, writing compelling item descriptions, photographing your work, engaging the Etsy community, understanding fees, and finding y... read more
Expert advice on becoming a successful wedding photographer Wedding photography can be a great hobby or home-based business. But while it's an exciting and lucrative field, it also has its challenges. Now, you can turn to Digital Wedding Photography For Dummies for friendly, hands-on guidance on selecting the right equipment, building a client list, and developing the skills and techniques nee... read more
Your plain-English guide to getting into the medical school of your dreams Getting accepted to medical school is a long and rigorous process and many students find they need help. If you're one of these students, Getting into Medical School For Dummies is the perfect tool to help you through the process and realize your dream. By providing you with concise information about preparing for and a... read more
Features new full-color photos and online resources Train, care for, and have fun with your horse If you're crazy about horses, this hands-on guide is all you need to giddy up and go. Featuring updates on breeds, boarding, nutrition, equipment, training, and riding, as well as new information on various equine conditions, this resource shows you how to keep your horse happy - and take your rid... read more
Have you always wanted to knit? Know the basics, but you’re looking to stretch your knitting skills? Knitting Patterns For Dummies is chock-full of simple instructions and easy-to-follow patterns to help you create a wide range of classic, beautiful knits for the whole family, from clothing to household items to gift ideas. This fun, friendly guide gives you scores of new ways to have fun with... read more
From admission to graduation-your personal guide to studying online Online Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of attending a virtual classroom, and provides you with the tools you need to hone your skills or obtain additional certification and degrees. This practical reference not only helps you get the most out of an online course, but also offers a wealth of advice to help you p... read more
An easy-to-understand introduction to Judaism's most sacred text The foundation of Hebrew and Jewish religion, thought, law, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the text of the Five Books of Moses that is located in every synagogue. This accessible guide explains the Torah in clear language, even to those who were not raised in the Jewish religious tradition. Christians wh... read more
A hands-on guide to the ins and outs of raising and using vegetables Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs. You'll discov... read more
"People ask how to change the world. You, Bob, have changed the world." Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda The United Methodist Church North Katanga Episcopal Area Democratic Republic of the Congo "You understand our issues. We've had missionaries who have been here 30 years and they never understood our issues." Bishop Kainda Katembo The United Methodist Church Southern Congo Episcopal Area Democrati... read more
Opal Pratt shuns confrontation like a yard dog shuns a skunk. You’ll see her in 1950s rural Mississippi as a plain, reclusive spinster. She’s not afraid of people. She just avoids them. Yet, when push comes to the inevitable shove, she comes through – though perhaps reluctantly – for those she loves. In this collection, you’ll also meet the stripper, the pregnant teenager, the immigrant Baptis... read more
On August 1, 1943, 178 U.S. Army B-24 heavy bombers left the Libyan desert on a mission. But that mission took a wrong turn—literally. Heading One-Two-Seven refers to the final turn of the ill-fated attack on the Axis refineries in Ploesti, Romania, during World War II.This historical novel not only describes the raid but also addresses the players and intrigue on both sides. The Allied powers... read more
Much more than a response to harm, restorative justice nurtures relational, interconnected school cultures. The wisdom embedded within its principles and practices is being welcomed at a time when exclusionary discipline and zero tolerance policies are recognized as perpetuating student apathy, disproportionality, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Relying on the wisdom of early proponents of ... read more
Inspired to write by the birth of his first grandchild, Aaron, in 2015, Mitch Handman developed a story about what life would be like with a four-year-old grandson. Married for thirty-eight years, Mitch is the president of a construction company in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and is a first-time author.
Knowing how to talk to your children about In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be awkward, but this book allows you to share a beautiful story of how Ella came to be and hopefully open dialogue among your family. Even if IVF is not a topic in your house then share the love story between a father and his daughter.
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