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Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson - Editor

Lansing, MI, United States

With more than ten years of editing experience, Jen specializes in personalized, precision-based developmental editing for genre fiction.

Overview

I'm a trusted writer and editor with more than ten years of experience in a variety of professional environments. I draw on my corporate background in project management, sales, politics, and marketing to creatively spin content for specific audiences and untangle convoluted language. As someone who understands what it's like to be on the receiving end of constructive criticism, I know how to approach queries in a patient, thoughtful manner.

"Your work…is outstanding! Not only do you have a firm grasp of the 'nuts and bolts' of copyediting, but you have a real gift for untangling convoluted sentences and extracting the author's intended meaning. The resulting text is clear, preserves the author's meaning, and is very readable and accessible…Your queries to the author are consistently clear, thoughtful, and professional in tone." —Annette Theuring, Medical Editor and Publications Manager

“Jennifer is much more than an editor! She rewrote my bio keeping all the salient points, but making it much more readable and reader friendly. I am thrilled with the results, and am so glad I found her on e-lance. I will definitely hire her again. She is talented, responsive, and was really able to deliver what I needed. Thanks, Jennifer!” —Jennifer Lindberg, Wedding Photographer

"Letting an editor get their hands on your work for the first time is terrifying. You don’t know them. You wouldn’t leave your precious little baby with a stranger. Unfortunately, I had an ugly baby and something had to be done. Jennifer understood my work, what I wanted from it, and what needed to be done. She untangled my story like one would a string of Christmas lights just out of storage. She talked to me about my characters with genuine excitement long after her work on the project was done. Nothing brightens an author’s day more than seeing their work bring joy to another." —Alex Ziebart, Writer

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Fantasy LGBTQ Literature Poetry Science Fiction Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • Copy Editing, UC San Diego Extension
  • Creative Writing, Roger Williams University

Work experience

Communications Manager

Michigan Primary Care Association
October, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

Senior Communications Specialist

Michigan Senate
September, 2015 – October, 2016 (about 1 year)

Provided proactive (and reactive) messaging support, issue advocacy, and strategy for the leader and the caucus.

Developed and maintained strong relationships with member offices, central staff, and caucus staff by writing high-quality press releases, talking points, opinion pieces, statements, speeches, and social media posts that support the goals of the caucus.

Monitored current events and emerging issues that could impact the caucus and used them to identify new outreach opportunities.

Assisted in coaching and preparing caucus members for video appearances and speaking opportunities.

Marketing Communications Producer

ProAssurance
March, 2014 – September, 2015 (over 1 year)

Coordinated and developed nationwide marketing communications and direct-mail initiatives with a focus on healthcare and legal professional liability.

Edited medical and legal case studies, articles, and newsletters for clarity, message, style, and grammatical correctness on a strict monthly publishing schedule.

Created the ProAssurance style guide, and functioned as a company-wide style resource.

Editor

Self-employed
August, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Provides comprehensive editing services and creative content development for independent writers, poets, magazines, small businesses, and other creators looking for a nuanced, personal approach to editing and content development. Specializes in fiction.

Bid Writer

Delta Dental of Michigan
June, 2008 – March, 2014 (over 5 years)

Coordinated and developed persuasive, comprehensive bid responses that communicated corporate capabilities, procedures, and value-added services to potential clients and consultants.

Led the development and production of group-specific communications, from initial strategizing and analysis through execution.

Served as a consultant to other departments regarding corporate policy and preferred language.

Worked as a member of a two-person team that responds to 100 to 120 bids per year for clients in five states while maintaining an annual client renewal rate between 90 and 100 percent.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Lady Superior (Lady Superior, Book 1)

Alex Ziebart

Kristen Anderson has kept her superpowers hidden since she was a teenager. Now, after the first time using her powers in public, she's been pulled into full-time action by an organization that has been operating in the shadows for centuries. As Lady Superior, Kristen must not only face an ancient threat, but the prospect of being utilized as the face of a movement to bring the world of superhu... read more

Kristen Anderson has kept her superpowers hidden since she was a teenager. Now, after the first time using her powers in public, she's been pulled into full-time action by an organization that has been operating in the shadows for centuries. As Lady Superior, Kristen must not only face an ancient threat, but the prospect of being utilized as the face of a movement to bring the world of superhu... read more

Blood and Masks (Neva Cora Book 1)

Alex Ziebart

Calidus Varin, a member of an ancient order of elven demon hunters, has lived in the shadow of his master, Tullius the Black, for the better part of a century. Varin coasts on their combined fame, earning a reputation for recklessness, a taste for wine and women, and an irresistible inclination for boasting about his precious few exploits.When a routine hunt on the city's outskirts demands the... read more

Calidus Varin, a member of an ancient order of elven demon hunters, has lived in the shadow of his master, Tullius the Black, for the better part of a century. Varin coasts on their combined fame, earning a reputation for recklessness, a taste for wine and women, and an irresistible inclination for boasting about his precious few exploits.When a routine hunt on the city's outskirts demands the... read more

Rookie Mistakes (Lady Superior, Book 2)

Alex Ziebart

A serial killer is carving his way through the city. The task of stopping him falls to freshman superhero Lady Superior. The problem? She's the killer's true target. The corpses left behind are a case of mistaken identity, innocents caught in the crossfire of a witch hunt to find the real Lady Superior.Armed with precious few clues and only a few months' experience on the job, Lady Superior mu... read more

A serial killer is carving his way through the city. The task of stopping him falls to freshman superhero Lady Superior. The problem? She's the killer's true target. The corpses left behind are a case of mistaken identity, innocents caught in the crossfire of a witch hunt to find the real Lady Superior.Armed with precious few clues and only a few months' experience on the job, Lady Superior mu... read more

The Horned Scarab (The Investigative Privateers Book 1)

Matthew Marchitto

Ghorad-Gha, once magnificent city of clay and bronze, crumbles. Those prosperous few burden the shoulders of the downtrodden. In a city of forgotten glory, the lawless thrive. A monk turns up dead, and Arn is determined to find out why. Along with his stone skinned companion, Rohqim, they'll be dragged deep into Ghorad-Gha's underbelly, where the Horned Scarab reigns.

Ghorad-Gha, once magnificent city of clay and bronze, crumbles. Those prosperous few burden the shoulders of the downtrodden. In a city of forgotten glory, the lawless thrive. A monk turns up dead, and Arn is determined to find out why. Along with his stone skinned companion, Rohqim, they'll be dragged deep into Ghorad-Gha's underbelly, where the Horned Scarab reigns.

Residual Heat

Aga Black

Residual Heat is a volume of poetry grounded in the sensuality of the body, localized in the environment of San Francisco Bay Area, and aching with longing for the Other. Through images of disasters, fog, fire, lighting, electricity, and radiation it explores the boundaries of the natural and industrial in the post-industrial landscape.

Residual Heat is a volume of poetry grounded in the sensuality of the body, localized in the environment of San Francisco Bay Area, and aching with longing for the Other. Through images of disasters, fog, fire, lighting, electricity, and radiation it explores the boundaries of the natural and industrial in the post-industrial landscape.

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