Jennifer Ballesteros

Jennifer Ballesteros - Editor

Marina Del Rey, CA, USA

Development Editor and Proofreader, with experience in books, advertising, and the nonprofit sector

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Overview

I am a Development Editor and Proofreader, with more than four years of editorial experience in book publishing. I spent three years in-house, full-time for W. W. Norton & Company and also worked as a consultant for Pearson Education, Infobase Publishing, and education start-up Keys2Engage.

Select accomplishments:
● Collaborated with authors, designers, artists, and reviewers to develop science and photography books at W. W. Norton & Company
● Developed first-edition college science book, Discovering Biology in the Lab , which saw success in sales and received praise from students and teachers (W. W. Norton & Company)
● Copyedited/proofread more than 30 manuscripts
● Curated a video supplement to a Pearson Ethics text
● Composed instructional copy for the launch of the WriterKEY® web-based app from Keys2Engage, which received praise from Forbes and was purchased by Macmillan Publishing
Languages
English (US)
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
Philosophy
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Design
Education & Reference
Math & Science
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Physics & Chemistry

Work experience

Writer and Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
June, 2010 – Present (over 9 years)

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Writer and Editorial Consultant
Created editorial content for learning tools; copyedited and proofread manuscripts; developed proposals in response to RFPs. Clients included W. W. Norton & Company, Scholastic Achievement Partners, Pearson Education, Infobase Publishing, and education start-up Keys2Engage.
● Copyedited/proofread more than 30 manuscripts
● Curated a video supplement to a Pearson Ethics text
● Composed all instructional copy for the launch of the WriterKEY® web-based app from Keys2Engage,
which received praise from and was purchased by Macmillan Publishing

Copywriter, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Created storytelling content and refined brand messaging for nonprofit organization.
● Composed copy for NFTE’s rebranded website
● Created concept, acquired talent, and managed production of a short video communicating NFTE’s impact
● Created sales collateral and advertisements for NFTE programs, in collaboration with Graphic Designer
● Composed copy for fundraising campaigns, earning $40,000+ in 2016 Giving Tuesday donations
● Created a copy style guide and proofread department collateral

Communications Manager, Billion Oyster Project
Refined messaging, created promotional content, and managed digital presence for nonprofit organization.
● Led data-driven process for revising the organization’s mission and vision statements
● Led initiatives which helped to grow email newsletter audience size by 50% in one year
● Created a copy style guide and proofread department collateral
● Edited external communications from various teams

National Sales Coordinator (Jun 2009–Jun 2010)
Researched industry landscape and analyzed sales data for new business development opportunities, for the College Textbooks division.
● Initiated distribution partnership with CourseSmart
● Coordinated all Sales department events (100+ attendees)
● Analyzed sales data to set price for single e-book chapters

Assistant Editor (Jan 2009–May 2009)
Collaborated with authors, designers, artists, and reviewers to develop science textbooks and photography books; created marketing materials such as one-sheets and promotional web copy.
● Development Editor for first-edition college science book, Discovering Biology in the Lab , which saw success in sales and received praise from students and teachers

Editorial Assistant (May 2007–Dec 2008)
Collaborated with authors, designers, artists, and reviewers to develop science textbooks and photography books; created marketing materials such as one-sheets and promotional web copy.
● Developed three trade book manuscripts and supported on the development of two textbooks
● Managed peer review process; prepared manuscripts for production; acquired text and art permissions

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Climate Change: Picturing the Science

Gavin Schmidt, Joshua Wolfe

An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem. Going beyond the headlines, this work by leading NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and master photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrates as never before the ramifications of shifting climate. Photographic spreads show retreating glaciers, sinking villages in ... read more

An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem. Going beyond the headlines, this work by leading NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and master photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrates as never before the ramifications of shifting climate. Photographic spreads show retreating glaciers, sinking villages in ... read more

Rick Sammon's Exploring the Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures

Rick Sammon

How to capture and control light to make the best digital photographs.Light is the essence of photography. Follow master photographer Rick Sammon at dawn in Kenya or nighttime in Miami as he demonstrates how to achieve the best composition with the available light, which camera settings are best suited to existing conditions, and how to obtain the best exposures in challenging situations. Samm... read more

How to capture and control light to make the best digital photographs.Light is the essence of photography. Follow master photographer Rick Sammon at dawn in Kenya or nighttime in Miami as he demonstrates how to achieve the best composition with the available light, which camera settings are best suited to existing conditions, and how to obtain the best exposures in challenging situations. Samm... read more

Arnold's Green Adventure

Jennifer Cantelmi

Arnold is a little New York City bird who loves the color green. Born in midtown, he migrates to the High Line in a quest for more leaves. Follow Arnold on his journey through the lovely New York to his new home on the High Line.

Arnold is a little New York City bird who loves the color green. Born in midtown, he migrates to the High Line in a quest for more leaves. Follow Arnold on his journey through the lovely New York to his new home on the High Line.

Discover Biology by Cain, Michael L., Yoon, Carol Kaesuk, Singh-Cundy, Anu [W...

Energy, Environment, and Climate

Richard Wolfson

In this new study of energy use and global climate change, Richard Wolfson outlines basic science concepts as well as specific, contemporary applications in energy production and their environmental consequences.Energy, Environment, and Climate is structured on the premise that climate change is the dominant energy-related environmental issue of the twenty-first century. Traditional concerns l... read more

In this new study of energy use and global climate change, Richard Wolfson outlines basic science concepts as well as specific, contemporary applications in energy production and their environmental consequences.Energy, Environment, and Climate is structured on the premise that climate change is the dominant energy-related environmental issue of the twenty-first century. Traditional concerns l... read more

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