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Jennifer Linney

Jennifer Linney - Editor

Bristow, Virginia,

I'm a freelance editor, writer, and book designer with nearly 24 years of experience.

Overview

I worked on the editorial staff of a monthly magazine published by a nonprofit association for 10 years. During that time, I worked my way from editorial assistant to assistant editor, associate editor, and assistant managing editor, editing countless manuscripts and writing scores of news stories.

I was recognized for outstanding news writing for my article, "Homeowners, Insurers Spar over Spores in Toxic-Mold Cases," receiving an Award for Publication Excellence in the APEX 2002 competition, sponsored by Communication Concepts. My winning news story appeared in the September 2001 issue of TRIAL magazine.

My writing has also been published in The Washington Post. My essay, "With Sneezy Friends, Bless Is More," appeared in the Post's "Style" section in July 1997. The Washington Post featured my essay, "Out of Tragedy, Love," in a symposium of essays reflecting on the events of September 11, 2001. The full collection of essays appeared in the Post on September 5, 2002, under the title "A Constant Reminder."

More recently, Grammar Girl featured my essay, "The Talk," as part of its 2013 National Grammar Day Celebration.

I have contributed to Mamalode, a parenting magazine based out of Missoula, Montana. My article, "All That Good Stuff," appeared in Mamalode's online magazine in November 2011. Mamalode published my article, "It's Mine. All Mine," in its online magazine in January 2012.

I wrote a blog—bug and the sweet banana—for nine years. ranked it #67 on its 2011 list of top 100 mom blogs. I have made books from my blog, and finding that I enjoyed the process and the end result, I now helps others self-publish.

I have edited several works, including memoirs, sermons, college-application essays, fiction, and children's books. In addition, I have created travelogues, class books, pet remembrances, blog books, genealogy books, novels, and children's books.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Design Photography Weddings
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story

Awards

  • APEX Award for Outstanding News Writing, 2002
  • Babble.com Top 100 Mom Blogger, 2011

Work experience

Freelance Book Designer

Self-employed
June, 2009 – Present (over 8 years)

Market services
Discuss clients' ideas and expectations
Use bookmaking software to assemble clients' copy in book form
Select and design layouts
Place text and photos in effective and appropriate combination
Proofread copy
Deliver print-ready version to publisher
Member of Blurb, Inc.'s, exclusive team of professional book designers

Freelance Writer

Self-employed
June, 2005 – Present (over 12 years)

Published in The Washington Post
Published in Mamalode magazine
Published online at Babble
Quoted in online articles published by Parents, DisneyBaby, and BabyZone

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (almost 13 years)

Market services
Edit manuscripts for spelling, grammar, factual accuracy, flow, style, and consistency
Deliver edited manuscripts on or ahead of schedule
Member of Blurb, Inc.'s, exclusive team of professional editors

Assistant Managing Editor

TRIAL Magazine
June, 2002 – January, 2005 (over 2 years)

Shepherded copy through editorial and production departments
Worked with art director to select appropriate illustrations and photos
Planned, solicited, and edited manuscripts
Reviewed other editors' work to ensure that manuscripts met in-house style guidelines
Wrote contents page
Wrote humor page

Associate Editor

TRIAL Magazine
January, 1999 – June, 2002 (over 3 years)

Planned, solicited, and edited manuscripts
Researched and wrote news stories, including leads
Read proof and blue lines to ensure that they met in-house style guidelines
Wrote contents page
Wrote humor page
Promoted to Assistant Managing Editor

Assistant Editor

TRIAL Magazine
June, 1997 – January, 1999 (over 1 year)

Edited manuscripts
Researched and wrote news stories
Read proof to ensure that it met in-house style guidelines
Planned and edited staff newsletter
Promoted to Associate Editor

Editorial Assistant

TRIAL Magazine
March, 1996 – June, 1997 (over 1 year)

Edited copy
Read proof to ensure that manuscripts met in-house style guidelines
Researched and wrote short news items
Guided solicited and unsolicited manuscripts through peer-review process
Promoted to Assistant Editor

Proofreader

Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Meier & Neustadt
July, 1995 – March, 1996 (8 months)

Proofread patent applications

Copy Editor

University of Mary Washington
August, 1993 – May, 1995 (over 1 year)

Reviewed alumni magazine for spelling, grammar, style, and accuracy

Page

Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
June, 1988 – August, 1991 (about 3 years)

Maintained reference collection and fiction and nonfiction stacks
Helped patrons locate books and reference materials

Projects

POTUS Tweets

President Barack Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to tweet from the @POTUS Twitter handle, and he did so from May 18, 2015 to January 20, 2017. That Twitter handle will pass from president to president as terms end and terms begin, and the National Archives and Records Administration has preserved President Obama's tweets in electronic format only, under a new Twitter handle: @POTUS44

Old-fashioned paper-and-ink girl that I am, I've compiled a book of those tweets.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1366055888/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_dp_T2_RjhuzbBQ5FBPD

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Siete

Juliet Barrus

Set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, "Siete" is a moral tale about a young duck who is born with a disability and bullied by his brothers. The adventures the ducks experience as a result present in simple terms the situations and crises faced by all, in all times: overcoming adversity and persevering and how just one individual can make a difference.

Set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, "Siete" is a moral tale about a young duck who is born with a disability and bullied by his brothers. The adventures the ducks experience as a result present in simple terms the situations and crises faced by all, in all times: overcoming adversity and persevering and how just one individual can make a difference.

No Future Without

Kayla Gilmore, Jayne Post

Sixteen year-old Paul is on top of the world. He’s in love with a girl, he lives to play video games with his best friend and he’s about to get his driver’s license. Paul has a strong faith in Jesus but he’s still trying to figure out who he is …. he’s experimenting with drugs, ditching school and worried about his brother’s life choices. Then he meets Tom, another 16 year-old kid. In an insta... read more

Sixteen year-old Paul is on top of the world. He’s in love with a girl, he lives to play video games with his best friend and he’s about to get his driver’s license. Paul has a strong faith in Jesus but he’s still trying to figure out who he is …. he’s experimenting with drugs, ditching school and worried about his brother’s life choices. Then he meets Tom, another 16 year-old kid. In an insta... read more

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