Jim Melloan

Jim Melloan - Editor

Brooklyn, NY

Background in financial and business journalism, at Worth and Inc. magazines. Production editor for The Princeton Review (test prep books).

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Hello, for the past eight years I've been a part-time Production Editor for The Princeton Review, which publishes test-prep books. I work on SAT books, AP English, AP World History, AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP Statistics and many others. I'm a stickler as a copy editor for grammar and clarity, and I flag and check questionable assertions and assumptions. As Project Manager for the Inc. 5000 in 2007-2010 I had the ultimate responsibility for the accuracy and readability of 5,000 company profiles. I oversaw the work of interns, staff writers, and freelancers, and hired freelance writers and editors. I made sure that the profiles for thousands of private companies with esoteric business models in all industries were understandable to a lay audience. Many of these companies had had little to no journalistic coverage before. As a writer for Worth magazine I became well versed in investing and finance, and was a respected and trusted fact-checker. I also have a strong understanding of science. I'm friendly, fun, and easy to get along with, and I'm not shy about expressing my viewpoint.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Music
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Science Fiction

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
March, 2012 – Present (over 9 years)

Primarily working as a Production Editor for Princeton Review's test-prep books. Copy-edit, make some factual corrections, check internal chapter and page references.

Project manager, Inc. 500|5000

Inc. magazine
April, 2005 – May, 2011 (about 6 years)

Took over management of Inc. magazine's Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. in 2005.
In 2007, spearheaded the expansion of the list to the Inc. 5000.
Hired and managed 50+ writers, editors and interns who worked on the project at various times.
Oversaw research that identified promising companies for the list and best contacts at those companies.
Analyzed trends indicated in the make-up of the list and wrote annual introduction to the list on.
Helped develop and manage system for verifying revenue of applicant companies.
Helped develop eligibility criteria and made almost all decisions on companies' eligibility.

Freelance writer

Self-employed
April, 2003 – Present (over 18 years)

2003-2005: Wrote various magazine articles, mostly for Inc., on topics such as angel investing, company valuation, and the idea of a space elevator. See portfolio page.

2013-Present: Wrote on the Keith & The Girl podcast for the New York Observer, and many articles with my personal take on various musical artists for The Villager and ChelseaNow.

Various titles culminating in Senior Writer

Worth magazine
July, 1993 – March, 2003 (over 9 years)

Wrote articles and did research and fact-checking for this investing and lifestyle magazine.

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