Louise Benzer

Louise Benzer - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

I'm a major content geek with 15+ years experience in educational publishing, with a focus on real estate, law, and healthcare.

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I'm passionate about bringing the pieces of a project together to produce content that is timely, well-crafted, and engaging.

As a project manager and editor with over fifteen years of experience managing content development for publishers, professional associations, and non-profits, I know how to bridge the gap between concept and finished product. I love the big picture planning and the focus on details that doing so requires.

I have developed content for a wide range of educational titles--from introductory textbooks and study guides to professional development books. I have an understanding of both the market requirements and the needs of the intended audience and how to meet both. I enjoy the collaborative process of working with authors and editors and guiding a project through the editing process to publication.

English (US)
Education & Reference

Work experience

Project Manager and Editorial Consultant

September, 2011 – Present (over 10 years)

I've worked with a mix of commercial and non-profit organizations managing editorial projects, editing and creating content, and collaborating with a diverse set of stakeholders. Clients include Agate Publishing, Smart Love Family Services, and the American College of Healthcare Professionals.

-Led account management for the development of a custom 300+ page college Accounting textbook for a large academic client.
-Provided project oversight and managed the internal review and approval process for the launch of a marketing campaign for a high-stakes credentialing campaign for healthcare management executives.
-Wrote and edited content covering complex psychological concepts for a family services organization's publications and websites.

Executive Editor

American Bar Association
May, 2008 – May, 2009 (about 1 year)

-Directed five editorial boards in identifying new product ideas and establishing publishing plans.
-Secured the acquisition of new professional development titles.
-Managed the manuscript development, review, editing, and design process.

Associate Publisher, Managing Editor, Senior Development Editor

Kaplan Professional Publishing/Dearborn Real Estate Education
November, 1997 – November, 2006 (about 9 years)

-Managed the development and life-cycle maintenance of of over 100 real estate education publications a year, representing the company's most profitable products.
-Directed the day-to-day activities of a five-person development team, ensuring products were developed accurately, on time, on budget, and per market specifications.

Project Editor

Institute of Real Estate Management
October, 1994 – October, 1997 (about 3 years)

-Analyzed manuscripts for completeness and accuracy.
-Edited and rewrote manuscripts.
-Researched, wrote, and edited a quarterly newsletter for real estate management educators.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Modern Real Estate Practice

Galaty, Fillmore W., Allaway, Wellington J, Kyle, Robert C.

Study Guide for Modern Real Estate Practice

Dearborn Financial Institute, Dearborn Trade, Mitchell, Carolyn B.

Florida Post-Licensing Education for Real Estate Sales Associates

Gaines, George, Coleman, David, ODonnell, Edward

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