Melanie Nelson

Melanie Nelson - Editor

Tulsa, OK, USA

Senior-level editor, proofreader, content creator, and copywriter. I can't wait to work with you!

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Overview

I'm an established editor, author, content creator, and copywriter. I'm comfortable researching, writing, and editing nonfiction books, niche blog articles, weekly newsletters, instructions, sales pages, and everything in between.

I've found that being a generalist allows me to draw on previous experiences in many niches to provide solutions you may not have thought of. In other words, it lets me think outside the box to improve your final product. And that's really what we're after, right?

I've published two books with Wiley (Facebook All-In-One For Dummies, 1st ed. and TypePad For Dummies), and I've edited many more titles in the For Dummies series. I had a blog named Blogging Basics 101 and sold it in 2014.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Parenting & Families
Self-help & Self-improvement
Technology
Travel
Writing & Publishing

Work experience

Social Media Strategist

Self-employed
October, 2018 – December, 2019 (about 1 year)

I performed social media marketing audits including reviewing published materials and recommending revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and delivery. Opportunity and risk reports were included in this service along with optimizing company pages to increase the visibility of social content.

Editor

Social Media Examiner
January, 2014 – April, 2015 (about 1 year)

I provided developmental and substantive editing for social media articles. I edited for clarity, consistency, and formatting. I also helped manage the master editorial calendar to choose article topics, arrange those topics so they were spaced out, and ensure we didn't have recurring contributing authors publishing articles too close together. This allowed us to stay ahead of our publishing schedule.

Editor (Developmental, Technical)

John Wiley and Sons
January, 2008 – December, 2012 (almost 5 years)

Since 2008, I’ve worked with Wiley off and on as both an author and an editor. I wrote Facebook All-In-One For Dummies (1st ed.) and TypePad For Dummies. I've also served as either a technical, developmental, or project editor for more than 10 books in the For Dummies series.

I edited for technical accuracy, organization, clarity, consistency, and formatting. I paid particular attention to maintaining the author’s voice throughout revisions.

Owner

Blogging Basics 101
January, 2007 – September, 2014 (over 7 years)

I created the website Blogging Basics 101 to help beginning and intermediate bloggers understand the basics of using a CMS, how to reach and grow their audience, and how to use design elements to highlight important information and keep readers on the page. The site grew to encompass social media marketing principles as well.

Blogging Basics 101 was listed as one of Hubspot's top 10 blogs about blogging.

In 2014 I sold Blogging Basics 101 and am no longer affiliated with the site or its management.

Freelance author and editor

Self-employed
January, 1997 – Present (over 23 years)

I provide developmental, substantive, and technical editing, as well as proofing. My work has mostly been related to social media marketing, blogging, and business.

I also develop, create, edit, and manage the content for your website, marketing, and online needs. I customize my writing style to reflect a client’s persona and fit your audience's needs. I have a knack for distilling complex concepts and procedures into easy-to-understand copy.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Facebook Marketing All-in-One For Dummies

Andrea Vahl, John Haydon, Jan Zimmerman

Reach your customers with the latest Facebook marketing strategies Facebook Marketing All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition is a detailed resource for businesses, brands, and people who are interested in promoting themselves, their goods, and their services on Facebook. Fully updated to cover new Facebook features, this new Third Edition includes guidance on Graph Search, the updated News Feed d... read more

Reach your customers with the latest Facebook marketing strategies Facebook Marketing All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition is a detailed resource for businesses, brands, and people who are interested in promoting themselves, their goods, and their services on Facebook. Fully updated to cover new Facebook features, this new Third Edition includes guidance on Graph Search, the updated News Feed d... read more

LinkedIn For Dummies

Joel Elad

Make LinkedIn your number one professional branding tool LinkedIn is the premiere social network for professionals looking to discover new opportunities, enhance personal branding, connect with other professionals, and make career advancements. With LinkedIn For Dummies, you’ll have step-by-step instructions on how to take advantage of the latest tools and features to do all of this and more. ... read more

Make LinkedIn your number one professional branding tool LinkedIn is the premiere social network for professionals looking to discover new opportunities, enhance personal branding, connect with other professionals, and make career advancements. With LinkedIn For Dummies, you’ll have step-by-step instructions on how to take advantage of the latest tools and features to do all of this and more. ... read more

Facebook All-in-One For Dummies (For Dummies Series)

Jamie Crager, Scott Ayres, Melanie Nelson, Daniel Herndon, Jesse Stay

The A to Z Facebook guide for users, marketers, and developers alike Facebook has more than a billion users worldwide. Whether you enjoy spending time on Facebook every day, use it to advertise and market your product, or develop Facebook apps, this go-to guide has something you need. Its six minibooks cover creating a personal timeline, connecting with others, connecting Facebook to other soc... read more

The A to Z Facebook guide for users, marketers, and developers alike Facebook has more than a billion users worldwide. Whether you enjoy spending time on Facebook every day, use it to advertise and market your product, or develop Facebook apps, this go-to guide has something you need. Its six minibooks cover creating a personal timeline, connecting with others, connecting Facebook to other soc... read more

Pinterest Marketing for Dummies

Kelby Carr

Tap into the marketing power of Pinterest People are using Pinterest to organize their digital lives. This hot social site lets users create visual bookmarks of their favorite things and 'pin' them on virtual pinboards. Now you can learn how to market on Pinterest with this hands-on guide. You’ll discover how to launch new products, showcase your brand's personality, seek product approval, run... read more

Tap into the marketing power of Pinterest People are using Pinterest to organize their digital lives. This hot social site lets users create visual bookmarks of their favorite things and 'pin' them on virtual pinboards. Now you can learn how to market on Pinterest with this hands-on guide. You’ll discover how to launch new products, showcase your brand's personality, seek product approval, run... read more

Mom Blogging For Dummies

Wendy Piersall

Ready to start your Mom blog or enhance your existing one? This book is for you!The population of mom bloggers is growing at a stunning pace and they boast an audience of more than 23 million women reading, posting, or commenting on blogs every week. This fun and friendly guide targets moms who are looking to become a savvier blogger, build a personal brand, earn free products to review or giv... read more

Ready to start your Mom blog or enhance your existing one? This book is for you!The population of mom bloggers is growing at a stunning pace and they boast an audience of more than 23 million women reading, posting, or commenting on blogs every week. This fun and friendly guide targets moms who are looking to become a savvier blogger, build a personal brand, earn free products to review or giv... read more

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