Melinda Campbell

Melinda Campbell - Editor

Laurel, MD, United States

Editor with a Science and Education background | Inspiring others to improve and complete their work

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Overview

Are you worried about your spelling or grammar? Do you need someone to check for consistency throughout your project? Does your work need a little polish before being published? Or maybe you need to collaborate with someone to work out the kinks in your writing?

Look no further; I can help.

(I even know how to properly use a semi-colon and can easily explain it to you. Or I can fix it for you and you never have to worry about it!)

My varied background (high school science teacher, lab technician, zookeeper, cashier...), intense thirst for knowledge, and eagle eye make me the editor/proofreader you need. I have a wide range of information already in my head and the ability and desire to research anything else that I need to know for a project. On top of that, I am a voracious reader, which helps me stay on top of trends while exposing me to traditional grammar, too.

I have experience with different style guides, especially APA and MLA. I am willing to work with an in-house guide you may have developed, or even just be sure you are consistent within your own personal style.

Having lived abroad and travelled extensively, I can even be sure you are staying within a specific regional dialect in your writing.

I like working collaboratively with authors to perfect that originally awkward sentence or decide on a formal or informal tone, etc. However, I am just as willing to hand you a proofread document with proverbial red ink on it for you to decide what to change.

Top traits:
Flexible, fast learner, intense work ethic

Interested in:
Helping you to succeed
Improving your readers' enjoyment
Large or small projects (from short copy up to an entire manuscript)

Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Life Sciences
Nature
Travel
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Paranormal Romance
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • General Proofreading: Theory and Practice
  • TESOL
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Secondary Education

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
March, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

Edit curricula, blogs, manuscripts, websites, and college-level assignments (proofread, copyedit, stylistic/substantive). Provide layout advice. Experience with back end of WordPress and basic html coding. Some clients include BLPS, just B more, and J. L. Adams.

Editor and Curricula Writer

Living Oceans Foundation
February, 2015 – June, 2016 (over 1 year)

Developed marine science curriculum, including lesson plans, interactives, and assessments that are aligned with national standards (NGSS, CCSS, etc.) Managed and posted content to online educational portal. Edited current and created new educational programs. Rewrote scientific content for the general public. Regularly used Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative programs.

Science Teacher

Hawaii and Baltimore County Public Schools
August, 2007 – February, 2015 (over 7 years)

Taught Forensic Science (10th–12th), Earth Science (9th–12th), Biology (9th–10th), Aquatic Science (10th–12th), and Physical Science (9th). Worked with multiple students with IEPs and 504 plans. Sponsor of Envirothon and Young Liberals Club. Coached new teachers and helped design curricula and align to state and national standards. Actively participated in Academy, Department, and Faculty meetings. Presented at faculty meetings. SIP Committee Chair. Course-alike lead for Biology teachers.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Allure (The ABCs of BDSM)

J. L. Adams

Occasionally fate steps in and your life changes in an instant. You’re blindsided by events that you never saw coming. Sometimes, they’re unexpected delights. Often times, they’re heartbreaking moments which leave you scrambling to pick up the pieces. These are the moments when tragedy redefines who you are. For Dr. Ian McCullough, going to his best friend’s sex club that fateful night was don... read more

Occasionally fate steps in and your life changes in an instant. You’re blindsided by events that you never saw coming. Sometimes, they’re unexpected delights. Often times, they’re heartbreaking moments which leave you scrambling to pick up the pieces. These are the moments when tragedy redefines who you are. For Dr. Ian McCullough, going to his best friend’s sex club that fateful night was don... read more

Idelle's Inheritance

Christa Bedwin

Idelle has just inherited her clan’s Georgian home in New Town Edinburgh, and her great-aunt has left her with the task of finding a lost document that she’s convinced is behind a secret panel. However, when she finds the panel, she tumbles into the past and meets a cousin, who vows to help her find what she needs in 1798 Edinburgh... and decides to find what she herself needs in 2018!

Idelle has just inherited her clan’s Georgian home in New Town Edinburgh, and her great-aunt has left her with the task of finding a lost document that she’s convinced is behind a secret panel. However, when she finds the panel, she tumbles into the past and meets a cousin, who vows to help her find what she needs in 1798 Edinburgh... and decides to find what she herself needs in 2018!

Lights in the Night: The Ostinato Series Book One

Greg Alldredge

Book OneThe Ostinato Series.Live life on the edge of sanity.Trevor, an orphan at thirteen, bounced around the Far-east searching for something, trouble was he didn’t understand what. Wracked with insomnia and tired of traveling the world, he’d returned home to be more “normal” and took a job from his older brother, he failed at normal. When world events reignite his pursuit of the inexplicable... read more

Book OneThe Ostinato Series.Live life on the edge of sanity.Trevor, an orphan at thirteen, bounced around the Far-east searching for something, trouble was he didn’t understand what. Wracked with insomnia and tired of traveling the world, he’d returned home to be more “normal” and took a job from his older brother, he failed at normal. When world events reignite his pursuit of the inexplicable... read more

The Ostinato Trilogy: A Texan Space Opera

Greg Alldredge

This is the entire Ostinato Series:Book one:Live life on the edge of sanity.Trevor, an orphan at thirteen, bounced around the Far-east searching for something, trouble was he didn’t understand what. Wracked with insomnia and tired of traveling the world, he’d returned home to be more “normal” and took a job from his older brother, he failed at normal. When world events reignite his pursuit of ... read more

This is the entire Ostinato Series:Book one:Live life on the edge of sanity.Trevor, an orphan at thirteen, bounced around the Far-east searching for something, trouble was he didn’t understand what. Wracked with insomnia and tired of traveling the world, he’d returned home to be more “normal” and took a job from his older brother, he failed at normal. When world events reignite his pursuit of ... read more

Darkness At Midday: The Ostinato Series Book Two

Greg Alldredge

Crystal is back and people have been bad...Five years after the events leading to the worse party every, 'The New Age Rage' which left thousands of people in the desert without food or water, events have continued to unfold unknown to the sleep little town of Marysfield.The world governments agreed to bury the facts concerning the events that surrounded Marysfield. The problem with conspiracie... read more

Crystal is back and people have been bad...Five years after the events leading to the worse party every, 'The New Age Rage' which left thousands of people in the desert without food or water, events have continued to unfold unknown to the sleep little town of Marysfield.The world governments agreed to bury the facts concerning the events that surrounded Marysfield. The problem with conspiracie... read more

Seven Day War (Ostinato Book 3)

Greg Alldredge

War is coming to Marysfield!Mister Death has made an ultimatum, the interdimensional sisters must get out of town or else! Crystal and Misty have been so weakened by his clandestine attacks that they have only one place to turn: West Texas!Thank god for those gun tote'n Texan freedom fighters willing to throw down their lives to protect the universe from the evil megalomaniac Mister Death!How ... read more

War is coming to Marysfield!Mister Death has made an ultimatum, the interdimensional sisters must get out of town or else! Crystal and Misty have been so weakened by his clandestine attacks that they have only one place to turn: West Texas!Thank god for those gun tote'n Texan freedom fighters willing to throw down their lives to protect the universe from the evil megalomaniac Mister Death!How ... read more

The Ostinato Series (3 Book Series)

Greg Alldredge

From Book 1: Book One The Ostinato Series. Live life on the edge of sanity. Trevor, an orphan at thirteen, bounced around the Far-east searching for something, trouble was he didn’t understand what. Wracked with insomnia and tired of traveling the world, he’d returned home to be more “normal” and took a job from his older brother, he failed at normal. When world events reignite his pursuit of ... read more

From Book 1: Book One The Ostinato Series. Live life on the edge of sanity. Trevor, an orphan at thirteen, bounced around the Far-east searching for something, trouble was he didn’t understand what. Wracked with insomnia and tired of traveling the world, he’d returned home to be more “normal” and took a job from his older brother, he failed at normal. When world events reignite his pursuit of ... read more

Building Your Table: Motivational Journey to Setting Your Own Table of Success

Carman Wilkins

Carman Wilkins was and, in many ways, still is, the girl who needed to get a grip on life and find direction. The first in her family to graduate college, she did so while pregnant. When she married and had 2 children while holding down what she thought was her dream job, she felt she had truly beaten the odd and had a hold on life. Life has a way of going off track, the tables soon turned, an... read more

Carman Wilkins was and, in many ways, still is, the girl who needed to get a grip on life and find direction. The first in her family to graduate college, she did so while pregnant. When she married and had 2 children while holding down what she thought was her dream job, she felt she had truly beaten the odd and had a hold on life. Life has a way of going off track, the tables soon turned, an... read more

Inner Sanctum: Life, Love and Poetry

NoireSista

Inner Sanctum is a reflection of life's ups, downs, joy and pain mixed with a bit of tears and laughter as seen through one woman's eyes and soul. Take a walk with her through the journey that is lif

Inner Sanctum is a reflection of life's ups, downs, joy and pain mixed with a bit of tears and laughter as seen through one woman's eyes and soul. Take a walk with her through the journey that is lif

Reclaiming My Time from the 9-5 Grind

Melony Hill, Cameasha Muhammad, Rynette Upson Bush, Myesha Monique Collins

As women, we are conditioned to put others before ourselves. We are nurturers, even at our own expense. Trying to balance home and family with a 40+ hour work week is draining. Too often, women end up putting off their life dreams and goals trying to be what others want and need from them. Constantly putting life and dreams on hold until the kids are older, the mortgage is paid, their health i... read more

As women, we are conditioned to put others before ourselves. We are nurturers, even at our own expense. Trying to balance home and family with a 40+ hour work week is draining. Too often, women end up putting off their life dreams and goals trying to be what others want and need from them. Constantly putting life and dreams on hold until the kids are older, the mortgage is paid, their health i... read more

The Strength of a Woman

Melony Hill, Amanda Harrinauth, Ciara Lovelace, Robyn King, Sheron Burks, Anonymous Contibutor

As women, we constantly don a mask. We hide our true emotions behind the words "i'm fine." Even worse, we deny ourselves happiness, instead choosing to provide stability and peace for others.Even at our lowest, the strength of a woman can be felt just in the way she stands, speaks and handles adversity. The Strength of a Woman is a collection of essays written by six women from across the glob... read more

As women, we constantly don a mask. We hide our true emotions behind the words "i'm fine." Even worse, we deny ourselves happiness, instead choosing to provide stability and peace for others.Even at our lowest, the strength of a woman can be felt just in the way she stands, speaks and handles adversity. The Strength of a Woman is a collection of essays written by six women from across the glob... read more

The Art of Dominating the Winner's Circle: for the College-Minded Student

Anika Thrower PhD

Laced with positive affirmations The Art of Dominating the Winner’s Circle for the College-Minded Student is sure to ignite the desire to grab moments of truth on the journey to higher education. After an introduction about how the books autonym the author discusses how our formative years shapes our lives. All people come from backgrounds that could lead to a life of poor choices or better ch... read more

Laced with positive affirmations The Art of Dominating the Winner’s Circle for the College-Minded Student is sure to ignite the desire to grab moments of truth on the journey to higher education. After an introduction about how the books autonym the author discusses how our formative years shapes our lives. All people come from backgrounds that could lead to a life of poor choices or better ch... read more

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