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Meredith Bailey

Meredith Bailey - Editor

Bothell, WA, United States

Writer, collaborative editor, and writing coach specializing in helping clients tell their best stories.

Overview

Whether you’re a novelist working on your third book or an expert in your field who is a newbie to writing, I can help. I offer copyediting, line editing, and content/developmental editing for authors of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction. Regardless of what kind of editorial service you are looking for, my goal is to preserve your unique voice and polish your prose to enhance clarity, elegance, and depth.

My background includes an MFA in creative writing and an editing certificate from the University of Washington. I spent four years in a private writing workshop led by author Brenda Peterson where I further honed my ability to deeply listen and offer feedback that honors an author’s intent. Currently, I provide editorial services for She Writes Press and a variety of authors seeking independent as well as traditional publication.

My fiction and nonfiction have been published in several journals including Pitkin Review, Shark Reef, Alaska Airlines Magazines, and UW Medicine magazine. I am also an editor and contributor of the anthology Secret Histories: Stories of Courage, Risk, and Revelation.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Inspirational LGBTQ Literature Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry Nature Parenting & Families Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • Editing Certificate, University of Washington
  • MFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College

Awards

  • Editor's Choice Award for Fiction, Em Dash Literary Magazine

Work experience

Writer

UW Medicine

January, 2013 – July, 2013 (7 months)

Researched, wrote, and edited content for UW Medicine magazine as well as other print and web publications for donors, alumni, and friends of UW Medicine. Went on to continue working for them in a freelance capacity.

Content Editor

Talaria, Inc.

August, 2010 – February, 2013 (over 2 years)

Developed content for a range of research-based, online healthcare education products for patients, nurses, and physicians. Collaborated with subject matter experts and project managers. Assisted with grant writing and editing of academic manuscripts.

Adjunct Teaching Assistant

Ashford University

May, 2009 – June, 2010 (about 1 year)

Assisted instructors by providing guidance in an online classroom environment for forty to sixty
undergraduate students. Offered feedback on writing assignments for a variety of general
education classes. Used web-based course management and assessment software to evaluate
student work. Helped students develop expertise with APA style.

Editorial Assistant and Staff Writer

Enclara Health

November, 2008 – February, 2010 (over 1 year)

Interviewed subject matter experts and wrote content for website devoted to caregivers of chronically ill loved ones. Edited and posted weekly updates to web pages including text and images. Researched news items and policy initiatives related to family caregivers. Created a summary report for a caregiving study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Writing Tutor

North Seattle Community College

September, 2008 – September, 2009 (about 1 year)

Provided one-on-one as well group tutoring sessions at The Loft Writing Center. Assisted students of various academic abilities with all stages of the writing process including brainstorming, research, revision, and proofreading. Coached ESL students who wanted to improve their reading, listening, and speaking skills.

Website Content Editor

Antioch University Seattle

July, 2005 – July, 2006 (about 1 year)

Edited Antioch website content for consistency and accuracy. Proofread other University Relations materials such as the schedule of classes and press releases. Assisted with web build-out for academic curricula and faculty bio information.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

Lizbeth Meredith

In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father―only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father’s home country of Greece. Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an... read more

In 1994, Lizbeth Meredith said good-bye to her four- and six year-old daughters for a visit with their non-custodial father―only to learn days later that they had been kidnapped and taken to their father’s home country of Greece. Twenty-nine and just on the verge of making her dreams of financial independence for her and her daughters come true, Lizbeth now faced a $100,000 problem on a $10 an... read more

Becoming Mama-San: 80 Years of Wisdom

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald

In this book, 86-year-old author Mary Matsuda Gruenewald has distilled her lifetime of wisdom into ten stories, each one conveying an essential life lesson. Each chapter is a story from the author's life and how she learned the specific life lesson connected to each story.Mary lived through the Great Depression as a young child, imprisonment in a Japanese-American internment camp as a young ad... read more

In this book, 86-year-old author Mary Matsuda Gruenewald has distilled her lifetime of wisdom into ten stories, each one conveying an essential life lesson. Each chapter is a story from the author's life and how she learned the specific life lesson connected to each story.Mary lived through the Great Depression as a young child, imprisonment in a Japanese-American internment camp as a young ad... read more

The Drowning World (The Aquantis Series Book 1)

Brenda Peterson

Two different people from two very different worlds. Can a mermaid and a human boy find love? Can they survive in his world and hers?A regal and highly trained young mermaid, Marina, is on her first spy mission to Skyeworld in 2020. She comes ashore on Siesta Key, Florida where she meets feisty Lukas, a proud Cuban refugee. Marina will have to choose between the advanced civilization of Aquant... read more

Two different people from two very different worlds. Can a mermaid and a human boy find love? Can they survive in his world and hers?A regal and highly trained young mermaid, Marina, is on her first spy mission to Skyeworld in 2020. She comes ashore on Siesta Key, Florida where she meets feisty Lukas, a proud Cuban refugee. Marina will have to choose between the advanced civilization of Aquant... read more

Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink

Jane Goodall

At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall-along with Cincinnati ... read more

At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, one of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us inspiring news about the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall-along with Cincinnati ... read more

Warm Cup of Wisdom: Inspirational Insights on Relationships and Life

Dori Jones Yang

Nine women share their hard-earned insights about everyday wisdom: about joy, loss, happiness, anger, tough times, midlife changes, raising teenagers, aging and other issues, with inspirational insights from the older generation.

Nine women share their hard-earned insights about everyday wisdom: about joy, loss, happiness, anger, tough times, midlife changes, raising teenagers, aging and other issues, with inspirational insights from the older generation.

After the Bitter Comes the Sweet: How One Woman Weathered the Storms of China's Recent History

Yulin Rittenberg

Should a woman be punished for marrying a foreigner? Yulin Wang grew up in poverty in wartime China and eagerly joined the Communist Party, which educated her. In 1956, she married Sidney Rittenberg, an idealistic American who had stayed in China to help the Communists after 1949. Working for Radio Peking, they had four children and a good life until the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, when ... read more

Should a woman be punished for marrying a foreigner? Yulin Wang grew up in poverty in wartime China and eagerly joined the Communist Party, which educated her. In 1956, she married Sidney Rittenberg, an idealistic American who had stayed in China to help the Communists after 1949. Working for Radio Peking, they had four children and a good life until the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, when ... read more

Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past

Sharon Stanley

Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma provides psychotherapists and other helping professionals with a new body-based clinical model for the treatment of trauma. This model synthesizes emerging neurobiological and attachment research with somatic, embodied healing practices. Tested with hundreds of practitioners in courses for more than a decade, the principles and practice... read more

Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma provides psychotherapists and other helping professionals with a new body-based clinical model for the treatment of trauma. This model synthesizes emerging neurobiological and attachment research with somatic, embodied healing practices. Tested with hundreds of practitioners in courses for more than a decade, the principles and practice... read more

Secret Histories: Stories of Courage, Risk, and Revelation

Brenda Peterson

Step into the secret lives of 25 writers . . . and witness the stories that shape us. Open the pages of Secret Histories to explore pivotal experiences in the lives of 25 writers. Share a life-or-death moment as a woman hitchhiker faces an angry, explosive driver. Climb to a sacred Tibetan mountain pass on a pilgrimage to renewal—and discover the cost of choosing life as a healer. Witness grie... read more

Step into the secret lives of 25 writers . . . and witness the stories that shape us. Open the pages of Secret Histories to explore pivotal experiences in the lives of 25 writers. Share a life-or-death moment as a woman hitchhiker faces an angry, explosive driver. Climb to a sacred Tibetan mountain pass on a pilgrimage to renewal—and discover the cost of choosing life as a healer. Witness grie... read more

So Close

Emma McLaughlin

From international #1 best-selling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a story about a girl from the trailer parks of central Florida and the two powerful men who shape her life―one of whom will raise her up to places she never imagined, the other of whom will threaten to destroy her. Amanda Beth Luker has spent her whole life desperately looking for someone who can show her the way... read more

From international #1 best-selling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a story about a girl from the trailer parks of central Florida and the two powerful men who shape her life―one of whom will raise her up to places she never imagined, the other of whom will threaten to destroy her. Amanda Beth Luker has spent her whole life desperately looking for someone who can show her the way... read more

Appetite: A Novel

Sheila Grinell

When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home―who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter―while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life. In the months leading up ... read more

When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this “beggar” Jenn has brought home―who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter―while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life. In the months leading up ... read more

Glass Shatters: A Novel

Michelle Meyers

A man wakes up in a living room he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house―clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories―memories that may or... read more

A man wakes up in a living room he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house―clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories―memories that may or... read more

Queerspawn in Love: A Memoir

Kellen Kaiser

Despite growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area as the daughter of four lesbians, Kellen Kaiser envisioned her life working out, fairy tale–like, with a Prince Charming. When her possible prince did arrive, however, it was not without complications. Home on leave from the Israeli army, the man Kaiser picks doesn’t seem like a sure bet. Starting with some casual sex gone awry, they face a numb... read more

Despite growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area as the daughter of four lesbians, Kellen Kaiser envisioned her life working out, fairy tale–like, with a Prince Charming. When her possible prince did arrive, however, it was not without complications. Home on leave from the Israeli army, the man Kaiser picks doesn’t seem like a sure bet. Starting with some casual sex gone awry, they face a numb... read more

Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living

Halley Bock

Live Life from the Inside Out Despite living in a hyperconnected world, individuals are more disconnected from each other and themselves than ever before. In her engaging new book, Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living, Halley Bock inspires readers to slow down, wake up, and pay mindful attention to all facets of life in order to generate self-worth and to live whole, mo... read more

Live Life from the Inside Out Despite living in a hyperconnected world, individuals are more disconnected from each other and themselves than ever before. In her engaging new book, Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living, Halley Bock inspires readers to slow down, wake up, and pay mindful attention to all facets of life in order to generate self-worth and to live whole, mo... read more

Manage Your Mind: Set Yourself Free

Sidney Rittenberg

Sidney Rittenberg was imprisoned in China on false charges for sixteen years. Yet instead of being angry, scarred, or bitter, he is merry, affectionate, balanced, and fun. In this book, he offers the welcome news that we are stronger than we think. We can learn ways that can guide us through struggles we never imagined. We can use our minds to deal with negative emotions and help us identify o... read more

Sidney Rittenberg was imprisoned in China on false charges for sixteen years. Yet instead of being angry, scarred, or bitter, he is merry, affectionate, balanced, and fun. In this book, he offers the welcome news that we are stronger than we think. We can learn ways that can guide us through struggles we never imagined. We can use our minds to deal with negative emotions and help us identify o... read more

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