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Meredith Byrd

Meredith Byrd - Editor

Austin, TX, United States

Romance writer and editor who wants to help your book find its happy ending.

Overview

Creative, collaborative editor with seven years' experience guiding and developing writers, both seasoned and new. As a fellow fiction writer, I am always seeking a better understanding of how stories work, and love the challenge of crafting great writing that reflects a great idea. I know how important your story is to you, and I take pride in thoughtful, careful constructive criticism and editing. I also offer editing and proofreading services, and will gladly work with you to improve story structure, character arcs and world building in addition to polishing your prose. My process is as hands on as you are. If you want a partner, I'm here to listen. If you want straightforward suggestions or line edits, I'm here to provide those too. My topics of interest include women's fiction, romance, middle and young adult fiction, cookbooks and educational material.

Services

Certifications

  • Masters Degree-English from George Mason University
  • Bachelors Degree-English from George Mason University

Work experience

Freelance Content Writer, Editor & Educator

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

As a freelance writer and editor, I love getting to research and write content for others. But, I also like to edit and improve what's already there.

In addition to my editing services, I also teach creative fiction writing classes that focus on structure, character, drafting and revision.

Professor of Composition and Literature

Austin Community College
August, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

At Austin Community College it is my privilege to help new writers become stronger ones by teaching drafting, revising and editing skills. We work on improving organization, sentence structure, grammar and developing content. It is my belief that strong writing is strong communication, and I want my students' voices to be heard.

I teach literature and composition, focusing on what makes a good story, and why stories are important.

Content Editor

Appyness
June, 2017 – Present (9 months)

At Appyness, a mobile marketing company, I'm responsible for making sure the website content, blogs and articles fit the voice of the brand. This means that I help improve the organization of a piece, make sentence structure changes, suggest fixes, and proofread for clarity and correctness.

Associate Editor

CSC
August, 2007 – June, 2009 (almost 2 years)

While at CSC, I worked in a fast paced production office responsible for high volumes of work completed under tight deadlines. It was a great learning environment and I credit it with teaching me everything I know about proofreading and making sure deadlines are met and work is meticulous.

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