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Michele Barard

Michele Barard - Editor

Snellville, GA, United States

I am a graduate of Agnes Scott College with experience as a trainer, graphic designer, writer, and an editor specializing in urban books.

Overview

I am a graduate of Agnes Scott College and have lived in Mexico and Central America for several years. I have experience as a trainer, graphic designer, writer, and editor and continue to pursue cultural knowledge focusing on Afro-Caribbean and African Traditional Religions. I founded Urban Book Editor LLC to serve urban authors. I am a native of New Orleans, but I currently reside in Atlanta where I write, edit, and provide training to my clients.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
African American fiction Cultural & Ethnic Themes Fantasy Poetry Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Computers & Internet

Work experience

Professional Services Program Manager

Visix, Inc.

November, 2014 – Present (about 2 years)

• Write and edit training guides, outlines, and presentations for training courses
• Train corporate, government, and higher education clients
• Train and mentor new members of the training team
• Design, develop, and implement training programs in the Visix LMS
• Manage internal employee, reseller, and client training through the LMS
• Document software workflows for internal and external audiences using
MadCap Flare
• Interview software developers and/or QA team members to obtain detailed technical knowledge about software processes
• Plan, coordinate, and host monthly webinars
• Develop and refine software training courses to effectively communicate software workflows and processes to internal and external audiences
• Manage the software release process to the public, including: project management, software testing, and documentation production, including public release notes, training manuals, online help, and technical documentation
• Researched and implemented Learning Management System software
• Saved the company the equivalent of one FTE through the successful implementation of the Visix LMS

Editor & Project Manager

Michele Barard is self-employed

May, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

• Writing and editing service for books, articles, blogs, and marketing materials
• Layout design for traditional books and eBooks

Communications Consultant

Visix, Inc.

June, 2010 – November, 2014 (over 4 years)

• Developed and refined software training courses
• Wrote and edited training guides, outlines, and presentations for training courses
• Reviewed and edited technical manuals and installation guides
• Trained corporate, government, and higher education clients
• Conducted end-user software testing, analyzed data, and submitted findings to the development team and management
• Converted training and technical documentation from Word and InDesign to MadCap Flare to produce documents from common files, saving documentation revision time

Operations Coordinator

Visix, Inc.

December, 2009 – June, 2010 (6 months)

• Compiled statistical data and produced reports for analysis, including Inbound Orders (IBO), Help Desk Statistics, Monthly Sales Forecasts, and Survey Data
• Developed and refined systems for internal corporate processes, such as hiring new employees and the onboarding process
• Facilitated the return (RMA) process between clients and hardware vendors
• Utilized Peachtree Accounting for various financial and reporting tasks
• Administered VOIP telephone system and wireless telephones and interfaced with service providers regarding technical and billing issues
• Planned and coordinated meetings and other events

Portfolio (8 selected works)

A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties (Volume 1)

Mr Bernard N Lee Jr

“A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties” is a fascinating, insightful, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious chronicle of life while growing up in a military family - Colonel Arnold R. Goodson, United States Army (Retired). When I was a child, we were always moving from one place to another. Making friends was something I looked forward to with an uneasy anticipation. My dad... read more

“A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid in the Fifties” is a fascinating, insightful, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious chronicle of life while growing up in a military family - Colonel Arnold R. Goodson, United States Army (Retired). When I was a child, we were always moving from one place to another. Making friends was something I looked forward to with an uneasy anticipation. My dad... read more

Fame Whore

Lacy B.

This fast-paced novel introduces you to Tracey, an educated, beautiful go-getter who gets caught in an unexpected web of sex, lies, and reality television. Tracey wants what’s best for her and her friends but, is she willing to pay the price required to walk the red carpet?Tracey lets nothing get in her way as she pursues her dreams and creates an unimaginable life leaving all she’s ever known... read more

This fast-paced novel introduces you to Tracey, an educated, beautiful go-getter who gets caught in an unexpected web of sex, lies, and reality television. Tracey wants what’s best for her and her friends but, is she willing to pay the price required to walk the red carpet?Tracey lets nothing get in her way as she pursues her dreams and creates an unimaginable life leaving all she’s ever known... read more

Taming Lil' Mo (Next Level Publishing Presents)

Cynthia Loving

The life of an R&B Diva can be filled with money, fame and wild times. For Cynthia Loving aka Lil' Mo there was nothing easy about her rise to stardom. From surviving a near death assault to climbing the billboard charts, Cynthia Loving takes her readers on an intense ride from the opening page. For nearly two decades the world has known Lil' Mo for her platinum selling work with megastars lik... read more

The life of an R&B Diva can be filled with money, fame and wild times. For Cynthia Loving aka Lil' Mo there was nothing easy about her rise to stardom. From surviving a near death assault to climbing the billboard charts, Cynthia Loving takes her readers on an intense ride from the opening page. For nearly two decades the world has known Lil' Mo for her platinum selling work with megastars lik... read more

7 Principles for Raising Black Sons: A Practical Guides For Single Black Mother's

K. Estelle

According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 3 children- a total of 15 million- are being raised without a father. Single Black Mothers are “carrying the load” of raising their young men alone. As a result of unstable home structures and a lack of sound guidance, adolescent black males are suffering an absence of self-identity, self-confidence, and the inner drive to become positive leaders ... read more

According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 3 children- a total of 15 million- are being raised without a father. Single Black Mothers are “carrying the load” of raising their young men alone. As a result of unstable home structures and a lack of sound guidance, adolescent black males are suffering an absence of self-identity, self-confidence, and the inner drive to become positive leaders ... read more

Sacrifices (A To Wrestle With Darkness Book Book 2)

Alan Jones

Sacrifices is the part two of Alan's To Wrestle with Darkness trilogy. In Sacrifices, we meet Cil, Deborah, Ruth and Sarah. They are four sisters descended from the coupling of angels and humans. And as such they’ve been embodied with fantastical abilities which they use to defend the world from those who would harm it, be they flesh or spirit. In Sacrifices, they find themselves tested, as th... read more

Sacrifices is the part two of Alan's To Wrestle with Darkness trilogy. In Sacrifices, we meet Cil, Deborah, Ruth and Sarah. They are four sisters descended from the coupling of angels and humans. And as such they’ve been embodied with fantastical abilities which they use to defend the world from those who would harm it, be they flesh or spirit. In Sacrifices, they find themselves tested, as th... read more

Editing Your Book for Self-Publishing: A Practical Guide for Authors (The Savvy Writer Series 1)

Michele Barard

Editing Your Book for Self-Publishing is a practical guide for authors who are publishing their books themselves; however, this book is not just for self-publishers. The editing suggestions, handy editing check list, and list of online resources will help any author who is preparing a book for publication, whether through a traditional publisher or for self-publishing.

Editing Your Book for Self-Publishing is a practical guide for authors who are publishing their books themselves; however, this book is not just for self-publishers. The editing suggestions, handy editing check list, and list of online resources will help any author who is preparing a book for publication, whether through a traditional publisher or for self-publishing.

20 Beautiful Women, Volume 3: 20 More Stories That Will Heal Your Soul, Ignite Your Passion, And Inspire Your Divine Purpose

Saba Tekle, Marnina Reid, Teena Hamalis, Zinnia Gupte, Hannah Lilly, Lisa Roulette, LSH, Jecenia Isis Figueroa, AnJu Hyppolite, Victoria Elise Madison, Angela Mujukian

“20 Beautiful Women: 20 More Stories That Will Heal Your Soul, Ignite Your Passion And Inspire Your Divine Purpose” is a collection of personal short stories from 20 more authors, speakers, and life coaches bonding together for the common goal of sisterhood, and to transform women from the inside out. Amazon.com best-selling author Saba Tekle has compiled these stories from women who have expe... read more

“20 Beautiful Women: 20 More Stories That Will Heal Your Soul, Ignite Your Passion And Inspire Your Divine Purpose” is a collection of personal short stories from 20 more authors, speakers, and life coaches bonding together for the common goal of sisterhood, and to transform women from the inside out. Amazon.com best-selling author Saba Tekle has compiled these stories from women who have expe... read more

Love & Other Monsters

Michelle Bishop, Nina Brav, Kay B

Love & Other Monsters explores the search for love from the perspectives of three women at different stages of life a girl discovering romantic love for the first time, a young woman new to adulthood experiencing the volatility that comes with passionate relationships and heartbreak, and a middle-aged woman who has won and lost in love more than once and seeks to rediscover her joy.

Love & Other Monsters explores the search for love from the perspectives of three women at different stages of life a girl discovering romantic love for the first time, a young woman new to adulthood experiencing the volatility that comes with passionate relationships and heartbreak, and a middle-aged woman who has won and lost in love more than once and seeks to rediscover her joy.

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