My experience is from working with media organizations and Amazon Books as well as my training at Monmouth University (grad 1967). I held a job with Sunbelt Newspapers Inc., starting as a reporter and a few years later was promoted to Bureau Editor of two local newspapers while writing a column for the corporate (Media General Inc.) daily, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, as well. I edited, assigned stories and checked reporter's work before sending it to layout and production and also was in charge of training new reporters fresh out of college. We concentrated on ethics and story tone then more so than they do today. I was freelancing to romance magazines since the 1980s, and stopped sometimne during my employment with Media General. My romance genre was learned (by OJT) while writing for MacFadden Enterprises Inc., in NYC (True Love and True Story) while living in Europe in the 1960s after graduation.
While I was a writer and editor for Sunbelt Newspapers and The Tampa Tribune, (both owned by Media General Communications Inc.) I was moonlighting (on the side) for Amazon Books. After a few years of that, I started freelance editing manuscripts under Write/Right Editorial Services. I later dropped that name and changed the name to Write Your Heart Out. I work with writers in person and online and at writer's groups and library presentations. I have also taught several semesters at The Center 4 Lifelong Learning, a seniors' non-credit college in the retirement community of Sun City Center, Florida.
I show how words act as the writer's movie camera; and give examples of the elusive show- don't-tell method in an easy- to-understand way. My interactive style and open mind allow for many genres from sex to spirituality and I can help you develop your work from the idea to the conclusion. I do manuscript development; consultation; full content edits; and proofs of final copy. My varied experience allows me to work in Associated Press, and Chicago styles; in both American and British English.
Wrote columns about local and national issues for The Tampa Tribune, a large daily newspaper, and edited the copy of other writers.
Media General bought out Sunbelt Newspapers, is why the dates of my awards do not match the publication years of my employment.
Freelanced at Amazon (moonlighted) while at Sunbelt Newspapers and Media General. While there, learned to differentiate between Associated Press and Chicago editing style; edited raw copy from new writers and made content changes where needed; also wrote marketing sheets (logline; short sheet; medium length and long marketing); wrote press releases for each book and ghosted New York Times Reviews.
While living in Europe after grsaduation, I wrote short fiction for popular (supermarket rack) women's magazines: True Story and True Confessions. I also wrote features and profiles for (what used to be) the print publication of Today's Christian Woman and later freelanced as a photojournalist for The Outdoor Section of The Tampa Tribune and Gulf Coast Fisherman
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Former Kensington Books editor with 14+ years' experience, specializing in romance, mystery, and YA. Let's make your project shine!
Editor and proofreader specializing in self-help, spiritual, poetry, non-native/translated English, graphic novels, first-time authors.