Rod Scher

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Depoe Bay, OR, USA

With years of experience under my belt, I can edit or proofread your article, dissertation, or book quickly and expertly.

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Overview

I'm an experienced editor, proofreader, and writer, with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. I have written and edited content about computer technology, boats and boat-building, computerized testing, RV and travel, and much more.

I love to write, but I get almost as much enjoyment out of editing, whether it's an article, a dissertation, or an entire book. There's something gratifying about taking copy that's already good and making it great.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet
Education & Reference
Publishing
Technology
Travel

Work experience

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
March, 2000 – Present (about 19 years)

As a freelancer, I've edited book-length manuscripts for Rowman and Littlefield and McGraw-Hill/Int'l. Marine, and test-prep books and online tests for Peterson's Publishing. In addition, I've written many articles for technology- and computer-related magazines and websites and served as chief editor for a popular computing magazine.

Sr. Contributing Editor

Smart Computing Magazine (Sandhills Publishing)
January, 2000 – May, 2016 (over 16 years)

Edited articles from freelance and staff writers, designed editorial calendar, worked with graphic design and finance departments.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology

Rod Scher

Leveling the Playing Field explores the technologies that “trickle down” to the rest of us, those that were once the domain of the wealthy and powerful--and which therefore tended to make them even more wealthy and powerful. Now, though, these technologies--from books to computers to 3D printing and beyond--have become part of a common toolkit, one accessible to almost anyone, or at least to m... read more

Leveling the Playing Field explores the technologies that “trickle down” to the rest of us, those that were once the domain of the wealthy and powerful--and which therefore tended to make them even more wealthy and powerful. Now, though, these technologies--from books to computers to 3D printing and beyond--have become part of a common toolkit, one accessible to almost anyone, or at least to m... read more

The Annotated Two Years Before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana

A true story of the battered life of a foremast crewman, Two Years Before the Mast is Richard Henry Dana’s classic travel narrative, which inspired canonical works such as Moby Dick and Sailing Alone Around the World. As Rod Scher follows Dana (the Harvard dropout-turned-sailor) on his voyages around North America, he annotates Dana’s tale with critiques, compliments, tie-ins to today, and lit... read more

A true story of the battered life of a foremast crewman, Two Years Before the Mast is Richard Henry Dana’s classic travel narrative, which inspired canonical works such as Moby Dick and Sailing Alone Around the World. As Rod Scher follows Dana (the Harvard dropout-turned-sailor) on his voyages around North America, he annotates Dana’s tale with critiques, compliments, tie-ins to today, and lit... read more

Annotated Sailing Alone Around The World

Joshua Capt. Slocum

Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone Around the World is a classic, beloved by sailors the world over who have enjoyed this engrossing tale of a man who sails around the world alone in a small wooden sailboat built with his own hands. This edition is thoroughly annotated by teacher/journalist Rod Scher, who provides explanation, commentary, clarification, and In the News sidebars for historical conte... read more

Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone Around the World is a classic, beloved by sailors the world over who have enjoyed this engrossing tale of a man who sails around the world alone in a small wooden sailboat built with his own hands. This edition is thoroughly annotated by teacher/journalist Rod Scher, who provides explanation, commentary, clarification, and In the News sidebars for historical conte... read more

Your Boat Inside and Out: The Photographic Guide to Symptoms, Causes, Cures, and Best Practices for Sail- And Powerboat Hulls. by Steve D'Antonio

Steve D'Antonio

Using 1000 full-colour photographs, boat expert Steve D'Antonio shows readers what to look for in a boat and its systems.

Using 1000 full-colour photographs, boat expert Steve D'Antonio shows readers what to look for in a boat and its systems.

Smart Computing in Plain English Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 8 (August, 2004)

Cover: The Death of Tech Support, Fitsense FS-1 System ...

Cover: The Death of Tech Support, Fitsense FS-1 System ...

Peterson's ACT Prep Guide 2017

Peterson's

Peterson's® ACT® Prep Guide 2017 offers all of the information students need to prepare well and score high on the ACT, including thorough subject matter reviews and practice questions for each question type. Students will benefit from expert advice, strategies, and test-taking tips for comprehensive preparation. All strategy content and practice tests reflect the latest changes to the ACT. In... read more

Peterson's® ACT® Prep Guide 2017 offers all of the information students need to prepare well and score high on the ACT, including thorough subject matter reviews and practice questions for each question type. Students will benefit from expert advice, strategies, and test-taking tips for comprehensive preparation. All strategy content and practice tests reflect the latest changes to the ACT. In... read more

Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams 2016-2017

Peterson's

Peterson's Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams is the comprehensive test-prep book for scoring high on Catholic high school entrance exams. The book includes a Diagnostic Test to help students determine their strengths and weaknesses PLUS 6 full-length practice tests (two each for the HSPT, COOP, and TACHS), with detailed answer explanations and valuable test-taking information. Pet... read more

Peterson's Master the Catholic High School Entrance Exams is the comprehensive test-prep book for scoring high on Catholic high school entrance exams. The book includes a Diagnostic Test to help students determine their strengths and weaknesses PLUS 6 full-length practice tests (two each for the HSPT, COOP, and TACHS), with detailed answer explanations and valuable test-taking information. Pet... read more

Building the Uqbar Dinghy

Redjeb Jordania

IN FIVE EASY STEPS, YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN BOAT CUT all parts to exact shape with the help of our cutting diagrams. EPOXY fiberglass tape on the outside of the seams. STITCH the hull panels together with metal or plastic wire-ties. SNIP OFF the wire ends on the outside and fair. GLUE the panels together by spreading epoxy putty over the wires In just a long weekend or a few evenings, you can r... read more

IN FIVE EASY STEPS, YOU CAN BUILD YOUR OWN BOAT CUT all parts to exact shape with the help of our cutting diagrams. EPOXY fiberglass tape on the outside of the seams. STITCH the hull panels together with metal or plastic wire-ties. SNIP OFF the wire ends on the outside and fair. GLUE the panels together by spreading epoxy putty over the wires In just a long weekend or a few evenings, you can r... read more

Master the PCAT

Peterson's

Anyone hoping to get into a pharmacy school must take the PCAT® (Pharmacy College Admission Test), a standardized exam that measures the aptitude and skills of pharmacy school applicants. Peterson's Master the PCAT®, 2nd Edition offers up-to-date, essential test prep for each of the subtests on the redesigned PCAT®: Writing, Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Biochemistry, Critical Read... read more

Anyone hoping to get into a pharmacy school must take the PCAT® (Pharmacy College Admission Test), a standardized exam that measures the aptitude and skills of pharmacy school applicants. Peterson's Master the PCAT®, 2nd Edition offers up-to-date, essential test prep for each of the subtests on the redesigned PCAT®: Writing, Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Biochemistry, Critical Read... read more

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