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Samantha Paquin

Samantha Paquin - Editor

Ottawa, ON, Canada

Veteran copy editor/proofreader with 22 years' experience

Overview

I am an experienced Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader located in Ottawa, Canada. I would be a great Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader for your text, due to the fact that I have 22 years of editing and proofreading experience. I have had quite a strong and varied 22-year copy editing career as a professional & freelancer in Canada and the United States, for print and online. While I was a stay-at-home mom (2008-16), I was able to obtain many freelance editing and proofreading jobs. Currently, I’m the Communications Officer for cybersecurity company Xahive, as well as a freelance transcript proofreader for U.S. transcription company eScribers. Previously, I was a freelance editor for the Ottawa Business Journal (business newspaper) and an office administrator for The Edge Taekwon-Do Academy. Plus, before my freelancing jobs, I have worked professionally, at several publications (including Metro Ottawa newspaper, Metro Toronto newspaper, Nepean This Week weekly newspaper, Crain’s New York business newspaper InvestmentNews, and the Orlando Sentinel newspaper) as a copy editor or editor. And, I had to copy edit & proofread my own work, which was then reviewed by my supervisor. Samantha P.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Romance Short Story

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Work experience

Lead Copy Editor/Proofreader

Self-employed
October, 2006 – Present (about 11 years)

Edit and proofread clients' various texts/websites.

Freelance Transcript Proofreader

eScribers
May, 2017 – Present (8 months)

• Editing/proofreading various court transcripts.

Communications Officer

Xahive Inc.
July, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

• Edit various texts for cybersecurity company.
• Edited entire website.
• Edited Cybersecurity Manual for Financial Institutions.

Graphics & Production Manager

Metro Ottawa
August, 2005 – November, 2008 (over 3 years)

• Editing enhanced every single ad’s overall impact, as well as clarified its meaning.
• Compiled & edited listing page(s); also designed entire special sections, complete with ads and editorial.
• Edited and created marketing materials, such as sell sheets, media kits, promo ads & newspaper-box slash cards.
• Designed & edited ads, both on speculation or those that were booked, from clients’ materials/ideas.
• Designed innovative ads in Adobe CS, CS2 or QuarkXPress under daily deadlines.
• Managed & organized entire Graphics & Production Department myself; organized newspaper archives.

Creative Ad Builder

Nepean This Week
June, 2005 – November, 2005 (5 months)

• Designed/modified ads in QuarkXPress, Photoshop or Illustrator, then edited each & every ad for clarity.

Copy Editor/Design Editor/Features Editor

Metro Toronto
February, 2002 – June, 2005 (over 3 years)

• Edited sports, features, news and business pages for CP style, errors and libel.
• Edited Your Money and Moving Up and other monthly special sections/features.
• Contributed to design & editing of Fashion, Mind & Body and Home Fashion sections.
• Assisted in posting articles to Metro’s CMS for website, which included ensuring each stories’ accuracy and clarity.

Copy Editor/Page Designer

InvestmentNews
November, 2000 – January, 2002 (about 1 year)

• Edited most of newspaper’s copy for style, consistency, spelling, grammar, punctuation and libel.
• Responsible for Markets pages, gathered fund information from Lipper Inc., then formatted to InvestmentNews style.

Layout Editor/Copy Editor

Orlando Sentinel
August, 1997 – November, 2000 (over 3 years)

• Edited Sports, News, Features & Sports for grammar, punctuation, spelling, style, consistency and libel, under daily
deadlines, for all five newspaper editions.
• Checked for section accuracy while press was rolling and made corrections and/or substitutions.
• Designed and laid out several pages on CCI, as well as assisted other team members, all while under daily deadlines, again.

Copy Editor/Designer

Fort Pierce Tribune
December, 1995 – July, 1997 (over 1 year)

• Edited and designed news pages, including the front page.
• Edited and found content for the newspaper's TV book, called TVTribune.
• Acted as Photo Editor for the pages I worked on.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Lost and ProFound

Summer Felix

Rebecca Trovatelli thought for sure she d be in a better place when she reached her 30s. Yet here it is, her 33rd birthday, and she is only doing well at one thing: waiting. Waiting for her career to finally go in the direction she wants. Waiting for her children to finally listen to her. Waiting for the love of her life to realize he s ready to commit. In the meantime, she is haphazardly navi... read more

Rebecca Trovatelli thought for sure she d be in a better place when she reached her 30s. Yet here it is, her 33rd birthday, and she is only doing well at one thing: waiting. Waiting for her career to finally go in the direction she wants. Waiting for her children to finally listen to her. Waiting for the love of her life to realize he s ready to commit. In the meantime, she is haphazardly navi... read more

The Right One

Summer Felix

The Right One is the beginning of a series, where thirty-something Marly has just been dumped for the fourth time, and it’s left her reeling. All she’s ever wanted was a husband, a house, some kids, and maybe, just maybe, a little acceptance. That it hasn’t happened yet perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise: Marly knows she can be a bit of a control freak who suffers from just a touch of hypoch... read more

The Right One is the beginning of a series, where thirty-something Marly has just been dumped for the fourth time, and it’s left her reeling. All she’s ever wanted was a husband, a house, some kids, and maybe, just maybe, a little acceptance. That it hasn’t happened yet perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise: Marly knows she can be a bit of a control freak who suffers from just a touch of hypoch... read more

Ethics of a Thief: A Christian Mystery

Mary Gale Hinrichsen

Revised and Copy-editedOne day. Abigail Wilson. meets up with some family friends who have just bought a large yacht. She notices a handsome stranger at the pier, who notices her right back. Her friends extend an invitation to Abigail and her niece and nephew to stay on the boat overnight but she is worried and reluctant. Once on board. everything starts out quite fine. until her host leaves t... read more

Revised and Copy-editedOne day. Abigail Wilson. meets up with some family friends who have just bought a large yacht. She notices a handsome stranger at the pier, who notices her right back. Her friends extend an invitation to Abigail and her niece and nephew to stay on the boat overnight but she is worried and reluctant. Once on board. everything starts out quite fine. until her host leaves t... read more

Never In Your Wildest Dreams: A Transformational Story to Tap Into Your Hidden Gifts to Create a Life of Passion

Natalie Ledwell

In Never in Your Wildest Dreams, Natalie Ledwell takes you on the journey of Katherine Murray, who moves from extreme debt, depression, and despair to superstar award-winning screenwriter status in record time. Ledwell's book reveals the exact steps, inspired by her own quest for success, to achieving any goal you set or have never even dreamed of yet. This unique Interactive System not only t... read more

In Never in Your Wildest Dreams, Natalie Ledwell takes you on the journey of Katherine Murray, who moves from extreme debt, depression, and despair to superstar award-winning screenwriter status in record time. Ledwell's book reveals the exact steps, inspired by her own quest for success, to achieving any goal you set or have never even dreamed of yet. This unique Interactive System not only t... read more

So What's Your Play? How Billie Jean, Bobby and Blindness Begat Tolerance

Richard Muscio

Millions of people watched The Battle of the Sexes in 1973, but no one knew more about the historic tennis match than a 14 year-old boy. While the world s eyes were focused on Bobby Riggs, the self-proclaimed king of male chauvinist pigs, and Billie Jean King, the defender of feminism, Richard Muscio saw the match through the headlines of the day, headlines he had carefully clipped and saved a... read more

Millions of people watched The Battle of the Sexes in 1973, but no one knew more about the historic tennis match than a 14 year-old boy. While the world s eyes were focused on Bobby Riggs, the self-proclaimed king of male chauvinist pigs, and Billie Jean King, the defender of feminism, Richard Muscio saw the match through the headlines of the day, headlines he had carefully clipped and saved a... read more

The Way Out

Greg S. Reid

Things can t get much worse for Sophie Gray. She s going through a divorce, can t find work, and is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. She s at her wit s end, and when she makes an appointment with high-power attorney Austin O Neal, she s certain she can t sink much lower. But her appointment with Austin goes nothing as she anticipated. Instead of starting the bankruptcy proceedings, he ch... read more

Things can t get much worse for Sophie Gray. She s going through a divorce, can t find work, and is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. She s at her wit s end, and when she makes an appointment with high-power attorney Austin O Neal, she s certain she can t sink much lower. But her appointment with Austin goes nothing as she anticipated. Instead of starting the bankruptcy proceedings, he ch... read more

The Statue of Liberty and Gigi

Balinda Fiebiger

Gigi, a French orphan partakes in the creation of the Statue of Liberty between 1865 and 1886. The story of the statue’s creation is real. The dates, the people, the places, and the events are as are real. Only Gigi and her friend, Jacques, are fictitious. Gigi is the embodiment of liberty who ties the history together with her love of freedom enlightening the world.

Gigi, a French orphan partakes in the creation of the Statue of Liberty between 1865 and 1886. The story of the statue’s creation is real. The dates, the people, the places, and the events are as are real. Only Gigi and her friend, Jacques, are fictitious. Gigi is the embodiment of liberty who ties the history together with her love of freedom enlightening the world.

Finding Sagrado

Roger E. Carrier

Five stars! San Francisco Book Review (August 2014) "A life-altering coming-of-age story filled with magic and imagination." Five Stars! Midwest Reviews, Diane Donovan (May 2014) "Those seeking powerful . . . sagas will find it engrossing." No BS Reviews in New World Authors, by Nick LeVar (June 2014) "This was one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It is a fast, easy read, and if yo... read more

Five stars! San Francisco Book Review (August 2014) "A life-altering coming-of-age story filled with magic and imagination." Five Stars! Midwest Reviews, Diane Donovan (May 2014) "Those seeking powerful . . . sagas will find it engrossing." No BS Reviews in New World Authors, by Nick LeVar (June 2014) "This was one of the best novels I've read in a long time. It is a fast, easy read, and if yo... read more

Home Finances for Couples: Resolve Money Problems in Marriage and Learn Easy Steps to Manage your Family Budget

Leo Ostapiv

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Business: Personal Finance/Investing" category of the 2014 International Book Awards.2014 eLit Awards Winners: Silver medal in the "Sexuality / Relationships" categoryWouldn't it be great if money is the one thing you never argue about?Home Finances for Couples is a great help for a partner in a relationship, who wants to manage the family finances efficiently, m... read more

Award-Winning Finalist in the "Business: Personal Finance/Investing" category of the 2014 International Book Awards.2014 eLit Awards Winners: Silver medal in the "Sexuality / Relationships" categoryWouldn't it be great if money is the one thing you never argue about?Home Finances for Couples is a great help for a partner in a relationship, who wants to manage the family finances efficiently, m... read more

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