With a lifetime of love for the written word and almost 8 years' experience in the print and web publishing industry, I'm eager to share in new literary adventures and foster connections with like-minded bookworms!
I've always loved storytelling and often struggled to find my own voice as a writer. As a child, I poured over the Scholastic Book Fair cart, marking a check by each book in pencil with the same excitement other kids felt choosing video games (I'm a 90's baby). In my second year of college, I took a creative writing course and realized that I loved to edit, and help other writers focus their already strong voices. Along with creative writing, I also dived into psychology courses (to gain realistic backgrounds for my characters, and because it's fascinating!) a children's & YA literature course as well as the women's and Asian-American literature courses.
During the last couple years of college, I held internships with MacAdam/Cage (an indie San Francisco publisher of both fiction and nonfiction that has since closed) and Diablo Custom Publishing (publisher of print and online materials for health and lifestyle publications) before landing a position at Cengage Learning (formerly Thompson Learning) in 2008 as an Editorial Assistant for the Psychology discipline. I enjoyed a few years helping publish higher education textbooks, and worked with everyone from the author to photo researchers to permissions editors and production coordinators. As one of the largest lists in social sciences, we often pioneered new projects and I like to think I wholeheartedly took part in aspects of many new ventures in my roles as Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor.
I decided to move onto a role as an Editorial Project Manager (EPM) for a publisher of engineering manuals, and exercised my hard-copy editing skills by reviewing and using proofreader's marks on complicated problem sets and nomenclature. Although my understanding of the material was minimal, I found the patterns I needed to spot errors in formulas, character spacing, and page alignment. We worked on hard-copy pages as well as within the xml for web delivery. I also took on a manager role, overseeing a team of Copy Editors with two other EPMs.
After feeling discouraged by the inability of publishers to change with the industry and wanting a change myself, I chose to become a freelancer. When I started almost 5 years ago, I took on many projects--from proofreading and photo research to full project management--with my old friends at Cengage Learning. I also worked with not-for-profit organizations and an organization providing sexual misconduct prevention training to staff at elementary and high school levels.
Unfortunately, Cengage Learning went through a reorganization and was no longer able to employ me as a freelancer for their many projects, so I sought steadier work elsewhere. For almost a year, I've been writing copy for an e-learning website and have loved the many opportunities it has brought to be curious and creative about life in general. Writing for a range of topics from coding to tap dancing to vegan cooking and crocheting, it's a real learning experience in making every word count (heh, yes--by the look of this description wordiness is an issues of mine!)
ProofreadingCopy writing (SEO focus)ResearchContent editingDevelopmental editingProject managementContent managementVendor management