Editing: The Career I Love
Small-town life leads to freelance/remote work by necessity
During the in-house portion of my career I worked for a music magazine (where I also helped with the parent company's music books), a children's nonfiction book publisher, and a local newspaper. Since becoming a full-time freelancer more than 10 years ago, I've worked on projects for a business book publisher, painting book (crafts) publisher, sports book publisher, a financial planner, general interest and business magazines (writing), websites and blogs (crafts, home decor, DIY, pets, and more), education publishers (digital textbooks and assessments as well as college-level reference materials), special-interest magazines (horses), directories, individual authors, and so much more. I'm learning something every day, and I love it.
It occurred to me one day that some of my clients have been with me the whole time I've been freelancing, or at least most of it, making them among the longest employers of my career. That's a testimonial to my long-lasting relationships and quality work if there ever was one. Time certainly does fly by when you're having fun.
Wearing out red and non-repro blue pencils since 1994
2022: Editing digital ELA curricula for grades K–2; editing handwriting lessons for grades 3–5 and grade 5 digital ELA lessons; proofing two printed textbooks for K–5; editing/proofing a few books geared toward early childhood educators, one on the Disney strike, and one on preventing food allergies in infants and the interplay between the microbiome and the immune system in newborns.
2021: Editing a digital-only ELA textbook project, grades 6–12; editing ELA/phonics curricula for grades K–2; editing painting projects instructions for DecoArt paints; editing books geared toward preschool and toddler teachers; fact-checking science texts for a middle school product; editing books about a National Geographic photographer and a Gemini/Apollo astronaut and his family, among others. By the numbers: 5 curriculum projects and 15 books.
2020: Editing a digital-only ELA textbook project, grades 6–12; creating study guides for undergraduate textbooks in business, social studies, and anatomy; fact-checking science texts for a middle school product; editing and fact-checking news articles, books aimed toward preschool teachers, and marketing materials for a health care provider.
2019: Converting a print ELA textbook project to digital, editing SEO articles and print books.
2018: Editing and fact-checking more than 750 articles on geography, writing, grammar, music, collecting, business, and gardening; editing fiction, English language arts textbooks, and even teacher training materials.
2017: Editing education materials, such as U.S. history (college), sociology (college), biology (high school), and even physics (high school) texts and assessments; editing fiction and poetry.
2016: Editorial managing of an academic project geared toward early college students and AP high school students in social studies and humanities, made up of 2,500 essays; working more on the ELL project from the year prior.
2015: Editing, proofreading, and fact-checking books for several publishers; editing crafts/DIY/home/decor articles and blog posts; copy editing and proofing project sheets and other marketing materials for Princeton Artist Brush Company; project managing the revamping of a worldwide ELL course.
2014: Editing digital textbooks, K–12 nonfiction, business and home decor, DIY, crafts, and hobbies content; managing the social media marketing for a local cafe.
2013: Editing digital textbooks in social studies, economics, English language arts (ELA), and adult English learner (EL) lessons.
2012: Editing e-books and middle school social studies lessons, from U.S. and world history to geography and current events; fact-checking and editing informational text and study questions.
2011: Editing fiction, fact-checking K–12 nonfiction.
2010: Beginning a five-year tenure as a copy chief for Demand Studios, until the company eliminated the job category: taking help desk questions from writers and reviewing the work of a team of 20–120 copy editors, from general interest to niches such as home/DIY, crafts, and hobbies and games.
2009: Editing, proofreading, and/or photographing for about 20 books for two U.S. publishers; writing about 20 articles for three local publications and websites; editing about 3,500 articles for website clients.
2008: Editing, proofreading, and/or photographing for more than 30 books for three U.S. publishers; writing more than 20 articles for four publications local to southern Minnesota.
As an organized, detail-oriented individual, I also enjoy working with data in Excel. Does your company need an index database built to track all of your published works? A directory or a media contacts database updated? A textbook turned into an electronic product? For more information on my services, see the Services Offered page. For examples of my work and publication credits, see the Clips and Editing and Writing Credits pages, respectively. Contact me through the Contact form.