About me

Qualifications

  • Seven years' experience in freelance copyediting
  • Certificate in editing from the University of California, Berkeley, University Extension
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word's Track Changes and Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Competency using AP, APA, Chicago, and house style guides
  • Experience as an academic librarian with advanced research skills

Ongoing Clients

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 2011–present

  • Copyedit books, totaling 35 so far
  • Copyedit and proofread articles, research reports, sample policies, and PowerPoint presentations, totaling 680 so far

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), Dec. 2015–present

  • Copyedit and proofread professional development materials for K-12 educators; formats include interactive workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, and video scripts
  • Created and maintain a style guide for the professional development team

Naomi Beard and Associates, 2016–present

Copyedit reports, totaling 116 so far

Professional Affiliations

American Copy Editors Society

Northwest Independent Editors Guild

Background

I began my career in libraries, first in technical service positions at two university libraries and then as a reference librarian at a liberal arts college. In addition to offering research assistance and teaching library instruction classes, I managed the library collection in the disciplines of criminal justice, international relations, law, political science, social work, and sociology.

Moving away from academia, I next applied my library and research skills at the nonprofit 2-1-1 helpline in Austin, TX, where I managed a comprehensive online database of health and human service programs offered in the surrounding ten counties. Editing and indexing database entries were daily tasks.

After seven years at the helpline, I began exploring the field of freelance copyediting. I completed the yearlong editing certificate program at UC Berkeley Extension and took additional classes in proofreading. My first professional copyediting position was as a contractor at a public relations firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Influenced by my time as a librarian and at the helpline, I continue to have a special interest in topics related to criminal justice, government/political science, human rights, international affairs, public policy, social work, and sociology. I also have a growing interest in human resource (HR) management and K–12 education, thanks to my ongoing work with SHRM and NWEA (respectively).

Education

Ongoing professional development:

  • American Copy Editors Society annual conference, Portland, OR, March 2016
  • Northwest Independent Editors Guild biennial conferences, Seattle, WA, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Subscription to Copyediting newsletter, 2011–present

Professional Sequence in Editing certificate, 2009

Master of library and information science, 1996

Bachelor of arts in political science with a concentration in international relations, 1991