About Me

Qualifications

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

Clients

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • CF Napa Brand Design
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Ethics and Compliance Initiative
  • Naomi Beard & Associates
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), for which I copyedited 41 books and 740 research reports, toolkits, sample policies, and PowerPoint presentations

Professional Affiliations

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.

Since December 2015, I've worked as a contract copyeditor for NWEA (formerly Northwest Evaluation Association) in the Professional Learning Design department, which creates materials for K-12 educators. I review all publications, from initial copyedit in Word, through numerous version cycles, to final proof in Adobe Acrobat Pro or PowerPoint or as eLearning. Additionally, I ensure that publications adhere to NWEA brand, attribution, and permissions guidelines.

Education

Ongoing professional development:

  • Northwest Independent Editors Guild biennial conferences, Seattle, WA, 2011–2017
  • American Copy Editors Society annual conference, Portland, OR, March 2016

University of California, Berkeley, University Extension, Berkeley, California, Professional Sequence in Editing certificate, 2009

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, Master of Library and Information Science, 1996

TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, Bachelor of Arts in political science with a concentration in international relations, 1991