About Me

Qualifications

  • Eight 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

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

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

  • Copyedited 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

Copyedited 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

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