Resume

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Core Competencies

  • writing, editing, and simple design across a wide range of industries and genres
  • creating and continuing corporate identities
  • establishing and preserving appropriate voice
  • learning and effectively using writing and design software applications
  • crafting titles and content with relevant SEO terms

Experience

Freelance Writer and Editor • January 2000 – Present
Remote Locations

  • wrote technical papers and created line-art graphics
  • composed newsletter articles
  • created web site content and design
  • designed documents
  • edited manuscripts, technical documents, and book reviews

Writer and Editor • November 2017 – Present
The Sterling & Stone Story Studio • Austin, Texas

  • wrote novels and novellas under two pen names
  • edited novels, novellas, and nonfiction for in-house authors
  • created outlines for novels and novellas for in-house authors

Consultant • June 2015 – Present
AIW Press • New Kensington, Pennsylvania

  • managed web content creation
  • liaised with graphic designers to develop book covers and teasers
  • edited submissions for publication
  • coordinated marketing efforts with CEO and authors

Marketing Director • June 2014 – July 2015
Oghma Creative Media, LLC • Bentonville, Arkansas

  • managed web content creation
  • oversaw staff responsible for social media promotion of creatives (authors, musicians, artists) and local businesses
  • networked with local businesses to foster cross-promotional, mutually-beneficial relationships
  • coordinated special events
  • developed website, created web content
  • spearheaded the creation of corporate business plan
  • designed media kits for authors promoting new work
  • edited, reviewed galley edits, and laid out work for eBook format

Associate Editor December 2012 – June 2014
Pen-L Publishing • Fayetteville, Arkansas

  • screened manuscripts for point of view, tense, story architecture, internal logic, fragments and run-ons, parallel structure, repetitive words, grammatical and typographical error
  • graded them and wrote recommendations before passing them on to editor for final review

Adjunct Professor of English • March 2008 – March 2010
Clark State Community College • Beavercreek, Ohio and Springfield, Ohio

English 111 (Strategies of Writing)

  • trained students how to read texts critically
  • instructed on the finer points of editing both their own papers and their peers’ work
  • taught students about autobiographies, observation essays, reflections, explanations, evaluations, cause and effect essays, proposals, and position papers
  • reviewed MLA guidelines, including grammar rules, in-text citation requirements, and works cited conventions• covered critical reading strategies to assist students with editing and reading

English 112 (Reading and Analyzing Texts)

  • trained students how to analyze an argument
  • instructed on the finer points of editing their own papers
  • taught students about critical thinking and critical reading
  • discussed argument, philosophy, logic, logical fallacies, morality, law, psychology, literary criticism, debate, and visuals, and how all of these “views” or representations can impact an argument
  • covered current issues and enduring questions within the parameters of argument

English 223 (Technical Report Writing)

  • taught typical business communication skills, from a brief email to a lengthy technical report (including effective use of charts and graphs)
  • trained students how to read texts critically and analyze arguments
  • instructed on the finer points of editing both their own papers and their peers’ work
  • taught students about autobiographies, observation essays, reflections, explanations, evaluations, cause and effect essays, proposals, and position papers
  • discussed argument, philosophy, logic, logical fallacies, morality, law, psychology, literary criticism, debate, and visuals, and how all of these “views” or representations can impact an argument
  • covered current issues and enduring questions within the parameters of argument
  • reviewed APA and MLA guidelines, including grammar rules, in-text citation requirements, and works cited conventions
  • covered critical reading strategies to assist students with editing and reading
  • received consistently high evaluations, including one perfect 5/5 in every category
  • received consistently high evaluations, including one perfect 5/5 in every category

Robicon (now Siemens Industry Inc.)
New Kensington, PennsylvaniaJuly 1995 – January 2000

Product Education Specialist • January 1998 – January 2000

  • wrote, edited, and illustrated user manuals and training manuals
  • created help files for technical users
  • designed web content for Customer Service section of web page
  • began computer-based and web-based training program
  • tutored peers in Microsoft and Adobe software packages

Marketing Communications Specialist • July 1995 – January 1998

  • designed, wrote and edited product brochures, advertisements, web content for marketing section of web page, newsletters, mailings and tradeshow literature
  • created technical proposals for industry awards
  • designed portable tradeshow booth and panels for professional tradeshow booth
  • managed tradeshows from research and planning through tear-down
  • designed marketing gifts, including mugs, shirts, hats, koozies, pens and golf packets
  • oversaw photo shoots
  • assisted in budget creation and strategic plan
  • managed Marketing Communications Assistant in lead tracking, lead fulfillment and communication with sales channel

Development Assistant • November 1994 – July 1995
Baptist Homes of Western Pennsylvania • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • designed and edited newsletters and annual publications
  • created newspaper advertisements
  • assisted in planning and executing second annual golf outing
  • designed and coordinated direct mailings
  • helped write grant proposal the led to the building of the dementia wing

Education

Carnegie Mellon University • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Master of Arts in Professional Writing earned May 1994

Activities/Societies/Awards: awarded a scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school


Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Creative Writing earned May 1993

Activities and Societies: 

  • achieved National Dean’s List (top one-half of one percent of students in the nation)
  • earned membership in Lambda Sigma Honor Society; elected Spring Carnival Chairperson
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