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I am a veteran freelancer and SCBWI member with varied credits in both writing and editing. My writing experience includes ghostwriting, magazine articles, newsletter profiles, Web-based pieces, business collateral, educational products, and user manuals. I have edited everything from romance novels to nonfiction business and technology titles.
Magazine and E-Zine Credits Include...

  • AARP The Magazine

    Whine and Roses: How to Turn Screwups Into Satisfaction, January/February 2006

    American Venture Magazine

    Balancing the Ratio: The Merging of Women-Led Entrepreneurialism and Investment, Summer 2002

  • Biodefense on the Line, Spring 2002

  • Clear Channel Communications regional publications

    Because Santa Doesn’t Do Your Shopping, Holidays 2006
    R.U.D.O.L.P.H. the Red-Nosed Stress Buster, Holidays 2006
    Finding Furniture to Love and Last, Fall/Winter 2006
    Sale-Savvy Home Improvements, Fall/Winter 2006
    Get More Energy: Bring Sleep Back Into Your Life!, Summer 2006
    Diabetes Prevention: It’s Easier Than You Think, Summer 2006
    Pop Star Pop Quiz, Summer 2005

    Educational Testing Service

    Varied test passages for standardized tests for elementary through high school, 2005 - present


    Relax!, November 2005


    The Weight of Success, November 2007 [in production]
    New Old-Fashioned Etiquette, February 2007
    Be Heard: Make Way for Change, February 2006
    Time Management 101, January 2006

    Communicating With the 'Rents, November 2005
    Working Wiser With Advisers, January 2005

    Part-time Jobs, Full-time Fun, May 2004
    Five Steps to Easy Application Stress, May 2003

    Learning Through History

    Rage Against the Machine, July/August 2007 [in press]
    Constantinople: The Phoenix City Rising From the Ashes, March/April 2007
    The Ultimate Weapon: The Ultimate Price, November/December 2006
    Tudor Coinage: Meet the Shilling and the Groat!, September/October 2006
    Centuries of Festival Fun, March/April 2006
    Legends of the Aztec Pantheon, January/February 2006

    The Estate System and the Rights of Man, September/October 2005
    The Salem Witch Trials, July/August 2005


    A Case of Sympathetic Divorce Syndrome, December 2001


    The Green Machine Shop, December 2002
    How to Dodge the Finger of Blame, September 2002

  • When Machine Shops Become Emergency Rooms, July 2002
    The Lawyers Are Coming! The Lawyers Are Coming!, May 2002

  • Is Anybody Out There? 10 Marketing Tips for Your Machine Shop, February 2002

  • Technology Review

    More than one hundred articles while on staff as associate editor, 1998-1999


    Saving Your Home and the Pesky Critters, June 2002
    Fleeing From the Fleas, May 2002

  • Picture-Perfect Pets, May 2002

  • Upscale Living Magazine

    Lisbon: The Perfect Weekend Getaway, Spring 2006

  • The Adoption Options, Fall 2005

  • Five Tips for Making the Most of an Anniversary, Summer 2005

  • The Writer

    Is an MFA Program Right for You?, January 2003

    Writer Online

    Consistent Characterization, December 2001

  • Writers Roost (online)

    Consistent Characterization [reprint], February 2002

  • The Writer's Writer Survival Guide

    Is an MFA Program Right for You? [reprint], March 2005

Editing Experience Includes...

  • Random House Children's Books

    September 2005 - January 2006
    Copyeditor and proofreader for large publishing house of children's books.

  • Classic Education, Inc.

    August 2004 - present
    Copyeditor and proofreader for history magazine for home-schoolers.

  • FabJob.com

    February - April 2004
    Editor of how-to manuals, including ghostwriting work on the FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer or Personal Chef.

  • Family Solutions Online

    November 2003 - February 2004
    Editor and Web layout advisor for site presenting a subscription-based study service for the Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Exam.

  • MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    February 2003 - July 2003
    Editor, copyeditor, writer, and photo researcher for centennial celebration publications, including an upcoming book.

  • Mazer Digital Media

    August 2002 - February 2003
    Math editor and editorial project lead for interactive math CD-ROM project to accompany textbooks for grades 1-6.

  • Editor, Forte Publishing

    November 2002 - March 2005
    Substantive freelance editor focusing on how-to books.

  • Editor, Building Sociable Robots

    published 2002
    Editor and copyeditor for book on artificial intelligence and human-robot interactions by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, published by MIT Press.

  • Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

    March 2001 - present
    Freelance copyeditor of six journals: Asian American Policy Review, Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Korean Policy Review, Q, and Women's Policy Journal of Harvard.

  • Oculus Technologies

    January - February 2001
    Freelance technical editor of user manual for complex, peer-to-peer software. Relied on knowledge of user interfaces, networking, and technical writing.

  • American Book Publishing

    July 2001 - July 2004: Editor at large
    Executive role in charge of all company communications, publicity materials, catalogs, and individual book covers.
    August 2000 - July 2004: Senior editor
    Responsibilities as senior editor include working closely with authors during the editing process, participating in the marketing strategy, and seeing the project through to publication. Books include The Prize, The Almost Brother, I Am the Codyman, and We Ordered Soup and Got Broom Bristles: A Consumer Guide to Safe Restaurant Dining.

  • Freelance Book Editor

    March 2000 - present
    Freelance editor of full-length novels and nonfiction books for individual authors.

  • Public Interactive

    March - June 2000
    Freelance technical writer for Boston startup. Created user manuals for tools for public radio station Web sites.

  • Editor, Virtual Teams as Work: One Program Manager's Experience

    published January 2000
    Editor/ghostwriter of novel-style working paper, published by the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT.

  • E Ink Corporation

    Oct 1999 - March 2002
    Freelance technical writer for Cambridge startup. Projects include user manual for Web software (both print and online), technical specifications documents, and installation guide for Immedia signs.

  • Leaders for Manufacturing Program, Sloan School of Management

    March 1999 - November 2004
    Freelance writer of Web-based reports on program events. Freelance editor of school publications.

  • Technology Review, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    1998 - 1999
    Associate editor of MIT News section. Responsibilities included writing and editing both features and departments on news of interest to MIT alumni, and overseeing the class notes process.

Awards Include...

As a member of Technology Review's staff:
     1999 CASE Circle of Excellence,
        University General Interest Magazine: Bronze Medalist
     1999 CASE Circle of Excellence,
        Magazine Publishing Improvement: Silver Medalist
     1998 National Magazine Award for General Excellence: Finalist

Fall 1998 Writer's Market 24-Hour Short Story Contest, Honorable Mention
Skills Include...

Computers: HTML; QuarkXPress, FrameMaker, PageMaker, InDesign; Adobe Programs, Microsoft Programs; MS Windows, Macintosh, UNIX.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1993-1997
   Cambridge, Massachusetts
This file was last updated on 10 May 2007.