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Marilyn McMillen | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Aug 21, 2014

Marilyn McMillen

freelancer, newspaper staff writer, proofreader
   United States
  |   New Tripoli, PA

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $9

I have worked off and on for 20 years as a free-lance writer. I have also been a newspaper editorial assistant (read that as proofreader and copy-editor) and staff writer. I've worked as editor on three newspapers. I'm a certified English teacher, and scored well into 90th percentile on grammar/usage on GREs. I'm an excellent non-fiction writer, and a copy-editor who can smooth out rough copy, cut to length without harming content, catch usage errors others don't.
Though I am fascinated with biology, I have written in areas such as...

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Skills (10)

Tested
Academic Writing
HTML
Content Writing
Creative Writing
English
English Grammar
English Punctuation
English Spelling
Microsoft Word
Online Writing

Service Description

1. Proofreading. I learned grammar, spelling and usage back when students still diagrammed sentences. I frequently catch errors even in published novels, and not just spelling or punctuation, but clearly mis-used words whose meanings young editors or proofreaders simply don't know.
2. Copyediting. I have a great deal of skill at carefully editing the writings of other authors, smoothing prose, clarifying, shortening them for space, etc. without losing the original author's "voice."
3. Writing. I've written articles on a wide variety of subjects. I've written a wild foods column, a science fiction and fantasy book review column (for ten years) articles about lifestyle issues, medical issues, gardening and much, much more. I also have two blogs on Wordpress, and am thinking of starting a third. My writing style, as you can see, is smooth, fluid and tends toward the informal, though I am perfectly capable of packing pounds of prodigious, ponderous prose into a document, and sounding very formal at need.
4. Page design. I learned page design in my first journalism school, and I've designed pages for two newspapers, though I admit it's been a while and I may need an update on the most current publishing software.
5. Putting together a publication. I was the chief cook and bottle-washer, as they say, of the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans of America newspaper, the Keystone Veteran, for four years plus. I did lay-out, chivvied chapter public relations members and state and chapter...

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Content writer
Proofreader
copy-editor
publication layout/design
photographer
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