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Michael D. | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Nov 15, 2013

Michael D.

Wordsmith
   United States
  |   San Jose, CA
  |  6:37 am Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $88

I have over eight years of cumulative collegiate education culminating in a BA in History. Strengths include editing, proofreading, transcription, copy-writing, content writing, and creative writing, in addition to excellent research skills.

I have also had experience as the Editor-in-Chief of a bi-weekly college newspaper, working in close conjunction with and supervising a staff of writers, copy-editors, photographers, designers and illustrators.

My writing experience outside of academic research has included being the author of an...

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Feb 29, 2012|Article Writing|Private|Completed
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Feb 21, 2012|Translation|Private|Completed
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Feb 13, 2012|Translation|Private|Completed
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Portfolio

Excerpt of a translation from French to English.
Excerpt of a Translation from a German Transportation Company to both Spanish and English.
History. Academic research paper covering the reconstruction efforts of the Civilian...
Two short pieces of SEO, keyword-rich copy.
Finance article regarding the downgrading of France's economic outlook and credit...
A series of product reviews serving their purpose as suggestive pieces of copywriting....
Politics. Academic research examining the consolidation of democracy in South Korea.
History. Academic research paper. Textual analysis of the role of John Cassian's...
A series of short, informative worksheets created for the purpose of stimulating...

Skills (10)

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English
U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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English Grammar
U.S. English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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English Proofreading
U.S. English Proofreading Skills Test (Chicago)
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French-English Translation
French To English Translation Skills Test
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English Punctuation
U.S. English Punctuation and Mechanics Test
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English Spelling
Online Writing
Report Writing
Technical Writing
Editing

Service Description

Let me be your word mercenary, your pen for hire, your knight in shining copy, your diction mechanic, your phrase monger, your one-line architect; your herald, your tribune, your silver tongue, your mercury.

Research--and writing effectively to display and utilize research as a means of persuasion--is used by fruit vendors and used car salesmen, part-time students and career politicians; in venues as different as cocktail parties and national assemblies. A master in the art of rhetoric is, by default, also a master researcher. Being thoroughly prepared with solid information about one's topic, about one's audience, about one's objectives--this preparation is as essential to the rhetorician, researcher, writer, and businessperson as the hammer and anvil are indispensable to the blacksmith. Research is not only a tool, but a process; not only a means of preparation, but an invitation to adventure.

Knowing one's material is tantamount to knowing one's prospective audience, and this knowledge enables one to speak to its psychology. This knowledge finds its greatest utility when used assiduously to attain an objective, to answer a question, to direct an audience, to prove a point, to convert a browser into a buyer. Solid research is the best way to present an idea in a way that speaks most powerfully, most convincingly, most persuasively.

My more creative output has been published by several literary journals.

A little research will prove that I am the man for the job. The...

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Employment

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Cafe Lead
2004 - 2011
Cafe Lead at a bookstore. Highly skilled cafe server with over 7 years of cafe experience, including two years of supervisory experience as a Cafe Lead. Intuitively understands the bigger picture...

Education

San Francisco State University
Bachelor's Degree, History
- 2009

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Writing
Editing
Proofreading
Article Writing
Research
SEO
Copywriting
German translation
French translation
Spanish translation
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