Michael D. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Sep 9, 2014

Michael D.

   United States
  |   San Jose, CA
  |  5:31 pm Local Time


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 opinion column; being awarded an Honorable Mention by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges in California for an editorial; and having several creative pieces published by literary journals.
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 proof is in the print.

I can copywrite, copyedit, write SEO articles, write essays, write articles, journalistic pieces, research articles, write academically; additionally, I translate German to English, Spanish to English, French to English, German to Spanish, and Latin (Classical and Ecclesiastical) to English.

Specialized areas of writing and research include: modern and ancient European history; modern and ancient East Asian history and political science; English literature; Western philosophy; literature in translation; classics (Greek and Latin); modern Near Eastern history; music; the arts; international business and finance; gender and sexuality; psychology; religion and spirituality.
San Francisco State University
Bachelor's Degree, History
- 2009
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 of running a business--achieving daily, weekly, quarterly and annual sales goals; completing monthly inventory; submitting weekly food orders and accepting shipments; daily maintenance and tracking of inventory and waste; scheduling routine and emergency service calls; optimization of scheduling for payroll and workload planning; enforcing company standards and being an approachable liaison between store management and staff. Experienced trainer of new employees to the store as well as of current floor employees cross-training in the Cafe; efficient team builder and motivator. Excels in a busy work environment--possesses a keen sense of urgency and is highly-skilled at multi-tasking, troubleshooting, and taking the initiative to streamline essential processes and increase productivity. Eye for detail in displaying, maintaining, and serving high quality product to the customer as a complete experience.
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Michael D. | Elance

Michael D.