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Laura Q. | Elance
 
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Laura Q.

Experienced, Well-Rounded Copy Editor/Proofreader
   United States

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $25

I serve a diverse range of clients, working on various publications, from books (fiction, sci fi/fantasy, children's fiction, inspirational/spiritual, video game manuals, cookbooks) to quarterly publications (religious curriculum), marketing materials, magazine/journal articles, and Web sites.

As your copy editor/proofreader, I will zero in on the intricacies, ensuring consistency in style and organization. I meticulously correct faulty grammar, erroneous spelling, and stray punctuation. I review capitalization, adhere to the preferred...

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Skills (2)

Tested
English
Editing

Service Description

I am a freelance copy editor who works out of my home for a variety of clients--from small and large publishing companies to new writers who want to polish their creations before submitting (or resubmitting) their manuscripts for publication.

When people ask how I became a voracious reader, I tell them how my family regularly visited the public library because we did not own a television when we lived in Germany for two years. I tell them about a seven-year-old who carted home as many books as allowed, devouring the words, worlds, and characters.

When I realized my calling involved the written word, I set out to learn the industry and craft of copyediting. On my own, I researched publishing and style, refreshed my skills in grammar, punctuation, and spelling, familiarized myself with proofreaders'/copy editors' symbols, The Chicago Manual of Style, and other style manuals, and inquired about working copy editors' and proofreaders' experiences.

Working in publishing for the last fifteen years, I gained valuable experience--from the initial preparation/copyediting of a manuscript to checking proofs and blues. I can work on hard copy, online, and using Microsoft Word's track changes.

I continually sculpt my craft, broadening my grasp of language and storytelling; gaining insight; and polishing necessary organizational skills. I meticulously check for faulty grammar, correct erroneous spelling, and track down stray punctuation, using my key skills on every aspect of...

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Employment

Self-Employed
Copy Editor/Proofreader/Designer/Writer
1994 - Present
* Copyedit, developmentally edit, and proofread manuscripts and other materials. * Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, style, and usage while preserving meaning. * Read for overall...
Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Copy Editor
1997 - 2000
* Copyedited books, curriculum, marketing materials, and Web sites for Curriculum Publishing and its imprints Bridge Resources and Witherspoon Press of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Proofread...
Curriculum Publishing, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Editorial Assistant,
1996 - 1997
* Proofread manuscripts and transferred copyediting corrections to computer files. Tracked all copyediting projects by updating logs. Circulated manuscripts and proofs between departments. *...
Westminster John Knox Press, PPC
Editorial Secretary
1995 - 1996
* As Editorial Secretary, coordinated and tracked each production stage, updating records and creating weekly schedule for Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Maintained correction files for...
Doghouse Publishing, Inc.
Editor/Assistant Editor
1994 - 1995
* Worked with authors on developmental editing, including content, plot, and characters. Copyedited, proofread, typeset, designed, and evaluated prospective manuscripts. Cowrote, edited, and...
UMI Data Courier
Proofreader (Temp)
1993 - 1994
* Compared computer scans of text from periodicals to originals, making necessary corrections.

Education

University of Louisville
Bachelor of Fine Arts
1989 - 1993
Ball State University
Journalism Workshop
1986 - 1986

Keywords

editor/proofreader
science fiction/fantasy
Chicago Manual of Style
AP
Word/WordPerfect
Quark/PageMaker/Excel
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