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Samantha P. | Elance
Last Sign-in: May 31, 2015

Samantha P.

Skilled Editor/Proofreader/Print Graphic Designer
  |   Ottawa, ON
  |  5:51 am Local Time


Minimum Hourly Rate $27

I am a Freelance Book/Manuscript Editor & Copy Editor/Proofreader, as well as a Print Graphic Designer.

I have a strong 18-year editing career in the publishing industry in the United States, the UK and Canada, full of diverse copy editing (for print & web) & print graphic design experience, in magazines & newspapers, as both a professional & freelancer. In addition, I edit book manuscripts, articles and web content.

I am quite knowledgeable in American English, UK English and Canadian English (spellings), as well as AP/CP, Chicago Manual...

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CAA's OCTranspo Bus Wrap campaign ran for about two years. Was a very successful ad...
CAA's OCTranspo Bus Wrap campaign ran for about two years. Was a very successful ad...
CAA's OCTranspo Bus Wrap campaign ran for about two years. Was a very successful ad...
Giant Carpet And Flooring Newspaper print ad, February 2010
Add a Fresh Fruit Topping, June 2009
All-U-Can-Eat, November 2009
Sidewalk Sale, June 2009 Newspaper print ad
Urban Arts Alliance Urbain Arts, April 2007 Logo for use everywhere

Skills (10)

English Spelling
English Punctuation
U.S. English Punctuation and Mechanics Test
My Score
MS Word 2008
English Proofreading
English Grammar
U.S. English Basic Skills Test
My Score
QuarkXPress 7.0 Mac

Service Description

Experienced, independent editing professional focused on online and print editing services in both the U.S. and Canada.
• Proofreading against provided manuscript or content editing based on specific needs
• Edit websites, emails, books, brochures, proposals, annual reports, and more
• Accurate and depending editing services with an 18-year history of successful results
• Content proofreading available in American, Canadian or UK English, alongside AP/CP, Chicago Manual or AMA styles.
• Fast turnaround times for today's fast-paced business needs

"Sam is the really professional and skilled Editor, who helped me a lot with my first book."
— Leo Ostapiv, Ukrainian writer, manuscript on home finances, August 2013

"Samantha did a wonderful job proofing my novel, and I will definitely use her skills again. She has a keen eye for detail and made many excellent suggestions. Highly recommended."
— Roger Carrier, Utah writer, fiction novel (Finding Sagrado), March 2013-present

"Samantha was a pleasure to work with. Very flexible and very patient. This is my second time hiring her for a project. Will definitely hire again."
— Carlo Leon Guerrero, writer in Guam, eBook on personal finance, May-June 2012

One other point to include: I am a native English speaker. English is my first language.

If you would like to see more of my professional and/or freelance work, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Here are some links to a few of my professional freelance...

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TouchPoint Press
Associate Editor
2013 - Present
• Editor of fiction manuscripts • Decide among manuscripts which are OK to be edited and which ones need to go back to writer.
Sherpa Press (Publisher in San Diego)
Freelance InDesign Manuscript Editor
2012 - Present
• Copy edit/proofread author manuscripts. • Lay out book pages in Adobe InDesign CS5. • Assist in design of book covers.
Cerami Worldwide
2012 - Present
• Provide ongoing proofreading/editorial services for projects, ranging from manuscripts and white papers through proposal and product-packaging copy.
Expressive Editing (my own company)
Lead Copy Editor/Proofreader
2010 - Present
• All my copy editing/proofreading freelance work falls under this company.
Roger Carrier (Salt Lake City writer)
Manuscript Editor
2013 - 2013
• Proofread fiction manuscript. • Edited cover text.
Lyubomyr Ostapiv (writer in Ukraine)
2013 - 2013
• Edited manuscript about home finances.
Proofreader & Graphic Designer
2012 - 2013
• Took skin-care company's MS Word media kit to the next level by converting it to an Adobe InDesign document, as well as editing it.
Project CAP Agency Digital Marketing
Article Editor
2012 - 2013
• Edited insurance marketing articles, following AP style.
Golden Child Publishing
2012 - 2013
• Copy edited/proofread articles for holistic health blog.
Nicholas Bergman (NYC writer)
Manuscript Editor
2012 - 2013
• Edited 240-page fiction manuscript.
Weblift SRL
Tech Site Editor
2012 - 2012
• Reviewed/edited/proofread tech posts before publishing to client's WordPress site. • Confirmed that each article had at least one picture and/or video and that SEO settings were complete. •...
Ottawa Police Service
Copy Editor/Proofreader
2012 - 2012
• Copy edited & formatted 22-page 2011 Annual Report (to be released for public viewing).
Air Conditioned
Proofreader/Proofreader Extraordinaire
2012 - 2012
• Copy edit and proofread as necessary 500-2000-word articles on a variety of topics, with 1-to-2-day turnaround.
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Copy Editor
2011 - 2011
• Copy edited and formatted a 20-page internal document for the Canadian Pharmacists Association.
* Confidential *
Copy Editor/Proofreader
2011 - 2011
• Substantive copy editing and formatting of 200-page highly secure document. • Document had many sections and subsections, plus many charts and tables, and appendices. (I had to sign a...
Demand Media Studios
Copy Editor
2010 - 2011
• Independently copy edited various types of articles, under daily deadlines, in an electronic environment. • Edited for grammar, punctuation, spelling, facts, style, plus checked writers’...
Expressive Designs
Owner, Head Graphic Designer & Copy Editor
2006 - 2010
- Demand Media Studios, Client, August 2010-present -Solely copy edit different styles of articles daily, under daily deadlines, in an electronic environment. - Edit for grammar,...
Metro Ottawa, Newspaper, Ottawa, ON
Graphics & Production Manager
2005 - 2008
- Designed innovative ads in Adobe CS, CS2 or QuarkXPress under daily deadlines. - Copy editing background enhanced every ad's overall impact, as well as clarified its meaning. - Compiled &...
Crain's (in NYC) InvestmentNews (financial svcs)
Copy Editor
2000 - 2001
** I did a LOT of business/financial copy editing and a bit of graphic design. • Edited most copy for style, grammar, punctuation and libel. • Assisted art director and assistant art director with...
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Exhibitor Services Assistant
1993 - 1993
• General office duties: answering telephones, sending faxes, filing, typing memoranda, taking meeting minutes, etc. • Utilized Microsoft Office Suite • Responsible for ensuring the local NYC...


State University at Albany
Bachelor of Arts
1990 - 1994
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graphic designer
MS Word
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Member Since
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