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Maura S. | Elance
 
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Maura S.

Writer and editor
   United Kingdom
Sutton
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Overview

I am a writer, editor and proofreader. I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to write about many of the subjects that I'm most passionate about, most notably video games and music. Please view my Portfolio to see examples of my editing and writing work, or feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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Jun 18, 2010|Web Content|$4,507|Completed
Nov 22, 2009|E-books and Blogs|$200|Completed
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Oct 11, 2009|E-books and Blogs|$2,640|Completed
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Oct 4, 2009|Article Writing|$0|Working

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Portfolio

Writing example: Character pages from the Official Jak 3 guide published by Piggyback...
Writing example: Walkthrough pages from the Official Tomb Raider Underworld guide...
Writing example: excerpt from Walkthrough chapter of Official Final Fantasy XII guide
One map with text from the official Metal Gear Solid 4 guide. I only provided the text,...
Reviews of Buffy and Alias games for Computer and Video Games magazine
Metal Gear Solid 2 feature for Virgin.net
Hellboy game news story for Computer and Video Games magazine
Unreal II review for Computer and Video Games magazine
A feature for The Art of Feng Shui magazine
A feature for The Art of Feng Shui magazine
A feature for The Art of Feng Shui magazine
Advertorial written for UK women's magazine Real

Skills (7)

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English
English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)
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U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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Creative Writing
Creative Writing Test - Fiction (U.S. Version)
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Editing
UK English Oxford Style Editing Skills Test (For Writing Professionals)
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UK English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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Online Writing
Online Article Writing and Blogging Test (UK Version)
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Service Description

I'm fast, accurate and creative, and I never miss deadlines. In short, I'm someone that you can rely on. I have experience delivering results at the highest level, and often under extreme pressure. For example, when writing game guides for gaming magazines, I have frequently been asked to write a comprehensive walkthrough in under a week, including playing through the game and taking screenshots at the same time! I love writing and editing and working with words in general, and you can be sure that I will devote all my time and attention to any project that I undertake. My work with Piggyback Interactive involves a lot of remote work with writers, editors and designers in other parts of the world, so I am well used to the process of working as a team player with others across the globe. Also, if you want someone to edit and post content directly via WordPress, including text, pictures and video, I have extensive experience of doing that as well.

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Employment

Piggyback Interactive
Writer/Editor/Proofreader
2003 - Present
I have proofread all Piggyback guides from 2003 to the present. I have also written several guides, including Tomb Raider Underworld and Metal Gear Solid 4 (part of which was written on site at...
Up Country Magazine
Freelance writer
2003 - Present
Features writer for this leading UK country music magazine which has afforded me the opportunity to interview such country stars as Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans and...
IGN.com
Freelance writer
2007 - 2007
Wrote several reviews and features for IGN.com. Please see the following links for examples. http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/829/829469p1.html http://uk.ds.ign.com/articles/799/799459p1.html...
Nintendo Official Magazine
Freelance writer
2001 - 2004
Wrote reviews, features and game guides for Nintendo's official magazine in the UK, published by Emap. This involved coverage of popular Nintendo products such as Pokemon and Super Mario. Working...
Computer and Video Games magazine
Freelance writer
1999 - 2004
Wrote features, reviews and game guides until the magazine folded in 2004. Also provided temporary cover for the News Editor on the sister website, CVG.com (which still exists) in April and May...
Raw magazine
Freelance writer
1988 - 1995
This was a rock magazine published in the UK by Emap. I was a regular contributor, Interviewing bands and reviewing CDs and concerts.
Kerrang!
Freelance writer
1985 - 1988
I got my first big break as a writer on this legendary UK rock magazine which is still going strong today!

Education

London Metropolitan University
BA Honours Politics and Government
1982 - 1985

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Creative Writing
WordPress
Editing
Transcribing
Video Games
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