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Kate Willsky | Elance
Last Sign-in: Apr 28, 2015

Kate Willsky

Experienced Editor, Professional Freelance Writer.
  |   Brooklyn, New York


Minimum Hourly Rate $20

After climbing the ranks in the publishing industry of San Francisco, I took my skills to the freelance world and did editing and writing work while living in Asia. My work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Jakarta Globe, and San Francisco magazine, among other print and online publications, and I've provided editorial support for clients from Bali to Berkeley, working with startups, nonprofits, large companies, and individuals. Having returned to the U.S., I now live and work from Brooklyn, NY, and devote all of my professional...

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Nov 5, 2012|Press Releases|$20|Completed
Oct 17, 2012|Other - Writing Services|$45|Completed
Sep 21, 2012|Other - Writing Services|$33|Completed

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Huffington Post/ A reflective essay about the city of San Francisco and what it's like...
Huffington Post/ A meditation on what it means to travel, and to be a travel writer,...
Jakarta Globe/ A travel piece on an eco-resort on one of the "Thousand...
Jakarta Globe/ A restaurant review of a newly opened gastropub in a chic district of...
Jakarta Globe/ An entertainment piece that rounds up and reviews current pop singles.
Jakarta Globe/ A lifestyle-news piece about a recently-opened eco-focused cafe in...
Jakarta Globe/ A profile of an American-born Jakarta resident who produces independent...
Instant City/ A short story set in the Mission District of San Francisco for a literary...
A short story of literary fiction about life in a residential rehabilitation facility...
A short story of literary fiction about an eventful morning in the life of a young San...
A novel centered around one various groups of varying ages and social classes dealing...
A novel set 150 years in the future, focusing on two couples grappling with technology,...

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Service Description

I consistently produce compelling, direct copy that speaks to specific customers, highlights the points the client wishes to make clear, and aligns with the tone of distinct brands. Years of being the go-to editor for producing marketing, catalog, and flap copy at a large book publisher have honed this already innate skill, and I can be relied upon to turn around excellent results on short deadlines.

I excel at taking wide-ranging and large amounts of information and presenting it in clear, readable, and easily-digested form. My extensive experience working as a private tutor, as well as writing for technical publications such as a laboratory journal at MIT, have sharpened this ability to elucidate without overly simplifying or losing any essential meaning.

Regular blogging, both on my own blog and through other publications (The Huffington Post, the Chronicle Books blog), has provided a channel for me to maintain my long-form writing abilities and to write in a looser style, which I can easily tap into if appropriate for the project. My personal writing style tends to veer toward the ironic and ridiculous, and I'm always eager for opportunities to inject humor into my work.

Perhaps most important of all, after years in the publishing industry, years that exposed me to the world of magazines, newspapers, books, and trade publications, I understand the diverse and unparalleled power of the written word, and how it can be molded to fit a wide variety of needs. Whether...

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Equinox Publishing
Freelance editor
2012 - 2012
Copy-edit and proofread forthcoming title from the largest English-language publisher in Indonesia. Provide flap and back cover copy, as well as marketing copy.
Chronicle Books
Editorial Assistant
2010 - 2012
Oversaw workflow and project management for a wide variety of book titles from the largest independent publisher on the west coast, helping produce titles in the Food & Drink and Entertainment...
International Association of Business Communicator
Editorial Assistant
2010 - 2010
Copy-edited monthly online bulletin, bi-monthly print magazine and numerous full-length books put out by IABC. Assisted members with account difficulties and provided support for three senior editors.
Aristotle Associates
Private Tutor
2010 - 2010
Developed and implemented curriculum for students of diverse ages and aptitudes, including standardized test preparation. Successfully and discreetly home-schooled the children of high-profile...
San Francisco Magazine
Style Assistant
2008 - 2009
Quickly promoted from intern to assistant position that entailed work on feature articles. Collaborated with style director to coordinate fashion shoots, interviews, and events. Pitched ideas,...


Pomona College
Bachelor of Arts, English and French
2004 - 2008
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September 2012
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