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Kira Freed | Elance
 
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Kira Freed

Highly experienced editor, writer, and proofreader
   United States
  |   Tucson, AZ
  |  5:01 pm Local Time

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Overview

I'm a professional writer, editor, proofreader, and layout artist with 30+ years' experience. I hold two master's degrees (psychology and anthropology) and a certificate in nonfiction writing. I've been a successful freelancer for the past ten years and have also worked for educational publishers, print shops, and daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly publications.

I've written more than 125 children's books for educational publishers. I edited a New York Times best-selling finance book, numerous books for prominent psychologists, and two...

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Skills (5)

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Nonfiction Copy Editing
Children's Writing
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Science Writing for Children

Service Description

I offer expert writing, copy editing, and proofreading services.

PLEASE NOTE: I *don't* write articles, web content, or marketing copy.

WRITING: I've written more than 150 leveled children's books as well as many dozens of reading passages for educational publishers such as Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, Benchmark Education Company, Trillium Publishing, Learning A-Z, and Evan-Moor. My strong suits include life science, earth science, geography, the human body, art, music, history, biography, and cultures around the world. I have a passion for life science topics and have a knack for rephrasing scientific content for young readers.

NONFICTION COPY EDITING AND PROOFREADING: I tighten text and smooth it out, covering sentence structure and flow, voice, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, consistent verb tenses, parallel construction, correct word choices (e.g., "that" vs. "which"), and more. I can copyedit in Word or WordPress. I'm also an expert at reviewing layouts before publication.

GRAPHICS: I'm a whiz at creating and proofing layouts for consistency and visual appeal. I can work in InDesign CS4 or CS5.5.

I'm extraordinarily detail oriented, am comfortable with deadlines, and almost always complete projects well ahead of schedule. I'm a great communicator and will work with you to be sure you're completely happy with the final product.

Here are some testimonials from satisfied clients:

"I've worked for major New York book publishers and top-tier university...

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Employment

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Editor; Design/Production Mgr.
2001 - 2004
Copyedited and supervised production of all leveled readers and other books prior to monthly upload; proofread web copy for site redesign and monthly uploads. Freelancer since April 2004.
Dapper and Associates
Associate Graphic Designer
2000 - 2000
Chief production artist for graphic design firm/advertising agency with corporate clients; responsibilities also included project management, copyediting, proofreading, and customer service.
Seattle Magazine
Advertising Art Director
1998 - 1999
Designed, produced, and tracked advertising and advertorial sections for monthly city magazine; proofread advertising and editorial content.
Mothering Magazine
Copy Editor, Production Artist
1994 - 1996
Copyedited and typeset editorial copy for quarterly publication; designed and produced advertising sections; final proofreader of each issue before it went to press.
Alphagraphics
Graphic Artist
1993 - 1994
Designed and typeset a wide variety of printed materials; customer service.
FrancePress
Art Director
1992 - 1993
Designed, proofread, and supervised production of France Today, a monthly newsletter.
In Flight Publishing
Graphic Artist/Proofreader
1989 - 1993
Typeset and proofread editorial and advertising copy for In Flight (monthly magazine) and Redwood City Weekly News (weekly newspaper); designed display ads for In Flight; pasted up weekly newspaper.
CCSA Print Shop, SUNY-Cortland
Assistant Manager
1982 - 1988
Designed, copyedited, and typeset print jobs, including posters, brochures, booklets, and newsletters; stripped negatives; supervised assistants; provided estimates; extensive customer service.

Education

Oakland University
Bachelor's degree, Anthropology
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University of Washington-Seattle
Certificate, Nonfiction Writing
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University of Colorado-Boulder
Master's degree, Anthropology
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California Institute of Integral Studies
Master's degree, Counseling Psychology
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Keywords

children's writing
education
science
nonfiction
copy editing
proofreading
leveled books
layout
InDesign
graphics
animals
psychology
counseling
coaching
self-help
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