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Leah McClellan | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Sep 2, 2015

Leah McClellan

Expert copyeditor and writer
   United States
  |  12:23 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $60

I'm a native speaker of American English with a BA and MA in English plus 15 years of professional writing, copyediting, and proofreading experience. My schedule is flexible, and I can often provide quick turnaround on short notice.

My job is your job, your way, wrapped up tight in my skills and expertise.

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Portfolio

Wrote, edited, and designed ebook used as subscription incentive on website.
In-depth copyediting for seven-part article on WordPress blog/CMS setup. This is an...
http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Copyediting-Web-Hosting.pdf
Light-medium and heavy copyediting of 116-page non-fiction book. In some sections,...
http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Copyediting-Diet-and-nutrition.pdf
This is an example of moderate copyediting. That means changes and improvements are...
http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Copyediting-Marketing.pdf
Complete copyediting and proofreading of 101 individual entries as well as introduction...
As editor, wrote feature article for an inline skating club's newsletter. Content and...
http://http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/April-is-the-Cruelest-Month-1.pdf
Please see part 1. As editor, wrote feature article for an inline skating club's...
http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/April-is-the-Cruelest-Month-2_0001.pdf
Article on the importance of good grammar and punctuation in content marketing...
http://writetodone.com/grammar-mistakes/
Feature article on Philadelphia area restaurants with outstanding food and wine cellars.
http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Great-Restaurants-Great-Wine.pdf
Article for About.com Men's Health on liver biopsy procedure.
http://simplewriting.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/liverbiopsy.pdf
Personal development article on the value of apology
http://web.archive.org/web/20120501113857/http://peacefulplanetcommunication.com/2011/05/12/love-means-saying-youre-sorry-7-tips-to-make-things-right/

Skills (8)

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U.S. English Punctuation and Mechanics Test
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Understanding differences in British and American English Test
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U.S. English Proofreading Skills Test (Chicago)
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U.S. English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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Service Description

Whether it’s sales pages, blog posts, an ebook, or website content, my extensive experience means you get results.

Copyediting:

After I evaluate your project, I apply the "5 Cs of Writing” to your document:

*Correct: I ensure grammar, punctuation, and details such as bullet lists or page numbers follow standard practice. Even if a reader doesn’t notice a specific error, it can change your intended meaning, sometimes with disastrous effects.

*Clear: I rework your document, as needed, to guarantee precise word choices and smooth reading. Your targeted audience—whether that’s a small workgroup or 1000s of readers—must understand your message easily.

*Concise: I make certain your message packs a punch with as few words as possible. I also check for topic consistency and redundancies. Readers are often in a hurry, and they need to absorb your meaning accurately and quickly.

*Cohesive: I add bridges and pathways—transitions—to connect sentences, paragraphs, and ideas. Your readers need to be guided; if your writing is choppy and disconnected, they lose interest.

*Complete: I check stages, steps, procedures, and instructions to make sure your readers succeed. I also make sure all information is included and each topic is equally developed, as needed.

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Writing:

Blog posts and website content, including landing/sales pages, are my specialty, and I have broad experience in areas such as marketing, personal development, health/fitness, veterinary medicine and pet...

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Employment

Self-employed
Freelance copyeditor and writer
1996 - 2015
Notable projects include editor and writer for Campbell Soup Company's employee newsletter, writer for About.com Men's Health, and editor as well as writer for a sport club newsletter. In...
Gramlee
Senior Editor
2010 - 2012
Independent contractor for copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking business documents, dissertations, journal articles, newsletters, press releases, website pages, and more. The company's...

Education

Kutztown University
Master of Arts, English
1993 - 1996
Kutztown University
Bachelor of Arts, English
1988 - 1991
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copyediting
proofreading
writing
editor
articles
blog
marketing
website
wordpress
ebook
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