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Michelle L. | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Jul 21, 2010

Michelle L.

22 years of experience copy editing & proofreading
   United States
  |   Townsend, MA

Overview

I offer 22 years of experience as a proofreader and copy editor for

* college textbook publishers (McGraw-Hill, Macmillan, Houghton-Mifflin)
* trade book publishers and total book providers (McGraw-Hill, PrePress)
* medical book publishers (McGraw-Hill, Raven)

Because of my diligence in surpassing deadlines and my consistency in delivering high quality work, I have been right near the top of McGraw-Hill's massive list of available freelancers for quite some time now.

My writing experience includes 2 classes I took in writing,...

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Portfolio

Letter of Recommendation from Janice Race, Senior Editor, McGraw-Hill's Professional...
Partial list of books I have copy edited or proofread. Includes publisher, supervisor,...

Skills (7)

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Technical Writing
Editing
Computer Skills
Email
Microsoft Word
Organizational Behavior
English

Service Description

I have 22 years of experience working in a publishing environment, most of which were spent as a full-time freelancer. My experience is wide ranging, and therefore I have sharp troubleshooting skills. I have had to be very flexible also. For instance, a light edit can turn into a medium edit filled with brain teasers to solve. I have worked with huge jobs (there is no better word to describe some of these projects) and have had to keep straight large amounts of data.

(One job in particular had over 100 in-text citations, or reference numbers, in each chapter, with each chapter containing a corresponding numbered reference list printed at the end of the chapter. In all of the chapters, the numbers for both the in-text citations and the end-of-chapter reference lists had been renumbered twice in two different colors of ink. My job was to make sure that the newest numbers were correct and in the correct sequence. When I found incorrectly marked numbers, I became the third person to renumber the citations. With some numbers missing altogether, some incorrectly marked, some not renumbered, some that were not supposed to be renumbered, and some skipped in one place but not in the other, it was quite a mess to keep straight.)


My extensive experience will allow me to take your project and quickly begin to work self-sufficiently. Because my experience is well rounded and comprehensive, your part in instructing me will be minimal. My experience includes:

Technical Writing...

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Education

Self-Study
English, Words Into Type, Chicago Manual of Style
1987 - 2008
Job Search Study
Resume writing, cover letter writing, interview strategies
1984 - 1990
Broward Community College
Writing 101
1988 - 1988
Salem College (Salem Teikyo)
Bachelor of Music Education
1977 - 1980

Keywords

technical writing
copy editing
proofreading
writer
experienced
professional
textbooks
developmental editing
reliable
quick turnaround
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