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Michael Schindler | Elance
 
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Michael Schindler

Dynamic, client-focused writer and editor
   United States
  |   San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $27

I'm a skilled writer and editor who has built a diverse 14-year career around creating and perfecting messaging and story. Whether you're after original copy that sizzles or editing that elevates, I'm more than ready to meet the challenge.

Since earning dual degrees in Business and Creative Writing, I've written, edited, and consulted across numerous forms and genres. I've crafted high-profile business presentations, written a successful web series, edited top-selling books, and worked on just about everything in between.

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Portfolio

Completed extensive developmental edits, including evaluation of structure, themes,...
http://www.amazon.com/Life-at-12-College-Road/dp/0984693831
Performed extensive line edits to trim fat, clarify voice, and improve flow and pacing....
http://www.amazon.com/Bits-Wisdom-Video-Lessons-Endbosses/dp/146632886X
The author wanted to create an improved second edition of the book, and I helped him do...
http://www.amazon.com/The-People-Sign-Wade-Fransson/dp/0984693807
Conceived, wrote, directed, and edited successful web series.
http://blip.tv/sevvyhounds

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English Vocabulary Test (U.S. Version)
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Service Description

Whether writing or editing, my overall goals are always the same: a piece of writing in its best possible form, and a client who is completely satisfied. Here's my approach to achieving those things:

PREMIUM-LEVEL CRAFT
I've written and edited at a professional level in a rare variety of forms, from my own creative endeavors (fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, blogging) to an even wider range of business-focused projects (presentations, corporate communications, handbooks, technical writing). When writing, I provide copy that files off the page. When editing, I help your copy fly off the page by clarifying and strengthening your voice, rather than by imposing my own. I am proficient with Chicago, AP, and MLA styles, and I am an expert-level user of the full Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and many other applications.

PREMIUM-LEVEL SERVICE
I first ensure that I have a full understanding of your needs, and honestly assess whether I'm the right person for the job based on the project's form, audience, turnaround time, and budget. If we're a good match, we'll move forward together to achieve your specific goals. I'm flexible, friendly, and accessible, but also incredibly focused on creating the best possible content.

AFFORDABLE PRICES
Enough said.

QUICK TURNAROUND TIMES
I work efficiently, but I never rush things. I always keep coach John Wooden's famous maxim in mind: "Be quick--but don't hurry."

A FOCUS ON RESULTS
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Employment

Rooftop Mind
Co-Founder
2009 - Present
Produce web series, commercials, short films, and features -- from writing, development, and financing to production and distribution. See more at http://rooftopmind.com.
Health Net, Inc.
Financial Consultant
2008 - 2011
Managed multiple enterprise-wide planning processes and created high-profile presentations and reports for senior management and Wall Street.
Option One Mortgage Corporation
Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis
2006 - 2008
Built a highly respected FP&A team that developed company-wide planning processes, a full slate of financial and staffing reports/analysis, and high-profile presentations.
Countrywide Financial
Senior Financial Analyst
2004 - 2006
Drove creation of strategic plan for Corporate Real Estate, and helped to support its implementation via development of metrics, tools, templates, and presentations.
CinePartners Entertainment
VP Development
2003 - 2004
Produced films from development to distribution, including financing, packaging, casting, and marketing.
Aquila, Inc.
Sr. Financial Analyst
2000 - 2002
Developed and delivered a wide range of reports for the Finance division, and created and facilitated a finance software training program.
Sprint
Financial Analyst
1999 - 2000
Supported implementation of new budgeting system, managed numerous financial reports, and provided support and analysis to thousands of employees.

Education

University of Kansas
Bachelor of Arts, English/Creative Writing
2002 - 2003
University of Kansas
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
1995 - 1999
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