Rebecca Talley | Elance
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Rebecca Talley

Accurate and efficient editor and engaging writer
   United States
  |   Highlands Ranch, CO
  |  8:11 pm Local Time


Words are my business. I am a professional editor and writer with over 15 years of experience. I have experience both with technical editing as well as editing for trade and general publications, with strong skills in both AP and APA style. I have familiarity with a variety of topics including nonprofit, government, agriculture, environment, livestock, wildlife, nutrition, animal health and education, to name a few, and have written and edited material in these topics for both print and online distribution.

In addition to work as a contract communication professional, I have worked for several years as Associate Editor for an nonprofit agriculture trade organization, served as a reporter for local publications and served as project leader (as well as writer and editor) for several public relations campaign.

Service Description
• More than 15 years of experience and education in writing and editing materials in a variety of fields and styles, both print and digital

• Several hundred articles published, and the most recent writing examples can be viewed at, keyword search "Becky Talley"

• Eye for detail and the ability to play with words in a creative manner

• Sound knowledge of English grammar, rules of punctuation and syntactic structures, as well as comprehensive knowledge of both AP and APA styles

• Demonstrated ability to interface on a personal, online and telecommunication level with project managers, design specialists and working groups

• Skilled in managing multiple tasks and working efficiently under deadline pressure

• Detail oriented with strong planning and management skills
Colorado State University
M.S. Technical Communication
2004 - 2010
Colorado State University
B.A. Technical Journalism; B.S. Animal Science
1996 - 2001
COX eLearning, Consultants, LLC,
Marketing Writer
2012 - Present
• Performed duties of Contract Marketing Writer • Researched, wrote and edited press releases, technical documents and marketing communication materials such as brochures, fact sheets, advertisements and technical bulletins • Collaborated and coordinated with communications professionals to coordinate media campaign materials for both industry and general use
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Santa Ana, CA
Contract Editor
2011 - Present
• Copyedited course materials, including instructor manuals, instructor resources, student manuals, student syllabi, homework assignments and exams, for both American and Canadian audiences • Responsible for checking the content, structural level, flow and organization of the information, rewriting and redesigning material when needed • Ensured consistency in design and content across each set of course materials, as well as edited for APA style • Maintained communication with project leader via email and telephone, set and managed deadlines from home office
Copy Editor
2012 - 2013
Β• Copy edited blog posts and website content regarding the financial and credit card sector Β• Performed competitor websites analysis and performed usability analysis of the site
Caption Colorado
Contract Editor
2012 - 2013
• Edited quarterly financial reports of a broad range of national and international companies for client Thomson Reuters • Responsible for editing transcribed meeting files word for word, cross checking the transcribed events with the meeting audio • Responsible for editing events for absolute currency, data and terminology accuracy, as well as required the ability to locate correct data when faced with unfamiliar information
Powerhouse Management
Copy Editor
2012 - 2012
• Copy edited blog posts regarding data center and colocation center function and management • Responsible for heavy rewrites of blog content, researching terminology and SEO writing and editing
American Sheep Industry Association, Englewood, CO
Associate Editor
2006 - 2011
• Researched, wrote and edited press releases, feature stories, government documents and marketing communication materials such as brochures, fact sheets, advertisements and technical bulletins • Wrote and edited articles and performed layout and pagination duties, when needed, for monthly publication, Sheep Industry News, as well edited weekly newsletter for comprehension and cohesion • Created and edited graphic design elements to support information campaigns • Managed and edited website content on a monthly basis • Collaborated and coordinated with communications professionals to coordinate photograph, video and media campaigns for both industry and general use
Millenium Marketing/Communications, Inc., Denver,
Contract Editor
2007 - 2009
• Edited content for the University of Denver’s Center for Multicultural Excellence website • Edited for grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and AP style to ensure maximum readability of the online materials
Colorado AgrAbility/iCAST Biofuel PR Campaigns
Graduate Research Assistant
2006 - 2007
• Collaborated on project with Colorado AgrAbility and iCAST professionals and graphic designers • Assisted in preparing an audience-analysis survey of Colorado farmers and ranchers for the Colorado AgrAbility Project and performed secondary research for audience analysis • Performed interviews, took photographs, wrote content for success story press releases, brochures and fact sheets and edited all material content and design for public relations campaigns • Formulated the media list to disseminate media packets for campaign, handled media relations for the public relations campaign and monitored media use of campaign materials
Wildland Hydrology, Fort Collins, CO
Contract Editor
2006 - 2006
• Copy edited textbook, Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply • Edited text, graphs, charts and figures for content, cohesion and comprehension • Contacted publishers and government groups for rights permission/permission to use previously published material and managed copyrights
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2004 - 2005
• Instructed students on technical document production, including lessons in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax and document design for optimum cohesion and comprehension • Created and implemented lesson plans, scheduled regular meetings with students for approval and assistance for assignments and assessed students’ final professional documents for a 300-level technical communication course
The Fence Post Magazine, Windsor, CO
Editorial Assistant/Staff Reporter/Photographer/We
2001 - 2004
• Reported to the editor with responsibility of locating, designing and editing press releases, freelance submissions, Associated Press articles and various sections of the newspaper • Researched, wrote and photographed many of the regional agriculture-related issues • Managed and edited website content on a weekly basis
Payment Terms
None specified
Rebecca Talley | Elance

Rebecca Talley