Technology will never replace the spirit and passion of a living, breathing editor and proofreader. As a member of the Society of Editors (Queensland) Inc., who has spent more than 15 years helping to improve the written word, I am committed to enhancing my skills, completing your project on time and exceeding requirements.
I specialise in editing, copyediting and proofreading, as well as offering ghost writing services. I have a proven track record in developing new procedures, delivering excellent customer service and exceeding requirements. I am motivated, have an eye for detail and always try to get things right the first time. I am looking for part time opportunities to assist clients with their English (US UK or AUS) publications. I have experience in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, data entry, transcription, copywriting, editing, copyediting and proofreading. I am also able to adapt quickly to new software.
I am a stay at home mother, who has kept my skills up to date working part-time from home, studying, and volunteering for the local Kindergarten Committee (as a Minutes Secretary, assisting with updating their promotional material, editing the newsletter and improving their mail merge capabilities).
In order to confirm my skills I have completed a Diploma in Publishing (Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing). I am also the author of 'eBay the easy way - a Mum's guide to hassle-free casual selling on eBay'.
My key strengths include:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills acquired via study and extensive customer service experience.
High level of computer skills, including MS Excel, Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat. I am also able to adapt quickly to new software.
More than 15 years experience in customer service both in face-to-face and via the phone.
Consistent time management skills, completing all projects within deadline.
Honesty and integrity shown at all times, resulting in taking on increased responsibilities throughout my career.
I received High Distinction (90%+) grades in my Diploma; and I have been editing and proofreading as part of my job for various employers for over 15 years.
I was educated in the UK and I can also proofread US and Australian English. As a native English speaker I would expect that I could provide a fast and efficient completion of any assignment.
I have received nothing but positive feedback for my recent freelance assignments: "Simply an outstanding job, going to every length to ensure satisfaction. Finding great editors in Australia can be a challenge, especially at a competitive price, though Sally stands out from the crowd." (P.K. June 2012).
Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishi
2011 - 2012
2006 - Present
Skills acquired: Excellent organisational skills, communication skills and the ability to multi task. During this time I completed a Diploma in Publishing (Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing), worked part-time for my previous employer, both on site and working from home. I am the Committee Minutes Secretary at the local Kindergarten and I have also taken on the responsibility for updating their promotional brochure, proofreading their monthly newsletter and assisting them with setting up mail merge documents.
Libra Financial Services
Technical Services Manager
2001 - 2006
About Libra Financial Services: A boutique Queensland based Financial Planning business with clients throughout Australia.
Responsibilities: Set up and ran the entire Administration side of the business. I began working from home doing all the administration myself and then as we expanded I moved into the local office and trained all new staff members.
Key Achievements: Compiled and published a Policy & Procedures Manual for the business, containing step by step instructions for all administrative tasks. Created complex Word templates to be used in specific Financial Planning software; these were subsequently used by the software provider. Edited and proofread most company correspondence and promotional material both online and offline.
HC Web Design
1997 - 2001
Set-up and ran a Brisbane-based business designing websites for small to medium sized businesses within Australia. Responsibilities covered the full spectrum of small business ownership, from working in the business to working on the business. In 1999 we diversified to include the publication of a boutique monthly lifestyle magazine with a circulation of 10,000. I was involved with all aspects of the publishing process including sales, client liaison, design, layout, copywriting, editing, proofreading and delivery.