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Tom S. | Elance
 
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Tom S.

Writer, editor, researcher and more.
   United States
  |   Peculiar, MO
  |  2:57 pm Local Time

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $15

I bring a wide range of capabilities to the table as a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Master's degree in English. And having formerly been a teacher of composition; a writing tutor; and a professional proofreader, editor and writer with two Kansas City-area publishing houses, I am prepared to deliver excellent results. I've also worked in sales, marketing and customer service capacities. All these influences have contributed to my ability to adapt my writing style to the situation at...

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Portfolio

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U.S. English Grammar Test (For Writing Professionals)
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Service Description

Proofreading: With two years of experience as a full-time proofreader, I can plow through large volumes of material and ensure absolute accuracy and grammatical perfection. If your project has zero room for error, I am the solution.

Copy Editing: I can take even the most raw material and make it shine. Having polished my Mongolian coworkers' translations (while serving in the Peace Corps), I have developed a strong sense for the intent of even the most confusing text and a knack for identifying the questions that must be asked to make sense of it all. If you need a specific style such as AP or Chicago, a simple polishing of existing text, or a full-on interpretation of very rough material, bring it to me and I'll make it fit your needs.

Advertising copywriting: Having served an internship with a Kansas City-area ad house, I have a good sense for what is needed to get clients calling or clicking and make sales. Whether it's short form (direct mail, e-mail) or long form sales letters, I'll find the voice that your ideal client is listening for.

Research: Is there something you need to know but don't have the time to find it yourself? Put me on the job. Whether it's highly technical, hard to find, or outside your expertise, I'll find the needed information. As a bibliophile and library rat, I'll even enjoy getting elbow deep in books to get the answers you need.

Tutoring: Any writing or research project can benefit from a second pair of eyes. Similarly, any...

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Employment

US Peace Corps
Volunteer University English Teacher
2010 - 2010
Teacher of English as a Foreign Language: United States Peace Corps, Darkhan School of Technology, Darkhan, Mongolia. Sept. - Dec. 2010. Taught two sections of intermediate-level English to...
University of Missouri
Graduate Instructor
2008 - 2010
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Univ. of Missouri English Dept. 2008 - 2010. 2009 - 2010. Taught two sections of Freshman composition each semester. Focused on the practice and theory of the writing...
U. of MO Asian Affairs Center and South Korean Gov
English language instructor
2009 - 2009
English Immersion Summer Camp Instructor: Jeolanam Province, South Korea. July-Aug. 2009. Taught spoken and written vocabulary, paired with a Korean instructor, in an English language immersion...
The Princeton Review
Test-prep teacher
2007 - 2008
Test-prep Teacher Part-time: The Princeton Review, Kansas City, KS. Feb. 2007 - July 2008. Taught ACT prep course to high school sophomores at Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Focused on test-taking...
SkillPath Seminars
Proofreader
2006 - 2008
Proofreader: SkillPath Seminars, Mission, KS, July 2006 - July 2008. Proofed and edited copy of advertising, sales, instructional, and technical documents for internal and external customers in...
Mail Print, Inc.
Copywriter Intern
2005 - 2006
Copywriter Intern: Mail Print, Inc., Kansas City, MO. May 2005 - Jan 2006. Wrote website, sales and advertising copy for internal and external clients. Counseled clients on marketing and branding...
Vector Marketing
Assistant Manager/Certified Field Trainer
2000 - 2001
Field Sales Manager/Certified Field Trainer: Vector Marketing, Lincoln, NE and Waterloo, IA. May 2000 - Dec. 2001. Taught a three-day sales training course to groups of 20 to 30 new hires on clear...

Education

University of Missouri - Columbia
Master of Arts in English
2008 - 2010
Avila University
Bachelor of Arts in English
2004 - 2006

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proofreader
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