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Cranky Editor ..

I'm write, dammit!
   United States
  |   Van Nuys, CA
  |  2:31 am Local Time


I specialize in writing about pets, especially dogs, but I can write about any topic, edit anything that contains words and create a kick-butt resume that will get you hired.

Toneless writing is the opposite of what I do. My articles, e-books, resumes and marcomm are well-researched, error-free and just a little bit sassy.

I strive to capture the client's voice and messaging, and deliver copy that increases page-views, enhances the company brand and entertains readers. My tested article writing skills are in the top 1%, and my other skill ratings aren't too shabby, either.

I hung out my editing/writing shingle in 1999. Since then, I've helped dozens of authors polish their manuscripts, and I've created stellar marketing communications, web copy, articles and resumes for over 100 clients, many of whom have given me referrals and repeat business.

My skills are proven, my expertise extensive and my attention to detail impeccable. What more could you want from a provider?
Service Description
A freelance writer and editor with 12 years of professional experience, I own and operate Cranky Editor, an editorial services company that specializes in manuscript editing, resumes, marketing communications and blogging about pets, health, humor, gardening, writing and a bevy of other interesting topics.

I provide editorial services for book, magazine and internet publishers, authors, marketing teams, large and small businesses and consulting firms. My areas of expertise include:

* Blogging, Articles & Feature Writing
* Social Networking
* Resumes & Cover Letters
* Developmental Editing
* Copy Editing
* Copy Writing
* Book Proposals
* Marketing Collateral & Marcomm
* Book & Press Releases
* Print & Electronic Newsletters
* Web Content
* Business Writing
* Academic Editing
* Admissions Essays
* Creative Writing

Skills: WordPress, Drupal, Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition, Associated Press Stylebook (AP), AMA Manual of Style, APA Publication Manual, MLA Style, Words into Type, New York Times Manual of Style, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Dreamweaver

San Francisco State University
Master of Arts - Creative Writing
- 2000
Pets Adviser!
Associate Editor
2011 - Present
Write 7 articles per week about pets, including news, health and products. Research, write and upload content directly into WordPress. Created pet nutrition ebook.
Los Angeles Gardening Examiner
2010 - Present
Research, write and upload articles about organic gardening in Los Angeles, covering vegetable gardening, advice, recipes, events and DIY hardscape construction.
Los Angeles Dachshunds Examiner
2009 - Present
Research, write and upload short features/blogs about dachshund health, nutrition, products, crafts, training and news. I also feature profiles of homeless doxies available from shelters and rescues. I average about 3,000+ unique page views per week and am frequently listed as one of the top pet Examiners nationwide. For example, during the week of October 25, I had 3,345 views, whereas the average in the Pets category was 139 in Los Angeles and 114 nationwide.
My Agency of Record
Marketing Writer
2008 - Present
Produce re-branding packages comprised of web and radio scripts, press releases, one-sheets, brochures, marketing collateral and web copy.
Wiener Wonderland
Pet Services Provider
2005 - Present
Founded this pet services company, which provides boarding and other services for 75+ clients in the Los Angeles Area.
Cranky Editor
1999 - Present
Edit fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for publishing houses and authors; academic papers, grant applications and dissertations; book manuscripts for Ten Speed Press, City Dog and Food First; features for Wired News, and MyPleasure; and print materials for the Marin Humane Society and the YMCA. Researched listings for City Dog travel guides. Fact checker/proofreader for listings in Time Out San Francisco, 3rd ed.
Cranky Editor
Developmental Editor
1999 - Present
Work with authors and publishing houses to develop and edit fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Completed more than 30 book projects; 70% of clients were subsequently published.
Cranky Editor
Web Content Developer
1999 - Present
Develop content architecture and write web copy for more than 20 technology, information, manufacturing, import, retail and professional services companies.
Cranky Editor
Career Development Consultant
1999 - Present
Develop resumes and cover letters for more than 250 clients worldwide.
2010 - 2011
Research and write blogs / features for this irreverent website. It's lowbrow humor at its best -- and I love it!
Prudential California Realty
Marketing Writer
2004 - 2007
Interviewed agents and brokers for large Southern California real estate brokerage. Wrote more than 200 press releases, agent bios and property releases.
CitySearch San Francisco
Freelance Writer
2003 - 2004
Researched and wrote travel articles for the San Francisco arm of CitySearch.
Villard/Striver's Row/Ballantine/One World
Freelance Developmental Editor
1999 - 2004
Developed and edited more than 20 fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for Ballantine/One World and its imprints, Villard and Striver's Row.
San Francisco Examiner
Freelance Writer
2002 - 2003
Researched and wrote food articles and restaurant reviews for this San Francisco newspaper.
SF Station
Literary Arts Editor & Staff Writer
2001 - 2003
Created SF Station's Literary Arts section. Researched, compiled and published online listings of Bay Area literary events. Wrote book reviews and feature articles. Managed staff of freelance writers. Contributed to restaurant guide with 50+ reviews of San Francisco restaurants.
Associate Guide
2000 - 2002
Wrote feature articles about sexuality and reproductive health. Drove traffic to product sites. Maintained site with researched daily updates. Managed staff of freelance writers. Assigned and edited articles.
Wired News
Copy Editor
2000 - 2002
Served as relief copy editor for editors on extended vacations.
Staff Writer - Features, Marketing, Advertising
2000 - 2002
Wrote dozens of columns, quizzes, newsletters and feature articles about romance, sexuality and reproductive health for this classy sexuality website. Used internet marketing techniques to drive site traffic to product store. Developed web copy, press releases, marketing collateral and advertising copy.
The Sharper Image
Copy Writer
1999 - 2000
Developed print catalog, online store and auction site product copy.
Transamerica Pyramid Property Management
Technical Writer
1998 - 1998
Developed OSHA compliancy manuals, testing materials and building specs for the Transamerica Pyramid's property management office.
Payment Terms
All payments must be made through Elance escrow. Before I begin work, clients must fund escrow. For projects over $150, I require a 50% deposit before I can begin work, with the remainder due when the job is complete or at the milestones we set. For small projects, payment is due according to the client's requirements.
I also require a contract for projects over $500.
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