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I am a reliable, adaptable, meticulous writer and editor who is simply passionate about language and brings more than 15 years' of experience to the table.

MelissaMelissa is not available at this time.

Editing Rates

Rate Per PageUS $5.00
Rate Per WordUS $0.03
Rate Per HourUS $41.67
NOTE:
these rates are not set in stone and are only an average for this editor. The actual rate applicable to your document will depend on the depth of the edit, the quality of the writing, the topic matter, the proximity of the deadline, the length of the document and several other factors.

General

Editor's LevelGold Star Level Editor Scored 98% on editing test.
Diamond Star Level Editor Test score 100% .
Gold Star Level Editor Test score 85% or higher.
Silver Star Level Editor Test score 70% to 84%.
Bronze Star Level Editor Test score less than 70%.
First nameMelissa
Country United States
City New Orleans
Profile
Education degree BA, California University of PA
Major specialization English, Creative Writing
Second specialization
First language English
Areas of specialization Not selected

Work experience

Present Occupation: Freelance Copy Editor
Editing Experience in Years: 15

Currently provide freelance copyediting services to several educational publishing companies, a financial newsletter, a non-profit, and a museum/publisher, among others

Editor/Writer, Fast Tax Service (5/07 to 12/08)
Provided editing and writing services, focusing on training materials for tax preparers and customer support personnel, for a local tax preparation company in the New Orleans metro area

Senior Copy Editor, The Princeton Review (3/06 to 4/07)
Reviewed K–12 educational materials, including textbooks, teacher guides, and assessment exams, ensuring correctness and style and following texts from manuscript through blueline stages

Quality Assurance Proofreader, The Topps Company, Inc. (6/03 to 6/05)
Reviewed a variety of sports, entertainment, confectionery, and packaging materials to maintain adherence to company guidelines as well as FDA regulations

Proofreader/Editor, Towers Perrin (1/00 to 4/03)
Worked with all lines of business to proofread and edit both internal and external office documents, including valuation reports, proposals for new business, employee communications, and bluelines; coordinated with the graphic design/communications department to maintain exceptional standards of quality on a wide range of employee communications for external clients; worked with designers and consultants to ensure that materials followed strict corporate quality guidelines

Proofreader/Associate Editor, Harcourt Learning Direct (1/95 to 12/99)
Proofread and edited distance-education materials for grammar, punctuation, spelling, consistency, and house style; rewrote various parts of texts; created exam questions and art packs; checked bluelines

OTHER EXPERIENCE
Maintain personal Web site and blog
Provided copyediting services for The Great American Hanger Company’s seasonal catalogs
Copyedited three published novels for a local fiction writer in the Philadelphia area
Provided editing and writing services for a search engine optimization company located in Mandeville, Louisiana

SKILLS
- Internet savvy; working knowledge of both PC and Mac; Microsoft Office, including Word (and Track Changes), PowerPoint, and Excel; Adobe Acrobat, InCopy, Dreamweaver, and Captivate; some Adobe InDesign and HTML; K4 Workflow Management System; Microsoft Outlook; Lotus Notes
- Strong familiarity with Chicago, AP, MLA, and Wall Street Journal styles
- Strong familiarity with proofreading marks

Computer experience

Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), Adobe Reader

MelissaMelissa is not available at this time.



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