2/95 to Present
DESERT EDIT * Full-Service Editorial
Full range of freelance writing and editing services—all genres; project management/production editorial work; seminars; photo illustration. Clients include Walker Books; the Penguin Group; HarperCollins; Molly Cliborne (North Node Astrology).
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS–AUSTIN * General Education
Taught copyediting and proofreading to matriculating and nonmatriculating students at UT–Austin. Two sessions.
2/97 to 10/99
BIG BEND (TX) AREA TRAVEL GUIDE * TERLINGUA
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Managed and directed all editorial and business aspects and phases of entire project, from ad sales through distribution of printed magazines: 1998 and 1999 editions.
6/94 to 2/95
READER’S DIGEST KIDS * NY * Trade & Mass Market
Conceptualized, wrote, edited, and acquired novelty children’s books and other products for ages 2 to 12. Hired and supervised writers and consultants. Worked with art director, designers, packagers, and copublishers (national and international). Projects included diecut board books with acetate windows, vinyl squeaky
toys, sound modules, plush toys, or stickers; nonfiction books (some with rubber stamps or other novelties); books with cookie cutters and recipes, games, crafts, magic tricks, or science activities. Additionally, assisted editorial director with all phases of organizing a start-up office in New York City.
5/91 to 5/94
DISNEY PRESS/HYPERION * NY * Trade & Mass Market
Responsible for establishment of operational systems for juvenile division in start-up trade house. Devised and maintained elaborate schedules for and supervised the trafficking of 200 titles per year, at various stages of production. Liaison between editorial, art, manufacturing, and marketing depts. and national and international
packagers. Adapted database for divisional use. Structured and organized copyediting dept., including hiring and supervising staff and freelancers, developing a house style, and preparing annual budget. Conducted weekly production meetings. Oversaw ISBN/LC assignments and copyediting of promotional material and seasonal catalogs. Reviewed permissions and copyrights. Participated in list
development and acted as creative consultant to the acquiring staff.
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3/87 to 4/91
CHELSEA HOUSE * NY * Nonfiction & Reference
Initially restructured and reorganized the copy department to accommodate a growing list; wrote first house style manual. Responsible for grammatical and stylistic integrity of all titles in 13 series. Supervised in-house and freelance copyeditors, indexers, proofreaders and trained new staff. Oversaw the copyreading work of editorial assistants. Liaison with type houses regarding computer-compatible type codes. Continually modified
and streamlined the manuscript-to-bound-book process. Consultant to CEO regarding the acquisition of juvenile trade books.
7/83 to 3/87
EDIT, INK * NJ * Editorial
Editorial services and photo illustration for college textbooks.
5/82 to 7/83
MACMILLAN * NY * College Texts
Supervised assigned titles from manuscript to bound book.
Organized copy, established type codes, and otherwise prepared text and art for design and composition. Hired freelancers; read and checked galleys, proofs, blues. Released titles and monitored their progress.
Assessed and edited all errata on file for current and backlist titles. Implemented text and art corrections for new printings.
Acted as publisher’s liaison while negotiating contracts and fees with licensors of copyrighted material. Reviewed all permissions files for accuracy and completeness; fulfilled all contractual obligations. Worked with photo researchers and national and international stock houses.
8/80 to 4/82
HARPER & ROW * NY * Juvenile Trade
Assisted manager in all phases of licensing. Coordinated seasonal sales conference and luncheon. Wrote contract requests and sales notices. Performed other miscellaneous administrative duties.
Assisted permissions editor. Reviewed and granted requests to use copyrighted material. Negotiated fees, executed contracts, conducted rights searches. Performed other administrative duties.
Assisted manager in all phases of contracts, including royalty and flat fee for text and art rights. Kept departmental records.
6/81 to 8/82
RADIOTEXT * NJ * Quarterly
Edited radio/communications quarterly, affiliated with WFMU. Solicited material; set type; and assisted with design, layout, and circulation.
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY * Bronx, NY * B.A., English
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From Bed to Bus (Macmillan, 1985)
1986 Children’s Choice Award (IRA/CBC)
Mom’s Night Out (Macmillan, 1985)
Tambourina’s Troubles (Joshua Morris/Sadie Fields)
Wrote text for U.S. edition, 1994
Volcanoes & Earthquakes (Penguin, 1997)
Communications and Human Relationships (1983)
Relationships in Marriage and the Family (1984)
A Resource Guide for Elementary School Teaching (1985)
Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies (1986)
The Hoboken Reporter (articles, photos; 1983, 1984)
Big Bend Travel Guide (articles, photos; 1998, 1999)
Ghost stock photos, ongoing
WORKS IN PROGRESS
A Brother Like No Other (picture book)
Neighbors in Paradise (picture book)
*References and countless author kudos available on request
(Other professional work experience to be added later; my freelance work has includes editing adult trade books, such as THE CONFESSION [McGreevey]; AMERICAN DREAM [DeParle], and so on. I'm adept at editing all genres, in both adult trade and children's literature.)