I started as a legislative/legal copyholder, then moved on to make proofreading books my primary line. To date, I've cold read or comparison read over 100 books as traditional galleys, page proofs (singles or double-page spreads), program code, bound books, word-processed copy, or scanned copy. I've also proofread Adobe Acrobat files and PowerPoint presentations. The subjects covered to date range from technical, science, and medical to humanities, social science, and fiction. I'm fast, accurate, pay attention to the specifications and style sheet, and can mark for editorial and printer errors.
To date, I've copyedited over 80 books on a variety of subjects, including el-hi and college textbooks, business, science, computers, psychology, and trade nonfiction. As a medical copyeditor, I've done hundreds of medical journal articles as well as monographs, posters, and PowerPoint presentations. I can do light, medium, or substantive edits, have past experience with a variety of different styles, and know how to compile style sheets.
Fact-checking, Research, and Writing
I've fact-checked articles and monographs against sources in the medical and magazine areas, and I wrote bibliographies for an encyclopedia for several years. I also have limited writing experience; I donít consider this a primary line of work, but I can handle it when necessary.
OS: Windows 2000
Software: IBM/Windows compatible platform. Windows 2000 Professional, Word 2002 for Windows, Stedman's Plus Medical Spell-checker (regular upgrades), Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, Adobe Acrobat 5.0 (full version).
File transfers: I have a broadband connection, so I can accept files electronically by e-mail, FTP, or browser-based upload to my host server. I also can accept files stored on 2.5-inch floppy disks, CD-R, DVD-R, LS-120, and USB memory sticks.
West Editorial Services. 1989 to present. DBA, Grant County, IN.
Enumerator. April–June 2010. U.S. Census Bureau, Fairmount, IN.
Proofreader. Indiana State Senate, Indianapolis, IN.
English Instructor. Ball State University, Muncie, IN.
Service Representative. Social Security Administration, Lafayette, IN.
M.A. Folklore. Indiana University at Bloomington.
B.A. Medieval Studies. Purdue University at West Lafayette.
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