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Academic Degrees

Bachelor's
Journalism
Editing
Bachelor's
Economics
Macroeconomcs

Academic Career

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and in Economics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Finished double major work in three years. Post-graduate work in Education.

High-level economics courses included macroeconomics, money and banking, and labor law/collective bargaining.  

Proofreading/Editing Experience and Qualifications

The sole proofreader for all magazines and publications at the American Hospital Assocation's publishing office, Chicago, IL, from 1988 to 2002. 
Responsible for fact-checking, grammar, style, consistency and layout schematics for the flagship magazines Hospitals and Health Networks, Health Facilities Management, Materials Management in Health Care, and Trustee magazine; assisted with copy editing of weekly newspaper, AHA News.  The magazines used University of Chicago Style, the newspaper used AP Style.  Re-wrote copy when needed. Also proofread data-intensive technology reports, corporate buyers’ guides, catalogues, and the web site.  Reported directly to company editor.  Worked in tandem with editorial, production, art, and advertising departments.

I have kept my editing skills at a high level, scoring in the top 10 percent on Flexjobs Skills tests for English Spelling, English Language, and U.S. English Proofreading.  I am in the top 20 percent for U.S. Word Usage, English Vocabulary, and U.S. English Punctuation/Mechanics.

Services

In addition to my practical proofreading skills, I understand that the copy I read is part of a whole publication or paper. Consistency across all aspects of a work, from headlines and subheads to jump lines and captions, is required for a professional look and tone. Inconsistencies can destroy the value of even the best information and knowledge.  

Personal Message

After 2002 I stayed home to raise our daughter. She went to high school this year and I am excited to return to full-time proofreading. I really enjoy proofreading; done right, it is a complex and practical editorial skill, not just knowledge-based reading.

Pricing Info

General pricing for proofreading copy, art, graphics, and captions is €20 per hour.

Availability

Available immediately for all types of proofreading work. Turnaround time should be quick, depending on quality of copy.