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Linda Saracino, email@example.com; 407.682.5227; www.lindasaracino.com. Specialty: Editing. A colleague once called her a "word freak"; someone else called her "the grammar queen." Her in-depth knowledge of American English and how to use it makes her invaluable to businesses, publishing and individual authors. A writer and editor for 18+ years and a full-time freelance editor for the past six, Linda applies her expertise—whether a light once-over, a heavy revision or something in between—as the client's project requires. She also critiques manuscripts and proposals, and she is adept at Americanizing translated text. Some of her editing projects, past and current:
- Books: Published titles include Amped: Notes from a Go-Nowhere Punk Band (Jon Resh, Viper); Best Guide for Nonprofit Corporations (A. Olivarez, MTI); The Big Con (DW Maurer, PhD; rev. ed., Bobbs-Merrill); Complete Idiot's Guide to 30,000 Baby Names (ML Turner and R. Hess, Alpha/Penguin); Embracing the Ideal: Olive Garden's Italy (Istituto Culinario Toscano); Life on a High Note: The Philip Belz Story (M. Sacks, 2nd ed.); Narcotics and Narcotic Addiction (DW Maurer, PhD, and V. Vogel, MD; 4th ed., Thomas); Seven Years in Tibet: The Heinrich Harrer Portfolio (Ahimsa); Ultimate Guide to Specialty Retail (P. Norins, Pinnacle).
- Magazines: Titles include Casual Flavors; Gift Shop (premiere); Seminole; Specialty Retail Report; Sun, Fun and Family (Meijer); Wal-Mart's Homemade; plus countless articles on business how-to, health, the arts, food and wine, fashion and more.
- Advertising/marketing: Ads, print collateral, scripts, annual report narrative, Web content and more for companies such as Walt Disney Co., Arnold Palmer Hospital, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Darden Restaurants, Dixon Ticonderoga, Harris Corp., IBM, IHOP, Kessler Properties, Motorola, Try Foods Int'l., Undaunted Design, Vision Care Inc.
- Americanizing: Editing translated articles, marketing materials, packaging, user instructions, Web content and more for companies such as IBM, InterAmericas Trading, SMEI, Start Quimica.
- Creative coach: One-on-one coaching on the craft and business of writing.
Previous experience: Sr. communications consultant with Mercer, Inc., and Aon Corp. College-level writing instructor; Assoc. Dir. of The Undergraduate Writing Program (Univ. of Louisville). Editorial asst., Look magazine. Education: BA (English), MA (Linguistics, English); PhD studies completed (Linguistics, Theater).
Salient skills: Extremely knowledgeable. Creative yet practical. Eagle eye. Fast turnaround.
Mary Harwell Sayler, PO Box 62, Lake Como FL 32157-0062; MaryHarwellSayler@gmail.com; Mary Sayler website; Blogs include Christian Poets & Writers, The Poetry Editor, and In a Christian Writer's Life. Media Experience: all genres; digital photography. Books: 24 traditionally published books in all genres for all age groups, 4 e-books. Periodical Credits: Windhover, Saint Katherine Review, Bridges, Slow Trains, Chest medical journal. Clients: Since 1983, I've helped other poets and writers by providing writing resources and minimally priced critiques or consults. Awards: ALA (American Library Association) honored one of my life-health encyclopedias as a "nonfiction academic favorite" for the year. Comments: I especially enjoy writing poetry, devotionals, books and poems for children, and articles about poetry, prayer, and the Bible. Each year I look forward to judging poems and all genres for children entered in the international writing competition sponsored by Writers-Editors.com.
Mali Schantz-Feld, Seminole FL 33772; (727) 393-3394, fax (727) 394-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org. Media Experience: Newspaper, magazine, newsletter, web writing, and corporate. Periodical Credits: Investor's Business Journal (IBJ) Observer, Area Development magazine, Pets: Part of the Family, Fairfield County Weekly (cover story), Monitor magazine (research editor), Value Retail News, On Board Services magazine, Florida Retirement Living, Hospital News of Florida, Parenting Briefs Newsletter (Australia), Children's Magic Window, Florida International, VIVE, American Profile, Cruisin' Style, The Manufacturer, New Beauty, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Working Investor (web article). Hundreds of articles on medical topics in consumer, trade, custom and professional publications. Book contributions: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Michigan. Clients: Pinellas County Jewish Day School, World Shoe Association, American Chemistry Council, Synergy Medical Communications, QuestCorp Publishing Group, Florida Medical Quality Assurance, a global digital radiography company and a global pharmaceutical company. Awards: 2001 CNW/FFWA Writing Competition, 1st Place, Previously Published Nonfiction; 1998 CNW/FFWA Writing Competition, 2nd Place, Previously Published Nonfiction; 1990 Charlie Award, 1st Place Overall Piece of Writing by a Freelancer; 1989 Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Excellence; 1989, 2nd Place, Florida Magazine Association, Best Overall Piece of Writing by a Freelancer. Comments: I have a Master's Degree in English, enjoy researching new subjects, and specialize in medical topics. I am currently volunteer website/publications coordinator for the American Medical Writers' Association, Florida chapter, and have written articles on specialties including: orthopaedics, sports medicine, physical therapy, cardiology, radiology, cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, pharmaceutical, dental, surgical, audiology, and women's health issues. Whether I am writing for an audience of doctors or consumers, I can adapt my writing style to suit any audience or publication. I am serious about deadlines and approach every assignment with enthusiasm.
Barbara Sitton, Jacksonville, FL
Skills: Writing, Editing, Copy Editing (light and heavy), Proofreading
Types of Projects: Feature stories, magazine articles, newsletter content, brochures, press releases, end-user documentation, and anything you want proofed and/or edited with suggestions for improvement.
Education: B.A. English magna cum laude, University of North Florida
Why Hire Me? With nearly 30 years' experience, I have edited a variety of documents, ranging from a monthly medical journal to press releases, speeches, marketing material, routine correspondence, and a bimonthly tabloid and weekly newsletter. More recently, as a technical writer/editor, I have performed peer review to ensure accurate and complete documentation that conforms to department styles and standards. I have written numerous feature stories, copy for newsletters, brochures, and marketing material, as well as several user and install guides, and technical documentation for a complex mainframe system. I am a productive, deadline-driven worker, who enjoys improving upon the written word.
Ginny Somers, email@example.com, (610) 792-0450.
Veteran copywriter and PR professional
My 25-year career in PR and copywriting has included extensive experience with business-to-business accounts in a range of industries, including technology, financial services, training, and insurance, as well as consumer accounts targeting families with young children. Services include brochures, direct mail, e-mail blasts, newsletters (print and online), web site copy, magazine articles, press releases, speeches, print and online ads, and copy editing/proofreading. I regularly work with major national corporations, as well as smaller firms and start-up companies looking for a partner to help establish their brand and identity. As my clients will attest, I'm known for high-quality writing, fast turnaround, and exceptional attention to detail.
William S. "Bill" Stokes, Leesburg FL 34748; (352) 365-1511; firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing Specialties: Advertising copywriting, radio copywriting, brochures, proofreading/editing, publicity/press releases. Media Experience: Newspaper, magazine, television, radio, brochures, ad agency, PR firm. Periodical Credits: Model Trains, Model Railroader, RR Model; Craftsman, New Yorker, Cats, several Seniors magazines. Comments: Work samples available when mutual interest has been established; loves a challenge, relates well to all ages & backgrounds.