Sector Branded ContentConsumer MarketingMusic MarketingProduct MarketingSEO (Search Engine Optimization)User Experience
Preferred Job Title CopywriterEditorEditor in ChiefWriter
Current: freelance copy editor for HigherEducation.com and Pragmatic Press.
Former: associate editor of JazzTimes and BirdWatching magazines; developmental editor for Manning Publications.
Always: smart, friendly, fun.
Career: Developmental editor, copy editor, and writer specializing in nature, music, computers and technology, social sciences, and other nonfiction categories.
My other descriptors: writer, content wrangler, tech geek, cat lover, musician, jazz aficionado, vinyl record collector, vegetarian, herbalist, and birder. My wife and I own the Wild Birds Unlimited franchise in Hilton Head, SC.
Note: I am only open to remote opportunities. Thank you.
Former and current clients include Pragmatic Press, HigherEducation.com, The World Bank, Virtual Job Shadow, Bestcovery, Waves Factory, Charleston Jazz Festival, Moog Music, WholeLife Holistic Nutrition, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, Power Feet, and F+W Media.
2017 - 2017
Edited, fact-checked, and proofread feature articles and columns for JazzTimes and BirdWatching magazines. Created, recast, search engine optimized, and published content on JazzTimes.com and BirdWatchingDaily.com. Engaged with record labels and artist representatives to secure exclusive song and video premieres published on JazzTimes.com. Created and managed multiple email newsletters.
2014 - 2017
Fire Engine RED
Edited, proofread, and fact-checked content provided by in-house writers and from client-provided marketing collateral. Ensured error-free delivery of college search campaign materials, including emails, postcards, letters, web forms and applications, at every step of a fast-paced production process.
2013 - 2014
Managed the development of multiple best-selling, highly rated computer technology books, including jQuery UI in Action; jQuery in Action, 3e; Barcodes with iOS; Learn Git in a Month of Lunches; Express.js in Action; Learn SCCM in a Month of Lunches; and Meteor in Action. Organized and managed external review teams. Performed ESL edits to content from nonnative authors.
2007 - 2012
DataPath / Rockwell Collins
Wrote, edited, and managed versioning of multiple user manuals for software and hardware used by media broadcasters and branches of the U.S. military. Streamlined documentation and help systems to focus on common tasks and workflows, and improve usability and readability. Updated training materials to reflect new product features. Served as lead writer and editor during large-scale proposal development, managing content from multiple authors.
1999 - 2007
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Developed e-learning websites, conducting all phases of development, including research and SME interviews, instructional design, graphic design, content development, and HTML and CSS coding. Received multiple Sloan Consortium best-practice awards. Developed and taught workshops across the U.S. on web usability, UI/X writing and editing, microcopy, organic SEO, and web analytics; workshop concepts were later referenced in academic research papers and utilized by for-profit SEO firms. Assisted other trainers in presenting workshops on facilitation skills and instructional design strategies.
1993 - 1997
Co-founder and Multimedia Developer - Sage Island Multimedia Developer - Training Systems, Inc. Adjunct English Instructor - Commonwealth College