About seandennis

"Yeah, I need a bassoon-playing, jazz-loving, bird-nerd, jack-of-all-trades editor to get our written content in great shape so that *anyone* can understand it." If you have ever had a thought like that -- maybe without the bassoons, jazz, and birds -- but something close to that, then I'm your editor and writer. Please download my PDF resume to see my significant volunteer experience in arts and media-related entities. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Cheers, Sean Dennis
  • Industry DigitalEducationITMusicNon-ProfitPublishing
  • Sector Branded ContentConsumer MarketingMusic MarketingProduct MarketingSEO (Search Engine Optimization)User Experience
  • Preferred Job Title CopywriterEditorEditor in ChiefWriter

Summary

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.

Experience

  • 2001
    Self-employed

    Senior Editor and Writer

    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
    Madavor Media

    Associate Editor

    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

    Quality Assurance Analyst

    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
    Manning Publications

    Developmental Editor

    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

    Senior Technical Writer

    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

    Program Development Specialist

    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
    Various

    Additional Work Experience

    Co-founder and Multimedia Developer - Sage Island Multimedia Developer - Training Systems, Inc. Adjunct English Instructor - Commonwealth College

Education