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"Karen was a very reliable and persistent writer/editor. Reliable because she delivered the work in a timely manner and followed the parameters consistently. Persistent because there was some investigation for each article and Karen was very focused on getting the required information, asking good clarifying questions and getting to the sources in effective ways. In addition, Karen showed flexibility and collaboration in getting the tasks completed. There were numerous iterations and voices to create the final product and Karen worked with each person in a positive, adaptable way to help us get finished."

--David Greenhalgh, director of PhD program in Organizational Leadership, Eastern University

"Karen was great to work for as the editor of House & Home Magazine. Her attention to detail allowed her to successfully manage all of the editorial content for five separate monthly publications under the House & Home name, and to keep writers like myself organized as well. She was always fair with deadlines and very communicative in the writer/editor relationship. I enjoyed working for her very much and would recommend her as a fantastic editor!"

--Lindsey Getz, freelance writer

"Thanks so much for your article - it looks wonderful! Also, thanks for the great sidebar. You always do such a good job on these."

--Judi Biederman, editor, ADVANCE for Audiologists

"I love your writing and your high-quality articles."

--Mary Aviles, senior editor, Publications, Joint Commission Resources

Services
  • COPY EDITING/PROOFREADING
    • Edit documents for spelling, grammar, style, wordiness, clarity and consistency.
    • Familiar with AP style, AMA style and Chicago Manual of Style. I will adapt to your preference as well as your business' style guidelines.
    • Ensure that articles flow well and that content is accurate and appropriate.

  • WRITING
    • Find the best sources to interview.
    • Very experienced in conducting phone and e-mail interviews.
    • Conduct thorough Internet research.
    • Write with SEO best practices in mind.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word.
    • Submit clean copy.
    • Often exceeds deadlines.

  • EDITORIAL CONSULTING
    • Improve editorial content to meet goals of advertisers and readers.
    • Provide advice to increase revenue and reduce expenses.
    • Work closely with staff to implement changes and achieve goals.
    • Redesign the appearance of publications.

  • MANAGING EDITOR
    • Recruit, interview, train and educate writers.
    • Manage editorial staff; make assignments.
    • Edit all editorial content; proofread final pages.
    • Create and implement editorial policies and procedures.
    • Work within a budget; track editorial invoices.
    • Initiate new columns; create attractive editorial opportunities for advertisers.
    • Write cover titles; create table of contents.
    • Obtain photos and captions.
    • Compose annual editorial calendar.
    • Field PR e-mails and calls.

  • PAGE DESIGN
    • Design eye-catching pages by incorporating text, photos and graphic elements.
    • Enhance pages with color, pullout quotes and "at a glance" boxes.
    • Familiar with QuarkXPress and Adobe Acrobat. Willing to learn new programs.

  • NEWSLETTERS FROM START TO FINISH
    • Writing, editing and page design.