An autobiographical sketch

In a rush?  Try this short version of who I am.  Otherwise, carry on . . .

My editing career actually began somewhat by accident when I started working on the campus weekly at the college I was attending merely because I admired the adviser’s expertise and well-earned reputation. Before long, I had been named news editor, which included managing copy for the front page and the news section; I later served as that paper’s editor, as well, and I ended up graduating with a minor in journalism. (My major was in the School Media Services program—a double major that combined library science and a K–12 teaching degree.) Ironically, over the years I’ve used that minor more than either of the majors!

After graduation, I was hired to be a reference librarian at the Dayton and Montgomery County (Ohio) Public Library. There, my activities focused on researching business- and science-based problems and questions and on writing and editing a monthly annotated book review newsletter of new titles in those subject areas.

In the late 1980s, I left the DMCPL and became a staff researcher and the publications director for the Montgomery County Historical Society in Dayton. There, I was responsible for helping to research, write, and produce brochures, exhibit guides, and a variety of materials that benefited and promoted membership with the society. During this time, I also started my first business: Freelance Library Services. FLS enabled me to make my skills as a librarian and researcher available to individuals, small businesses, nonprofit agencies, and government programs that needed them. My clients were located throughout the Dayton-Columbus-Cincinnati corridor.

In 1992, I moved south and accepted a position as a general editor with the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. My duties in that position included helping to research and coordinate the production of many different types of publications, from simple tri-fold brochures and promotional materials to lesson plans, audiovisual scripts, and classroom discussion guides to multi-page exhibition study guides and an eight-page tabloid newsletter. Less than three years later, I was hired to be project editor, text editor, and design editor of Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine. Produced by the NCMOH, THJH was a history magazine for the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, a free “club” of about 9,000 schoolchildren from all across North Carolina. My work with that publication revolved around researching and ghostwriting or fact-checking and rewriting contributions for each topical issue. During my years as editor, the magazine’s reputation and audience grew to include readers of all ages who were interested in state history; issues were eventually even sold in the museum gift shop.

Since most of the contributors to the magazine were subject specialists, analysts, and professors, I often had to work with them to review, edit, and revise their material so it could be read and understood by the magazine’s audiences. As a result of working with them, I discovered that I enjoyed planning and coordinating projects from conception to publication; I grew to find fulfillment in helping inexperienced writers to outline, draft, and revise their manuscripts; and I found satisfaction in redirecting content, language, and structure toward school-aged readers and general audiences.

And so, in 1998, I began my second business, which has come to be known as “the-freelance-editor,” to help authors and writers to reach their audiences, to get their ideas into the heads of listeners and readers, and to ensure that their messages are understood. I moved that business with me to Orlando in 2000, when I relocated to help care for aging relatives.

After suffering through the economic recession of 2007–2008—glad for some European clients that kept me in business for a while and a few clients in Australia that helped even longer—and working to start up a small niche publisher, I made another location change: back to Raleigh and the Museum of History!  In a different role there, I now use my content editor and project manager skills in producing issues of the museum’s membership magazine and the museum’s calendar of educational programs and other events (both a bimonthly print publication and initial online content).  In addition, I have served as editor on several exhibit teams and continue to be official editor and website manager for the museum’s Longleaf Film Festival. 

Also, believe it or not, I still try to work with my freelance editorial business as time allows.


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