©2020 M Parker Editing

MICHELLE A. PARKER

1330 Richmond Rd, Suite 109, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K2B8J6 • 1 (613) 620-5542 • mparkerediting@gmail.com

Professional Skills

  • Technical: Familiar with multiple style guides (CMOS, AP, APA, MLA) and word processors (Microsoft Word, Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Google Docs, Atom). 90 WPM typing speed and above-average IT skills. Experienced editor, able to polish and elevate work without diluting the author’s voice or losing unique story elements.

  • Personal & Interpersonal: Extremely organized and pays attention to detail. Reliable, responsive, and always meets deadlines. Self-motivated and able to work independently, but also comfortable working collaboratively and taking the lead on projects. Works well under pressure. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Work Highlights

Editor, M Parker Editing — 2017 to present

  • Concurrently managed multiple editing projects with strict deadlines.

  • Provided a comprehensive variety of high-quality editorial services (manuscript evaluations, developmental editing, line/copy editing, proofreading, and sensitivity reading) to publishers and self-publishing clients alike, working in a variety of genres (science fiction, fantasy, erotica, self-help, memoir) and mediums (novels, anthologies, comic books).

  • Worked one-on-one with independent clients to create custom style sheets, balancing author preferences with industry standards and reader expectations.

  • Developed, updated, and maintained in-house style guides for publishers and assisted in developing procedural documentation for other editors.

  • Reviewed manuscripts intended for publishing and recommended revisions to scope, format, and content in order to strengthen the material without diluting authorial voice or intent; determined whether a piece was ready for publication and approved final versions.

  • Reviewed and corrected translated texts for accuracy before editing them for style guide compliance; made judicious adaptations to the original to accommodate cultural differences.

  • Planned budgets and negotiated contracts with authors.

 

Reviewer, Publishers Weekly — 2018 to present

  • Assessed whether material was suitable for review with regards to the possibility of prohibitively offensive content and overall quality of work.

  • Read and analyzed assigned material on strict deadlines, sometimes working several projects concurrently.

  • Provided thoughtful, unbiased, and informative written feedback on both short- and long-form fiction; drew on extensive knowledge of other works in the given genre to determine a best intended audience and outlined elements of likely importance to that audience (such as warning for problematic content, whether the work adhered to or subverted genre conventions, etc.).

  • Kept clear and detailed notes to justify all content and opinions included in a review.

  • Met or exceeded high-level publication standards and adhered strictly to in-house style guides, producing content that required no more than minimal adjustments by the overseeing Reviews Editor.

  • Maintained the confidentiality of the review process at all times with regards to not disclosing the authors of individual reviews, and honoured all other ethical guidelines as determined in the employee contract and the best practices of the publishing industry.

Group Resource Tutor, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board — 2009 to 2017

  • Maintained an annual caseload of more than 60 young adults at Carleton Heights Public School.

  • Collaborated with a team of faculty to develop customized in-school and after-school tutoring programs; modified existing lesson plans and educational strategies to meet the unique needs and challenges of each student based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.

  • Worked with students in groups and one-on-one to complete assignments, improve study habits and organizational skills, meet deadlines, improve writing, and increase test scores in English, French, Math, and Sciences, as well as develop an interest in higher learning.

  • Kept meticulous documentation of student participation for submission to and evaluation by the local school board to determine the effectiveness of the program and justify future funding.

  • Produced reports and essential documentation for senior faculty and relevant members of the school board.
    Connected students with community services and resource agencies.

  • Displayed sensitivity to the learning, cultural, and linguistic needs of the students and families served.

 

Transcription & Editing Consultant, T-Base Communications, Inc. — 2008 to 2009

  • Redesigned and reformatted both text and graphics from post-secondary educational materials for translation into Braille; reproduced content 100% error-free or modified content to effectively convey core concepts as required on a case-by-case basis.

  • Managed multiple projects and delivered production-ready material on tight deadlines; was key in coordinating and closing out at-risk projects.

  • Meticulously identified and rectified inconsistencies, deficiencies, and discrepancies in in-house production standards; created a library of standardized elements for general use to ensure team-wide consistency and enable faster turnaround for time-sensitive projects.

  • Trained new hires in the use of graphic design programs (such as Adobe Photoshop) and compliance with in-house production standards.

Part-Time General Editor, Freelance — 2005 to 2017

  • Proofread documents up to 150,000 words, including diagrams and industry-specific technical jargon, with great accuracy; used reference sources to verify dates, facts, and statistics; checked art and permissions.

  • Reviewed academic dissertations for post-secondary students (ranging from first-year college students to PhD candidates) and recommended changes to enhance structure, coherence, and tone, as well as compliance with required style guides.

  • Edited long- and short-form copy for blogs, websites, social media, presentations, training materials, and more.

Education

 

Editorial Freelancers Association — Online courses such as "Sensitivity Reads: What You Need to Know to Offer This Service," "Copyediting Fiction," "Editing and Proofreading," "Developmental Editing of Fiction," and "Line Editing Fiction and Creative Nonfiction"

Editors Canada — Online courses such as "Getting Your Self-Published Client to a Finished Product," "Almost Everything You Need to Know about Copy Editing and Grammar Skills," "Developmental Editing for Fiction and Memoir," and "Comics and Graphic Novel Conventions for Editors"

University of California at Berkeley — Professional Sequence in Editing