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I’ve created and edited content for both large corporations and individual customers. I’ve released books both through traditional publishing (Random House) and indie publishing (Amazon). And I’ve reached content creation goals and met deadlines for years through my own initiative and discipline, both as part of a team and solo.


EXPERIENCE

Freelance Writer/Editor
Proving Ground (Boston, MA), March 2013 – present
• Work on a small team to create and edit content for 30+ training games that medical sales representatives play on an iPad to improve their skills. Each game builds 30+ skills in an area such as selling, productivity, customer interaction, business writing, or self-coaching
• Create and edit content to market Proving Ground brand to clients

M|C Communications (Boston, MA), 2011 – 2013
• Edited syllabus and speaker slides content used at 30+ medical conferences per year

PreMediaGlobal (Plymouth, MA), 2011 – 2012
• Copyedited 50+ academic journal articles for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

Capcom (Osaka, Japan), 2011
• Edited and wrote hundreds of lines of in-game dialogue for major publisher’s video game, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, for the Xbox 360

Author, Speaker, and Promoter
freelance writer and editorThe Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time (Crown/Random House), 2008 – 2013
• Blogged my three-month journey around the United States to find and correct typos in public signage
• Wrote full-length narrative nonfiction book based on typo-hunting journey: The Great Typo Hunt, which has sold over 20K copies and was a Boston Globe and Amazon bestseller and an Indie Next Notable pick
• Promoted book on three-month, 36-city national book tour with co-author Benjamin D. Herson, through reading events and book signings, media interviews, and guest pieces
• Covered by NPR, Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC World News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New Yorker, Salon, BBC, CBC, and many other outlets
• Promoted book through giving talks to the Central Arkansas Library System (2013 Fred K. Darragh Jr. Distinguished Lecture), Lancaster Literary Guild (2012), New Hampshire Mensa (2012), Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words weekend (2011), etc.

Player Choice & The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley (Amazon), January 2015 – present
• Wrote sci-fi gaming adventure novel (Player Choice) and supernatural thriller novel in blog format (The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley)
• Edited, produced, and self-published both novels (The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley in print and e-book via CreateSpace and Amazon/Nook, and Player Choice as an e-book through Amazon/Nook)
• Promote books through interviews, speaking engagements, and reviews by book bloggers (outreach ongoing)

Trustee (volunteer position)
New Hampshire Writers’ Project (Manchester, NH), February 2015 – present
• Conceived, created, organized, and moderated “The Writer’s Journey,” 6 consecutive educational events for writers held across New Hampshire during New Hampshire Writers’ Week (Nov. 8-14, 2015). Each event featured 5 speakers and attracted 15-20 audience members, engaging in total a community of over 100 local authors
• Conceived, designed, coded, and collected data for the “New Hampshire Authors’ Map,” an interactive graphical representation of over 70 local authors and their books around New Hampshire

Page Designer and Copy Editor
Seacoast Media Group (Portsmouth, NH), 2012 – 2013
• Designed hundreds of pages and edited thousands of articles for 200+ issues of Seacoast Media Group newspapers (the daily Portsmouth Herald, biweekly Exeter News-Letter and Hampton Union, and weekly York Weekly and York County Coast Star)

PUBLISHED WORKS

Books: The Great Typo Hunt (Crown/Random House, 2010); Player Choice (Amazon, 2015); The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley (CreateSpace, 2016); City of Ports: The Shadow Over Portsmouth Vol. 1 (forthcoming)

Short Stories: “Making the Transition” (Murder Ink 2: Sixteen More Tales of New England Newsroom Crime, 2016), “The Stress of Excellence” (aois21 annual, 2015), “The Marriage Champion” (Boston Literary Magazine, 2007), and “Phoenix” (The Furnace Review, 2006)

Articles: “New York suffers in an era of error” (New York Daily News, 2010); “‘The Great Typo Hunt’: America’s 10 Most Common Typos” (The Huffington Post, 2010); “Should You Point Out Errors?” (Grammar Girl, 2011)

Plays: “Dead Birds” (2012), performed at The Players’ Ring, Portsmouth, NH

EDUCATION

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH – B. A. in English: Creative Writing & Literature

freelance writer and editor