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  Alison Dotson
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I am an unforgiving stickler for grammar, consistent style, and a clean layout. For more than ten years I've worked as a freelancer in the editorial field as a proofreader, copy editor, writer, and indexer.

The bulk of my experience lies in nonfiction books, but I also have a fair amount of experience working with marketing and sales collateral, scholarly articles and medical content, Web content, lifestyle articles, and fiction books.

I am a freelancer because I thrive on variety and love taking on new and challenging projects. I would love to hear from you and see how we might be able to work together to arrive at a fantastic end product.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Book Author 1 Year
Copy Editor 10 Years
Proofreader 12 Years
Specialty
Family, Children & Teenagers 4 Years
Lifestyle 9 Years
Books & Literature 11 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
11 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Quayside Publishing Group (11+), Red Line Editorial (11+), Peggy Lauritsen Design Group (6-10), Hachette Book Group (6-10), Keybridge Communications (6-10), Search Institute (6-10), MedLearn (3-5), Editor's Inc. (3-5), Redleaf Press (3-5), Milkweed Editions (1-2)
Other Work History
Hanley Wood Marketing: Proofreader/Copy Editor (2012 to present)
Free Spirit Publishing: Proofreader/Copy Editor (2010 to 2012)
Search Institute Press: Editor (2007 to 2009)
Peggy Lauritsen Design Group: Proofreader (2005 to 2007)
Merrill Corporation: Proofreader (2004 to 2005)
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, basic HTML and Web platforms
Equipment
Laptop, Adobe Acrobat Pro
References
"Alison is an excellent proofreader, writer and editor. She picked up on the copy styles of our various clients quickly and was a great resource for questions regarding their particular usage parameters, not to mention everyday grammar and punctuation questions!" Sara R.

"Alison was the go-to editor when we wanted an especially sharp proofreading eye. She never missed an error and knew the Chicago Manual of Style cold. My publishing manager and I still turn to her for a final ruling when we debate word and style choices, and we know that if Alison says it's so, it's definitely so." Kate B.

“Alison is an expert editor and proofreader. She added value to every project she worked on. During her tenure, she was responsible for ensuring that everything we produced had error-free copy. Plus, it meant learning the copy guidelines for each of our clients and making sure they were followed to a T. Clients trusted her implicitly.” Sharon S.
Other
BA in English writing and sociology
New York University Summer Publishing Institute
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Free Spirit Publishing Blog, 3/10/2014)
(Hanley Wood Marketing Blog, 2/12/2014)
(Keybridge Communciations, 2/4/2014)
(International OCD Foundation Blog, 11/22/2013)
(Keybridge Communciations, 11/12/2013)
(International OCD Foundation Blog, 10/15/2013)
(International OCD Foundation Blog, 10/7/2013)
(Keybridge Communciations, 9/3/2013)
(International OCD Foundation Blog, 8/19/2013)
(International OCD Foundation Blog, 6/21/2013)
(International OCD Foundation, 5/17/2013)
(Keybridge Communications, 5/14/2013)
(Keybridge Communications, 3/26/2013)
(Blisstree, 3/18/2013)
(The Huffington Post, 3/7/2013)
(Hanley Wood Marketing, 2/19/2013)
(Keybridge Communications, 1/29/2013)
(Keybridge Communications, 1/8/2013)
(Hanley Wood Marketing Blog, 12/6/2012)
(Keybridge Communications, 12/4/2012)
(Keybridge Communications Blog, 11/1/2012)
(Keybridge Communications Blog, 10/16/2012)
(Free Spirit Publishing Blog, 8/13/2012)
(Free Spirit Publishing Blog, 6/22/2012)