I have more than 30 years' experience writing and editing in the seemingly unrelated fields of health care and music.
As a freelancer, I have done production editing for medical and science journals and book copy editing on subjects such as global warming, the Federal Reserve, African-American folklore, alien visits to Earth, and monster movies.
From 1986 to 2004, I worked in the University of Virginia Health System's Office of Marketing and Communications, where I edited the hospital's community newsletter, wrote Web content and radio PSAs, and edited annual reports.
I played baritone sax in my high school jazz ensemble and later with the musicians who became 10,000 Maniacs. I have written about folk, rock, Swedish folk-rock, jazz, blues, country, gospel, and reggae music for Dirty Linen magazine and other publications since 1982.
Books & Literature
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
Book Publishing Consumer
Total Media Industry Experience
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Journal of Neurosurgery (10+), Inner Traditions book publisher (10+), Driftwood, Web-based music magazine (6-10), Goddard College (3-5)
Other Work History
Freelance Writer/Editor (2004 to Present)
Copyedit books for Greenwood Press/Capital City Press and Inner Traditions/Bear & Company, including books on alternative medicine, the history of monster movies, African-American folklore, and an encyclopedia of hairstyles
Copyedit articles for medical and scientific journals, including Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Write book, video, and album reviews related to popular music.
Public Relations Writer/Editor, University of Virginia (1986 to 2004)
Created, edited, and wrote for a health-and-wellness community newsletter, a magazine for physicians, patient-information pamphlets, annual reports, and other publications
Wrote about technical and medical topics in a clear voice for a general audience
Scheduled projects and assured delivery of publications
Supervised writers, designers and photographers
Photography (digital and conventional film)
Word, OS 10, Windows, Dreamweaver
Apple laptop computer
Digital camera and film photography
Maureen Wellen: Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, (434) 924-7053 (former supervisor at UVa Marketing and Communications)
David Catell-Gordon: former director of outreach, psychosocial services, and cancer control, University of Virginia Cancer Center, email@example.com, (434) 982-4234
Jo Ann Eliason: Journal of Neurosurgery, firstname.lastname@example.org, (434) 982-1209
Circle of Excellence Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, for "At the Forefront of the Field," Heart Center brochure, 1996
Best Articles of the Year, bronze medal, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, for Helix article on designer drugs, "Design for Dying," 1988.
Editorial Freelancers Association