Curriculum Vitae

Education

BA in Editing and Publishing / Brigham Young University / Graduated December 2019

  • 3.97 GPA, Magna Cum Laude

  • Minored in music; additionally, general courses required the equivalence of a minor in religion

Relevant Course Work

  • Grammar of English: Studied the function and form of various types of English structures (e.g. nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, articles, conjunctions), establishing a solid understanding of the structure of the English language

  • Modern American Usage: Discussed the difference between prescriptive and descriptive approaches to correcting usage errors and became very familiar with numerous usage guides' consensus about common usage issues

  • Basic Editing Skills: Learned the editing process and solidified understanding of grammar and usage principles addressed most often in copyediting; wrote and edited an empirical paper and a study guide within the class to apply and practice my copyediting skills 

  • Genre and Substantive Editing: Wrote and edited two papers to practice principles of substantive (or line) editing including organization, cohesion, and coherence; became familiar with important business aspects of freelancing and acquired and completed a freelance project during the semester

  • Editing Student Journals: Volunteered for Leading Edge Magazine and Criterion to participate in and become more familiar with the editing process as practiced in publishing houses, reporting regularly on my efforts and improvements

  • Editing for a Publication: Worked as a staff member of the online publication Latter-day Saint Insights, taking on the role of an assistant managing editor and a social media and analytics team member

  • Structure of Modern English: Studied in greater depth the function and form of various types of English structures to understand how and why certain structures lead to structural ambiguities within the English language 

  • Intro to Print Publishing: Designed a business card, a flyer, a magazine spread, and a book using InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop

  • Intro to Web Publishing: Learned how to code in HTML and CSS in order to design useful, accessible, and attractive websites

  • Introduction to English Language Studies: Learned the basics of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics 

  • Semantics and Pragmatics: Discussed and presented about the underlying aspects of the English language that allow us to interpret meaning even from indirect statements

  • Linguistics 101: Discussed the wide application of linguistics to various other fields in order to better understand the study and purpose of linguistics 

  • Intro to Varieties of English: Discussed how we define, interact with, and sometimes stereotype varieties of English based on gender, race, age, geography, religion, etc.

  • History of English: Reviewed defining factors of Old English, Middle English, and Modern English to better understand the underlying reasons for seemingly inconsistent or complicated structures in the English we speak today 

  • History of the Book: Explored the origins of written sources and how manuscript design and function has evolved into the medium of books we now use

  • German: Completed an equivalent of four semesters of college study in the German language, a study that I began in 5th grade and that has better informed my understanding of the structure of English as well as increased my love and appreciation for other cultures

  • Shakespeare: Studied a number of Shakespeare's plays, learning not only about older forms of English but also learning about important themes to improve my own character

Clubs and Organizations

  • STET: The Editor's Network: The club for editors on BYU campus, organizing and hosting events to help us network with each other and improve our editing skills

  • Leading Edge Magazine: BYU's premier sci-fi/fantasy student journal

  • Criterion: BYU's journal of literary criticism

  • BYU Women's Chorus: The auditioned choir for women in BYU's esteemed music program; I sang with Women's Chorus for four semesters as an Alto I and Alto II and volunteered on the wardrobe committee

Editing and Publishing Work and Experience

 

Freelance Editor / Passmore Edits / January 2020–Present

  • Provide quality services (primarily fiction authors) in developmental editing, substantive editing, copyediting, and evaluating manuscripts

  • Consult with writers to provide encouragement and improve their writing skills

  • Regularly contract with editing companies like Eschler Editing to edit authors' manuscripts in various genres

Intern / Eschler Editing / April 2020–July 2020

  • Focused internship studies, practice edits, and other assignments on science-fiction and fantasy genres, improving overall skills in and knowledge of developmental editing, substantive editing, line editing, copyediting, beta reading, and evaluating manuscripts

  • Completed my first assignment, beta reading a memoir, expertly enough that the project manager handed over the project to me and another talented intern, entrusting us to conduct multiple rounds of editing

  • Researched and wrote a blog post about writing and publishing memoir (publication date TBD) to apply to my work on the memoir project previously mentioned

Grammar TA for SFL 315 / BYU / September 2018–January 2020

  • Outlined, organized, wrote, and edited new course content for grammar and usage in the social sciences, including a textbook over 100 pages

  • Taught basic grammar and usage principles, empowering students in their knowledge and professional writing

  • Worked one-on-one with students to improve understanding of grammar, usage, and writing skills

  • Graded, edited, and source checked written assignments, about 30 of which have been published

Assistant Managing Editor / Latter-day Saint Insights / September 2019–December 2019

  • Wrote 250-word articles every two weeks and guided my team of editors through substantive editing and copyediting, communicating with each editor to keep us on a tight schedule while balancing multiple assignments at once

  • Edited 20 articles from my editing team, paying great attention to detail to ensure they were quality pieces for the managing editor to work with and following through with deadlines

  • Assisted the managing editor with editing other teams’ articles as needed

  • Updated and organized the publication style guide and other important instruction documents

  • Took part in all aspects of running a publication including social media, design, web support, copyright, and PR

Social Media and Analytics Team Member / Latter-day Saint Insights / September 2019–December 2019

  • Managed the Latter-day Saint Insights Twitter account, increasing our followers by 51 and impressions by 131.3k from October 2019 to January 2020

  • Coordinated live tweeting of and helped live tweet special events with relevant content matter to the publication

  • Used Hootsuite to create social media posts in advance 

Proofreader / Family Perspectives Journal / September 2019–December 2019

  • Proofread 13 articles for a scholarly journal, maintaining consistency and clarity

  • Created a style guide for other editors on the staff of the journal to use

Usage TA for ELANG 322 / BYU / June 2018–December 2019

  • Ran three review sessions each semester for students studying usage, guiding students in their study habits and reinforcing grammar and usage principles

  • Taught three classes when professor was unavailable

Writing Fellow / BYU / August  2017–December 2019

  • Oversaw other Fellows as they worked with students, addressing needs and discussing strategies to tutor more effectively

  • Reviewed early student drafts to diagnose global issues within students’ writing and sent asynchronous feedback

  • Met one on one with students to workshop their assignments and improve overall writing skills

Research & Writing Center Consultant / BYU Harold B. Lee Library / January  2018–June 2019

  • Tutored students from all disciplines on basic writing and grammar skills, increasing their confidence and abilities

  • Balanced instruction with cognitive and motivational scaffolding to encourage student learning and application

  • Completed various projects independently to improve personal knowledge of and skills in tutoring

  • Participated in and occasionally instructed weekly training sessions to improve other tutors’ skills

Managing Editor / Leading Edge Magazine / January 2019–June 2019

  • Oversaw the development of various projects from acquisition to publication, primarily science fiction and fantasy short stories

  • Oversaw a team of acquisition editors, guiding and mentoring them through the editing process

  • Made substantive edits and copyedits based on The Chicago Manual of Style to short stories

  • Edited and typeset short stories in InDesign to ensure correctness and adhere to basic design principles

  • Proofread entire magazine, including front matter, competitions, poetry, nonfiction, and back matter

  • Assisted in coordinating the publication process by communicating with authors to solicit revisions, contracts, permissions, bios, etc.

  • Coordinated schedules between various team members and authors, following up to keep production on track

Assistant Nonfiction Director / Leading Edge Magazine / September 2018–December 2018

  • Set goals and made plans to generate science fiction- and fantasy-related nonfiction materials to publish

  • Organized and coordinated responsibilities and efforts according to the publication's calendar 

  • Solicited science fiction- and fantasy-related nonfiction manuscripts such as author interviews, book reviews, and editorial essays

  • Made substantive edits and copyedits to nonfiction materials based on The Chicago Manual of Style to editorials, book reviews, and interviews

  • Edited and typeset nonfiction items in InDesign to ensure correctness and adhere to basic design principles

  • Communicated between authors and agents professionally to obtain revisions, contracts, permissions, bios, etc.

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Editor / Criterion Journal / February 2018–April 2018

  • Coordinated with another editor to make substantive edits and copyedits consistent with The Chicago Manual of Style to an essay of literary criticism

  • Laid out and cleaned up the essay in InDesign according to the journal’s style

  • Met weekly with other members of the staff to train on basic editing principles

Other Work and Experience

Database Editor / Studies in Mormon History Database / June 2017–December 2017

  • Entered precise numbers to link various items within the database according to citations

  • Stayed on task, worked quickly but effectively, and paid great attention to detail

Account Creation Specialist / Vivint SmartHome / March 2017–August 2017

  • Assisted sales representatives in recording and checking their customers' private and sensitive information

  • Problem solved various issues that sales representatives encountered in serving their customers

  • Completed various paperwork and data entry tasks quickly and efficiently

  • Qualified to work on the help desk to assist other account creation specialists with questions and complicated issues

Volunteer Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints / Florida Orlando Mission / August 2015–March 2017

  • Worked 12 hour days, focused on achieving weekly and monthly goals and plans

  • Communicated effectively with people of various backgrounds and circumstances to teach life-improving principles

  • Trained other volunteer missionaries, mentoring one-on-one and in group training sessions to motivate and improve efficiency

  • Participated in various service projects, including cleaning up after the devastation of Hurricane Matthew and providing relief for its victims

Piano and Flute Teacher / June 2012–August 2014

  • Planned lessons and activities to teach young children beginning music principles and technique

  • Implemented individual teaching styles with each student to improve in music technique, theory, and repertoire

  • Designed effective reward systems to encourage students to practice regularly

  • Communicated openly with parents to monitor children's improvement and interests

Skills

  • Great passion for fictional novels and the publishing industry, especially in fantasy and science fiction

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Consistent follow through

  • Solid organization

  • Ability to multi-task, manage time, and communicate effectively

  • Familiarity with a variety of social media platforms

  • Familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Writing Styles

  • Chicago Manual of Style

  • APA

  • MLA

Languages

  • German (intermediate)

  • HTML (intermediate)

  • CSS (beginner)

See more of my work and experience in my editing and writing samples.