Professional Experience

Professional Experience: Proofreader and Editorial Assistant for Soundings Publications

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 2.48.24 PMSoundings Publications, based in Essex, CT, produces three monthly, nationally-distributed magazines: Soundings (a consumer boating magazine), Woodshop News (a woodworking industry magazine), and Trade Only Today (a boating industry magazine). As their Proofreader and Editorial Assistant, I was responsible for a great many things, chief among them going over the proofs for each magazine with a fine-toothed comb and ensuring they conformed to Associate Press Style.

Each magazine operated on a tight production cycle, with one week each month devoted to bringing each magazine from proof to print. In addition to giving the copy a final look-through, I also worked in conjunction with the designers to over all page-design elements right down to the kerning. Working in this fast-paced and demanding production environment forced me to develop all the skills necessary to be a both efficient and meticulous editor.

The cover of the July 2009 issue of Soundings.

The cover of the July 2009 issue of Soundings.

In addition to my duties as a proofreader, I also worked closely with the editorial staff for all three magazines to produce and distribute daily and weekly e-newsletters. This required me to do a great deal of HTML formatting with Microsoft Frontpage, as well as maintenance of the magazine’s respective websites through Joomla, their Content Management System.  Towards the end of my tenure at Soundings Publications, I also began to write the monthly “Book Notes” column for Soundings’ “Home Waters” section.

My time spent at Soundings was perhaps the most rewarding period of my professional career, and many of the skills that make me an excellent freelancer are skills that I developed there. Had the swift winds of change that have been altering the field of print journalism not claimed my position (and the positions of many other copy editors and proofreaders), I’d likely still be there today.

The "Book Notes" column that I wrote for Soundings.

The “Book Notes” column that I wrote for Soundings.

If you’re interested in seeing samples of the writing I produced for Soundings magazine, you can download this PDF or you can check out any of the links below:

Remembering Camden: Stories From Old Maine

Mayday!: Shipwrecks, Tragedies, and Tale from Long Island’s Eastern Shore

Modern Sharking

Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing Through 2012

Harbor Voices: New York Harbor Tugs, Ferries, People, Places and More

Power Boating for Dummies

The Dangerous Book for Boaters

Instant Storm Forecasting

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Professional Experience: Marketing Assistant for Job Target

A flyer produced for distribution by Job Target at the Spring 2010 ERE Conference.

A flyer that I produced for Job Target that was distributed at the Spring 2010 ERE Conference.

For a brief period in 2010, I worked as a Marketing Assistant for Job Target (www.jobtarget.com) based in New London, CT. In a nutshell, the company provided a web-based software platform with which various companies and trade organizations could establish their own online job boards.

At the time that I was hired, the company was rolling out a new analytics package (OneClick Analytics) that would allow its customers and clients to track and refine their recruiting strategies. As part of the product rollout, I was tasked with producing copy for press releases, advertisements, and flyers that would be distributed at the spring ERE Conference. For these marketing materials, I developed the idea of inviting prospective clients to participate in the “Science of Recruitmentology”–a term inspired by NCAA March Madness “Bracketology”–and broke down the product’s offerings into an easy-to-digest 4-step system. You can take a look at flyer by clicking here.

In addition such projects, I also produced the copy for monthly e-newsletters, as well as crafted and disseminated press releases. At the time I was employed at Job Target, that company was experimenting with different ways to grow, and unfortunately they determined that having a Marketing Assistant on staff was more of a luxury than a necessity. Regardless, I remain immensely grateful for the experience I gained there and proud of what I accomplished.