Resume


MEREDITH PETERS HALE
Meredith622@gmail.com
(917) 797-9207


 SUMMARY

  • Published author, blogger, and frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamapedia, and more. Author of Home Remedies: An A–Z Guide of Quick and Easy Natural Cures (Quarto, 2015)
  • Reliable freelance editor with more than fifteen years of experience in multiple areas of publishing, including acquisitions, developmental editing, direct marketing, online merchandising, and SEO copywriting
  • Proven ability to work within a budget and meet tight deadlines

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE EDITORIAL SERVICES (July 2009 – present)

  • Author and ghostwrite books for various publishers, on subjects ranging from health to humor
  • Write SEO copy for websites and blogs; publish relatable and humorous parenting articles on The Huffington Post, Washington Post.com, Scary Mommy, and other prominent sites
  • Work with authors to develop and edit their manuscripts; compose pitch letters and book proposals
  • Copyedit and proofread manuscripts, page proofs, eBooks, web content, direct mail, and other materials
  • Possess thorough knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), AP Style, and various house styles

BARNES & NOBLE, INC.

Sterling publishing Co., Inc. (subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.)

      Senior Project Editor, Barnes & Noble Digital Library (June 2010–December 2011)—Freelance position

  • Managed a team of proofreaders to ensure quality and on-time delivery of public domain eBooks
  • Served as liaison between senior management and production house in resolving issues and establishing protocols
  • Created and maintained style guides for digital and print programs; trained project editors and proofreaders

      Editor (February 2006–July 2009)—Full-time position

  • Acquired and oversaw development of approximately 12 nonfiction titles per season
  • Managed various categories including relationships, business, science, mathematics, and religion
  • Worked with authors in developing and editing their manuscripts
  • Created content with established brands such as AARP, RE/MAX, Hasbro, Yahoo!, and Franchise Times
  • Collaborated with publicity, marketing, and sales departments to actively promote titles
  • Liaised with design, production, and managing editorial departments to ensure quality and meet deadlines

Barnes & Noble Publishing

      Editor (February 2005–February 2006); Associate Editor (July 2002–February 2005)

  • Acquired titles and worked with authors in developing and editing their manuscripts
  • Pitched book ideas to Barnes & Noble buyers, merchandising managers, and CEO
  • Wrote editorial and promotional material, including flap copy, catalog copy, web content, and pitch letters
  • Maintained schedule for each title; shepherded books through entire publication process
  • Served as liaison with sales, marketing, and production departments
  • Hired and oversaw freelance copy editors, designers, proofreaders, and indexers

Barnes & Noble.com                                                                                                                       

      eBooks Editor (February 2002–July 2002); Assistant Editor (January 2001–February 2002)

  • Managed online merchandising of digital titles; created weekly merchandising plans and wrote copy for all eBook promotional pages and newsletters
  • Acquired content and oversaw production for proprietary digital publishing program
  • Served as primary contact for eBook publishers
  • Edited and proofread text; managed part-time proofreaders and outside proofreading service

TIME INC. HOME ENTERTAINMENT                                                                             

      Assistant Product Manager, Time Books Franchise (April 2000–January 2001)     

  • Worked with designers, copywriters, and editors in creation of promotional materials
  • Proposed concepts for new books; wrote promotional descriptions of books for concept testing
  • Collaborated with team to analyze sales history and create direct mail, package insert, and telemarketing plans

RANDOM HOUSE DIRECT                                                                                                                  

      Marketing Associate (Nov 1999–Apr 2000), Marketing Assistant (Nov 1998–Nov 1999)

  • Created and implemented direct mail plans
  • Coordinated with designers, copywriters, and editors in creation of promotional materials
  • Wrote copy for direct mail pieces, magazine advertisements, and scripts for telemarketers
  • Tracked sales for all marketing programs and conducted analyses of final results

OTHER PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE

University of Pennsylvania Press

       Editorial and Marketing Intern (paid position), June 1997–May 1998

  • Corresponded with authors and sales representatives
  • Proofread and prepared manuscripts for transmittal; updated sales catalogues

INSIDE Magazine, Philadelphia, PA, circulation 65,000

      Editorial Intern (paid position), June 1996–April 1997

  • Assisted in editing and proofreading articles
  • Read and critiqued unsolicited submissions  

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA

Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in English, May 1998

Prizes and Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Dean’s List; First Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, Samuel P. & Ida S. Mandell Undergraduate Essay Contest; Creative Writing Scholarship from the Howard M. Berger Memorial Fund; Golden Key National Honor Society


TECHNICAL SKILLS

PC and Mac proficient. Working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, QuarkXpress, PowerPoint, Photoshop, WordPress and Blogger. Basic knowledge of HTML. Former Team Leader for Technology Projects, New York Cares. Microsoft Excel Instructor, The Workplace Partnership.

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