Melissa Mayntz: Freelance Writer and Proofreader



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Highlights:
  • Experienced in writing features, news briefs, profiles, and essays, including relevant sidebars.
  • Strongly proficient in proofreading and editing with attention to the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Excellent research skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • Computer skills include HTML, Microsoft Word, wiki, social media, and Paint Shop Pro.
  • Prompt, swift service, including short notice assignments.
Writing Experience:
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles (2003 - Present).
    • Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine
    • WildBird Magazine
    • National Wildlife Magazine
    • Florida Times-Union Newspaper; Jacksonville, Florida
    • Orlando Sentinel Newspaper; Orlando, Florida
    • Daily Herald Newspaper; Provo, Utah
    • Senior Living Newspaper, Springfield, Missouri
    • American Senior Magazine
  • Online Articles (2004 - Present).
    • About.com Birding / Wild Birds
    • The Dollar Stretcher
    • Funds For Writers Online Newsletter
    • Bird Watcher's Digest Online
    • Agway.com
    • Yahoo! Voices (now defunct)
    • Assorted independent blogs and websites (clients through publicity firms)
  • Alternative Markets (Dates vary).
    • Ephemera, Inc. (Buttons and slogans)
    • Chicken Soup for the Soul (Short story anthology)
      For a complete list of publications and available online clips, see Publication Index.


Editing Experience:
  • Proofreader and Copy Editor for SuperCollege; Los Altos, California (2007 - Present).
    • Nonfiction manuscripts edited from printout copies.
      • Creative Careers; Elaina Loveland
      • Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Get Free Cash for College; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • America's Best Colleges for B Students; Tamra Orr
      • Ramen Noodles, Rent and Resumes; Kristen Fischer
      • Creative Colleges; Elaina Loveland
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2009; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited; Stewart Brown
      • Ace the SAT Writing Even if You Hate to Write; Tamra Orr (Excerpt)
      • How to Be Irresistible to Colleges; Eric Dawson and Lynda Herring
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2010; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Eight First Choices; Joyce Slayton Mitchell
      • 50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Find the Perfect College for You; Rosalind Marie and C. Claire Law
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2011; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Get Into Any College; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Dream College; Ezeze Kpakpundu
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Find the Perfect College for You; Rosalind Marie and C. Claire Law (Updated Edition)
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2013; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2014; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • 50 Successful Stanford University Application Essays; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • 50 Successful University of California Application Essays; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2015; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2015; Gen and Kelly Tanabe
      • Find the Perfect College for You; Rosalind Marie and C. Claire Law (Updated Edition - 2014)
      • America's Best Colleges for B Students; Tamra Orr (Updated Excerpt)
  • Proofreader and Copy Editor for Grove Creek Publishing; Pleasant Grove, Utah (2006 - Present).
    • Romance and young adult fiction manuscripts edited from printout copies.
      • Savage; Katherine Warwick
      • Dancing With His Heart; Katherine Warwick
      • Magic Hands; Jennifer Laurens
      • An Open Vein; J.M. Warwick
      • Wilde; Katherine Warwick
      • Nailed; Jennifer Laurens
      • A Season of Eden; J.M. Warwick
      • A Fare to Remember; Jennifer Laurens
      • Heavenly; Jennifer Laurens
      • Penitence; Jennifer Laurens
      • Absolution; Jennifer Laurens
      • Overprotected; Jennifer Laurens
      • Grace Doll; Jennifer Laurens
  • Independent proofreader and copy editor for individual authors (2008 - Present).
    • Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts edited from printout copies.
      • The Sanctuary and the Magical Feline; Pat Hurtado
      • Punkin Imperfection; Carolyn Bartlett
      • Estrona; Inge-Lise Goss
      • Cadence Beach; Linda Juliano
      • Slow Burn; Ednah Walters
      • Betrayed; Ednah Walters
      • Sex With Angela (excerpt); Sarah Isaacson
      • Dangerous Love; Ednah Walters
      • Forever Hers; Ednah Walters
      • Heaven's Hero: A True Story; Abbie Guerrero
      • A Taste of Relief; Anna Brewster
      • The Sacred Dome; Michael Andam
      • Neuroma; Fred Simard
      • Life is Like a Parade; L. Henry Smith
  • Site Editor for LoveToKnow.com (Oct. 2005 - Apr. 2010).
    • Proofread and edited online articles for quality and layout.
    • Maintained website quality with regular promotional updates.
  • Proofreader and Copy Editor for Carnot USA Books, Inc.; New York, New York (2004 - 2005).
    • Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts including footnotes edited from galley copies.
      • The Devil Lives in Glasgow; Gilles Bornais
      • Atlantis Rediscovered; Jacques Herbert
      • Breathing Life: Yogi Coudoux's Pranayama Techniques; Yogi Coudoux
      • Art Fraud: Memoirs of a Master Forger; Alin Marthouret
      For proofreading and editing services and rates, see Editing Services.


Conferences:
  • Presenter: Northern Colorado Writers' Conference, April 2008.
    • Bytes for Bucks
    • Lightning Interviews
  • Planning Committee Member: Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, 2010 - Present.
  • Presenter: Utah County Fair, August 2010.

Awards:
  • Provo City Library Volunteer of the Year: February 2013.
  • Second Prize: The Ultimate Renegade Essay Contest, The Renegade Writer Blog; September 2006.
  • Third Place: 23rd Annual Holiday Short Story Contest, Florida Times-Union; December 2002.


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