Freelance Editing:

No two composition projects are the same.  Occasionally, freelance writing jobs require extensive groundwork such as research and/or interviews.  Other jobs, such as copywriting in particular, requires carefully examining a an individual project plan, taking into account marketing materials or other products.  Commercial writing often requires in-person meetings and/or conference calls.  Freelance editing jobs for book authors usually require frequent contact and an understanding of the publishing industry.  Drafts, revisions, communications, research time, and expenses are all factors that must be considered in a freelance editor’s rates, which is the reason I have not posted quotes online.

I have, however, been toying with the idea of offering freelance editing and proofreading services for a while.  It seems that I have the requisite time and the motivation right now, so there’s no time like the present!  Contact me regarding fees and project details.  My experience and credentials are listed below.

Joseph is a 31-year old writer, currently living in Omaha with his wife and five dogs. Joe has written for PANK MagazineThe RumpusThe Houston Literary ReviewInDigest MagazineSpecter Magazine and Grey Sparrow Journal (CELJ’s Best New Literary Journal of 2010), where he is a regular contributor to its section, “The Campus,” and serves as an associate editor. Additionally, his short story “We Always Trust Each Other, Except for When We Don’t” was nominated for both Dzanc Books‘ Best of the Web 2011 anthology and storySouth‘s Million Writers Award (where it was a top-100 finalist!).

CV:

Joseph Michael Owens
Omaha, NE 68164
joemowens@gmail.com

Education
Master of Fine Arts, University of Nebraska, July 2009 – present
Major in Writing
Emphasis in Creative Non-Fiction
College of Fine Arts
Cumulative GPA: 3.91

Master of Arts, Iowa State University, August 2005 – May 2008
Major in English, (all required coursework completed May 2008)
Emphasis in Literature
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Minor in Journalism
Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication
Major GPA: 3.67
Graduate Study Abroad, Iowa State University, May 2007

London, Literature and Theatre
Emphasis in Literature and the Arts
Study in the U.K., May 2007

Bachelor of Science, University of Nebraska- Omaha, December 2004
Major in Journalism
Emphasis in Print Media
College of Communication

Minor in Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Cumulative GPA: 3.31/4.00

Professional Positions
Course Instructor (Adjunct) November 2012 – present
Department of Communications and Humanities
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
English Composition I & II  {Eng 1010/1020, 3 sections}:
Enrollment: 24 ea. section (approximate for each semester)
· Developed class syllabi
· Evaluated students’ essays
· Facilitated discussions and activities
· Introduced Composition course requirements
· Updated and maintained the course management program on MyWay

Course Instructor (Adjunct) August 2012 – present
Iowa Western Community College, English, Council Bluffs, IA
Elements of Writing (ENG 095) 1 section, Writing for the Workplace (ENG 110) 1 section,
English Composition I (ENG 105) 1 section:
Enrollment: 20 (approximate per section)
• Develop class syllabi
• Evaluate students’ essays
• Work with students individually on revisions
• Facilitate discussions and activities
• Introduce Writing course requirements
• Update and maintain the course management program on ROC

Writing Center Consultant September 2012 – present
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
• Edit and proofread student papers
• Offer editing related comments and suggestions
• Show new students how to register for the Writing Center
• Help students with major formatting styles: MLA, APA, & Chicago
• Consult with instructors on designing & presenting writing assignments
• Help foster productive connections between interdisciplinary colleagues

Course Instructor (TA) August 2007 – May 2008
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Speech Communication, Ames, IA
Fundamentals of Public Speaking {Sp Cm 212—3 sections ea. (Fall 2007; Spring 2008)}:
Enrollment: 61 (approximate for each semester)
· Developed class syllabi
· Evaluated students’ speeches
· Proctored Exams
· Facilitated discussions and activities
· Introduced Public Speaking course requirements
· Updated and maintained the course management program on WebCT

Teaching Assistant August 2006 – December 2006
Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication, Ames, IA

History of American Journalism {Jl MC 461 (Fall 2006)}:
Enrollment: 18
· Gave lecture on Hunter S. Thompson
· Wrote and delivered a lecture comparing the New Journalists to the Muckrakers
· Evaluated students’ exams and assignments
· Collaborated bi-weekly with professor to discuss student progress and class preparation

Research Assistant August 2005 – December 2006
Greenlee School of Journalism & Communication, Ames, IA
· Co-authored and presented a Top Faculty honored paper submitted to the 2006
AEJMC National Conference in San Francisco
· Completed the Institutional Review Board training test
· Compiled scholarly articles and abstracts for my supervisor
· Located research articles through inter-library loan
· Learned the SPSS statistical software program
· Analyzed data gathered from a survey for supervisor’s research

Project Specialist November 1999 – present
Owens and Associates – Interlink newsletter, Omaha, NE
· Layout, writing, editing and design of company’s monthly electronic newsletter
· Personnel coordination
· Company billing responsibilities
· Background and driver’s license checks
· Computer hardware and software technician
· Supplies inventory

Intern / Staff Writer August 2004 – December 2004
Omaha Magazine, Omaha, NE
· Authored one article for sister publication, The Encounter
· Compiled calendar of events for the City of Omaha
· Management of detailed information regarding publication material
· Tabulated “Best of Omaha” voting

Staff Writer August 2003 – December 2004
The Gateway (UNO), Omaha, NE
· Editorials
· Restaurant reviews
· Technology reviews
· Movie reviews
· Feature articles

Awards, Honors & Publications
Book published by Grey Sparrow Press; February 1, 2012
   Shenanigans!: A Collection of Stories
Essay accepted at TheRumpus.net for publication; June, 2011.
   “Where I Write: A Stable in the Floodplain”
Short Story accepted at PANK Magazine for publication; March, 2011 issue.
   “Contemptibly, A Hair”
Interview accepted at TheRumpus.net for publication; January 7, 2011.
   “An Afternoon With Ralph Steadman”
Short Story accepted at The Houston Literary Review for publication; December, 2010 issue.
   “Ninjas! …In the Suburbs?”
Short Story accepted at Grey Sparrow Journal* for publication; October, 2010 issue.
   “We Always Trust Each Other, Except For When We Don’t”
Short Story nominated for Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web 2011 Anthology.
   “We Always Trust Each Other, Except For When We Don’t”
Short Story nominated for storySouth’s Million Writers Award.
   “We Always Trust Each Other, Except For When We Don’t”
Accepted offer to become a regular contributor to Grey Sparrow Journal’s humor section
Accepted promotion to become an associate editor for Grey Sparrow Journal
Accepted offer to become a submissions reader & book reviewer for PANK Magazine
Accepted offer to become blog editor for InDigest Magazine
Accepted offer to become a film reviewer for InDigest Magazine

Top Faculty Paper Honor (co-author) – AEJMC National Conference 2006
High School Advisers’ Perception of Scholastic Press Freedom in a State with a Protective Law Versus One Without a Protective Law in the Hazlewood Era: A Comparison of Iowa and Indiana
· Co-authors: David Bulla, Iowa State; Calvin Hall, Appalachian State; Adam Maksl, Ball State

Student Organizations Leadership Council; 2004

University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Dean’s List; Fall 2001; Spring 2003 – Spring 2004

Conference Submission
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC 2006),
Scholastic Journalism Division, Top Faculty Paper Award 2006 National Convention, High School Advisers’ Perception of Scholastic Press Freedom in a State with a Protective Law Versus One Without a Protective Law in the Hazlewood Era: A Comparison of Iowa and Indiana
· Co-authors: David Bulla, Iowa State; Calvin Hall, Appalachian State; Adam Maksl, Ball State

Professional Affiliations
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Iowa State University August 2003 – August 2007
   Vice President (January 2006 – May 2007)
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) January 2002 – May 2005
   Newsletter Editor

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4 thoughts on “Freelance Editing:

  1. Tieryas says:

    very impressive CV/resume!

  2. Old and new: smoke signals and telepathy, maybe?!

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