Sophie Michals

Business, technical, and medical editor
Reply rate:
Hourly ($/hour)
50 years old
Chicago, il, United States
20 years
Sophie Michals 2446 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL-- EXPERIENCE PROFILE Senior editor who has managed complex projects and teams, delivering the highest level of quality and consistency for 15+ years Editorial Project Management: Committed professional who understands the needs of clients while consistently meeting project goals and deadlines Copyediting | Style Guides | Medical Editing | Staff Supervision | Technical Editing | Process Improvements EXPERIENCE FREELANCE EDITOR Chicago, IL | 1998–Present Manage multiple assignments for a variety of clients Copyediting, substantive editing, proofreading, rewriting, medical editing, fact checking, social media content creation, blog posts • Clients include SapientRazorfish, Dragonfly Editorial, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Forsythe Technology, DePaul University, Jones Lang LaSalle, RTC Agency (pharmaceutical advertising for Sunovion, Astellas, Pfizer), National Association for the Education of Young Children, Loma Linda University Health • Edit both short- and long-form content • Write short-form content • Advise clients in structuring books SENIOR CONTENT MANAGER Chicago, IL |- SIMPLE TRUTH Copyedited a range of digital and print work. Created and edited content for social media posts. Migrated and edited content for website projects. Performed trademark searches and compiled client style guides. • Clients included Allstate, Hunter Douglas Hospitality, Chicago History Museum, Hollister, and GTCR • Pursued a policy of constant written word improvement for the writing team TEAM LEAD, EDITORIAL PROJECT MANAGER Chicago, IL |- RHR INTERNATIONAL Planned and managed projects and workflow for a management consulting firm specializing in executive development. Managed overlapping projects at different stages of completion. Interacted with consultants (writers) in a collaborative, professional manner. Edited long-form B2B content (proposals, reports) to improve style, accuracy, grammar, punctuation, and consistency. Followed The Chicago Manual of Style for copyediting. Assigned duties to remote editing staff and held them accountable to meet deadlines. Trained new employees and evaluated the quality of their work. Designed presentations in PowerPoint. Advocated for enhancements in processes and technology. • Created the company’s editing processes and style guide across seven offices in the U.S., UK, and Canada • Built a team of five in-house editors and four freelance editors 1 Sophie Michals 2446 N Albany Ave, Chicago, IL-- SENIOR COPY EDITOR Chicago, IL |- CRAMER-KRASSELT Copyedited, proofread, and rewrote short-form content, including advertising copy, RFPs, website content, and internal documents. Worked as part of a team with copy editors, copywriters, art directors, account executives, and production artists. Updated trademark lists for clients. Ensured that ad layouts of different sizes and formats were accurate. Wrote content for internal communications. • Clients included Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Porsche, AirTran, Hyatt, Crown Imports, Cedar Fair, and Heinz • Established style guides for major clients, put AP style in place for the firm, and instituted fact checking as a copyediting duty • Edited print, TV, and online ads for a pharmaceutical company that required an understanding of medical terminology • Contributed to internal documents that captured trending terms in marketing and public discourse • Developed skills needed to edit copy in a digital, collaborative environment EDITORIAL SERVICES MANAGER YOUNG & RUBICAM BRANDS Chicago, IL |- Ensured high standards for copy and layout at a leading advertising agency. Supervised a team of three copy editors. Hired and trained new employees and freelancers. Reviewed editors’ work for quality and accuracy. • Clients included Microsoft, Office Depot, Applebee’s Chevron, and United Airlines • First editor to be hired by an established company with responsibility to establish best practices • Introduced new procedures and processes for copyediting, including client-specific style guides Performed technical editing for a client (Microsoft) and gained experience using the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications EDUCATION BACHELOR OF ARTS, ENGLISH LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY 1993 CERTIFICATE, MEDICAL EDITING UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO GRAHAM SCHOOL Expected Winter 2017 AFFILIATIONS American Medical Writers Association, Editorial Freelancers Association, American Copy Editors Society STYLE GUIDES Chicago Manual of Style • Associated Press Stylebook (AP) • Microsoft Manual of Style • Publication Manual of APA • AMA Manual of Style TECHNICAL SKILLS CMS: WordPress, Drupal, Blogger Collaboration: Google Drive, Adobe Contribute, Slack, Trello, Asana MS Office: PowerPoint (advanced), Word (advanced), Excel 2
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