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Writer, Proofreader and Copy Editor

Editor/Writer, Photo Editor, Artist

Lafayette, LA

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Danielle has experience working on three literary publications, a community newspaper and an arts magazine. Her other experience includes freelance work as a writer, editor and photo editor; a tutor in grammar and punctuation; and an art vendor. In 2016, Danielle is seeking new opportunities in publishing, writing/editing, photo editing or in creating custom beaded jewelry.

Willing to relocate: Anywhere

Authorized to work in the US for any employer

Work Experience

Writer, Proofreader and Copy Editor

Freelance
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Lafayette, LA
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February 2014 to Present

• Content Editing and Proofreading:  
Edit social-media posts, e-blasts and other content within a 24-hour turn-around period. 
 
• Web Content Writing and Keyword Insertion:  
Do research. Write engaging articles that communicate specific information with keywords woven into the text.

Photo Editor

Freelance
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Lafayette, LA
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February 2014 to Present

• Digital Photo Retouching:  
Make alterations to digital images using Photoshop tools.

Webmaster

Freelance
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Telecommuter
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February 2014 to Present

• Coding:  
Write new code using HTML, CSS and JavaScript; move old content onto web pages with new code; check web pages for errors

Art Vendor

Freelance
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Lafayette, LA
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March 2009 to Present

• Artwork Creation:  
Design and create artwork, create custom jewelry. 
 
• Booth Management:  
Create artwork displays, set up and manage a booth at events. 
 
• Customer Service:  
Assist customers with purchases, handle cash and POS systems. 
 
• Inventory Management:  
Create and maintain an inventory in Microsoft Excel, take inventory photographs and maintain records of all the items in the inventory. 
 
• E-Commerce Site Management:  
Create and maintain online artwork shops.

Assistant Editor

Overture
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Lafayette, LA
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June 2015 to April 2016

• Feature and Index Copy Writing:  
Researched topics, interviewed sources, transcribed recordings of interviews and wrote feature rough drafts by the deadline. 
 
• Content and Budget Management:  
Informed the writers about their assignments and solicited features from guest writers. Sent follow-up reminders of approaching deadlines. Managed the writers’ drafts. Managed the content budget. 
 
• Copy Editing:  
Trimmed down tangents and repetitions in feature drafts. Edited all content for AP Style errors and other issues while maintaining the writers’ voices and keeping the heart of each feature intact. 
 
• Magazine Proofing:  
Checked the proofs for problems with formatting, photo captions, page numbers, mastheads, bylines, heads, decks and more. 
 
• Image Acquisition:  
Located and solicited images from public and private sources, obtained high-resolution .jpg copies and permissions, and ensured that use guidelines were followed precisely. 
 
• Art Contest Management:  
Researched typical contest rules and wrote a feature. Organized entries according to age group. Asked local artists to serve as judges, used Doodle Calendar to schedule their meeting, and collected their bios and headshots. Used OCR software to convert the winners’ printed artist statements into text. 
 
• Additional Duties:  
Issue-planning contribution, general email management, promotional copy editing and magazine distribution.

Magazine Intern

Overture
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Lafayette, LA
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January 2015 to June 2015

• Feature and Index Copy Writing:  
Researched topics, interviewed sources, transcribed recordings of interviews and wrote feature rough drafts by the deadline. 
 
• Content and Budget Management:  
Informed the writers about their assignments and solicited features from guest writers. Sent follow-up reminders of approaching deadlines. Managed the writers’ drafts. Managed the content budget. 
 
• Copy Editing:  
Trimmed down tangents and repetitions in feature drafts. Edited all content for AP Style errors and other issues while maintaining the writers’ voices and keeping the heart of each feature intact. 
 
• Magazine Proofing:  
Checked the proofs for problems with formatting, photo captions, page numbers, mastheads, bylines, heads, decks and more. 
 
• Image Acquisition:  
Located and solicited images from public and private sources, obtained high-resolution .jpg copies and permissions, and ensured that use guidelines were followed precisely. 
 
• Additional Duties:  
Issue-planning contribution, general email management, promotional copy editing and magazine distribution.

Newspaper Intern

The Acadiana Gazette
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Lafayette, LA
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November 2014 to February 2015

• Feature Writing and Image Acquisition:  
Attended a museum’s event, took photos, interviewed staff, transcribed recordings of the interviews and wrote the feature. 
 
• Facebook Page Management:  
Tracked the view count and posted article links.

Volunteer and Graphic Designer

Showdown @ Unobtainium Steampunk Convention
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Austin, TX
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October 2012 to November 2012

• Set Construction:  
Assisted with painting and installation of festival props. 
 
• Graphic Design and Fiction Writing:  
Designed the event map, designed and wrote content for a mock-town newspaper.

Webmaster

Front Porch Issues 18, 19 and 20
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San Marcos, TX
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May 2011 to May 2012

• Web Site Management:  
Inserted fiction, non-fiction and poetry content into pages of the Front Porch web site. Created new pages and content. Performed general web site maintenance and upkeep. 
 
• Graphics Editing:  
Created and edited header graphics.

Webmaster

Katherine Anne Porter Center
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Kyle, TX
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May 2011 to May 2012

• Web Site Management:  
Inserted content into pages of the web site. Created new pages and content. Performed general web site maintenance and upkeep. 
 
• Graphics Editing:  
Retouched photos to fit with the site’s formatting.

Webmaster

Texas State University-San Marcos Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program
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San Marcos, TX
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May 2011 to May 2012

• Web Site Management:  
Created new pages and content. Performed general web site maintenance and upkeep.

Submissions Reader

Front Porch Issues 17, 18, 20 and 21
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San Marcos, TX
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January 2011 to May 2012

• Member of Staff: 
Front Porch 18 (2011), Front Porch 19 (2011), Front Porch 20 (2012) and Front Porch 21 (2012). 
 
• Submission Reviewing:  
Rated fiction and non-fiction submissions according to clarity, format, plot and other elements. 
 
• Content Proofreading:  
Checked fiction and non-fiction content for errors.

Editorial Intern/Book Placement Coordinator

Texas Books in Review
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San Marcos, TX
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September 2011 to January 2012

• Member of Staff:  
Editorial Intern on the staff of Texas Books in Review 31.3 (Fall 2011). 
 
• Book-Review Acquisition:  
Solicited book reviewers for reviews of books.

Editorial Intern/Book Placement Manager

Southwest American Literature
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San Marcos, TX
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September 2011 to January 2012

• Member of Staff:  
Editorial Intern on the staff of Southwestern American Literature 37.1 (Fall 2011). 
 
• Book-Review Acquisition:  
Solicited writers for reviews of books. 
 
• Non-Fiction Submission Reviewing:  
Read non-fiction essay submissions and made recommendations to the editor about whether or not the essays should be published. 
 
• Additional Duties:  
Material creation in InDesign. Site design in Dreamweaver.

MLA Style Tutor

Texas State University-San Marcos
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San Marcos, TX
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June 2011 to November 2011

• Provided tutoring services in MLA Style grammar and punctuation to undergraduate students.

Executive Secretary

LSA of the Bahá'ís of San Marcos
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San Marcos, TX
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November 2010 to November 2011

• Administrative Duties:  
Recorded minutes, wrote reports, updated the calendar, managed correspondence, and managed or assisted with mass mailings.

Human Development Assistant

Eckerd College
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Saint Petersburg, FL
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September 2004 to September 2008

• Proofreading:  
Typed up a textbook manuscript and proofread the text. 
 
• Administrative Duties:  
Copying, filing. Edited tests and entered grade data.

Gallery Assistant Intern

The Arts Center
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Saint Petersburg, FL
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March 2008 to May 2008

• Administrative Duties:  
Handled the return shipping of an artist’s work post-exhibit. 
 
• Additional Duties:  
Artwork installation and event preparation. Clerical duties.

Web Site Assistant

The Business Association Center
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Saint Petersburg, FL
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February 2008 to May 2008

• Web Site Maintenance Assistance:  
Provided assistance and gave tutorials to clients who were building or updating their professional web sites.

Gallery Assistant Volunteer

Eckerd College
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Saint Petersburg, FL
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October 2007

Responsibilities 
• Assisted with hanging and lighting for the exhibit "War Paint"

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Texas State University
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San Marcos, TX

2009 to 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

Eckerd College
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Saint Petersburg, FL

2004 to 2008

Skills

Microsoft Office (10+ years), Web content management (6 years), Editing (3 years), Copy Editing (3 years), Writing (10+ years), Proofreading (10+ years), Layout Proofing (2 years), HTML (10+ years), CSS, Javascript, Cash Handling (9 years), Jewelry Design (8 years), Database Research (7 years), Data Entry, Research (10+ years), Distribution (2 years), Customer Service (10+ years), Electronic Correspondence (2 years), Content Compilation (2 years), Transcribe.wreally.com Software (1 year), Adobe Suite (10+ years), Photoshop (10+ years), Digital Pen Tablet (5 years), Doodle Calendar (1 year), Dropbox (3 years), Google Drive (3 years), Scrivener (2 years), Scapple (1 year), Wordpress (1 year), Livejournal (5 years), Blogger (3 years), FileZilla FTP Client (6 years), GoDaddy (6 years)

Publications

Review of Crazy from the Heat: A Chronicle of Twenty Years in the Big Bend, Photography by James H. Evans

November 1, 2011

• Texas Books in Review, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, Fall 2011 
• Available only in print.

Review of Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic

http://www.frontporchjournal.com/190_review_maslakovic.asp

November 1, 2011

• Front Porch Issue 19, Winter 2011 
• Available only online

Additional Information

Danielle’s book reviews, articles and web content articles have appeared in print and online. Please visit published.danielleducrest.com for a full list of her publications.