Writer and editor with more than four years' experience in the publishing industry. Recent Duke MA familiar with Duke University Press and accustomed to writing for both academic and general audiences.
Excellent writing skills
Strong communication and public relations skills
Self-motivated and good with deadlines
Editorial eye for detail
Experience working with authors to market their books
Skilled with all MS Office programs and Adobe
Fluent in Japanese
Bachelor of Arts: Creative Writing2004University of Pittsburgh-
Master of Arts: East Asian Studies2013Duke University-
University of Pittsburgh Honor's College Scholarship for full tuition
Twice recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship at Duke
Presenter at the Asian and Pacific Studies Institute's Summer Institute for Teachers 2013
to Current Self-employed – Sewickley, PA and Durham,
Worked with publishers Pressque, LLC and Amazon's Createspace
Promoted to the editing team of AmazonEncore at the launch of its new imprint Thomas & Mercer.
Structural editing - helping authors work through major structural issues with plot, character, genre, etc.
Copy editing - proofreading manuscripts for grammatical errors and final layout
Ongoing communication with authors, understanding their goals and helping them to achieve them.
Authors often requested me for later books, working with me exclusively.
Assistant Language Teacher08/2007
to 07/2009 JET Programme – Kuriharashi,
Taught ESL at the elementary and middle school levels.
Wrote and implemented new English curriculum for Takashimizu Elementary
School, one of the flagship schools in Miyagi prefecture's move to teach
English at the elementary school level.
Grass-roots cultural exchange
to 09/2006 D&D Painting – Pittsburgh,