Freelance writer, developmental editor, proofreader, indexer, and training materials developer

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I am a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, indexer, and training materials developer. During my many years in the editorial field, I have worked primarily for established publishing companies, servicing their freelance needs on potential acquisitions, developmental  editing, project managing, proofreading, reference and  resource checking, and indexing. I offer in-depth, proactive critical evaluation of new material and traditional accurate assistance on ongoing projects. Most recently I was an editor for Gibbs Smith where I worked intimately with published authors from the signing of their contracts through the reprinting of their books. The books I have edited cover a wide range of subject matter (see recent projects below).

I also work with independent writers and authors to help them prepare their works for publication. I’ve assisted authors with biographies and works of fiction and nonfiction. I’ve written and edited sales and marketing copy, catalog copy, newsletters, and Web content.  I have also written many training and educational materials from tests to teacher’s guides to training manuals. Please check out my resume below for a short list of clients.

If you are in need of any of the services which I offer, please contact me at editor@lesliestitt.com. My prices are reasonable.

I write to be read. I edit to be right.

Resume in HTML format

Leslie Cutler Stitt

801-564-5137
editor@lesliestitt.com

WORK EXPERIENCE

U. S. Census crew leader . . . . . . . . . . .  March 2009–Present

Supervise crew leader assistant and enumerator crew for Address Canvassing of 2010 Census. Train staff, manage payroll submissions and information communications between main office and staff, make area assignments, and handle most field situations concerning equipment, personnel, and communications.

Associate editor . . . . . . . . . . August 2006–February 2009

Performed full editorial duties for Gibbs Smith publishing company (Layton, UT), including in-depth manuscript developmental editing, proofreading, and indexing. My book projects covered the following topics: environmental, survival, how-to, business, architecture, interior design, caregiving, food and nutrition, and gardening, and I assisted other editors in all phases of their projects.

Editor/proofreader/indexer . . . . . . . . . . December 1982–August 2006
Edited, proofread, and indexed books on a freelance basis for Deseret Book Co. (Salt Lake City); Cedar Fort, Inc. (Springville, UT), and Gibbs Smith (Layton, UT). Other clients include Executive Excellence (Provo, UT), The Game of Work (Park City, UT), and some independent authors.

English as a Second Language teacher . . . . . . . . . . September 2004–May 2006

Taught ESL for Weber School District adult education (Ogden, UT) and created ESL materials.

Adult education teacher . . . . . . . . . . September 1988—June 1998

Taught adult basic education and ESL for Ogden City School District (Ogden, UT) and created teaching materials.

Educational materials development consultant . . . . . . . . . . January 1985—September 1992

Developed training manuals, instructor supplements, and other print materials. Wrote and produced two educational videos and designed and conducted workshops on computer literacy and team building. Clients included Ogden-Weber Applied Technology Center, Weber State University, Utah State Office of Vocational Education.

English as a Second Language/bilingual teacher . . . . . . . . . . September 1978—November 1983

Taught ESL in day, evening, and summer school programs for Jordan, Granite, and Murray school districts (Salt Lake City), and summer school for American Language Academy at Williston-Northampton School (Easthampton, MA).

Secondary education graduate assistant . . . . . . . . . . January 1977—August 1978

Taught undergraduate education courses, supervised student teachers, wrote two secondary education syllabi for Department of Secondary Education, BYU. Faculty advisor: Dr. C. Garn Coombs.

Linguistic graduate assistant . . . . . . . . . . April 1977—June 1978

Wrote ESL computer grammar courses and presented material at national and international conventions for McKay Institute, Computer Teaching Research Center, BYU. Faculty advisor: Dr. Frank Otto.

EDUCATION

August 1982
Graduated from Brigham Young University with an M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Emphasis: Materials Development. Minor: Community College Teaching. Thesis topic: Outdoor Recreation: A Viable Teaching Topic on American Culture for ESL Students.

April 1973
Graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Psychology. Minor: Spanish. Received Utah state teaching certificate in 1976. Participated in 1972 Madrid semester abroad program.

I hold a current Utah secondary education teaching certificate in Psychology, Spanish, and Teaching English as a Second Language.

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Recommendations

“Leslie is a conscientious editor and writer who focuses on balancing company interests with author needs. She works to ensure the most marketable product possible and maintains very strong relationships with her authors.” –Christopher Robbins, CEO, Gibbs Smith

“I worked with Leslie for several years and she is a fantastic editor! She is very knowledgeable and dedicated to her work. Anyone would be lucky to have her involved in a project, whether writing, editing, proofreading, or indexing.” –Melissa Barlow, senior editor, Gibbs Smith

“I worked with Leslie on several projects. She is very organized, easy to work with, prompt to respond, and cheerful. As the project manager, she made sure that things went smoothly every step of the way. In fact, I believe a couple of our projects were finished ahead of schedule. I would recommend her skills to anyone who’s looking for help.”

–Maralee Oleson Nelson, MGraphicDesign

“If you’re looking for an editor, may I highly recommend Leslie Stitt. Leslie has edited three books for me, and since I found her I don’t want to work with anyone else. She makes the effort to connect with me and to understand my goals, but that doesn’t stop her from being tough on me in terms of eliminating stoppers and excesses. She’s a comfortable grammarian, which only means that she is at home with the rules enough to know when and how to break them.

My work is not light reading, so I think what I most appreciate about Leslie is her keen sense of readability. I have been the beneficiary of that talent, and if I can get my shoulder to the wheel, I will be the beneficiary again soon.”

–Ester Rasband, author of Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem and Mother Love