M. S.

MeliSwenk Editing

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I am currently available for long-term, on-the-spot work.
Experience: 6 Years
Location: St. Louis, MO


I want to make sure you’re sharing your very best writing by offering professional editing services. Whether you’re being creative, helpful, or informative, I can provide personalized copy editing, proofreading, and beta reading services for publishers, magazine editors, literary agents, or self-publishing authors. I work in service to the stories, and every story deserves an audience. Let me help you put your best manuscript forward!
**Just an FYI: I'm not physically in St. Louis, but LocalSolo doesn't list my city. I'm actually in SWMO, closer to Springfield. But I do most of my work remotely.**


Lovin Self Blog (February 2016 – Present) Lovin Self, LLC.
Blogger; Copy Editor; Layout/Aesthetics (WordPress)
Monthly newsletter “The LoveLetter” (May 2016 – Present)
A Change Came Over (January 2015 – Present)
[Novel-length work in progress]
Beta Reader; Proofreader; Writing Coach
EditFast Editorial Services (November 2014 – Present)
[Editor en Attente focusing on Academic, Creative, and Promotional manuscripts]
Copy Editor; Proofreader; Basic Formatting
Propel Marketing & Design (November 2014 – Present)
[In-house materials: blog posts, magazine articles, and press releases]
Tangled Synapses Blog (December 2013 – Present) Sanabria, Ignacio, M.Ed.
Blogger; Data Curator; Social Media Manager (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr); Retained Copy Editing Services
Oral Satisfaction Blog (October 2013 – Present) Carrera, Tatiana
Blogger; Copy Editor; Image Curator; Layout/Aesthetics (WordPress)
Permission Blog (August – September 2016) Kujat, Krista
Copy Editor; Proofreader; Basic Formatting (WordPress)
Chaise to the Death (The Post Chaise Chronicles: Book 1) (May 2016) Mela, Brad
[Novel: Historical Adventure-Romance]
Beta Reader; Proofreader; Copy Editor
Wolgast Castle (Sidonia the Sorceress: Book 1) (December 2015) Brighton, Linda Bell
[Novel: Historical Fantasy]
Beta Reader; Proofreader; Copy Editor
Tessa’s Christmas Cookies (October 2015) Arias, Tessa
[Digital cookbook for baking Christmas cookies, includes recipes, packaging ideas]
Beta Reader; Proofreader
Every Broken Wish (August 2015) David, K. S.
[Novel: Romantic Suspense]
Copy Editor
Sales Basics Workbook: How Do You Decide to Buy? (July 2015) Moore, Sherry
[Digital workbook for consumers about making spending decisions]
Beta Reader; Proofreader
The Last Man (April 2015) Williams, Sean
[Novel: Dystopian Action-Adventure]
Proofreader; Basic Formatting
The Ultimate Cookie Handbook (March 2015) Arias, Tessa
[Digital handbook for baking the best possible cookies, includes recipes]
Beta Reader; Proofreader
Strategic Admissions Advice, LLC. (October 2014 – October 2015)
[College admissions essays and in-house materials]
Copy Editor; Proofreader
Anxieti.org and Nailsfungus.net (September – October 2014)
[Over 100 blog posts about anxiety and treating nail fungus]
Copy Editor; Fact Checker; Proofreader
The Smart Stripper Guidebook (August 2014) Grosso, Isabella
[How-to ebook for saving money and getting out of the business.]
Developmental Editor; Copy Editor; Fact Checker; Reference Compilation
Prepared for Impact (March 2014) Turner, Paul
[Training ebook for Christian youth group leaders]
Developmental Editor; Copy Editor; Fact Checker; Reference Compilation
Art in the Dark (January 2014) Eichelberg, Robert
[Short story collection/satire, literary]
Beta Reader; Proofeader
Quiz-[you must be logged in to see this link] (May 2014 – May 2015)
[Educational/language studies quizzes, blogs, and web copy]
Copy Editor; Proofreader
Sales Basics (January 2014) Moore, Sherry
[Informative ebook about growing sales]
Beta Reader; Proofreader
Oral Satisfaction (August – November 2013) Carrera, Tatiana
[Self-help ebook]
Developmental Editor; Copy Editor; Fact Checker; Proofreader; Resource Compilation; Basic Formatting
“The Dish on Dining” (February – November 2012, as needed) The Joplin Globe
Contact Person; Photographer; Interviewer; Ad Copy Writer
The Five Ultimate Keys to Winning More Sales (July 2011) Cucci, Dario
[Promotional supplement to sales coaching video]
Copy Editor; Proofreader
Education Specialist Degree Thesis (March – December 2010) Shaffer, Janece.
A Study of Published Journal Articles on Brain-based Learning from 1985 to 2009.
The University of Northern Iowa
Developmental Editor; Copy Editor; Proofreader; APA Style Guide; University Style Guide; Basic Formatting; Table Formatting

Education / Qualifications

Master of Arts: English (with emphasis in Creative Writing)
University of Northern Iowa (May 2011)
Master of Arts: Public Relations (All But Research)
University of Northern Iowa (December 2007)
Before completing my English degree, I sought a degree in
Public Relations between January 2006 and December 2007.
Bachelor of Arts: Communications (with minor in Psychology)
Upper Iowa University (May 2005)


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