RESUME

“Curiouser and curiouser.”

Experience

 

Literary Wonderland, LLC

Writer/Editor/Owner
2012 — present

  • Developed an online writing course for Learning Express
  • Wrote interiors for National Geographic textbooks
  • Wrote four nonfiction books based on FDR’s Four Freedoms for Red Chair Press
  • Wrote student study guides and teachers’ guides for Scholastic, Inc.
  • Created editorial content for Change The Equation: a STEM-focused career game for middle school students
  • Wrote “Daydream Believer” – a Middle Grade, Magical Realism novel
  • Co-Wrote “Jump!” – a Young Adult, Urban Fantasy Novel

Cape May County Herald

News Content Coordinator
2013 — 2015

  • Wrote news stories and opinion pieces
  • Managed a group of freelance journalists; created news assignments; edited stories for print and web
  • Wrote local news and human interest stories; covered government meetings, breaking news
  • Maintained editorial budget
  • Worked with Managing Editor, Publisher, Art Department, and Sales to put together weekly newspaper

Weekly Reader Corporationa Reader’s Digest company

Senior Editor/Writer
2004 – 2012

  • Responsible for publication of READ Magazine, a literary periodical for middle school/high school
  • Worked closely with associate editors, freelance writers, art directors, copy editors, web designers, production designers, and marketing
  • Managed all deadlines and work flow; oversaw every aspect of magazine
  • Wrote author profiles/interviews, feature nonfiction articles, original fiction, play adaptations of classic novels, teacher’s guides, blog content, and CMS pages
  • Misc: obtain copyright permissions; handle student & teacher correspondence; knowledgeable of educational trends and curriculum; attended The International Reading Association (IRA) conference in 2006, 2007, and 2011
  • Conceived, wrote, edited, and managed literary web sites dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe (AEP best web site 2010), William Shakespeare (AEP best web site 2008), Mark Twain, Greek Mythology, and more.
    • Responsible for all phases of development of web sites—from concept to production; managed editorial content within a strict budget; worked closely with out-of-house web designer to bring art dept. layouts to life in an online environment; produced literary-themed animated, hip-hop music videos; wrote/edited/produced various short, educational films (with pop-up video style notations), created interactive historical/biographical timelines, organized student contests
  • Produced and Performed William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” – a first-of-its kind interactive play performance live on Facebook, 2011
    • Managed/edited writer’s (Jeff Ives’) concept and script; co-developed 14 character profile pages on Facebook; worked with photo dept.; cast and directed local High School students for character roles; worked closely with The Ophelia Project to include a message of anti-bullying; co-performed play live on Facebook in April, 2011; interacted as characters of Much Ado with teachers, students, and an online audience
  • Created/wrote/managed WORD: The Official Blog of READ and Writing Magazines
    • Solicited, edited, and posted student writing as well as created blog entries concerning literary news, writing tips, and book chats, 2005-2011
  • Edited/wrote for Writing Magazine, 2004-2008
  • Edited/wrote for Weekly Reader’s “high-interest/low-level” magazine: Know Your World – Extra, 2004-2007
  • Wrote and edited a Readers’ Theater book of 8 plays (7 classic novel adaptations and 1 original), including teacher’s guides and skills masters, 2006

Benchmark Education Company

Writer
2005

Harcourt Publishers – Raintree Steck-Vaughn Division

Associate Editor/Publicity Assistant
2000 – 2002

  • Oversaw development of seven varied series (approx. 42 titles a year); proofread, edited, and fact-checked manuscripts; reviewed interiors and covers; regulated trafficking of projects to freelancers, design, and managers; collaborated with authors, packagers, and overseas developers
  • Wrote Title Information Sheets (TIS), Series Information Sheets (SIS) and catalog copy
  • Attended American Library Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco, 2001
  • Assisted Publicity Director with administrative duties including: organizing massive advance book mailings; preparing and distributing weekly publicity clippings reports for in-house staff, outside staff, and authors; maintaining organized division library; kept in close contact with authors


Awards

  • 2014 – New Jersey Human Relations Council Journalism Award
  • 2010 – Association of Educational Publishers’ (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Awards
    Won Best Web Site for Edgar Allan Poe
  • 2008 –AEP’s Distinguished Achievement Awards
    Won Best Web Site for William Shakespeare
  • 2006 –AEP’s Distinguished Achievement Awards
    Won Best Interview/Profile for “Stephen King – Halloween’s Answer to Santa Claus”
  • 2005 – AEP’s Distinguished Achievement Awards
    Won Best Play for Readers’ Theater adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm


Education

  • Marist College
    Bachelor of the Arts in English with a concentration in Writing, 1999