About

Photograph of Rita Ray

Reader | Writer | Editor

 

Thanks for wanting to learn more about me!

 

After finding THE book when I was a second grader, I became an avid reader. I am one of few people who, as a child, got into trouble with both my teachers and my parents for reading too much. I only became more passionate from there to the point of graduating with a BA in English as an adult. Strangely enough, until then, I disliked reading and did everything I could to avoid it. Now, you're lucky if you can get me to put a book down! Admittedly, one of my favorite things about being an adult is that I can read as much as I want to. (My Kindle is probably one of the best investments I have ever made, given how much use it gets.) 

 

Having written material free from distracting errors is essential to keeping even the most voracious readers, like me, engaged. Writers are human, and humans are prone to mistakes—especially public ones. I am positive all writers read everything twice, backward and forward. However, it is extremely difficult to edit your own work; everybody (even me!) needs to have a second set of eyes on their written work.

 

Pick an editor you can trust—and one that has the skills. Look for somebody who has the educational background you need as well as some sort of experience. If we work together, I would bring my education and my experience to you. I studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing for my Bachelor of Arts. I also have applicable experience. For nearly two years, I was the office manager of eighteen issues for a regionally and internationally recognized boating magazine, which meant I was the proofreader, the copy editor, and (sometimes) a writer. I had to edit quickly and accurately—skills I still have—as turnaround time was short and deadlines were always looming. I also had to deal with editing many styles of writing, from the more professional writing from our advertisers to the casual style of our editorial writers, all while keeping their voices in mind.

 

Please see below to find out more about me. If you have any questions, need clarification, or just want to say hello, please contact me. I would love to hear from you.

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Highlights

 

  • Magazine Publishing
  • Proofreading & Copy Editing
  • English Degree
  • Managing Deadlines
  • Attention to Detail

 

  • Cloud Computing: Google Docs
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Publisher & OneNote 2010
  • HTML & CSS
  • Content Management Systems 

 
 

Experience

  • Copy edited and proofread ten print issues and eight digital editions of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt, a regionally and internationally distributed boating magazine.
  • Proofread table of contents and index for Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.
  • Two years’ experience editing copy for consistency in style.
  • Edited and designed five newsletters as during volunteer term as a district bulletin editor.
  • Managed content by proofreading and publishing articles online for an internet marketing company as well as wrote blog articles.
  • Over seven years of experience editing documents in Microsoft Word with track changes feature in office, academic, and volunteer settings.

History

PROOF IT – Editor/Freelancer, Present 
GREAT LAKES SCUTTLEBUTT – Toledo, OH, Office Manager, March 2012 to November 2013
CIRCLE K INTERNATIONAL – OH, Ohio District Bulletin Editor, elected to Ohio District Executive Board, April 2006 to March 2007

Profile

Visit my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/ritaray

View some of my writing samples: bit.ly/ritaraywritingsample