About

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About Natalie

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The Highlights

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Born in Texas; lived in Japan, Alaska, and the Midwest; studied in Chicago; now home in Houston. Making a peaceful/chaotic/precious life with my third-grader and the accountant who recently married me and corrects my mispronunciation of obscure words. 

I work remotely as an instructor for UC Berkeley Extension’s Professional Sequence in Editing, and also freelance for traditional publishers (primarily HarperCollins). Since 2012 I’ve completed more than 600 book projects for traditional publishers, including proofreading more than 35,000 pages. I’m thankful for the professionals who mentor me, pointing out my mistakes and inspiring me to become a more knowledgeable, professional, effective editor.

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education/Training

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Introduction to Typography | California School of the Arts
Learning to Teach Online | University of New South Wales
Editing Certificate | University of Chicago Graham School

  • Beginning Manuscript Editing
  • Intermediate Manuscript Editing
  • Advanced Manuscript Editing
  • Editing Electronically
  • Grammar for Professionals

B.S., Biblical Studies | Moody Bible Institute

  • Introduction to Mass Communications
  • English Composition I and II

Craftsman (fiction; 1 year program) | Christian Writers Guild
Apprenticeship (2 year program) | Christian Writers Guild

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experience/Knowledge

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Ancient Near East studies
Archaeology
Anthropology
Biblical studies
General Medicine
Mental Illness treatments and therapies
Psychiatry
Psychology
PTSD and trauma recovery
Languages (some experience/familiar, not fluent):

  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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speaking/Teaching

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Instructor, UC Berkeley Extension

  • Fall 2018: Editorial Workshop II: Intermediate Copyediting
  • Spring 2019: Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage for Editors

Four years experience teaching workshops at industry conferences including:

  • ACES National Conference (2018)
  • Maranatha Christian Writers Conference (2015, 2016)
  • PENCON (2018)
  • Write-to-Publish Conference (2018)

PEN Institute online courses:

  • Freelancing for Publishers
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Style manuals for book publishing

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software/styles

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Adobe Acrobat DC, Reader DC, 
Canvas
Egnyte
InDesign CC 2019
Microsoft Office Suite 365
PDF-XChange Editor
Slack
WordPress

Chicago Manual of Style 17th ed.
Christian Writers Manual of Style 4th ed.
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) Handbook of Style 2nd ed.
Turabian style (Chicago)

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The Personal

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Most important: I love my job–I’ve even been caught formatting notes to unwind at night (plus, when you spend 8 years as a single mom, your options of what to do after 7:30 p.m. are limited). My child is the sunshine in my days. My relationship with God is the foundation that kept me alive during the worst times; he has been present whether I sought him at Orthodox, Anglican, or nondenominational churches–or no church at all.

In the past: God also gave me a second chance at a beautiful life after 2 divorces in 3 years–mixed with trauma plus a newborn–left me a devastated mess. Years of support, hospitals, therapists, and a life-changing trauma recovery center helped me rebuild while single parenting and launching an editing career. I still carry scars, but I’ve learned to manage their influence–even the amnesia that keeps a decade of memories inaccessible.

In the present: When I hear music I unconsciously choreograph dance steps in my head. I’m one of those former ballet dancers who is painfully awkward in regular life, and I can’t run, jump, or lift much because of back injuries. After an unsuccessful surgery I’m managing instead of pursuing the more serious–and only remaining–solution. My physical body often feels like my enemy; between the chronic back/leg pain/numbness and daily battles with migraines/vertigo, I’ve learned to ignore the nausea, dizziness, and pain to a certain severity. But I’m thankful for a job that allows me to work standing, sitting, or however best manages the pain on a given day.

 

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