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Rachel Eve Radway

Editor

Topflight editor with 20+ years’ experience working with individual authors, NGOs and businesses of all sizes. My subject matter and industry expertise includes travel and hospitality, e-learning, career development and healthcare, among many others, and I’ve worked in a wide variety of print and digital content types. I’ve shifted focus more towards editing books—substantive and copy editing—particularly in the nonfiction genres of mind/body/spirit, travel and memoir.

Core Competencies

  • Delivering clean, error-free content that meets the target audience’s needs and the client’s objectives
  • Quickly grasping new topics and subject areas
  • Crafting a cohesive editorial vision and content strategy to include various print and online channels/media
  • Translating complex concepts into accessible language
  • Refining translated copy into flowing, grammatically and idiomatically correct English
  • Clearly seeing both the forest and the trees

Professional Experience

SELF-EMPLOYED
Editing:

  • Short memoir by an American living in Ecuador
  • Memoir in the form of letters (Letters From Nebraska: A Day Full of Cows, by Jenice McAlevy)
  • Book of short stories (Kickin’ Back With Cozy Short Stories, by Jenice McAlevy)
  • Serial entrepreneur’s website and blog posts
  • Grant proposal, budget and various other projects translated into English, for a translation services agency
  • Website written by a nonnative English speaker for translation and related services
  • Blog posts, features, correspondence, fundraising materials, flyers, video scripts and other content for PETA
  • Product reviews and guides for a consumer tech website
  • 84-page brochure for a European foundation and think tank that promotes interdisciplinary thinking, research and collaboration among architects, designers and urbanists

Copywriting and business writing:

  • Press releases, features, interviews and correspondence for two travel websites
  • Professional bios for a dance company founder and real estate agent
  • New homepage and other website content for a promotions administrator

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
Editorial strategy and oversight:

  • Refined editorial voice and style; developed content strategies, workflows and processes (director, global content & localization, Western Union)
  • Created editorial processes from scratch: wrote house style guide, developed workflow, implemented content quality assurance (editorial director, Reputation.com)
  • Oversaw end-to-end production of ~60 books; refined editorial strategy and processes (managing editor, WetFeet)

Writing and editing:

  • Adapted and refined brand voice and editorial style for mobile platform; wrote content for mobile web and iPhone app (content strategist, Walmart.com)
  • Developed voice of then-new Photoshop.com; created editorial guidelines; wrote content for SaaS and mobile platforms and related products and services (copywriter, Adobe)
  • Managed content projects from requirements gathering through handoff to development team (senior content manager, PayPal)
  • Wrote all web, catalog, marcom and PR copy for an adventure travel company (editor, Wilderness Travel)

Training, mentoring writers and editors:

  • Managed editorial and content production team for e-learning company (managing editor, GlobalEnglish)
  • Supervised freelance pool of 15-20 writers and 3-5 editors (senior editor, Amazon.com)
  • Oversaw all writing and editing for the website, marcom, and media and government relations (communications director, Small Business Majority)

 

Education, Languages & International Experience

  • Poynter ACES certificate in editing
  • Copyediting course—Editcetera, Berkeley, CA
  • BA cum laude in Russian language and literature—Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • Intermediate Portuguese and Spanish; familiarity with Russian and French
  • Currently living in Portugal; previously lived in Ecuador, Peru, Russia, Austria, England, New Zealand

Professional Associations

  • EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  • SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
  • ACES: The Society for Editing
  • ASBPE (American Society of Business Publication Editors)
  • Bay Area Editors’ Forum