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Rachel Eve Radway

Editor

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

Core Competencies

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

Professional Experience

SELF-EMPLOYED
Editing (selected projects):

  • Short memoir by an American living in Ecuador
  • Memoir in the form of letters, and book of short stories by the same author
  • Grant proposal and other projects translated into English, for a translation services agency
  • Blog posts, features, 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 architecture and design foundation and think tank
  • Workbook for people returning to their home country after having lived abroad, and book about expats’ experiences returning to their home countries by the same author and colleagues

Copywriting and business writing:

  • Press releases, features, interviews and correspondence for two travel websites
  • New homepage and other website content for a promotions administrator
  • Miscellaneous projects for Adobe 

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
  • Have lived in Portugal, Ecuador, Peru, Russia, Austria, England and New Zealand

Professional Associations

  • EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  • Northwest Independent Editors Guild
  • ACES: The Society for Editing
  • ASBPE (American Society of Business Publication Editors)
  • Bay Area Editors’ Forum