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employment

2009 - present: Senior Editor, Children's Books, Islandport Press, Maine
Children's book editor at a regional publisher, responsible for eight to twelve titles a year, including picture books, middle-grade mysteries, and young adult titles
  • Expanded list of original children's books, from two titles in 2009 to 12 titles in 2017
  • Created annual planning and acquisition strategy
  • Developed marketing plans for each title, and prepared sales material including jacket covers, sell sheets, blads, ARCs, and galleys
  • Commissioned authors, illustrators, copy editors, and proofreaders, and prepared style sheets and briefs
  • Edited manuscripts through all phases of development
  • Shepherded titles through design, production, and printing
  • Negotiated contracts, signed foreign rights agency, managed subsidiary rights
  • Researched industry trends, attended trade shows and conferences, presented at workshops
  • Oversaw the move from a small, static website to a dynamic one that uses a content management system (Magento) with retail capabilities; managed Web site, and contributed to online marketing and communication, e-commerce, and social networking tools.

    May 1999 to May 2004: Web Producer, MaineToday.com, Portland, ME
    Content developer for news and information Web sites of daily newspaper (circulation 45,000)
  • Planned and developed daily multimedia content for news, travel, and recreation Web sites
  • Created and produced award-winning teen Web site (20Below.com)
  • Planned and developed searchable database of hiking, biking and canoe trails
  • Represented company at community outreach programs, presented workshops at state conferences and seminar at international conference

    1997 to Jan. 1999: Science Exhibit Developer, Children's Museum of Maine, Portland, ME
    Developer of science exhibits for children's museum drawing 100,000 visitors a year
  • Originated, researched, planned, and developed science and natural history related exhibits and activities, including multimedia exhibits, interactive displays, and photo stories

    1995 to 1996: Editor, Habitat, Journal of the Maine Audubon Society, Portland, ME
    Editor and publisher of Habitat, 40-page full-color quarterly natural history magazine
  • Planned, budgeted, and developed all issues
  • Commissioned all articles, photos, and artwork
  • Edited manuscripts
  • Managed advertising sales reps
  • Supervised design, production, printing, and distribution

    1988 to 1994: Editor, Current Magazine, Mary Glasgow Magazines, London
    Editor of 36-page bi-monthly award-winning magazine for European teenagers
  • Planned issues and maintained budgets
  • Commissioned all articles, photos, and artwork; managed rights issues
  • Edited manuscripts
  • Supervised design and production
  • Wrote teacher material and feature articles, and produced audio material

    1985 to 1987: Associate Editor, Scholastic News, Scholastic Inc., New York
    Editor of national weekly newsmagazines for schoolchildren
  • Planned issues; wrote and edited news and feature articles; established and maintained national Student Advisory Board; and supervised interns

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    education

    M.A., Journalism
    Certificate, Science and Environmental Reporting Program
    Thesis: Nuclear Energy in the Third World
    New York University, January 1985

    B.A., Environmental Studies
    Thesis: Public policy and environmental ethics
    Brown University, June 1983

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    books

    Wildlife on the Move series
    A Snowy Owl Story
    A Little Brown Bat Story
    A Blanding's Turtle Story
    A Monarch Butterfly Story (coming 2017)
    Author of children's books in a four-book series published by Islandport Press in partnership with Maine Audubon

    The Endocrine and Reproductive System
    Author of children's book in a Systems in the Human Body series published by Enslow Publishing (2002)

    Wildlifer Series
    The Mountain Gorilla
    The Blue Whale
    The Giant Panda
    The African Elephant
    Author of children's natural history book series published by Signpost/Hutchinson/Ideals (1993-'95)

    Polar Bears and other Arctic Animals
    Author of children's book published by Trumpet Club/Dell (1992)

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    freelance

    Children

  • Kids Discover (publisher: Kids Discover, New York)
    Writer of social studies magazines for elementary schoolchildren

  • News-O-Matic (publisher: Press4Kids, New York)
    Writer of news articles for daily newspaper app for elementary schoolchildren

  • Wildlife Explorer (publisher: Scintilla Editorial, London)
    Writer of wildlife and habitat part-work cards for readers ages 12+

  • 3-2-1 Contact (publisher: Children's Television Workshop, New York)
    Writer of various articles for children's science magazine

  • Choices, Science World and Futures (publisher: Scholastic, New York)
    Writer of various articles for magazines for children and teenagers

  • Sea Life and The Earth (publisher: Dorling Kindersley, London)
    Contributing writer for picture books for 8- to 12-year-olds

  • People and Countries (publisher: Two-Can Publishing, London/Scholastic, New York)
    Contributing writer for volume of First Encyclopedia, a 4-volume encyclopedia for 4- to 8-year-olds

  • Junior Environment on File (publisher: Facts on File)
    Contributing writer for reference book for upper elementary age children

  • Dragons and Animal Stuff (publisher: Kingfisher, London)
    American text editor for children's nonfiction books

    Travel/Outdoors

  • New England Bicycling (publisher: Foghorn Outdoors/Avalon Travel Publishing, CA)
    Author of guidebook to on- and off-road bicycling in New England. More information...

  • Fodors Travel (publisher: Fodor's Travel, Random House)
    Writer of feature articles for travel guides:
    "Arizona Landscape Adventures" for Fodor's Arizona (November 2011)
    "A Walk in the Woods: Hiking the Appalachian Trail" for Fodor's New England (August 2010)

  • Down East Magazine (publisher: Down East, Camden, Maine)
    Writer of outdoor and recreation feature articles for regional magazine

  • Maine Sunday Telegram (publisher: Blethen Maine Newspapers, Portland, Maine)
    Writer of seasonal biweekly column on bicycling and places to bicycle in Maine (2004-2009)

  • Portland Press Herald (publisher: Gannett Publishing, Portland, Maine)
    Writer of news, entertainment, recreation and travel articles, as well as monthly column on teens (1993-96)

  • The Rough Guides/Real Guides (publisher: Rough Guides, London)
    American text editor for Berlin, Hungary and Women Travel travel guides

  • The European Traveler (publisher: STA Travel, London)
    Writer of travel brochure for Americans traveling in Europe

    Natural History

  • Natural New England (publisher: Belfield Publishing, Maine)
    Writer of articles for magazine on science and natural history in New England

    Miscellaneous

    US Against Alzheimer's, Washington, DC
    Copyediting and audio transcription for national advocacy organization
    USA2 Web site

    Council for International Education Exchange, Portland, ME
    Freelance copy writer for education program's newsletters, e-mail campaigns, web site, and brochures
    CIEE Web site

    Maine Discovery Museum, Bangor, ME
    Freelance exhibit developer for children's museum; duties include research, planning, development and writing
    MDM Web site

    NASHBOX Studios / Scott Nash Productions, Portland, ME
    Freelance copy writer for creative development and production company
    NASHBOX Web site

    Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
    Freelance copy writer for art school, writing for Web site, newsletter, annual report and Office of the President
    MECA Web site

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    professional

    Presentations and Conferences

    Manuscript critiques, New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Gardiner, MA; 2016

    Manuscript critiques / Panel Discussion, Agents Editors Writers, Belgrade Lakes, ME; 2016

    Manuscript critiques, New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference, Springfield, MA; 2012, 2014

    "Family Friendly Bike Rides in Maine and New England"
    Slide show and talk at L.L. Bean "Bike into Spring" event
    Freeport, Maine; May 2007

    "Packing the Stands: If it's too loud, you're too old"
    Panelist at "Connections," annual conference of the Newspaper Association of America
    Orlando, Florida; January 2003

    "Putting your high school newspaper on the Web"
    Workshop presented to high school students at:
    Maine Center for Student Journalism annual conference,(Orono, Maine; May 2000 and April 1999)
    Student Media Lab (South Portland, Maine; October 2002)
    Maine Youth Action Network annual conference (Bangor, Maine; November 2002)

    "Success stories: How to create new content for your newspaper"
    Seminar presented at the Inter American Press Association mid-year conference
    Dominican Republic; March 2002

    Publications

    "Use New Media to Give Young Readers a Sense of Ownership"
    YEAA News, Journal of the Youth Editors Association/Newspaper Association of America
    Summer 2002

    "Technically Speaking: Maine's Explore Floor"
    The Exhibitionist, Journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition
    Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall 1999

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    miscellaneous

    Lecturer, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
    Part-time lecturer in the Media Studies department, teaching undergraduate course: Introduction to Multimedia (Spring 2003, Spring 2004)

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    awards

    Youth Editors Association of America Sweepstakes Award
    Awarded for 20 Below/MaineToday.com, best Web site for teens, awarded in 2001 and 2002

    Digital Edge Award from the Newspaper Association of America
    Awarded for Outdoors/Travel at MaineToday.com, best online regional section awarded in 2000

    1994 Friends of the Earth's Earthworm Children's Book Award
    Awarded for The Blue Whale, junior non-fiction category

    1991 Duke of Edinburgh / English Speaking Union Award
    Commended as editor of Current Magazine for providing background to the English Speaking World
    presented by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, November 1991

    1990 Education Press Award for excellence in educational journalism
    Awarded for "Ozone: Saving Earth's Solar Shield" in 3-2-1 Contact Magazine

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