Rachel Lee Cherry

Rachel Lee Cherry

Editorial and Proofreading Services

Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan Area
Writing and Editing

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Rachel Lee Cherry's Overview


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Rachel Lee Cherry's Summary

I've spent 15 years applying my expanding skillset, my knowledge of a little bit of everything, and my experience in publishing to a strange and wonderful assortment of subject matter. I’ll edit, double-check, and polish your novel to help your readers be swept away by the story, not dragged down by awkward sentences and inaccurate details. And I'll apply the same diligence to nonfiction texts until the final product meets your standards and communicates effectively, down to the last syllable. Let’s work together.

Rachel Lee Cherry's Skills & Expertise

  1. Copy Editing
  2. Line Editing
  3. Proofreading
  4. Writing
  5. News Writing
  6. Collaborative Problem Solving
  7. Interpersonal Savvy
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Organization & prioritization skills
  10. Multitasking Skills
  11. Deadline Oriented
  12. Synthesize information
  13. Chicago Style
  14. Learn New Software Quickly
  15. Ap Style
  16. APA style
  17. APA
  18. Books
  19. Publishing
  20. Editing
  21. Content Development
  22. Publications
  23. AP Style
  24. Editorial
  25. InCopy
  26. Storytelling
  27. Newsletters
  28. QuarkXPress
  29. Layout
  30. Adobe Acrobat
  31. Grammar
  32. Literature
  33. Journalism
  34. Content Management
  35. Social Media
  36. Text Editing
  37. Textbooks
  38. Non-fiction
  39. Newspapers
  40. Freelance Writing
  41. Academic Publishing
  42. Fact-checking
  43. Online Publishing
  44. Magazines
  45. Copywriting
  46. Creative Writing
  47. Content Writing
  48. K4
  49. Feature Articles
  50. Blogging

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Rachel Lee Cherry's Experience

Senior Editor

Last Syllable Communications

January 2010Present (4 years 9 months) greater grand rapids area, michigan

Edited and proofread fiction and nonfiction texts to create polished manuscripts for publication. Past projects: undergraduate courses in videography and Adobe Illustrator; course lessons and assessment items in algebra, elementary math, language arts for elementary through high school grades (including Common Core State Standards alignment), rhetorical communication, Mandarin for English-speaking students, K–12 science, criminology, geography, and fashion design; reports of survey findings, year-end summary reports, and other corporate communications; magazine and newsletter articles; and contemporary fiction for first-time novelists.

Member, Editorial Freelancers Association, American Copy Editors Society

Freelance Copyeditor

A Pass Educational Group, LLC

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Writing and Editing industry

August 2012Present (2 years 2 months)

Freelance Copyeditor & Proofreader

International Reading Association

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

November 2012Present (1 year 11 months)

Freelance Copyeditor


Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Online Media industry

February 2014Present (8 months)

Freelance Copyeditor

Six Red Marbles

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; E-Learning industry

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months)

Freelance Copyeditor

John Wiley and Sons

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Publishing industry

January 2014Present (9 months)

Caption Editor

Closed Captioning Services, Inc.

July 2010December 2012 (2 years 6 months) grand rapids, michigan

Created, timed, and placed offline closed captions for pre-recorded national TV programming, including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, and GAC shows and the CBS soap opera "The Young & the Restless". Researched and verified names, specialized terms (science, foreign language, cooking, interior design, construction, etc.), and word spellings based on style guides, verbal context, and program's audio.


Six Red Marbles

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; E-Learning industry

August 2006January 2010 (3 years 6 months) baltimore, maryland

Proofread textbook copy in all stages of production from first-poured manuscript through camera-ready proof, checking that typeset pages matched editorial changes and type specs. Verified composition of front matter, CIP data, back matter, and indexes. Marked changes in Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and standard proofreading marks on hard copy. Took on additional copyediting projects, including 960 high school geography assessment items and 10 complete online undergraduate and graduate courses in business, psychology, and education.

Public Company; 51-200 employees; Staffing and Recruiting industry

August 2006August 2006 (1 month) reston, virginia

Proofread hard copy documents against online live copy and existing published documents for a new edition of client’s reference book. Marked errors for correction by the editing team.

Employment Services Specialist

Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency

May 2005April 2006 (1 year) reed city, michigan

Helped Michigan Works! West Central customers create resumes on the Michigan Talent Bank (MTB) website. Entered job postings and client service data into Employer Tracking System (ETS) and One-Stop Management Information System (OSMIS). Wrote letters and other general office documents; managed multi-line phone for 12 agencies.

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Ferris State Torch

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2003May 2005 (1 year 10 months) big rapids, michigan

Trained and managed section staff of four writers. Managed writers' weekly story assignments. Wrote news articles, reviews, features, headlines, sub-heads, and photo captions; selected wire stories. Assigned photos to Photo Editor. Laid out section on dummy sheets. Edited Arts & Entertainment articles on hard copy and using Microsoft Word. (Held concurrent position as Copy Editor.)

Copy Editor

Ferris State Torch

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 1999May 2005 (5 years 10 months) big rapids, michigan

Edited 24-page independent weekly newspaper for grammar, content, AP style, and in-house style. Created first in-house style guide. Proofread articles using Microsoft Word, Quark XPress, and proofreading marks on hard copy.

Rachel Lee Cherry's Languages

  • French

Rachel Lee Cherry's Education

Ferris State University

B.A., English, Communication


Specialized in literature with an emphasis on New Criticism. Founding member of literary discussion club Literary Social Deviants.

Activities and Societies: Ferris State Torch, Lambda Pi Eta

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