John Soares

John Soares

Freelance Writer ♦ College Textbook Supplements ♦ Social/Earth/Life Sciences ♦ Test Questions ♦ Lecture Outlines

Location
Ashland, Oregon (Medford, Oregon Area)
Industry
Writing and Editing

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John Soares's Overview

Current
  • Owner at Freelance Writer for College Textbook Publishers
  • Freelance Writing Instructor and Blogger at Productive Writers: Work Less, Earn More, Live More
  • Outdoors Author and Blogger at Northern California Hiking Trails Blog and Guidebooks
Past
  • Member at Board of Directors of the Mount Shasta Trail Association
  • Owner at House-Sitting in Northern California and Beyond
  • Political Science Instructor -- Higher Education at Butte College
Education
  • Shasta High School
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

John Soares' Summary

Do you need an experienced freelance writer for a test bank, student study guide, lecture outlines, or other textbook supplement?

I’ve got you covered. I love to help college students learn better and college instructors teach and test better, and that’s why I’ve specialized in this field for over 20 years.

I’ve created nearly 300 textbook supplements and ancillaries in the following subjects:

* History
* Political Science
* Geography
* Environmental Science
* Geology
* Meteorology
* Biology
* Education
* Sociology
* Business
* Communication
* Social Media

And I’ve done nearly every type of supplement/ancillary:

* Assessment questions/test questions
* Lecture outlines in PowerPoint
* Instructor’s manuals
* Student study guides and companion websites
* Internet/article exercises
* Map exercises
* Video scripts

My clients include:

* Cengage Learning
* Pearson
* McGraw-Hill
* Macmillan
* Private universities
* Nonprofit organizations

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE ME:

1. I have extensive experience with all major types of textbook supplements. I’ve been doing this for a long time!

2. I’m a full-time writer who can handle large and complex projects.

3. I’m detail oriented and committed to ensuring I do high-quality work that is accurate and corresponds perfectly with learning materials.

4. I have a broad academic background that spans social sciences, earth sciences, and life sciences. I hold a master’s degree in political science from the University of California at Davis (with additional coursework in history), a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Davis (with many life-science courses), and an A.S. degree in Engineering (which included geography and earth science courses).

5. I’m very comfortable using Bloom’s taxonomy to write test and quiz questions that assess all facets of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the material.

6. Most importantly, I am committed to making my clients very happy. See my recommendations for verification.

John Soares' Experience

Owner

Freelance Writer for College Textbook Publishers

1991Present (23 years)

I create test questions, PowerPoint lecture outlines, student study guides, instructor's manuals, Internet exercises and much more for higher education courses and college textbooks and courses, primarily in these disciplines:

* History
* Political Science
* Geography
* Geology
* Meteorology
* Environmental Science
* Biology

My major clients include Pearson (Prentice Hall, Longman, Allyn & Bacon), Cengage (Wadsworth, Brooks-Cole), and McGraw-Hill.

See the "About" and "John's C.V." page on my Writing College Textbook Supplements website for details of the nearly 300 textbook supplements and ancillaries I've written.

Freelance Writing Instructor and Blogger

Productive Writers: Work Less, Earn More, Live More

2010Present (4 years) Mount Shasta, California

At ProductiveWriters.com I show freelance writers how to get high quality work done quickly, how to get paid well, and how to market their products and services.

Outdoors Author and Blogger

Northern California Hiking Trails Blog and Guidebooks

1990Present (24 years) Northern California

I'm the co-author of 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition, and I'm the author of 75 Hikes in California's Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions, revised edition, both published by The Mountaineers Books in Seattle, Washington.

I also write the Northern California Hiking Trails blog; it covers hiking destinations in northern California along with related news that affects hikers and the natural environment.

Member

Board of Directors of the Mount Shasta Trail Association

20062012 (6 years) Mount Shasta, California

The Mount Shasta Trail Association promotes trail construction and maintenance in the Mount Shasta area of northern California. MSTA is also active in environmental education and stewardship, and in getting residents and visitors out hiking on the trails.

Owner

House-Sitting in Northern California and Beyond

19912011 (20 years) Northern California

My freelance writing lifestyle and my love of travel allows me to house-sit/pet-sit for select people in great locations in northern California and the western United States, primarily during fall, winter, and spring months when its snowy and cold at my house in Ashland, Oregon. This means locations that are relatively warm in winter, like the San Francisco Bay Area. I typically don't charge as long as I only have to do typical stuff like walk and feed the dog, get the mail, etc. I'm also open to house-sitting in other beautiful and pleasant locations, like Arizona and Hawaii.

Political Science Instructor -- Higher Education

Butte College

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

August 1990July 1994 (4 years)

Taught U.S. Government, International Relations, Third World Politics courses.

Political Science Instructor -- College Level

Shasta College

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 1990June 1994 (4 years 6 months)

Taught American government and international relations courses. Also taught American citizenship and GED test preparation for people without high school diplomas.

Research Assistant

Cornell University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

October 1985April 1987 (1 year 7 months)

Worked on the function of acetyl choline receptors in clonal cell lines with Dr. Greg Weiland and Dr. Steven Simasko in the Pharmacology department. Co-authored two publications in scientific journals.

Guest Researcher

Lund University, Sweden

Writing and Editing industry

September 1982June 1983 (10 months)

Helped develop a new method of liquid chromatography to separate blood serum proteins by both affinity and size. Co-authored a publication in a scientific journal with Dr. Carl Borrebaeck and Dr. Bo Matthiasson.

Undergraduate Research

University of California, Davis

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

June 1981September 1982 (1 year 4 months)

Worked in the lab of Professor Marilynn Etzler, University of California, Davis biochemistry department, first in the summer of 1981 with a California Foundation for Biochemical Research Fellowship, and then throughout my senior year and the summer of 1981. I helped discover and characterize a protein of the Dolichos biflorus plant.

Tutor: Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Calculus

Shasta College

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 1978June 1980 (1 year 11 months)

Tutored college students one-on-one for courses in astronomy, physics, chemistry, pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, and calculus.

John Soares' Education

University of California, Davis

M.A., Political Science

19871989

Fields: United States/American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, European History.

Activities and Societies: University of California Regents Fellowship, 9/87-6/89. Distinguished Scholar Research Award, University of California, Davis, 1988.

University of California, Davis

B.S., Highest Honors, Biochemistry

19801982

Activities and Societies: Division of Biological Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award, UC Davis, 1982. California Foundation for Biochemical Research Fellowship, 1981. Member, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981.

Shasta College, Redding, California

A.S., Engineering

19771980

Took two semesters of calculus, plus a course in vector analysis and another in solving differential equations and linear algebra. Took three semesters of calculus-based physics, four semesters of chemistry, and several engineering courses.

Shasta High School

19751978

While in high school I played George in the Shasta College play "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder.

Activities and Societies: swim team, chess club, drama

John Soares' Skills & Expertise

  1. Freelance Writing
  2. Website Copy
  3. Blogging
  4. Higher Education
  5. Web Content
  6. Time Management
  7. Textbooks
  8. Copywriting
  9. History
  10. Political Science
  11. Earth Science
  12. Ecology
  13. Social Media
  14. Social Media Marketing
  15. Social Networking
  16. Non-profits
  17. Marketing Copy
  18. Editing
  19. Publishing
  20. Journalism
  21. Nonprofits
  22. Books
  23. Copy Editing
  24. Publications
  25. Teaching
  26. Public Speaking
  27. Proofreading
  28. Magazines
  29. Content Strategy
  30. Published Author
  31. Non-fiction
  32. Content Development
  33. Editorial
  34. Research
  35. Content Writing
  36. Creative Writing
  37. Interviews
  38. Content Management
  39. Newsletters
  40. Proposal Writing
  41. Online Publishing
  42. Creative Direction
  43. Magazine Articles

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John Soares' Courses

  • M.A., Political Science

    University of California, Davis

    • International Relations Theory
    • United States Foreign Policy
    • American Government seminar
    • Comparative Politics seminar
    • Modern European History
  • B.S., Highest Honors, Biochemistry

    University of California, Davis

    • General Biology
    • Quantum Mechanics
    • Bacteriology
    • Genetics
    • Biochemistry
    • Speech/Rhetoric
  • A.S., Engineering

    Shasta College, Redding, California

    • Sociology
    • United States History
    • Group Communication
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Calculus
    • Geography

John Soares' Honors and Awards

  • University of California Regents Fellowship

    University of California, Davis
    • September 1987

    I was awarded a two-year University of California Regents Fellowship for 1987-1988 and 1988-1989 while completing my master's degree in political science at the University of California, Davis.

  • Distinguished Scholar Research Award

    University of California, Davis
    • June 1988

    This award allowed me to assist Professor Alexander Groth with his research project into why societies do or do not choose revolution as a method of political change.

  • California Foundation for Biochemical Research Fellowship

    California Foundation for Biochemical Research
    • June 1981

    This fellowship helped fund my research in the biochemistry lab of Professor Marilynn Etzler at the University of California, Davis. My work focused on lectins.

  • Division of Biological Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award

    University of California, Davis
    • May 1982

John Soares' Publications

  • Writing College Textbook Supplements: The Definitive Guide to Winning High-Paying Assignments in the College Textbook Publishing Market, second edition

    • John Soares Publishing
    • March 2011
    Authors: John Soares

    In this 139-page, 8.5″ x 11″ e-book I share everything I've learned in my 20-plus years as a freelance writer of college textbook supplements and ancillaries, including how to:

    * Prepare your résumé and sample materials
    * Find editors eager to hire you
    * Land that first assignment
    * Determine how long it will take to do a project
    * Negotiate pay rates: $30-$50 per hour and up to $100 per hour
    * Maintain great relationships with editors
    * Interpret contract clauses
    * Continue getting high-paying work

    I also cover how to create:

    * Test banks/test-item files
    * Instructor’s guides
    * Student study guides
    * Student companion websites
    * Lecture outlines
    * Image collections
    * Transparencies
    * Video scripts
    * Lab manuals
    * Booklets
    * Student readers
    * Resource guides

  • 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California, third edition

    • The Mountaineers Books
    • 2008
    Authors: John Soares, Marc Soares

    100 Classic Hikes in Northern California features the best hikes in the best parts of Northern California:

    * Sierra Nevada
    * Lassen Volcanic National Park
    * Mount Shasta Area
    * Klamath Mountains
    * Redwoods and Coast
    * Bay Area

    What makes 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California an excellent guidebook?

    * stunning color photos show you what you will see on every hike
    * completely revised third edition in 2007
    * thoroughly reviewed by expert trail supervisors
    * detailed trail maps—know exactly where to go
    * informative elevation profiles give the rise and fall of each hike
    * web addresses, phone numbers, and addresses for all agencies

  • 75 Hikes in California’s Mount Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park Regions, revised edition

    • The Mountaineers Books
    • 2006
    Authors: John Soares

    This the only book that covers in detail the spectacular hiking trails of northern California's volcano country: Mount Shasta and environs, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the areas in between.

    When you get this book, you have the one complete hiking guide that takes you to the most beautiful and accessible trails of this stunning region:

    * active evidence of the volcanic nature of California’s Cascades: steaming fumaroles and bubbling mudpots at Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park
    * stunning waterfalls, such as Burney Falls and the three waterfalls on the McCloud River
    * the two tallest peaks: Mount Shasta at 14,162 feet, and Lassen Peak at 10,451 feet, plus a bevy of other summits
    * the isolated canyon country of the Ishi Wilderness
    * the opportunity to explore long, dark lava tubes such as Subway Cave and the many caves of Lava Beds National Monument
    * verdant expanses of green such as Panther Meadows on Mount Shasta and King’s Creek Meadows in Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • What Can You Do?

    • Cengage Learning
    • 2009
    Authors: John Soares

    This 48-page booklet lists dozens of ways college students can help the environment. The booklet accompanies Living in the Environment, 16h edition, by G. Tyler Miller and Scoot Spoolman.

John Soares' Test Scores

  • GRE Advanced Chemistry Test

    • November 1981
    • Score: 750

John Soares' Organizations

  • Text and Academic Authors Association

    • March 2009 to Present

John Soares' Languages

  • Swedish

    (Limited working proficiency)

John Soares' Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Education
      • Environment
      • Human Rights
      • Politics
    • Organizations I support:

      • The Humane Society of the United States
      • Mount Shasta Trail Association

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