Greetings! If we’ve just met at the 2016 American Copy Editors Society conference in Portland, or you’ve arrived here from the URL on my business card, welcome! I wanted to post a more extensive introduction for anyone I’m meeting for the first time, in case we chatted only briefly between sessions, or as a refresher for anyone I haven’t seen since one of the previous meetings. Here are some details about my practice and background; my contact info is in the final bullet point:
- I’m a full-time freelance copy editor and proofreader. I’ve been self-employed for the past seven years, and for the past twenty-three I have worked as a staffer or freelancer in the publishing industry.
- My fields of experience include psychology, social sciences, healthcare, college textbooks (especially history, religion, and philosophy), computer texts, business books (case studies, business biographies, and motivation), and general trade and pop culture books.
- I also proofread in the preceding areas, but I’m comfortable proofing just about anything.
- I’m one of those odd people who works happily in American Psychological Association style, but I also work in Chicago and American Medical Association styles.
- Areas where I would like to expand my practice include working more often with individual clients (especially repeat/anchor clients), developmental editing, and science texts requiring styles such as Scientific Style and Format or American Chemical Society.
- Earlier in my freelance career, I also wrote articles for healthcare professionals. You can read my work here; I am particularly proud of this article on crisis nursing after the Haiti earthquake.
- I am a winning Jeopardy! contestant. My reign of terror lasted two days; I won on the first and came home with lovely parting gifts on the second. Ask me which question I and my fellow second-day players all failed to answer!
- I’m on Twitter as @jamesfraleigh, and my email is james dot fraleigh at g m a i l dot com, but throughout the conference I’ll be relying on Wi-Fi for contact (iPod Touch instead of a smartphone), so my replies may be a bit slow.
Thanks very much for reading, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Portland!