Feb 2012 - Present
Currently assisting with 14 accounts, which include restaurants, an interior designer, a yearly nonprofit gala and an art exhibit. Write press materials, such as media kits, press releases and media alerts; coordinate incoming media inquiries; propose creative public relations and marketing initiatives to help clients reach their intended audience; provide accurate reporting of press outreach activities and placements; manage client social media platforms, manage the production cycle of designed materials, from websites to posters to logos.
Aug 2010 - Feb 2012
Leveled images, copyedited/proofread text in Chicago style, designed book covers, created book layouts and proofs for all Arcadia Publishing's series (Images of America/Aviation, Then & Now, Postcard History, Campus History, etc.) using Microsoft Word, Photoshop and InDesign.
May 2009 - Jul 2010
Assisted Executive Director with exhibits, events, research, marketing, and the writing of press releases.
Jul 2009 - Jul 2010
West Coast Acquisitons Editor
Acquired titles for Northern California, Idaho, Wyoming, and Alaska. Trained authors in Arcadia style and managed them on the writing of captions, the scanning of images, and layout.
Jun 2007 - Apr 2009
Wrote and edited national content, conducted interviews and wrote profiles and other monthly content for the Charleston edition of skirt!. Researched products and contacted PR as well as managing the PR contact list. Blogged for skirt.com and uploaded content to the web. Proofread, edited and formatted content for all (20) skirt! markets across the U.S.as well as managing the production cycle and acting as liaison between skirt! markets and the design team in the national office. Worked with market editors and designers about new pages, deadlines, questions, etc. Helped set and enforce skirt!'s editorial and style guidelines.
May 2006 - May 2007
Reported directly to Publicity Director and Marketing Director, assisting them with research projects, the writing and assembling of press kits (press releases, paste ups, blurbs) and large-scale galley mailings to media contacts. Assembled and edited seasonal samplers and distributed them to the sales force. Responded to media requests for review copies, author photos and interviews. Ordered and sent out media displays for bookstores across the U.S. Hired and managed a staff of Publicity/Marketing interns. Assisted Editorial Department with reading manuscripts for potential publication.
Jan 2006 - May 2006
Executed large-scale publicity and marketing mailings, compiled printed publicity to send to authors and their agents, responded to requests for desk and review copies, organized and sent out author mail, created paste ups of reviews, updated author files.
Aug 2002 - May 2006
BA in English, Creative Writing
Dean's List, 2006
Majored in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing, having studied literature under professors such as Christopher Armitage, Jane Thrailkill and Joseph Viscomi; creative writing under professors such as Bland Simpson, Daphne Athas and Lawrence Naumoff; and acting and directing under Joan Darling.
Acted in several Studio 3 productions.
Won the Robert Ruark Award for Creative Non-Fiction for the essay, "Where Past and Present Collide," in 2006.