Drawing on years of experience in publishing, including work with best-selling authors, Nelda offers content development, writing, cowriting, ghostwriting, developmental editing, content editing, copyediting, and proofreading in online and print media.
Having participated in a wide array of projects, ranging from highly technical subjects targeting computer developers to human potential and environmental content, she has garnered professional experience in multiple media, including websites, tutorial software, technical and trade books, proposals, and marketing materials.
Nelda has extensive editorial experience with technical, academic, psychology, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), legal, business, marketing, and creative subjects.
Her experience includes contracting at Genentech as an assistant submission manager (CMC editor) in pharma technical regulatory, working with common technical document (CTD) submissions to the FDA, including biologic license applications (BLAs), investigational new drug applications (INDs), prior-approval supplements (PASs), pre-meeting packages (PMPs), postmarketing commitments (PMCs), and Changes Being Effected, 30 Days (CBE-30s). Work included editorial collaboration, content management, and project management using various content management systems and software applications, as well as editing “live” via shared desktop during adjudication meetings attended by authoring teams in person and via teleconference. Customized templates and macros were used, as well as “track changes” and comments. Work also included presenting to large groups at submission “kickoffs.”
A trade book proposal on which Nelda collaborated (writing, research, developmental editing, substantive editing, and copyediting) with a first-time author landed placement with a Simon and Schuster imprint. Best-selling authors Nelda has worked with include Matthew McKay, PhD; Patrick Fanning; Bruce M. Hyman, PhD; Lee Lipsenthal, MD; Susan Albers, PsyD; Randi Kreger; Joe Dispenza, DC; and Sonia Choquette.
Nelda has taken on developmental editing and copyediting projects for the preeminent evidence-based self-help publisher New Harbinger Publications and the popular alternative spirituality publisher Hay House, as well as independent authors. From the North San Francisco Bay Area, she works remotely via the Internet for clients based all over the world.
Background In 2007, Nelda started contracting primarily with New Harbinger Publications, editing nonfiction book manuscripts on evidence-based self-help psychology, personal growth, and CAM and holistic health care. Additional publishers Nelda has worked with include New World Library, Red Wheel/Weiser, Palace Press International (Mandala Publishing), North Atlantic Books, and Inner Traditions, as a copyeditor of nonfiction book manuscripts on dogma-free spirituality and holistic health care.
Earlier in her freelance career, Nelda copyedited technical books for Interactive Composition Corporation, including texts on such highly technical subjects as wireless networks, software instruction, and health care systems. Also as a freelancer, she proofread books for Beyond Words Publishing and HarperSanFrancisco, having previously freelanced as a proofreader for GTS Graphics and other companies.
Prior to freelancing, Nelda gained legal experience, which besides proofreading court documents for attorneys, included serving as a staff copyeditor for LRN, where she helped make the practical scenarios accompanying legal-compliance tutorial software more accurate and interesting, and was responsible for software testing, ensuring the correct functioning of instructional designs. Created for the staffs of Fortune 500 companies, these workplace ethics and compliance tutorials covered such important matters as Internet marketing, antitrust, rights of disabled workers, intellectual property, confidentiality, preventing workplace harassment, and disposal of hazardous wastes.
Nelda first professionally honed her natural aptitude for language arts in 1999, as a proofreader/specifications analyst for GTS Graphics, a large publisher-services firm, where she helped produce technical books covering psychology, software instruction, language, and microbiology. Publishers served by GTS included such well-known names as Addison Wesley, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and John Wiley and Sons.
Nelda not only absorbed Chicago style, but also learned to quickly adapt to the various exceptions contained in each publisher's house style guide. Analyzing design samples, she determined and wrote design specifications, and ensured that final design-spec samples (the training materials used by all production-team members working on a book) were accurate. She proofread and analyzed specs of hard-copy galleys, page proofs, art, and figure captions. Deadlines frequently demanded that she switch to a different book (with new specs), and often a different publisher with its unique house style, on a moment’s notice. Working on a team alongside typesetters gave Nelda a greater understanding of the book-production process than she would have been able to get otherwise. This experience is rare now that large publishers and publisher-services firms use offshore typesetting.
Education Nelda earned a BFA in communication arts and design with media emphasis from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also pursued graduate studies in video art. Besides on-the-job experience, her publishing-specific education includes completion of continuing-education courses in HTML5, CSS3, and responsive web design at Lynda.com (online), and editing and web-content design at Bellevue Community College, as well as earlier HTML4 courses at The Learning Annex. Additional education Nelda has completed that might be relevant to your print or web project are certification programs in audio production at the University of Washington Extension, in permaculture design at Kootenay Permaculture Institute, as a natural vision teacher (the Bates method) at the Natural Vision Center of San Francisco, and as a shiatsu practitioner (in a program that included the study of traditional Chinese medicine) at Shiatsu Institute and Therapy Center of San Francisco. Nelda also studied visual art at Auburn University. She is a current member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and a past member of the Bay Area Editors Forum and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.
Other Interests Nelda's avocations have included writing; singing and playing medieval and world folk music on lap dulcimer, playing acoustic guitar, writing original music, and singing backup on selected depresleys tunes; and studying ecologically sustainable and independent lifestyles, natural healing methods, Chinese herbs, intuitive spirituality, and psychological growth.