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Nelda contracts full-time at Genentech (a member of the Roche Group), through PRO Unlimited, as a senior submission manager (chemistry, manufacturing, and controls [cmc] editor) in the pharma technical regulatory (PTR) submission management group (SMG), working with common technical document (CTD) submissions to the FDA and global health authorities. Collaborating on teams composed of regulatory leads, subject-matter experts, authors, functional reviewers, and manager-reviewers, she has worked with the following submission types: annual report (AR), biologic license application (BLA) and supplement (sBLA), changes being effected, 30 days (CBE-30), clinical trial application (CTA), investigational new drug application/investigational medicinal product dossier (IND/IMPD) and amendment (INDa, IMPDa), information request/request for information (IR/RFI), prior-approval supplement (PAS), postmarketing commitment (PMC), pre-meeting package/briefing package (PMP/BP), and notified body opinion (NBOp). Besides editing for grammar, syntax, and style, her work includes creating or editing diagrams in Visio and confirming reference list entries, as well as formatting documents using templates and macros. Facilitating team post-review adjudications and managing content are also vital parts of her work. Additionally, she has trained authors, subject-matter experts, and reviewers on documentation systems and tools; coached junior SMG members; taken part in pilot collaborations in new authoring systems; and presented to global groups.

Nelda is proficient in AMA, APA, Chicago, and AP styles, as well as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Webster’s New World College Dictionary, and Black’s Law Dictionary. She is also accustomed to using house styles and writing house style guides and project style sheets.

Background Drawing on years of experience in publishing, including work with best-selling authors, Nelda previously offered 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 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.

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 worked with included Matthew McKay, PhD; Patrick Fanning; Bruce M. Hyman, PhD; Lee Lipsenthal, MD; Susan Albers, PsyD; Randi Kreger; Joe Dispenza, DC; and Sonia Choquette.

Nelda completed developmental editing and copyediting projects for the preeminent evidence-based self-help publisher New Harbinger Publications and the popular personal growth publisher Hay House, as well as independent authors all over the world.

In 2006, Nelda started contracting primarily with New Harbinger Publications, editing nonfiction book manuscripts on evidence-based self-help psychology, personal growth, and CAM. Additional publishers Nelda worked with included New World Library, Red Wheel/Weiser, Palace Press International (Mandala Publishing), North Atlantic Books, and Inner Traditions.

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 working as a staff copyeditor at LRN, where she helped render 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 workers with disabilities, intellectual property, confidentiality, workplace harassment prevention, 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 (a.k.a. packager), 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. This now-rare experience of working alongside typesetters gave Nelda a greater understanding of the book-production process than she would have been able to access otherwise.

Education Nelda earned a BFA in communication arts and design with media emphasis from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also participated in 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 (online); editing and web-content design at Bellevue Community College; and earlier HTML4 courses at The Learning Annex.

Nelda is a board-certified member of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) and a member of the American Medical Writers Association, as well as a past member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Bay Area Editors' Forum, and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild.

Other Interests Nelda's avocations include writing; acting; 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 yoga and qi gong, traditional Chinese herbology, and personal growth.