Freelance Editor; Aug 2014–Present

  • Copyedit fiction and nonfiction content for correct grammar and spelling and for adherence to house style.

  • Substantive-edit (line-edit) fiction and nonfiction content for coherence, cohesion, concision, organization, accuracy, tone, and usage.

  • Developmental-edit novels, novellas, and short stories for structure, voice, plot, characters, dialogue, tone, and pacing.

  • Provide evaluations detailing the strengths and weaknesses of manuscripts' structures, plots, voices, characters, dialogue, tones, and pacing.

  • Partnered with Covenant Communications to provide developmental editing, substantive editing, copy-editing, typesetting, and proofreading for novellas.

  • Consult for Whitney Award-winning author Sandra Grey.

  • Consulted for the Prescott Mountain Neighbors magazine.


Managing Editor; Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum Internship, Brigham Young University, Sept 2019–Dec 2020

  • Spearheaded the Russian–English translation and copyediting process for the 490-page nonfiction book
    The Historical Materials of Latvian Jews (Материалы по Истории Евреев Латвии).

  • Reduced project duration to 18 months by collaborating with Brigham Young University's Russian department and Linguistics department to assemble a copyediting team to work concurrently with the translation team.

  • Held monthly meetings to resolve spelling and grammatical disparities among editing interns.

  • Provided translation and copyediting instructions and feedback.

  • Advertised current and future translation and editing projects.

  • Created a 6-month production schedule for the project outlining the steps required for publication and determining the necessary participants.

  • Kept track of and managed the hours and work of 15 translators and 5 editors.


Teaching Assistant for Freelance Editing Class; Brigham Young University, April 2020–Dec 2020

  • Reviewed and graded substantive edits from 41 undergraduate students in the Editing and Publishing major or minor.

  • Reviewed and graded essays and articles written by 41 undergraduate students in the Editing and Publishing major or minor.

  • Taught lessons about freelance and substantive-editing principles in professor's absence.

  • Discussed and addressed students' academic concerns.

  • Updated the class schedule, syllabus, assignments, and readings.


Acquisitions Editor; BYU Leading Edge Magazine, Jan–April 2020

  • Selected or rejected 50+ short-story submissions based on writing and story quality.

  • Edited select short stories for cohesion, coherence, organization, flow, sentence structure, and word choice.

  • Discussed substantive edits with managing editor.

  • Copyedited short stories for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

  • Typeset stories in accordance with InDesign templates. 


Full-Time Christian Service Missionary; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Russia, June 2016–Nov 2017

  • Worked 12 hours every day learning Russian and teaching religious doctrine in Russian and English.

  • Translated Russian into English and vice versa in hundreds of formal and informal situations.

  • Trained missionaries in language acquisition, problem-solving skills, teaching skills, goal setting, goal acquisition, productive behaviors, team unity, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Developed verbal and written communication skills through organizing appointments and events by phone and in person.

  • Acquired diplomacy and teamwork skills by participating in leadership councils to address goals, events,
    and problems.

  • Improved writing skills by creating weekly reports for the missionary leadership.





Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

BA in Editing and Publishing | Projected graduation: Dec 2021


Relevant courses:

  • Introduction to Print Publishing: Developed basic skills in text formatting, graphic design, and print design, and in programs such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop.

  • Introduction to English Linguistic Research Methods: Learned and applied the skills behind linguistic research methodologies.

  • Modern American Usage: Discussed current conventions in and learned effective use of American English.

  • Grammar of English: Studied the structures and names of types of sentences, phrases, and clauses.

  • Basic Editing Skills: Explored editing theory and practice in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style; acquired and applied copyediting skills and proofreading skills.

  • Genre and Substantive Editing: Acquired and applied substantive editing skills and business strategies for professional freelancers.

  • Editing for Publication: Applied editing, design, and marketing principles to prepare a book for publication. Process included developmental, substantive, and copyediting; back cover blurb; typesetting; proofreading; and cover design.

  • Business of Editing: Developed skills complementary to editing, including basic HTML, eBook conversion, press releases, copywriting, book blurbs, P&L (Profit and Loss) statements, budgeting, and time management.

  • Introduction to Web Publishing: Acquired basic skills in HTML and CSS styles, formatting, typography, layout, and website design. 



  • Honorable Mention, National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest from the American Council of Teachers of Russian

  • Humanities Department Dean’s List; Fall 2015, Fall 2018, and Winter 2019

  • Abrelia C. S. Hinckley Scholarship




  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Basic HTML

  • Basic CSS

  • Copyediting

  • Substantive editing (line editing)

  • Developmental editing

  • Proofreading

  • Typesetting

  • Creative writing

  • Typing 100+ WPM




  • I’m passionate about books. I’m always looking for books that twist familiar tropes and realities of life in unique and intriguing ways. I have also developed a love for Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and other Russian litterateurs. 

  • When I'm not reading, I'm a writer, artist, and pianist. I also just recently started learning how to play
    the ukulele.

  • I love hiking mountains, road-tripping across the Southwest, watching movies, and singing goofy songs 
    with my family and friends. 


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