Freelance Editor; Aug 2014–Present

  • Copy-edit 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.

  • Partner with Covenant Communications to provide developmental editing, substantive editing, copyediting, typesetting, and proofreading for novellas. 

  • Consult for Whitney Award-winning author Sandra Grey.

  • Consult for the Prescott Mountain Neighbors magazine.

Managing EditorRiga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum Internship, Brigham Young University, Sept 2019–Present

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

  • Reduce project duration to 15 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.

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

  • Provide translation and copyediting instructions and feedback.

  • Advertise current and future translation and editing projects.

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

  • Keep track of and manage the hours and work of 10 translators and 5 editors.

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

  • Review and grade substantive edits from 20 undergraduate students in the Editing and Publishing major or minor.

  • Review and grade essays and articles written by 20 undergraduate students in the Editing and Publishing major or minor.

  • Update 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: Aug 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 copy editing 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.


  • 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

  • Recipient of the Abrelia C. S. Hinckley Scholarship



  • Copyediting

  • Substantive editing (line editing)

  • Developmental editing

  • Proofreading

  • Typesetting

  • Creative writing

  • InDesign

  • Illustrator

  • Photoshop

  • Microsoft Word 

  • PowerPoint

  • Basic Wordpress

  • Basic HTML


I'm passionate about books, especially historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, suspense, and Russian literature.
I'm also an avid writer and artist in my spare time, and I love spending time with immediate and extended family and with close friends.

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Developmental, substantive, and copy editor

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