COPY WRITER, COPY EDITOR, AND PROOFREADER
Nancy Simonds is a former educator and human resources administrator with a strong background in teaching writing and communication skills.
In 2000, Nancy decided to parlay her writing, editing, teaching and interviewing skills into a communication business. Since then, she has helped hundreds of individuals, students, professors, companies, nonprofits, municipalities, boards of education and colleges with their written projects.
IMPROVING HER SKILLS
Nancy is always looking for ways she can build on and strengthen her communication skills. In 2002, she took a certificate course in Copy Editing and Proofreading from St. Joseph College in Hartford, Connecticut (now the University of St. Joseph). It was unexpectedly difficult, which let the former English teacher know she must be learning something of value! Every day, Nancy applies what she learned in that terrific course.
*COPY WRITING CLEAR, CONCISE WEB CONTENT
Nancy Simonds creates web content that shows your potential customers what you do or make or provide in clear, concise, descriptive language. And she makes sure that important key words and phrases about your products, services or industry are included in the content in a natural way — key words and phrases that might help you be “found” when someone is searching the web.
Nancy works with businesses, colleges, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs to create web content from scratch, or to edit and “optimize” web content they’ve already written.
*COPY EDITING OF JOURNAL ARTICLES, MANUSCRIPTS, MARKETING MATERIALS AND WEBSITE CONTENT
Once you’ve written a book manuscript, or an article for a professional journal, or the content for your web site, it’s a good idea to have a copy editor take a look before you send it off to graphic design or print.
A professional copy editor, Nancy can improve your writing by:
• Enhancing the clarity and flow of ideas
• Ensuring overall consistency and readability
• Organizing paragraphs and topics
• Ensuring proper spelling, grammar and word usage
• Making sure your document says what you intend it
*PROOFREADING FOR BUSINESSES, COLLEGES, PROFESSORS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Nancy actually loves to proofread!
Working from your graphically designed or “final layout” document, manuscript, article, Summary Plan Description, brochure, manual, book, newsletter, web site or annual report, Nancy checks for:
• Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation
• Typographical errors
• Spacing, alignment and format errors
• Incorrectly hyphenated words
• Correct pagination and table of contents
• Correct order of front and back matter
• Accuracy of charts, tables, graphs
…and many other errors inadvertently introduced by the author or designer.
"One of the best ways to build a business is through strategic partnerships. I have alliances with many other creative service providers, including graphic designers, web developers and even other writers. Together, we can provide any of the creative services a company needs to promote itself effectively."
Professional Copy Writing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading
PORTFOLIO OF WEBSITE CONTENT
Nancy has written, edited, re-organized or proofread the content for dozens of Web sites, including the following:
*Managed the content for this company that provides information and resources to people with diabetes:
*Coordinated the content for this specialist in transition services planning and transition assessment: http://transitionresponse.com/
*Developed the content for this electronics company that designs and manufactures transformers: http://www.bicronusa.com/
*Edited and created content for this Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor: http://quickbookservices.com/about-us/
*Coordinated the content for this company that makes custom molding for the medical device industry: http://www.visionmolding.com/
*Coordinated the copy for this attorney who writes contracts and agreements for “the real world”: http://www.lbeisner.com/
*Developed the content for this company that manufactures FAA-approved aircraft parts: http://aircraftcomponentdesign.com/
BA in English/Education
MA in Education
Certificate in Human Resource Management
Certificate in Copy Editing and Proofreading
Numerous workshops and training sessions on writing web content.
A FEW OF NANCY'S FAVORITE CLIENTS
Nancy has written, edited or proofread promotional materials, web site copy, reports, white papers, newsletters or handbooks for the following companies, towns and schools:
Barnum Financial Group
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Connecticut Special Education Resource
Eastern Connecticut State University
Hartford Consortium for Higher Education
Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance
State of Connecticut Department of
University of Hartford
…and dozens more businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs.