Mark Nichol
3001 Log Camp Road
Garden Valley, California 95633
(650) 678-2527

Freelance writing

Freelance copyediting and proofreading

  • Beacon Press (edit manuscripts for trade book publisher)
  • The Gerontological Society of America (proofread quarterly newsletter)
  • Insight Editions (edit manuscripts for trade book publisher)
  • Luxury Custom Publishing/Skybox Press (edit manuscripts for trade book publisher)
  • The Nueva School (edit newsletters, website, accreditation reports, and other materials for nationally renowned private school)

Edutopia.org and Edutopia magazine (the George Lucas Educational Foundation) (2005–2010)

Managed, wrote, and edited content about education reform and innovation:

  • Managed scheduling and production of home page and updated home page daily
  • Wrote display copy for home pages and inside pages
  • Managed scheduling, production, and distribution of weekly e-newsletter
  • Tracked, scheduled, and published all new site content (magazine articles, online-only articles, essays, blog posts, video, audio, polls, surveys, multiple-asset special reports)
  • Optimized content for search, including crafting display copy and selecting keywords
  • Revised and reformatted archival content
  • Helped manage production of magazine (variously published 6–8 times a year)
  • Wrote articles and blog posts; edited and copyedited content

FamilyWonder.com (2001–2002) [defunct]

  • Assigned and edited book reviews submitted by freelance writers
  • Wrote book, film, website, and attraction reviews
  • Entered content into content-management system

Wired magazine (Wired Inc./Condé Nast Publishing) (1997–2000)

  • Copyedited articles on technology, science, business, art, and culture

The Exploratorium (1995–1996)

  • Copyedited magazine and newsletter articles, activity books, and exhibit signage about science, technology, and art
  • Scheduled and tracked books, periodicals, brochures, and exhibit signage
  • Wrote articles and recorded interviews

Metro Newspapers (1992–1994)

  • Copyedited news, feature, business, and sports articles
  • Wrote op-ed columns

Copyedited books and gift products for trade publishers under such areas and topics as fiction, popular culture, film and television, travel, health, and fitness:

  • Chronicle Books
  • Ten Speed Press

Copyedited for academic and textbook publishers on topics such as astronomy, mathematics, statistics, medicine, psychology, and anthropology:

  • Apex CoVantage
  • Jossey-Bass Publishers (now part of Wiley)
  • Stanford University Press
  • Wadsworth Publishing Company (now part of Cengage Learning)

Copyedited for other clients:

  • Acumen Journal of Life Sciences (articles, essays, and columns about biology and pharmaceutical science)
  • Oracle (feature articles and columns about business and software)
  • SFGate.com (articles, columns, and entertainment listings; also wrote film notices)
  • VeriSign (online product pages and white papers about company products and services)
  • Walt Disney Family Museum (online biography of Walt Disney)


Other Skills

  • Engaging in community (American River Folk Society: board member [and past president], education-outreach director, publicity coordinator)
  • Broadcasting (KFOK Community Radio: program director, publicity coordinator, music and talk program host)
  • Teaching beginning and intermediate copyediting courses (UC Berkeley, Media Alliance)
  • Managing and producing projects
  • Working in content-management systems (WordPress, Drupal, FileMaker Pro) and in Quark and InDesign, performing basic HTML programming, and creating basic website navigation
  • Optimizing for search engines
  • Producing editorial-production procedural and protocol manuals and style guides
  • Creating flowcharts and editing PowerPoint presentations
  • Coproducing webinars

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