My editing experience is in both print and digital. I regularly edit master candidates’ research papers, theses, and doctoral dissertations, business letters, and books-in-progress, and have also worked with pharmaceutical companies to edit monographs and other product information. Currently, I edit clinical content as an independent contractor for a healthcare communications company. My approach to editing is often as a wordcrafter, helping to polish my client’s ideas while staying true to his or her individual voice with attention to issues such as grammar, sentence structure, and narrative flow. Focusing on the integrity of my client’s writing is important to me since it is an expression of that person. I have worked with students ranging in age from elementary school to postgraduate, as well as with many people for whom English is a second language.
One of my proudest editing moments was when I took a client’s 100 pages of stream-of-consciousness copy, edited it, rewrote parts, and organized it into a book with a prologue, chapters, and an epilogue without ever changing the author’s voice.
More recently, I assisted Sphere First Publishing with Descent into Chaos: A Memoir by Robin Cunningham. April Zay, my Poetry Takes Flight collaborator, created the compelling cover art and book design, and I was senior editor and project manager. The book is an unflinching and gripping memoir that has readers join 13-year-old Robin on his visceral journey through the harrowing experience of schizophrenia’s onset. People who have read it claim that they couldn’t put it down and are waiting for the sequel!
Highly Skilled Professional with a Strong Record of Excellence
“Arlene Geller is a highly skilled professional with a strong record of excellence. Her lyrics and poetry are beautiful and powerful, and she is a gifted writer. She has worked with me on projects that have involved content and copyediting, manuscript set up and artistic layouts, book production and promotion, and she has served as a publicist, all to my complete satisfaction. She is willing to take the initiative, provide leadership, and is inspirational. She meets deadlines to which she commits and is always diplomatic. It has been my great pleasure to work with her on a series of involved projects and I look forward to continue working with her in the future.”
Robin Cunningham, author of Descent into Chaos