Amanda O'Brien is an award-winning editor and writer with nearly 20 years of publishing experience. Her attention to detail, ability to multitask, and respect for the written word have led to many rewarding freelance opportunities.
Amanda graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in journalism (focus on magazine production). During her time at Marquette, she wrote for university publications as well as regional Wisconsin magazines. Amanda also worked as a publication assistant at the university and a media intern for a national not-for-profit.
She worked full-time as an editor on two nationally recognized trade journals, playing a key role in the start-up of one publication's international counterpart. In addition to honing her writing and editing skills, Amanda served as liaison between the editorial and art departments, developing an invaluable understanding of the production process.
Her lifelong love of libraries led to a position as a children's librarian. Amanda leads storytimes, manages a literacy-based program, and edits and designs promotional materials. This is in addition to answering youth reference questions throughout the day.
Publishing is still a priority, however, and Amanda continues to pursue editorial work on a freelance basis. Her clients have included educational publishers, medical journals and newsletters, lifestyle magazines, national associations/organizations, and published authors. Each month, she edits numerous articles and proofreads at least a dozen magazine galleys.
Amanda is very comfortable working within the confines of editorial schedules and deadlines as well as adhering to standard or house style guides. She has caught mistakes, typos, and inconsistencies that go undetected by those "too close to the project." When editing, she respects and maintains the voice of the author, an often overlooked editorial strength. She is known by her clients as hardworking, conscientious, and loyal.