In 2012, I moved into the world of STEM publishing, first as a Production Editor and then as a Technology Support Specialist. Finally, in early 2017, I took on a project management role for publishing technology.
As a Production Editor, I coordinated content as it published online and in print for one major account. There was a lot of quality control, troubleshooting, deciphering XML, and coordinating corrections and resupplies with our offshore composition team and various hosting vendors. Working on the deliverables side of things, it made sense to go further into the technology behind it, so I became a Technology Support Specialist in January 2015.
As a Technology Support Specialist, I managed the deliverables aspect for both new customer setups and smaller projects to change style, add new features or content types, and migrate customers to new hosting platforms. Much of my time was spent researching and reconciling customer and vendor changes to ensure accurate deliverables, right down to the XML.
Currently, as a Project Manager, I plan the projects that make publishing possible for our customers. I also manage resources for the Technology Department and oversee the development and maintenance of support portals for internal and external customers.
There have been very few dull moments—I’m often glued to my chair from 8:30 to 4:30 each day…every day.
Though it’s been a few years, I’ve tried to squeeze in freelance work or consultation:
Web Design and Production
(Note that both sites are now only available via the Internet Archive. Some files, features, or graphics may not have been indexed properly. Note that the Entropia site also has an Adobe Flash element, which does play safely from the Internet Archive.)
Book Design and Composition
That said, I have training in the Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, and the late great Adobe Flash (fun sample here). I’m also trained in FinalCut Pro for video production (fun sample here).
I’ve always been a bit of a renaissance man with far too many interests. Look around my site and you’ll see that I enjoy writing—but have far too little time to do it often. I also love photography—but lack the time to do it even as a serious hobby. I also have unhealthy obsessions with geology, maps, politics, local history, and archaeology. And though my time is usually pretty limited, most recently with renovations to our 90-year-old home, I still hope to one day catch up on reading some of the hundreds of books I’ve bought over the years. That, added to many recent books that pique my interest, means I could read a book a minute and never run out!
My education was almost as wide-ranging as my interests. My undergraduate work at the University of Delaware included majors in English and anthropology (focused on cultural anthropology), minors in history and political science (focused on human rights and democracy), and two years of Russian! (Но не ожидайте меня говорить по-русски!) I followed up with a master’s in English and publishing at Rosemont College, where I studied digital design, nonfiction writing, editorial practice, and…poetry! Beyond college, I continue to learn as much as I possibly can about everything I can. Mentally taxing? Perhaps. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I should also be able to keep myself pretty busy exploring Vermont for a while, learning about the people, places, nature, and history of this uniquely awesome state. I also hope to explore Montreal and Boston as soon as I can. Follow these adventures and more on my blog.