• Mariah Beckman

    Editor and Copywriter

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    “When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

     

    Whether you know you're looking for a simple line edit or want to tear the floors out of your draft, I have experience working with authors at all stages of the game. I've worked on for-print productions and ebooks as a production manager, checked final drafts as a proofreader and combed through manuscripts on a line-by-line basis working as a copy editor.

     

    Maybe you know what you want to say, but you'd like help figuring out where to start. Or you have the inclination and even the words, just no time to put pen to paper. As a professional copywriter, I can help you with that, too. Drop me a line and let me know what you're looking for. If I can't help you, I'd be happy to direct you to one of my contemporaries who can.

     

    And if you'd just like to ask a question about your project and aren't sure where to turn, I'd be happy to help in that instance, too. I don't charge for this service or consultation. It's actually a part of the job I enjoy!

  • EXPERIENCE

     

    zulily

    Production Copywriter

    May 2015– present

     

     

    • Create "witty, whimsical and in-the-know" copy.
    • Work closely with the design/merchandising teams to develop effective and compelling copy that reflects the zulily brand. 
    • Outlook, Word Excel/OneNote 2013, AP Stylebook, in-house style guide

     

    Northwest Independent Editors Guild

    Member 

    Apr 2014 – Present

     

     

    Pif Magazine

    Senior Editor 

    Oct 2013 – Present

     

    • Select and revise submissions for publication in a monthly online fiction magazine
    • Collaborate with editing staff to publish high-quality fiction, poetry and editorial pieces
    • Proofread fiction submissions for sentence-level and organizational issues

    Independent

    Freelance copywriter & editor 

    2011 – Present

     

     

    Chest Press

    Senior Editor 

    Aug 2010 – Mar 2014

     

    • Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
    • Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing.
    • Ensure adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.

    Please note: Former clients are welcome to message me directly for continued consultations, updates, etc.

    Sortis Publishing

    Intern 

    May 2010 – May 2011

     

    Duties with this publisher include:
    • research
    • recruiting new interns
    • ghost-writing
    • editing manuscript copy

    Acacia Publishing (The Hired Pen)

    Intern 

    May 2010 – Dec 2010

     

    Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

    GirlfriendIt (Social Media)

    Intern 

    Jan 2010 – Dec 2010

     

    Duties include:
    • light page modification (HTML)
    • layout, and proofing
    • soliciting creative material and contributors
    • copy-editing
    • writing teasers and companion articles for weekly radio show
    • designating stories to interns
    • updating/maintaining GirlfriendIt's radio show's news and podcast feeds for social networking sites

    DRAFT Magazine

    Editorial Intern 

    Jan 2010 – May 2010

     

    • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
    • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
    • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
    • Wrote for print and Web mediums while working closely with DRAFT editors.
    • Learned the general editorial process of a national consumer magazine.

    Superstition Review

    Intern 

    Apr 2009 – Dec 2009

     

    • Observed certain administrative and clerical procedures.
    • Familiarity with systems such as word processing, managing files and records, etc.
    • Microsoft Office Suite 2007
    • Learned how to communicate professionally on behalf of a publication.

  • My Motto

     

    “A word after a word after a word is power.” - Margaret Atwood

  • SKILLS

     

    Content production

    using tools such as Indesign, Quark, InCopy, DreamWeaver, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

    Proofreading/line editing

    for print and online content

    Communication

    administrative and customer service roles as well as connecting with professionals in on and off-line mediums

    Publishing (page layout and production)

    for print and ebook

    Developmental/Substantive Editing

    Chicago Manual of Style; Copyeditor's Handbook; AP Style Book

    Content management systems (Wordpress, etc.)

     

    blogs, posting content to web and mobile platforms, etc.

    Photography

    for print and online journalism

    Microsoft Office 2013

    Word, Publishing, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc.

  • EDUCATION

     

    University of Washington

    Editing Certificate 2015 - 2015

     

     

    Arizona State University

    B.A. - English 2008 - 2010

     

     

    Arizona State University

    B.A - English: Technical Writing 2008 - 2010

     

     

    Mesa Community College

    A.A English 2006 - 2008

     

     

  • REFERENCES

     

    Here's what a few folks have to say about working with me...

    Rebecca West

    Interior Designer, Author, Speaker, Rebecca West Interiors

    I can't begin to say how delighted I am with Mariah's edits to my book. When I read through them it feels like my very own writing, but better! She stays true to my voice and my intent, but manages to clarify what I want to say with every wonderful suggestion. Not only that, she goes above and beyond, offering far more than your standard editor. It's like having your very own cheerleading squad - so important on this So Long and So Hard journey of writing and publishing a book! She is generous with her smiles, her knowledge, and her resources. Mariah is a like a sparkly treasure in your writing toolbox. Rebecca West

    Jake Dardzinski

    Writer, The Eden Chronicles

    Working with Mariah has been a wonderful experience, her services are exceptional and very reasonably priced, and I can’t wait to work with her again in the future. She was always very positive and her edits made my book a hundred times better. She has an infectiously positive attitude that made me excited to revise my novel, and the ability to check on the edits she was making in real time was a wonderful feature. Her humor and knowledge of pop culture made her edits as entertaining to read as they were informative, and I can’t imagine having anyone else edit my work.  

     

  • Writing Samples

    A few examples of my work on the interwebs...

    Draft Magazine:

    Pubs We Love: Literary Bars

    Washington Trails Magazine: More Than Just a Job

    Puyallup Herald:

    Nonprofit Angel One aims to help ‘real people with real needs’

     

    Puyallup Herald:

    Meeker Mansion ready for its national television closeup

    South Sound Talk

    (take your pick from dozens of articles)

    Gizorama:

    (there are plenty to choose from, so take your pick!)

    Post Defiance Press

    American Legion: Newsletter Designer/Editor

    zulily | Milan Kiss

    zulily | MukLuks

  • LET'S CHAT

    Call me

    253.693.8283

    Greater Seattle Area

  • Let's do this

    Drop me a line with questions about my services, the work I've done or work you'd like to do. If I can't help you, the odds are high that I know someone who can.