I’ve been an editor since 1999. My first job was Copy Editor for the Ferris State Torch. I aced the editing test as an incoming freshman, was hired on the spot, and worked there all through college. I graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications, and was a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association.
I’ve written blogs since 2002, and I started this website in 2005 as a Shakespeare blog. The name of the blog, and now Last Syllable Communications, comes from the famous “Tomorrow” speech in Macbeth. The phrase “to the last syllable of recorded time” resonates strongly with me; I like the way it includes the spoken word and the written word, just as my work has included both. The Shakespeare blog was moderately successful for about a year, as I went to an acting intensive and read plays and raised a little money for the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (now sadly closed). I did a little freelance editing here and there, mostly for friends’ projects and a little for Grace & Glory Magazine. I started a full-time proofreading job at Monotype (now Six Red Marbles) in 2006.
In 2010, I left Six Red Marbles (and Maryland) and moved back home to Michigan. I worked as a captioning editor at Closed Captioning Services (including a year captioning The Young and the Restless) until the company’s merger with VITAC in 2012. As a freelancer, I’ve edited and proofread projects small and large for Dreamwidth Studios, Immanion Press, Words & Numbers, Avantgarden Enterprises, A Pass Educational Group, the International Reading Association, and more. Canadian Creative Press have been my awesome, supportive web hosts through all the various permutations of this site (including the occasional “help, I didn’t want to delete all that!”).
Now, as a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and founder of Last Syllable Communications, I’ve brought all my varied experiences together. I provide top-notch editorial and proofreading services to help my clients’ words shine, whether spoken or written, no matter where they are in the publishing process.
View my résumé: RachelLeeCherry_resume.pdf