Madeleine Vasaly

Madeleine Vasaly

I am a detail-oriented editor with both in-house and freelance experience covering a variety of content. I’ve worked with texts of fewer than 1,000 words and over 100,000, with casual online pieces and formal history books, and with a wide range of subjects. My clients are publishers, packagers, self-publishing and traditionally publishing authors, marketing and PR agencies, nonprofits, industry professionals, and more. My primary style reference is the Chicago Manual of Style (16th or 17th edition), but I also have experience with AP style as well as numerous in-house and project-specific styles, both working with them and creating them myself from scratch. My editorial experience is primarily in nonfiction, but I am actively looking to expand my fiction work.

I am a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute program and have foreign-language skills in French (business level) and Japanese (conversational). In addition to my freelance work, I am the co-head and senior editor of Twin Cities Geek, a Minnesota-based nonprofit news and culture site, and the marketing and social media liaison for the Professional Editors Network.

Editing Services: Copyediting, Developmental editing, Proofreading, Substantive
Writing Services: Magazine, Nonfiction
Other Services: Editorial project management, Image sourcing, Manuscript critique, Style guide creation, Transcription
Subjects: automotive, aviation and aerospace, cooking/food, comics, crafts, DIY, film, France, gardening, gaming, geek/nerd culture, history, home improvement, homesteading, inclusive language, Japan, licensed IP, military, Minnesota, movies, music, new age, pop culture, popular science, spirits and cocktails, technology, television, theater, travel
Nonfiction Genres: Cookbooks, Creative nonfiction, Essay, DIY/how-to, History, Reference, Travel
Age Levels: Adult
End Products: articles, books, blogs, marketing copy, nonprofit materials, résumés, query letters
Style Manuals: Associated Press Stylebook (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Software: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint
Other Memberships: ACES: The Society for Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association, Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable