alison j cantrell
Editing + Proofreading


Editor and proofreader with experience in the creative and commercial fields.

Work experience

Digital Content Editor

Hit Subscribe  |  November 2018–present

  • Collaborating with authors to address global concerns as well as copyedits for blog posts and white papers on a variety of tech-related topics 

  • Ensuring posts meet client guidelines/expectations and aligning copy with internal style guide

Contract Copyeditor/Proofreader

CMD (contracted through Creative Circle)  |  Portland, OR  |  April 2018–present

  • Copyediting and proofreading a variety of internal and client documents, including presentations, white papers, blog and social media copy, web copy, ads and other marketing materials, newsletters, etc.

  • Ensuring all copy is free from grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors and is clear, concise, and consistent

  • Aligning copy with CMOS, AP, and/or client-specific style guides and keeping client style guides updated

  • Fact-checking for accuracy of copy and querying when necessary

Contract Proofreader

Thread Creative  |  Portland, OR  |  February 2017–present

  • Proofreading web copy, bullets, and one-liners for product models

  • Cross-checking product description with photos to ensure descriptions are accurate

  • Ensuring all copy adheres to AP style and house style guide

  • Localizing copy by converting spelling and measurements from global (UK) to US format

Project Manager,
Write to Publish 2017

Ooligan Press  |  Portland, OR  |  March 2016–March 2017

  • Established and managed timeline for conference planning; ensured all deadlines were met

  • Secured conference date and venue; developed programming, budget, ticket pricing, and sales timeline

  • Reviewed and edited all outward-facing materials, including press releases, social media content, newsletters, blog posts, emails, etc. in conjunction with Ooligan’s editing and marketing departments

  • Coordinated speakers for panels and workshops, sponsors for donations and raffle, vendors, and day-of volunteers

  • Oversaw project team of 10–12 members and delegated tasks based on members’ strengths and interests

Acquisitions & Editorial Staff

Ooligan Press  |  Portland, OR  |  January 2016–December 2017

  • Performed developmental edits for two literary fiction manuscripts and a young adult fiction manuscript

  • Copyedited two young adult fiction manuscripts and a literary fiction manuscript

  • Assisted in creating style sheets for three manuscripts, following CMOS and house style

  • Proofread manuscripts for grammatical and design errors before publication

  • Wrote and edited posts for the Ooligan Press blog and formatted accompanying photos for web

Public Relations Assistant,
University Relations

Georgia Southwestern State University  |  Americus, GA  |  September 2014–December 2015

  • Wrote material for press releases, monthly faculty/staff newsletter, biannual alumni magazine, social media, and university website

  • Performed in-depth research and conducted detailed interviews to gather material for publications

  • Edited all outgoing publications for clarity, coherency, and consistency as well as for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and adherence to AP style guidelines

  • Managed, scheduled, and uploaded content for university social media platforms, calendar of events, and university website

  • Designed page layout for faculty/staff newsletter and alumni magazine using Adobe InDesign

  • Photographed events for use in university publications and social media as well as edited photos for optimal web or print quality using Adobe Photoshop

Literary Editor, Sirocco:
A Magazine of the Arts

Georgia Southwestern State University  |  Americus, GA  August 2013–May 2014

  • Guided magazine through production cycle, from procuring content to receiving the final product from printers

  • Developed front and back matter for the magazine, including the editor’s note and the dedication

  • Proofread the final document before it was sent to print

  • Coordinated weekly staff meetings to vote on submissions, delegate outreach tasks, etc.

  • Advertised call for submissions and magazine-related events, such as an open mic night

  • Contacted and secured sponsorship from local businesses to cover printing costs and fund literary and art prizes; Promoted and advertised businesses as presenting sponsors

  • Planned and hosted an open mic night and a release party for the Spring 2014 edition of the magazine

Writing Consultant,
University Writing Center

Georgia Southwestern State University  |  Americus, GA  January 2011–December 2014

  • Tutored students in all aspects of the writing process (e.g., brainstorming, drafting, revising, proofreading)

  • Presented at the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) conferences for four consecutive years

  • Created and conducted workshops for students on different parts of the writing process

  • Developed advertisements, brochures, and content for the writing center website

  • Instructed students in the use of MLA, APA, ASA, and CMOS forms of citation


Master of Science,
Writing/Book Publishing

Portland State University  |  Portland, OR  December 2017

Bachelor of Arts,
English/Professional Writing

Georgia Southwestern State University  |  Americus, GA  December 2014

Volunteer work

Member at Large
& Volunteer Coordinator

Northwest Editors Guild  |  Portland, OR  March 2018–present

  • Attending board meetings and discussing and voting on board initiatives

  • Assessing volunteer needs and recruiting and coordinating volunteers accordingly

  • Developing and implementing volunteering policies and procedures

Comanaging Editor

VoiceCatcher (online literary journal)  |  Portland, OR  September 2018–September 2019

  • Overseeing production of journal and organizing editorial teams

  • Receiving submissions through Submittable and assigning editors to read pieces and provide evaluations

  • Leading editorial meeting for prose editors to discuss submissions and select pieces for publication

  • Coordinating editors to work with authors on edits and write feedback letters

Volunteer Event Organizer

Northwest Editors Guild  |  Portland, OR  March 2018–present

  • Planning and hosting monthly meetups for local editors to network, share resources, build community, etc.

  • Assisting in recruitment of volunteers to staff Guild table at local conferences

  • Organized a three-day editors retreat for area members that was held in September 2018; led discussion on editing for social media at retreat

Prose Editor

VoiceCatcher (online literary journal)  |  Portland, OR  February–June 2018

  • Served as a prose editor for the Spring 2018 issue of the VoiceCatcher literary journal

  • Worked with team of editors to read and evaluate all entries and select final pieces that best supported the journal's mission

  • Guided authors through global edits and copyedits on accepted pieces leading up to publication

  • Provided constructive feedback on pieces at each submitter's request