Credentials

Professional Experience

For eight years, I worked at a non-profit in the role of Communications Specialist. It was a great opportunity for me to hone my skills as a graphic designer, writer, and copy editor. Projects included writing, editing, and publishing brochures, flyers, blog posts, web pages, study guides, informational bulletins, and more.

In 2015, I resigned from that position to pursue a freelance career focused on proofreading and copy editing—the same things I excelled at in the corporate world. If you'd like to know more about me, send me an email or read testimonials from previous clients.

Qualifications & Affiliations

Specific Expertise

  • Language: English (U.S.)
  • Style Guides: Chicago Manual of Style and MLA

Biography

I am Rachel, but I also answer to @Rachelskirts, @GrammarNazi, or any of 50+ other Twitter handles when I'm not writing for @SecondBreakfast. I have mad skills in penmanship, playing piano, knowing exactly when to use a semicolon, finding the perfect font, organizing bookshelves, and befriending unfriendly cats.

As a child, my focus was more on reading than writing, but I was always drawn to grammar in a way that impressed and frightened my teachers. (One of them nicknamed me Comma Queen in sixth grade, a title I adored with or without a tiara.) Nothing is more beautiful to me than a well-written sentence that shows the author's thoughtfulness and care—in the structure, in the emotions, in the language. That passion for beautiful communication led me to study marketing as a university student (a tantalizing blend of language and psychology) and continues to drive me in my freelance work.

The bulk of my professional experience stems from working at a non-profit, and I was hired there after submitting multiple typographical and grammatical corrections to existing documents. (My mother has been on staff there for many years, and she would bring publications for me to proofread.) I quickly became known as the resident wordsmith and was often told to "Rachelize" a project—to correct and enhance the copy in my own unique way. Nothing makes me happier.

I decided to pivot my career toward freelance proofreading and editing for a few reasons:

  1. Helping people communicate has always been a passion of mine; this is simply a different way to do that. I get to learn new things, meet new people, read new projects, and share in new success stories.
  2. I am constantly editing text anyway. (My boyfriend has banned me from reading signs or menus in restaurants because I always find mistakes.) If I can get paid for something that comes as naturally to me as breathing, then I will gladly accept the opportunity.
  3. I wanted to move closer to my grandparents; being my own boss has made that a much easier task. Bonus: my grandma makes great breakfasts—and fantastic second breakfasts.

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About the Site

Second Breakfast Media is the online home for my freelance business, offering professional proofreading and copy editing services. It is also a place for me to share what I'm learning about the written language (beyond just my obsession with semicolons), what I'm discovering about this new career path (freelance proofreading and editing), and the great resources I come across along the way (books, articles, websites, podcasts, etc.).

New blog posts will be published every Friday; subscribe via email or get post notifications and more by following @SecondBreakfast on Twitter.

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Copyrights and Related Policies

All of the content on this site is copyrighted to me unless otherwise noted, and that means that you can't copy/paste it to your site. In fact, it means that you need to get my written permission before you can use my content anywhere else, and I will love you twice as much if you honor that.

Every single last bit of that glorious, copyrighted content here is my own opinion. My employers and clients may or may not share my opinions. My family members may or may not share my opinions. Future me may or may not share opinions with past me. I hereby pledge to try my best to be good-natured and respectful in sharing my opinions; I ask that you do the same.