Editors of Color Database

Personal Info

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Title
Ms.
First Name
Barbra
Middle Name
Last Name
Rodriguez
Pronouns
she/her
Company
Vital Wordplay
City/Town
Austin
Province/Territory

Professional Info

Bio
Barbra Rodriguez is a versatile, efficient editor and writer who works with publishing houses, independent authors, and long-form content clients in the sciences, conservation, diversity and equity, health, spirituality and other topics around healthier living, Recent work includes editing a memoir about about growing up as a farmworker in Texas, editing web educational modules for physicians, and annual reports and web pages for The Nature Conservancy, as well as writing conference reports about the mental health challenges of underserved students in higher education. Barbra is also ghostwriting a book on social justice activism, and has edited engineering and geological sciences magazines. Before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2016, she worked for over a decade as a communicator of medical, life science, and sustainable landscaping research at universities, including managing several institutional magazines. She aced the copyediting certificate program of UC, San Diego in 2019. Her writing honors include National Mature Media and National Health Information awards for an AARP Latino magazine feature. It is among the dozens of articles she has written for national publications since 1998. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, she has also ghostwritten for college deans, the director of a conservation organization, engineers, and physicians. An avid exerciser and black belt in the Japanese art of Aikido, she continues to train as possible amidst Covid-19 restrictions.
Areas of Expertise
Agriculture, Architecture, Chemistry, Computers/Electronics, Diversity, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environment/Nature, Folklore/Mythology, Health/Medicine, History, Life Sciences, Lifestyle, Literature/Books, Marginalized Communities, Memoir, Nonprofit Organizations, Personal Development (Self-Help), Psychology, Religion/Spirituality, Social Sciences, Society/Culture, Sports/Recreation, Writing
Other Areas
Biology, conservation, diversity issues, gardening, landscape restoration, sustainability, alternative energy.
Nonfiction Genres
Academic/Scholarly, Creative Nonfiction (Literary), Historical, Memoir, Personal, Scientific, Technical
Fiction Genres
General, Historical
Editorial and Adjacent Services
Beta Reading, Coaching (Writing), Copyediting, Copywriting, Custom Style Guides, Developmental Editing, Fact Checking, Interviews, Line Editing, Manuscript Evaluation, Proofreading, Research, Sensitivity Reading, SEO, Writing
Other Services
Conference correspondent. Ghost-writing. Moderately fluent in Spanish. Providing publishing guidance.
Types of Media
Articles/Blogs, Biographies/Memoirs, Books, Charts/Tables, Citations, Corporate Communications, E-books, Essays, How-To/DIY, Journals, Magazines, Newsletters, Newspapers, Novels, Press Releases/Kits, Proposals, Consumer Publications, Trade Publications, Reports, Reviews, Speeches, Textbooks, Websites
Other Media
Other Skills
Extensive experience editing and writing engaging profiles, features, conference summaries and other long-form content for lay audiences, often about complex subjects; regularly proof and copyedit newsletters, blog posts and more.
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