by Bill Partsch

I’m thinking about doing this for a living.

My Résumé

Bill Partsch
177 Central Ave. • Englewood, NJ 07631
(646) 284-5502 •
I have a proven record of engaging readers and helping companies grow.

As a writer, editor, reporter, copy editor and proofreader, I have had tremendous success with:

  • Facilitating both vertical and horizontal growth in multiple publishing enterprises;
  • Revitalizing stale content; producing useful, easy-to-understand copy;
  • Writing in a range of styles, from technical to conversational to whimsical;
  • Rapidly developing expertise in unfamiliar subject areas; quickly learning new technologies;
  • Ensuring accuracy, along with consistent grammar and style, and turning jargon into clear text;
  • Improving story presentations with attention-grabbing heads, decks, sidebars and captions;
  • Constantly growing professionally–applying expertise to web, books, marketing and more.
Kitchen & Bath Business magazine (Gralla, Miller Freeman, VNU) (1988-2003)
Senior Editor (Print)

  • Spearheaded new magazine departments, an original-content website and a book division;
  • Cut through technical jargon to give readers clear information;
  • Edited manuscripts; became staff style and grammar guru;
  • Assigned stories and mentored junior editors in reporting and writing news and features.
  • Transformed news section, increasing impact and accuracy;
  • Collected and analyzed data to produce value-added industry report;
  • Learned industry quickly enough to become columnist three months after joining staff;
Web Editor

  • Leveraged expertise from trade magazine to create a consumer/trade hybrid website;
  • Extended print magazine brand, adding value for subscribers and advertisers;
  • Earned reader and media praise for helpful, high-energy service journalism;
  • Developed interface and site architecture; assigned articles; recruited and managed freelancers;
  • Produced and maintained content, graphic design and HTML code;
  • Tracked and analyzed traffic; deployed SEO practices; worked with publisher to promote site.
Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications (Hachette Filipacchi Media) 2004-2009
Associate Editor

  • Facilitated expansion of Woman’s Day Kitchens & Baths from six to seven issues annually;
  • Improved and energized copy; crafted relevant and clever heads, decks, sidebars and captions;
  • At supervisors’ request, taught fellow editors how to turn manuscripts into compelling stories;
  • Wrote for all sections (including editor’s letter); hired freelancers; assigned and edited articles;
  • Collaborated with editors and designers to maximize impact of creative packaging.
Freelance Writer and Editor 2002-present

  • Copy Writer (C&A Marketing: SkyMall catalog re-launch)
    Established short, snappy style for product write-ups; researched to ensure accuracy.
  • Copy Editor (Pearson educational publishing)
    • Helped set up catalog template for textbooks and complementary online offerings;
    • Edited and proofread copy and re-wrote heads to establish style and enhance readability.
  • Copy Writer (Benjamin Moore & Co.)
    • Assisted with major overhaul of web content for specialty coatings division;
    • Upgraded and refreshed product copy geared to both consumer and professional audiences.
  • Contributing Writer (Parade)Wrote well-received service articles on home design trends, techniques, products and DIY tips
  • Book Editor (Filipacchi Publishing)Aggregated magazine content into books, crafting a consistent, lively tone from diverse styles.
  • Managing Editor/Copy Editor (Show Circuit) (quarterly equestrian-lifestyle publication)
    • Trafficked copy and vigilantly satisfied publisher’s rigorous demands for editorial style;
    • Improved timeliness and accuracy, often re-interviewing and re-researching.
Additional Freelance

Cornerstone Realty Group (content re-writing), National Kitchen & Bath Association (book editing), Decorating/Remodeling magazine (reporting/writing), The Home Depot Magazine (reporting/writing/editing), Trouser Press (writing), Instructor magazine (reporting/writing), the Columbia Missourian (reporting/writing).
Bachelors in Journalism (with General Honors), University of Missouri

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