Writing & Translation
Nelda Street first professionally honed her natural aptitude for language arts in 1999 as a proofreader/specifications analyst for GTS Graphics, the largest publisher-services firm on the West Coast, working on technical books covering psychology, software instruction, language, and microbiology. Publishers served by GTS included such well-known names as Addison Wesley, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, and John Wiley and Sons. Nelda not only mastered Chicago style but learned to quickly adapt to the various stylistic exceptions required by each publisher. Analyzing design samples, Nelda determined and wrote design specifications, and ensured that final design-spec samples (used by all parties working on a book) were accurate. She proofread and/or analyzed specs of hard-copy galleys, page proofs, art, and figure captions; and deadlines frequently demanded that she switch to a different book (with new specs), and often a different publisher, on a moment's notice.
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