WORDSWORTH, as part of our services, has provided writing, editing,
proofreading, and typing services to clients since 1983. The queen
of this department is Margie
Who is she?
Margie Wilson received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1972 [with minors in Humanities (emphasizing History), Math, and Russian]; she helped create and was the first to graduate from U.C.S.B. with a major in Comparative Literature. She received her Elementary Teaching Credential from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1973. In the early 1970s, she taught 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades and served as a Reading Specialist. Since 1995, she has worked as a guest teacher for West Sonoma County schoolteachers who must miss a day of school.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jack London Foundation from 19901996, and she continues to serve as the Marketing and Publicity Coordinator of the annual Jack London Birthday Banquet. She is the author of four published works, the Jack London Coloring and Activity Book, 500 Ways To Say Said, and The Wit and Wisdom of Jack London [click here for more information about The Wit and Wisdom of Jack London]. She also co-wrote Mastering the Art of Scratchboard with Master Scratchboard Artist Norman Gaddini. Click here for more information about the Scratchboard book.
From 19871995, Margie was both the editor and the major contributing writer for EVENTS magazine, a bimonthly publication having the highest distribution [125,000] of any publication in Sonoma County, California. Since 1995, she has been hired to edit, proofread, and copywrite for a variety of clients including Kodansha International Publishers headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Nolo Press (Berkeley and Occidental, California), Metamorphic Press (Occidental, California), and numerous self-publishing authors. She has been a professional writer, proofreader, and editor since college, her news and feature articles appearing in more than 175 publications. She has also enjoyed helping innumerable writers edit their books before self-publishing and has ghost-written speeches for local community leaders.
Her most recent honors have been her inclusion in: Whos Who in America (2013); the Biltmore Whos Who Among Executives and Professionals (2011); the International Biographical Centre [IBC]s International Professional of the Year (2009); 21st Century Award for Achievement (2009); the IBC International Presidents Award for Iconic Achievement (2009); the year 2009 Dictionary of International Biography; the years 20052012 editions (including the 25th Silver Anniversary Edition) of Whos Who of American Women, the years 20042009 editions of Whos Who in American Education; the 2000 editions of Whos Who in the West, The Dictionary of International Biography; the 20012002 edition of Strathmores Whos Who; and, her nomination for inclusion in the next published editions of Whos Who in America, Whos Who in The World, Outstanding People of the 20th Century, Whos Who in the 21st Century, and Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century. She was also chosen by the International Biographical Centre Editorial and Advisory Board as: an International Woman of the Year for the years 2000 and 2001, and International Personality of the Year for 2001, and was awarded the 20th Century Award for Achievement. Margie has also been included in the IBCs editions of 2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century, 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century, the Cambridge Whos Who among Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs, and the 2004 edition of 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.
Margie has an unusual approach to editing manuscripts. She believes in retaining a writers style and form, correcting and editing only spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. She is also meticulous and very detail-oriented (important qualities for a proofreader!). Of course, any phrase that is awkward is corrected. And, we might add, she types 104+ w.p.m. [Really!]