In this educational panel with five of the board members that help keep Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) running, you will get firsthand advice about how to get hired in publishing, how to find clients if you’re a freelancer, and what it’s actually like to work in the publishing industry as a freelancer or as a traditional worker. On top of that, you will also learn more about how CWIP, a professional publishing organization, can help you advance your publishing goals from people who’ve benefited from CWIP and want to help you succeed.
To learn more about what careers will be covered in this panel and the panelists, please read the bios below. Sherryl Brown, writer and vice president of CWIP, will be moderating the event. Please come to the event with any questions you have! There will be time dedicated to Q&A at the end of the event.
Nada Sneige Fuleihan is an independent translator, writer, and editor. She is a graduate of the UChicago, Graham School Editing Certificate Program. She transitioned into freelance after a career as an educator, teaching history, languages, and working as a director of a French school. Her freelance work involves multiple skills projects where editing and translation overlap with writing sometimes. She is fluent in French and Arabic. She is currently working on a YA novel. Nada is the director of the Mentorship program of CWIP.
Mary Cecilia Nolan is a Versatile Project Manager/Editor with more than fifteen years of experience in print and digital production. She’s dedicated to producing accurate content and engaging user experiences through project management and quality assurance and known for identifying solutions, directing and collaborating with teams, and meeting deadlines. She works for the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) as a Senior Content Developer, where she a client account for Bank of America as a Quality Assurance (QA) Lead (basically an editor) for their corporate eLearning courses. Outside of her full-time job, her freelance work consists of editing, proofreading, designing (web, print [books and eBooks],) and coding.
Sherryl Brown is a private tutor of German. She retired from Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, and began her writing career in 1998. She tutors German while writing short stories, poetry, non-fiction books and novels. She has published three books. She lives in Wheaton and feels lucky to have a supportive family nearby.
Kathryn Keil, Senior Content Developer at NIIT Cognitive Arts, is a creative, enthusiastic publishing professional comfortable in both the print and digital environment. She has extensive experience in producing trade books, print magazines and web content. She’s highly skilled at repurposing/refreshing content for a new audience. She adores research, fact-checking and copy editing and can write on just about any topic. Kathy is also an accomplished jewelry artist, children’s book enthusiast, and longtime bookseller. She loves anything to do with crafts, hobbies, antiques, collecting, travel or literature.
Tiffany T. Cole is an Editorial Assistant of Product Development at Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, a textbook publisher. For nearly a decade, she was a freelance substantive editor and copy editor, but now she’s transitioning out of freelance work to focus on writing and producing entertainment and educational videos for YouTube and Twitch.