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Dr. Seuss. Ray Bradbury. Dear Abby. What do they all have in common? Well, besides being world reknown, they all, at some point, picked up a pen, or hopped on a typewriter and wrote their first word for the masses. While I don't claim to be anywhere near the caliber of these greats, I like to consider myself among the legions of people following in their footsteps.


Background Information

Somewhere back in 1976 or so, I realized that there was no more of an exhiliarating feeling for me than to have someone take notice of something I had written. My story, "Hairy and the Big Red Berry" had become the delight of my second-grade classmates, and I instantly realized how exciting it was to be able to make other people smile or laugh or feel through the words that came out of my head. And, so, I like to think it was then that I became a writer.

Throughout school, I salivated at the thought of written book reports and term papers and essays, and in 1985, when I was just a freshman in high school, I began writing newsletters and ad copy for my church and a local family business. I was completely thrilled at seeing my words in print. At the ripe old age of 14, I submitted my first article for publication to the local newspaper, The Springfield News-Sun. And a week later, there, in print, was a byline, sitting happily atop a short piece about Pete Rose. Not that I'd ever considered myself an expert in sports, but to see my op-ed piece displayed and know it was being read by people across the county made me so proud. During the rest of my high school career, I geared my classes towards English Composition, and entered several local contests. This trend continued while I was in college, even though my actual career path was to study Word Processing and Secretarial Technologies.

From that point on, the search for the byline has been a constant prowl for me. I continued writing for the local paper for the years to follow, as well as for the family business, eventually taking over all of their ad copywriting and research writing for their newsletter. In addition, I have written for magazines, newspapers, websites, and various other sorts of publications, spanning across all genres and fields of interest - everything from single-parenting advice columns, to short story thrillers and recipes. The highlight of my authoring was in 2005 when my books THE MONSTER'S MIND and COLBY'S PEACE were published by a small press. And then, in late 2005, and early 2006, when THE MONSTER'S MIND caught the eye of an independent film director, and I had the opportunity to create a film based loosely on my story.

In addition to writing my own work, I LOVE to help other authors polish their own manuscripts. Either my business correspondence experience, my insane typing expertise and love of proper punctuation, or just my love of the written word have helped me become a freelance book editor. Since 2006, I have had the privilege of editing for established and new authors, as well as several publishers. I have edited nearly 150 book sin various genres, and I am always on the search for other writers who need someone to polish their manuscripts.  If you need an editor or book doctor, I only charge $1.50 a page ($1.50 / 300 words) to do proofreading, copy (line) editing, and substantive editing all rolled into one. Contact me for a list of references, or visit my resume at http://docs.google.com/View?id=dg3472jg_61gtttxz8v You can connect with me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Tremont-City-OH/Autumn-J-Conley-Proofreader-and-Copy-Editor/133806322428?ref=ts&__a=10&ajaxpipe=1

Birth Place
Chattanooga, TN USA
Accomplishments

**********Magazines, Ezines & Newspapers*********
Associated Content (May 2006 – Current)
Child Magazine (May 2002)
Dialogue (Publication Pending)
First for Women (May 2004)
Home Life (2003 & 2004)
Junior Trails Quarterly (December 1994)
Live Magazine (April 1996)
Living (Summer 2005)
New Moon (March/April 2007)
Over the Back Fence (Summer 2006)
Ozarks Senior Living Newspaper (April 2006)Parent Life (December & October 2003)
Parenting Magazine (March 1998 & 2002)
Shades of Gray Literary Magazine (1993)
Sisters in the Lord: SPICE Column (Jan–Aug. 2005)Sound of the Drums Literary Magazine (1998)Standard (2005)
The Gem (September 2005)
The Level Digest (2004)
The Springfield News-Sun (1985 – 2006)
The Springfield Paper (1990)
The Wilmington News Journal (July – August 2005)Women’s Touch (July/August 2005 & 2002)
Women of Faith, South Africa (Pub. Forthcoming)

**********Books**********
Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschoolers (05
Colby’s Peace, (Publish America, 2005)
Soul Matters for Moms (Contributor, 2005)
The Dieter Next Door(Cont., Pub.Pending)
The Monster’s Mind (Publish America, 2005)

Additional Information

If someone asked me, "What is the best advice you would give to new writers?" my first answer would be to enter contests. Many of them come with reading fees attached - but if you look, there are also a lot who don't require any entry fees at all. Entering contests gives you the chance to earn money and prizes, and, more importantly, the potential of free exposure because the winning entries and even runner-ups are often published online or elsewhere. Here are a few of the contests I've placed in: The American Home Week Essay Contest – 1st Place, High School Division for Springfield: A Picture of the True American Dream (May 1988) SADD Student Writing Competition – 1st Place, Poetry for Because He Kept the Keys (January 1988) Clark State Community College Student Writing Competition, 1st Place, Short Story Division for Choked to Death by Grapevines (May 1989) Surviving Ophelia Contest for Writing Mothers – 1st Place (2004) Chistell Annual Fiction Writing Contest – 2nd Place, Short Story Category for The Chase (2005) Tales from the Scales, Nestle Foods – One of fifteen winning stories used in ad campaign (2005) Faith Writers Weekly Writing Challenge – 1st Place for Death of an Orange Cone (2005) Past Loves Day Writing Contest – 1st Place for Facing the Fall (2007) Currently under consideration for several contests, including The Bad Seafood Funny Disaster Stories Contest (No, Mr. Palmer, I am NOT a Pervert), and Life for Change Contest (So, I Didn’t Marry an Axe Murderer)

Contact Information
Autumn Conley, Copy Editor
PO Box 134 
Tremont City OH 45372   USA
Contact Author: Autumn J Conley
Favorite Links

My Facebook Page
This link will take you to the Facebook Page for Autumn J. Conley, Proofreader and Copy Editor. Come connect with me!

The Monster's Mind, based on the novella by ME!
Shortly after my novella, The Monster's Mind, was published in 2005, I had the privilege of working with a local indy film maker, Brett Hatten, in the production of a film of the same name, based loosely on my novella. I was on the set for three weeks, helped choose the cast, and was recruited by the local paper in the town where we filmed to write a daily journaling of the filmmaking that was published in The Wilmington News Journal. This is a 19 minute clip of that film, complete with the original soundtrack.

Resume/CV
This link will take you to my CV/Resume, where you will find an all-inclusive list of the books I've edited and the items I've written and had published, as well as a list of references and recommendations.

Rams on Demand
I serve as an editor for this fine site dedicated to fans of the St. Louis Rams. Check out The Blog, and register to connect with other fans on our message boards and forums.






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