Resume for Rob Smales

Overview: Proficient copyeditor, proofreader, and writer with a sharp eye and creative mind. Specializes in comprehensive content editing, preserving the writer’s voice while working with the author to make the material as polished and engaging as possible.

Experience Summary

  • Well-versed in Chicago Manual of Style standards and guidelines
  • Critically acclaimed author who enjoys helping other writers succeed
  • Published editor and writer in a variety of genres and platforms including print magazines, books, online blogs, movie reviews, and more

Computer Skills

  • Google Docs
  • Google Drive
  • Blogger
  • Open Office
  • Scrivener
  • Microsoft Word

Professional Experience

  • Copyeditor/Proofreader
  • Freelance, Salem, MA 6/14–present

Clients Include:

  • Books & Boos Press (Publisher)
  • Chris Robertson (Publisher)
  • David Daniel (Author)
  • Vlad V. (Author)
  • Ursula Wong (Author)
  • Stacey Longo (Author)

Job Duties:

  • Provide detailed critique on manuscripts, short stories, and documents, highlighting the work’s strengths and weaknesses, making suggestions for revision and improvement
  • Work with the author of each piece to further develop characters, storyline, and dialogue, advocating for both the author’s voice and the reader’s expectations
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and stylistic issues within text


Bachelor of Arts, English

Salem State College, Salem, MA 1992

Recent Publications

Abandoned by Dan Foley, © 2016 Books & Boos Press (Co-Editor)

Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear, © 2015, Books & Boos Press (Editor, Contributor)

Anthology: Year Three, Distant Dying Ember © 2015, Four Horsemen Press (Contributor)

Wicked Tales: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers, Vol. III © 2015, NEHW Press (Contributor)

Demonic Visions: 50 Horror Tales, Book 5 © 2014, Chris Robertson (Editor, Contributor), personal website (Writer, Editor)

A full list of older publications available upon request.

Recent Awards

Winner, Best Anthology (2015): Demonic Visions: 50 Horror Tales, Book 5; eFestival of Words (Editor)

Runner-up, Best Short Story (2015); “Saying Goodbye,” eFestival of Words (Author)

Winner, Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction (2014): Dead of Winter; Firbolg Publishing’s Gothic Library/Author

Honorable Mention, Best of Horror (2014): “A Night at the Show,” Ellen Datlow’s 2014 Best of Horror List/Author

Nominee, The Pushcart Prize, 2012: “Photo Finish,” The Pushcart Prize/Author

References available upon request.