Barbara Miller



2017–Freelance content and copy editing, manuscript polishing, content writing, proofreading

Independent fiction and memoir submissions · Research papers for peer-reviewed journals · Reports, proposals, applications, newsletters, and promotional material · Website content

Relevant Experience

2001–2016 The Population Council, New York, NY

Project Coordinator/Editor (2012-2016). For this international research organization, responsibilities included copy and content editing as well as proofreading of all research products (scientific papers, books, donor and technical reports, proposals, presentations, and protocols) for three senior associates.

  • Initial manuscript submission to more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and book publishers, ensuring conformance with journal or publisher style; shepherding manuscripts through revision and resubmission; page proof review and final approval.

  • Coordination of proposal preparation for multimillion-dollar grant applications. Created project calendars, solicited and tracked materials from research team, drafted nontechnical narrative components, edited and formatted technical sections written by multiple collaborators, constructed budgets and budget narratives, monitored compliance with funding opportunity guidelines, managed final submission to the Council’s grants and contracts office.

  • Literature reviews and general research support, maintenance of 6,000-reference EndNote database.

  • Project coordination and U.S.-based data collection support — survey questionnaire and user guide formatting, editing, and proofreading; creation and testing of audio scripts for computerized interviewing; budget support, financial monitoring, supplies procurement, travel and event coordination for research projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Editing and updating website content for various studies.

  • Expert preparation of complex tables and graphs using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Previous positions at the Council: Administrative Coordinator (2008-2011), Staff Assistant (2001-2007)

1993–1999 East End Resources, Inc., New York, NY

Director of Operations. Managed placement firm in the software consulting industry. Recruited candidates for positions at Fortune 500 clients, edited résumés, prepared revenue forecasts, monitored expenses, customized independent consultant agreements, and finalized legal documents. Worked closely with accountant and legal counsel, supervised administrative assistant.

1990–1993 My Word! Services, New York, NY

Owner. Editing, desktop publishing, administrative services for more than 20 clients in fields including academia, fiction, photography, practice valuation, psychotherapy, theatrical casting, and venture capital.

Education and Training

UC Berkeley Extension — Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage for Editors (2019)

Global Health eLearning Center — Certificate in Journal Manuscript Development for Global Health (2019)

NYU School of Professional Studies — A Career in Copyediting: Freelancing Is the New Black (2017), Write Your Novel Scene by Scene (2013), Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading Books (2012), Freelance Indexing (2011)

Manhattanville College, BA in English literature (Dean’s List)


Proficient in Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Pro X, EndNote X6 and ProCite reference software. Limited experience with Cindex (indexing software), Microsoft Office Publisher, and Quickbooks. Training in Microsoft Access.