Barbie Carpenter has 10 years of writing and editing experience working with academic clients, defense clients, and business professionals from a range of industries. Barbie worked as a syndicate newspaper editor for two years, editing feature pages for 90 percent of the nation’s top 100 newspapers. During this time, she also wrote a weekly syndicated column, “It’s a Woman’s World,” that was distributed to 1,200 newspapers across the country.
Barbie also served as a technical writer and editor for five years, working with a number of defense clients, including the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and Canadian Department of National Defense. In this role, she designed, wrote, and edited computer-based courseware and training materials, focusing on developing grammatically correct, technically accurate, and instructionally sound documentation.
As a freelance editor, Barbie has worked with many graduate students, editing theses, dissertations, conference proposals, and academic journal articles. She has helped job seekers build impressive resumes and cover letters and students craft strong personal statements for their graduate school applications. Barbie also has ongoing relationships with several small business owners and university departments, editing quarterly publications, marketing materials, and website text for these clients. She has also edited a number of fiction and non-fiction books.
Barbie also has extensive freelance writing experience. She believes that regular writing strengthens her editing and, therefore, maintains several ongoing writing projects, producing thousands of articles annually for web-based clients. Barbie’s work has been published on several notable websites, including USA Today, The Houston Chronicle, LIVESTRONG, MapQuest, The Huffington Post, and The Bump. She has served as a copy editor for many of these websites as well.
Barbie is proficient in all major style guides, including American Psychological Association (APA) Style, Associated Press (AP) Style, the Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association (MLA) Style, American Medical Association (AMA) Style, Harvard Style, and the Gregg Reference Manual. In addition, she is well-versed in thesis and dissertation formatting guidelines for a number of schools, including the University of Central Florida, Barry University, Nova Southeastern University, the University of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University.
Barbie earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida in 2003 and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida in 2009. She has lived in Lexington, Kentucky, since 2009 and works regularly with local small businesses, university students/professors, and job seekers. Carpenter Document Consulting launched in Orlando, Florida, in 2008, and Barbie maintains connections with many clients and graduate programs in Florida even today. Thanks to Carpenter Document Consulting’s electronic editing/writing services, Barbie has the unique opportunity to work with clients from across the country from her Lexington base.