I am a copy editor and published author with sixteen years’ experience editing and writing for blogs, websites, documentation, and print. My areas of expertise include nonprofits, Internet technologies, social media, information systems, and open source software. I have also professionally reviewed independently published nonfiction and fiction books.

My strengths are:

  • writing, editing, and presenting information in a understandable way;
  • planning, organizing, and managing complex projects;
  • and system analysis and improvement from a user-centered point of view.

My passions are using technology in innovative ways and finding creative solutions to problems, particularly in nonprofit and development work.

To learn more, email me at shannon.turlington @

Writer, Editor, and Content Developer Available for Freelance or Consulting Assignments

July 2009 – present

Recent Projects

Senior Systems Development Manager, IntraHealth International Inc.

January 2002July 2009

I managed software development and documentation for a suite of open source HR information systems under the Capacity Project. I produced content for the HRIS project’s websites and blogs, as well as wrote user manuals, FAQs, and informational print materials, and I compiled our project’s legacy product, the HRIS Strengthening Implementation Toolkit. While at IntraHealth, I also managed development of internal business systems, the intranet, SharePoint Portal Server, project and corporate websites, and multimedia projects. I participated in the Results and Knowledge Management, the Information Communications and Technology, and the Strategic Planning teams. As a senior IT manager, I helped develop our organization’s technology strategic plans, budgets. and policies.

Author, Editor, Web Publisher and Consultant (self-employed)

July 1994January 2002

Author of 18 nonfiction reference books and several articles published by Que, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, Sams, Ventana Press, and other major publishers on such subjects as the Internet and information technology; software, including end-user and business applications; and college admissions and financing. Editing projects include project development and management, technical editing, and copy editing of numerous books and articles; credits include consulting on a startup publishing venture by the Center for the Public Domain, editorial consulting on architecture textbooks for Design Corps, copy editor for Spectator Magazine, development editor of Earthlink Total WebSite Solution, and technical editor of The Internet Companion, among others. Provided Website publishing, management, and content development services on a contractual basis; credits include Design Corps’ Website, a series of online tutorials for, Nifty Site of the Week and Online Companions for Ventana Press, and online publications for Editorial Inc.

Web Content Developer, DreamTech Enterprises

October 1993July 1994

Founding partner in the company. Responsible for Website development, editing of Web-published books, HTML design, and managing projects for clients through completion.

Editor, Carolina Academic Press

June 1993April 1994

Editor of law and medical textbooks and coordinator of marketing efforts. Responsible for editing and preparing manuscripts for production, working with authors, writing marketing materials, and managing direct-mail marketing efforts.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, English, 19891993. Minor in History; Honors in Creative Writing

Rice University, Certificate, Publishing, 19921992. Six-week intensive course in book and magazine publishing

Professional Membership

Editorial Freelancers Association, 2017 — present


Everything Kids’ Monster Book. Adams Media, 2002.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cartooning. Co-author. Macmillan, 2002.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Voodoo. Macmillan, 2001.

How to Find Scholarships Online. McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Scams and Frauds on the Internet. Garnet Publishing, 2000.

The Unofficial Guide to Distance Education. Arco, 2000.

The Unofficial Guide to College Admissions. Arco, 2000.

Field Guide to Colleges. Arco, 1999.

The Unofficial Guide to Financing a College Education. Arco, 1999.

The Unauthorized Guide to the Internet. Que, 1999.

Do You Do Voodoo? Garnet Publishing, 1999.

Teach Yourself Netscape Communicator 4.5. Sams, 1998.

Implementing Exchange Server 5.5. Co-author. The Coriolis Group, 1998.

Earthlink Total WebSite Solution. Co-author. Ventana Press, 1997.

Exploring ActiveX. Ventana Press, 1996.

Official Netscape Plug-in Book. Ventana Press, 1996.

Walking the World Wide Web. Ventana Press, 1995.

Internet Roadside Attractions. Co-author. Ventana Press, 1995.

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