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“She helps authors morph "muddle" into clear concise lessons.”


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Mary Ellen Schutz, 2008

About Mary Ellen Schutz

Gentle Editing, LLC

Madison, Wisconsin, USA




Mary Ellen was born and raised in Michigan.  She attended Michigan State University and holds degrees in Urban Planning and Electrical Engineering.  She worked as a school facilities planner and a zoning officer in her first career, before returning to school for her engineering degree.

A perpetual student at heart, Mary Ellen found that writing and editing provided the opportunity to indulge her love of learning and collect a paycheck. She was the lead writer for Zenith Data Systems, Groupe Bull for 8 years, writing computer hardware, software, BIOS and other firmware, driver, field and depot service documentation and leading the documentation team.

For 14 years, Mary Ellen worked as senior technical writer and translation coordinator for Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. There she produced online help, tutorials, user and service manuals for a variety of scientific instruments. As translation coordinator, she managed the difficult task of global translations and price comparisons for Thermo Fisher's extensive documentation.

Recently, Mary Ellen branched out into freelancing, with clients ranging from a financial think-tank to a biodiesel production company, from a semiconductor manufacturer to a local veterinarian, from Sybex books and individual authors to the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Emotional Endurance Institute.

Mary Ellen lives with her children and 4 cats in Madison, Wisconsin. 

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