Hey there! I’m Whitney Bak. I’m creative, organized, and persistent—and, as full-time freelancer, I live out these buzzwords as a matter of necessity. Most important, I love what I do. Whether I’m editing a book, writing back cover copy, or helping an individual or small business optimize a content marketing strategy, I’m proud to be someone who helps others tell their stories.
Wit & the World Creative Services
Feb. 2015 – Present
As a freelance editor, copywriter, content marketer, and proofreader, I complete projects for publishing clients including HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group as well as international foundations, bloggers, and small businesses. My skills include an expert-level proficiency with the Chicago Manual of Style and the ability to pay keen attention to house style guides and project style sheets.
1517 Media Mpls. Minnesota USA
August 2015 – June 2018
I worked for 1517 Media (then Augsburg Fortress) from 2015–16 as an HR assistant. In 2018, I returned as a marketing content lead on a four-month contract to help the Sparkhouse division launch its blog. In this role, I used Wordpress to post and optimize content; I assigned and managed blog submissions from brand contributors and freelance writers; and I wrote and edited blogs in accordance with the AP Stylebook.
Bethel University St.Paul MN
August 2016 – Feb. 2018
In my role as a content specialist for my alma mater’s Office of Marketing, I crafted engaging stories for all colleges within Bethel University—including news stories, features, and alumni profiles; wrote copy for email campaigns, print pieces, and the website to promote university programs and engage new students; and managed the Bethel University homepage, which received seven million visitors annually
ESP IT Minneapolis Minnesota USA
June 2015 – June 2017
In my first role as a marketing specialist, I produced content (e.g. blogs, social media, newsletters, website updates), conducted marketing ROI analytics, and planned events. I continued writing, publishing, and promoting bimonthly tech blogs for the company with attention to SEO best practices as a freelancer.
Bethel University St.Paul Minnesota
FeB. 2012 – May 2015
I earned a BA in English literature and writing, graduating magna cum laude. One semester, I went to the UK, Ireland, and France to study literature and travel writing. I gained experience as the editor in chief of my school’s literary magazine, a proofreader for the student newspaper, and a tutor in the writing center.
Are you interested in working with me?
Cool, Let’s talk
Please send me a note if you’d like to receive a PDF version of my resume or CV or if you have any questions about my work experience, rates, or availability. As a freelance professional, I accept projects as they come—so I’m always open to new opportunities. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your work.