Delores Smith-Johnson

Consultant, Copy Editor, Proofreader, and Copywriter

United States

I am an accomplished copy editor, proofreader, and copywriter with proven experience in implementing in-house and industry standard style guidelines, including Associated Press (AP), Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) and American Psychological Association (APA).

As an editor, I place special emphasis on retaining the writer's voice. I have an extensive track record in efficiently handling projects in time-sensitive environments.

I am skilled in:

• Detailed copy evaluations
• Content Management Systems (CMS)
• Organizing data and information
• Oral, written, and interpersonal communications
• Online communication platforms; e.g., Slack, Yammer, Hipchat, Google Hangouts and Skype

As a consultant, I value opportunities to use my expertise in copy editing, proofreading, copywriting, and corporate communications to help individuals and companies achieve their goals.


Writing Samples

Bleacher Report
Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal: Why Tennis Desperately Needs Rivalry to Continue

They are giants as individuals, and when paired with their tennis rivals, they become even bigger as part of rivalries that easily draw millions around the world to watch them when they take the court. These rivalries include names like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

Bleacher Report
French Open 2013: Serena Williams Provides Life Lessons to Us All

Julian Finney/Getty Images If you did not see or haven't had a chance to watch a rebroadcast of the French Open women's final, I would recommend doing so.What world No. 1 Serena Williams and world No. 2 Maria Sharapova brought to that court on Saturday morning was so much greater than the tremendous play they provided on it-especially Serena.

Poetry Samples

Look to God

This poem is a reminder that one can always find hope, strength and inspiration in God.

Becoming Invisible

This poem captures the emotions of a dedicated employee who never felt appreciated.

Editing Samples

Medical News Today
Trimalleolar fracture: Treatment, recovery, and causes

A trimalleolar fracture is a three-part break of the ankle. In this injury, three specific areas of the ankle known as the malleoli break at the same time. The malleoli are specific parts of the shinbone and fibula that help make up the ankle: lateral malleolus medial malleolus posterior malleolus All three are very important as an anchoring location for the ligaments that help move, control and stabilize the foot and ankle.

Medical News Today
Cumin: 6 health benefits of cumin

Cumin is a very popular spice in cooking. Many spice blends in curries contain cumin as a key ingredient, and it might be purchased as a seed or dry powder. In this MNT Knowledge Center article, learn more about cumin, including six ways that cumin might be beneficial to your health and how to include it in the diet.

Medical News Today
Occipital neuralgia: Symptoms, causes, and treatments

Occipital neuralgia, or a tension headache, is when a headache begins in the back of the neck or head and then spreads to behind the eyes, forehead, and scalp. It can be very painful, and the person may become sensitive to light. Find out more about how it differs from other headaches, and about causes and prevention.

Medical News Today
Epidural hematoma: Definition, treatment, and outlook

Head injuries require immediate medical attention. If blood vessels rupture, a person can develop internal bleeding around the brain. This is called an epidural hematoma. Symptoms include vomiting and seizures. It is potentially life-threatening. Treatment depends on the severity, but surgery may be necessary.

What Black Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer Now

There are so many misconceptions about breast cancer and Black women. To get some clarity, The Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) went to one of the leading experts, Lisa A. Newman, MD. Read what she has to say about breast cancer and Black women.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in Black Women: A Q&A

Type 2 diabetes is a preventable, chronic condition that, if not managed, can cause complications - some of which can be life-threatening. Complications can include heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputations, and high-risk pregnancy among other conditions. But diabetes can hit Black women particularly hard.

Heart Health Tips for Black Women

February is Heart Health Month for all Americans, but for Black women, the stakes are especially high. According to the American Heart Association, almost half of all Black women over 20 years old have some type of heart disease, and many don't know it.

Doptelet: Dosage, uses, side effects, and more

Doptelet is a brand-name prescription medication that's FDA-approved to increase the number of platelets in your blood. (Platelets are blood cells that help your blood clot.) If you have a low number of platelets, your blood is slow to clot. This means you can bleed and bruise easily.

What to Know About HIV and AIDS Prevention

There's one thing we know for sure about HIV prevention. Routine screening and testing can help to prevent new HIV infections in the Black community and for Black women in particular. Just as regular monitoring for high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes can be life-saving for Black women, so can routine testing for HIV.

23 Studies on Low Carb and Low Fat Diets - Time to Retire the Fad

Many of the studies comparing low carb and low fat diets focus on people with: The researchers usually measure factors such as: Details: Sixty-three adults with obesity followed either a low fat or a low carb diet for 12 months. The low fat group was calorie restricted.

Care for Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

These are stressful times in the age of COVID-19. We are all facing the fears and anxiety of what's next. We are losing friends and family members, and we are hearing more about the roles health disparities are playing in the high rates of COVID-19 infections in communities of color.

Cinryze: Dosage, alternatives, how it's given, and more

Cinryze is a brand-name prescription medication. It's FDA-approved to prevent angioedema attacks in adults and in children ages 6 years and older. Angioedema attacks occur in people with a condition called hereditary angioedema (HAE). HAE is a genetic condition that causes swelling attacks. This swelling usually occurs in your arms, legs, face, or intestines.

Toujeo: Dosage, side effects, uses, and more

Toujeo is a brand-name prescription medication that's used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It contains insulin glargine, which is a long-acting insulin. Toujeo is injected under the skin (subcutaneous). Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.

Coronavirus and MS: Risks, Medications, Prevention, and More

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that doesn't increase chances of getting COVID-19. Some people with MS are at higher risk of COVID-19, though. Learn more about these risk factors and what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

Palliative Care for Liver Cancer: What to Know

Liver cancer is a serious disease that's expected to affect more than 42,000 people in the United States in 2020, according to the American Cancer Society. This type of cancer often doesn't show signs until its later stages, which makes it difficult for doctors to detect early.

Happy, Healthy Open Relationships: My Personal Tips

Every relationship, whether open or monogamous, is as unique as the people involved. That's why, if you ask me what makes an open relationship work, I can't give you a pat answer. There's no simple formula for the ideal open relationship. Like any relationship, it takes honesty, communication, and attention.

Black Mothers and Breastfeeding

More and more Black mothers are breastfeeding their babies, but yet, there is still a major disparity between the number of white mothers who opt to breastfeed and their Black counterparts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 86.7 percent of white babies are breastfed compared to 73.7 percent of Black babies.

What Black Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer Now

There are so many misconceptions about breast cancer and Black women. To get some clarity, The Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) went to one of the leading experts, Lisa A. Newman, MD. Read what she has to say about breast cancer and Black women.

An In-Depth Look at Why Black Moms Need to Matter More

Black people are dying. And not just at the hands of police and neighborhood vigilantes, but also in the hospital beds where they should be appropriately cared for. This goes for Black Americans in general, who often face implicit bias from clinicians - this happens even when those clinicians don't have explicitly malicious intentions.

Adcetris: Cost, side effects, dosage, uses, generic, and more

Adcetris is a brand-name prescription medication that's used to treat certain forms of lymphoma in adults. Lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects your lymphatic system and certain white blood cells called lymphocytes. Specifically, Adcetris is FDA-approved to treat: Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL).

HIV and AIDS: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and More

We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Here's our process. HIV is a virus that damages the immune system. Untreated HIV affects and kills CD4 cells, which are a type of immune cell called T cell.

Black Women, Pregnancy, and Trauma

The historical and contemporary representations of Black women in media and society have influenced the perceptions and, in many cases, the treatment of Black women. These representations, often rooted in stereotypes, can result in trauma. The body can respond to traumatic events with emotional and physical responses such as headaches and nausea, as well as behavioral and mood changes.