Photo by John Chapman, ROA
Eric Minton, Writer/Editor: The Project Manager

“Your professionalism and editorial ingenuity will be sorely missed. The metamorphosis of The Officer magazine under your stewardship has been phenomenal.

Dennis Pelligrino,
Publications Committee member,
Reserve Officers Association

Click on these covers to see that entire issue of The Officer (opens as a single PDF file).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Minton, with big grin and camera haning to side, holds up ROA award

 

At the Reserve Officers Association's staff Christmas party in 2008, I was honored as the Walker Williams Employee of the Quarter—even though I was not an ROA employee. I was a contractor, editing the association's magazine, The Officer, as a turnkey operation. My receiving the award is evidence of how seamlessly I work with my clients, stepping up as a part of the team, devoted to the organization's mission and business practices.

That's on top of the quality product, operational efficiency, and cost-effectiveness I strive to achieve. As an editorial project manager, whether it's a one-time publication or an ongoing contract, I gather up a team of top talents, set up an efficient process with an eye toward continual process improvement, and earnestly seek cost-savings without jeopardizing quality. The end result is a product even the most cash-strapped organization can be proud to call its own.

Specifically for ROA, I accomplished the following as a turnkey contractor with the title of Editor:

I have managed editorial projects for state and federal agencies, academic institutions, associations, and commercial enterprises. This page describes a couple of examples, along with links to a few issues of The Officer magazine under my editorial leadership and management. If you would like examples of specific challenges that I successfully wrestled to a big win, e-mail me at eric@ericminton.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover, spread, and pages from Ready, Willing & Available
As a communications subcommittee member of the U.S. President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, I was asked to chair the Outreach to Small and Medium Business Product Team. This 10-person team produced Ready, Willing & Available: A Business Guide to Improving Your Workforce by Hiring People with Disabilities. My task was to marshal the various talents and resources available within the team and direct our efforts into completing this 42-page booklet. I also served as editor of the booklet and laid it out, liaisoning with the printer. Ready, Willing, & Available was distributed through the Business Leadership Network of the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Covers of 3 Welcome to Britain Guides
Off Duty
magazine, for which I was a regular contributor, hired me as editor for its first Welcome to Britain guide. My responsibilities covered every aspect of the editorial content: planning, researching, reporting, gathering (including photographs, maps, and other art), writing, and directing the overall design. Although Off Duty had published similar Welcome guides for other countries and regions, I developed my own template, pegging the guide's theme to that nation's special relationship, culturally and officially, with the United States. The magazine afterward hired me to produce subsequent Britain guides and a series of special Guard and Reserve editions.