Sam founded Dragonfly Editorial in 2005 with a simple goal: take stress off her customers’ shoulders by providing them with a trusted resource for writing, editing, and design. Since that time, she has built Dragonfly into one of the most respected editorial agencies in the country.
Sam’s expertise is in B2B copywriting and plain-language editing. She has taught on these topics and more during countless industry conferences and webinars over the past 15 years, often breaking attendance records and having the highest level of presenter ratings. In 2020, she was recognized as a fellow by the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, in recognition of her ongoing contribution to continuing education in this field.
Sam has also been a leader of ACES: The Society for Editing. She spent eight years on the ACES board, ending her tenure as vice president of the society. In 2014, she founded Tracking Changes, the group’s award-winning quarterly journal, and served as its managing editor for six years. One of the hallmarks of her editorship was bringing diverse writers to Tracking Changes, showcasing the insights of the many editors of color who work in the industry.
Prior to founding Dragonfly, Sam served as the editorial manager at Computer Sciences Corporation, now DXC, where she gained a background in enterprise IT consulting. In that role, Sam led a team of editors and writers supporting the firm’s proposal and marketing communications efforts. Sam also created DXC’s first company-wide style guide, used across the 80,000-employee firm.
Sam spent six years as an editor for the Transportation Research Record, published by the National Academy of Sciences. In that role, she gained a deep understanding of the transportation, engineering, and construction industries. This understanding was cemented by her work writing for TDIndustries, one of the top facilities and mechanical construction firms in the Southwest.
Sam has been a contributing writer to the Grammar Girl podcast and blog since 2015. She has written on a wide range of topics, including the languages of the Marvel universe, the naming system for hurricanes, and the etymology of the word “kibosh.”
On a personal note, Sam has three wonderful children, one wonderful husband, and several not-always-wonderful cats and dogs. On weekends, she can be found reading old science fiction novels on the couch, with a big cup of coffee.
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