Work History

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Updated February 2017

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Tamara Kaye Sellman - Digital Resume

Professional Experience

SLEEPYHEAD CENTRAL (Internet) – Founder/Curator [September 2013 - present]
  • Write and maintain all aspects of this online sleep health information clearinghouse, including static website, blog, Twitter accounts and social media engagements
  • Actively educate patients on multiple categories of sleep health, including general health literacy, public health risks and options for approaching and treating sleep health issues
  • Partner with sleep health experts across multiple medical fields to promote sleep education
AMERICAN SLEEP APNEA ASSOCIATION (Washington DC) – Web Consultant [Janary 2017 - present]
  • Organize, launch, and maintain new patient education blog
  • Patient engagement via forums and social media
  • Communications consulting for a broad base of related assets
INBOUNDMED (Soldotna, AK) – Chief Content Officer [November 2015 - January 2017]
  • Provide content for multiple clients as well as for marketing products
  • Manage the editorial calendars for several different client blogs
KITSAP PULMONARY & SLEEP MEDICINE (Poulsbo, WA) – RPSGT [June 2013 - February 2015]
  • Performed various overnight sleep tests (nocturnal PSGs, CPAP titrations, split night studies)
  • Actively educated patients on sleep hygiene, benefits of CPAP usage and risks of noncompliance
  • Managed CPAP equipment (disinfection/pasteurization/assembly)
HARRISON SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER (Bremerton, WA) – CPSGT [April 2013 - June 2013]
  • Performed various overnight sleep tests (nocturnal PSGs, CPAP titrations, split night studies)
  • Actively educated patients on sleep hygiene, benefits of CPAP usage and risks of noncompliance
WASHINGTON STATE SLEEP SOCIETY (Kitsap County, WA) – Secretary [November 2013 - present]
  • Manage secretarial tasks for nonprofit professional society serving the state’s sleep technologists
  • Assist with sleep conference planning at all levels
  • Build and maintain website and online registration platforms
WRITER'S RAINBOW LITERARY SERVICES, LLC (Bainbridge Island, WA) – Principal/
Developmental Editor/Writing Coach [October 2006 - December 2010]
  • Provided coaching services (for groups or individuals) in time and priority management, self-help tactics for overcoming creative block and accountability via phone, teleconference or live meetings
  • Provided deep developmental revision services for individual writers (primarily novelists)    
MARGIN (Online) – Principal/Founding editor/Publisher [July 1998 - July 2007]
  • Created, designed and published an online literary anthology; served as chief curator
  • Managed a staff (remotely) of five editors (greater Seattle area, Surrey BC, Ithaca NY)
  • Handled copyrights, contracts and other legal communications
  • Took responsibility for all final manuscript and design decisions
  • Hosted panel discussions at writers conferences in NY, Vancouver BC, Seattle, and Chicago
  • Organized promotional events for the magazine and its contributors on a regular basis
  • Wrote editorial copy (reviews, opinion pieces and support content)
CORNUCOPIA PRESS (Hoffman Estates, IL) – Principal/Micropress Publisher/Freelance Editor/Writer [March 1993 - August 1995]

PUBLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL, LTD. (Lincolnwood, IL) – Production Editor/Cookbook Editor [June 1990 - March 1993]

Additional Skills
  • CCSH credential. This specialty training in clinical sleep health education allows me to work as a sleep health consultant to individuals, as a sleep educator in public arenas or in a physician extender role in the sleep clinic environment, where I can maintain relationships with patients requiring long-term therapy, post diagnosis, once it has been established. 
  • Conference planning background. I organized much of the 2014 Washington State Sleep Society conference and two writers’ conferences for Field's End. Tasks included developing workshops (concept to final program), speaker acquisition for keynote/opening addresses, overseeing registration, managing hospitality, working with local business and organizing volunteers and vendors. In 2011, I also advised the Richard Hugo House writers’ conference.
  • Social media engagement. I have skills in nationwide social networking, knowledge of SEO basics and experience building and maintaining sites and blogs. I actively use Twitter through Hootsuite client.
  • Advocacy. I am an activist for Multiple Sclerosis research and awareness. I work with national podcasters/MS activists Deanna Kirkpatrick, Stuart Schlossman and Amy Gurowitz to admin the Multiple Sclerosis Unplugged Facebook group (about 12,000 members). 
  • Diversity in writing skills. I have written marketing copy (fliers, newsletters, promotional content), "soft" articles (human interest features), "hard" articles (interpretive), handbooks, educational/process materials, fiction and poetry, blog content, microblog content (“tweets”), technical manuscripts and business correspondence. My particular strengths: simplifying technical subjects for general audiences, and generating text that is accessible to the average reader. 
  • Editing strengths. I work well with individuals and groups to refine, simplify and clarify work. I have familiarity with style guides, can generate unique style guides and/or follow in-house style.
  • Organization and focus. I’m a good time manager and understand priority setting and deadlines.
  • Public presentation skills. I have coordinated, paneled, hosted and/or presented seminars and enjoy public speaking (most recently for the Washington State Sleep Society for AAST CEUs).