Nikki Hegstrom

Polyglot | Editor, Writer, Reader | Translator (Spanish, French to English) | Traveler | Problem Solver | and So Much More

French, Spanish, German
and more

Copy & Line Editing | SEO | Proofreading | Fact-Checking

Translation, Localization, ESL/EFL Writing and Editing

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Member of the Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society, ACES Society for Editing, and the Northwest Editor’s Guild.

Though I’ve worked as a web developer and trainer for nearly twenty years, writing and learning languages have always remained in the background. When I finally returned to school to finish my degree a few years ago, I intended to study neurobiology. An art history class reignited my passions, and I realized that it was time to pursue my passions and work towards editing, writing, and translations.

I’ve never NOT been learning a language. French and Spanish are my strongest languages, and I frequently read novels in each. I’m currently studying for the Spanish DELE language proficiency exam and the French DELF. German is my third strongest language, and I know enough  Portuguese, Italian, and Czech to be dangerous. I can also read Cyrillic and will one day get back to my Russian studies. I lived in Prague, Czech Republic for three years, where I taught English (TEFL/TESOL) and did ESL/EFL editing and localization.

I really, really love words and language, including my own lingua materna, English.

Immediately after completing my B.A., I enrolled in the UW’s editing certification program. I enrolled with the intention of making myself a better translator, but quickly fell in love with the process of editing. Twenty years of web coding have trained my eye to study details—copy editing is just like coding, but with words.

I’m an expert WordPress developer, which means I’m well-suited to web content editing and SEO. I have experience editing food packaging, email newsletters,  promotional content, and blogs. I also have a passion and intuition for editing nonfiction, ESL (English by nonnative speakers) and cookbooks. (Scroll down to see a complete list of my “areas of expertise.”)  [ Read more… ]

machine translation
Spanish and French to English translation
C1: Spanish, French
B1: German
A2: Czech, Italian, Portuguese

English language instruction
technical voiceover, narration

Chicago Manual of Style / APA / MLA
copy editing
line editing
conscious editing
technical dev editing
Wordpress SEO
Microsoft Word + track changes
proofreading (manual + PDF Reader)
MS Office Suite
technical writing and documentation

front-end development
CMS (particularly WordPress)
highly proficient in CSS, HTML, XML
working knowledge of Javascript, PHP, ASP
database admin
eLearning applications & software
previously Adobe Certified Instructor
Adobe Creative Suite
MailChimp/Constant Contact

Topics that I have above average to expert knowledge of (for translation and editing) include:
web development and internet-related technologies / yoga and meditation (200RYT) / European travel / theoretical immigration issues / cooking (non-vegetarian, vegetarian, and vegan) and baking / coffee and coffee culture / language learning & instruction / photography / nontraditional parenting (homeschool, 2e, gifted, ADHD)

Geographic regions and cities that I have above average to expert knowledge of: 
The Basque Region of Spain & France / Kreuzberg & Neukölln neighborhoods of Berlin / Prague, Czech Republic / Philadelphia and The Lehigh Valley, PA / Seattle (including the East Side), WA / Santa Monica, CA / Portland, OR /

L801 Introduction to Translation Studies (Open University)
Unconscious Bias and the Conscientious Editor (ACES)
Tweet This, Not That (editing for social media) (ACES)
What’s New in Style (ACES)
Readers, Relevance, and Ranking (SEO) (ACES)
Content Strategy for Editors (ACES)
Editing Translations (ACES)
Know Your Audience: Using the Right Voice and Keywords in Content Marketing (ACES)



Bricklaying: Editing for Structure (Copyediting.com Masterclass)
Mastering Numbers (Copyediting.com Masterclass)
Editing Recipes and Cookbooks (Copyediting.com Masterclass)
Editing for Young Readers (Copyediting.com Masterclass)
Quality Control for Publications (Copyediting.com Masterclass)