My morning coffee and a current copyediting project. Rival styles though–Chicago vs. APA.
Five years ago, I started this freelance business to accommodate the needs of my family better. I had been a managing editor at a book publisher for eight years, which was a dream job. But I longed to have more flexibility in my life and spend more time at home with my little kids. I took a bold leap in May 2013 and left my amazing job to become a freelance editor and writer. It’s been a great decision.
Next week, both of my kids head to full-time school for the first time. This is, of course, an emotional milestone, but I am excited to keep editing and writing and have even more time to build this business. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and given me work over the years. And please keep the work coming!
My 2018 family vacation is just wrapping up, and I am excited to return to the world of editing and writing after a few weeks away from the computer screen. I have been lucky to have a lot of interesting projects in 2018 so far, and I am looking forward to what will come my way as the year advances.
The projects I’ve completed in this calendar year include the typical copyediting, proofreading, and writing tasks, but I’ve also been securing permissions for several large textbooks as well. I love having variety in my weekly and monthly calendar, so keep me in mind for whatever publishing services you need.
I continue to work with several publishing clients, including independent, academic, and trade publishers as well as individuals who need writing, editing, and communications services. I appreciate your referrals to others who are facing the daunting task of editing a dissertation, blogging regularly, retooling a website, or trying to write a book. It’s a pleasure to help people achieve their publishing aspirations.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. I hope you are in the middle of a good book and relishing these more leisurely days of the year as I just did. When you are ready to get back to work, I’ll be here!
Welcome to 2018! After a week off with family and friends, I am ready to get to work. There are lots of file folders on my desk waiting for me to crack open. January will be a busy month for editing, writing, and requesting permissions for several different clients. I am fully revved up and ready to go!
I want to thank all of my clients who made 2017 an incredible success for Silver Scribe Editorial Services. I had the pleasure of working with many different clients on a host of different projects. Some included:
- Writing articles
- Drafting copy for websites
- Requesting permissions
Two weeks ago, Healthline, one of my clients, sent me a email summarizing the work I did in 2017, and it is a great motivator for my year ahead. In total, I wrote 56 articles for the health website and attracted more than 2 million sessions to the site! My number-one article was “15 Ways to Get Rid of Hives” (https://www.healthline.com/health/skin-disorders/how-to-get-rid-of-hives).
I hope you had a great 2017 and are looking at 2018 with a fresh and promising view. Let me know if you need any help with publishing projects, including writing, editing, proofreading, or other edidtorial work.
I realize I have not come up for air to share my recent work on this blog for some time. Despite the silence, I am living and breathing and in the midst of many different writing and editing projects. I am lucky to have a lot of variety in my schedule, so I have been copyediting several academic journals and a trade book, writing articles for Healthline, and helping a businesswoman write her memoir.
Even with plenty of work, I have not let the summer pass by without some time in nature and on the road. My family and I have enjoyed spending time on both coasts this year. We spent a week in the Pacific Northwest in July (the picture above is from the Oregon Coast) and have dipped our toes in the Atlantic Ocean as well.
As summer comes to a close and you begin to think about writing and editing work ahead, please keep me in mind for editorial services.
The Japanese maples outside of my office’s picture window finally leafed out. It must really be spring now!
Before I get swept away in milder weather and late April deadlines, I wanted to reflect on my winter projects. These kept me busy and challenged from January through March this year:
- Writing articles on health and lifestyle for Healthline
- Copyediting several journal issues for University of Illinois Press
- Copyediting a book on race in America
- Editing and formatting chapters for a nursing textbook
- Editing a dissertation for a doctoral candidate in social work at Temple University
- Proofreading a book on religion
- Editing a resume and cover letter for a teacher searching for jobs abroad
- Writing biographies for two professionals to use in their marketing materials
- Collaborating with Nicole Pica of Reinvent U with resumes and LinkedIn profiles
I am lucky to have a job that allows me to work in so many subject areas. There is so much to learn out in the world.
If I can help you with a writing or editing project, let me know. natalielsilver(at)yahoo(dot)com.
I wanted to share some articles I wrote recently for Healthline:
I have been writing for Healthline for nearly two years, and the content I create ranges from lifestyle-driven articles to ones more focused on the details a specific medical condition. And Healthline is doing quite well these days: in late 2016 it was named the number-two health website. It’s wonderful to be a part of the company’s success.
I realize that January is halfway over, but I wanted to post a review of 2016. Last year was hugely successful for me as a freelance writer and editor, so I wanted to mark the occasion by running my work by the numbers. Without further ado:
- Number of clients: 13
- Number of books copyedited or proofread: 6
- Number of journals copyedited: 10
- Number of articles written: 50
- Number of huge nursing education textbooks or supplemental materials edited: 3
- Number of dissertations edited: 2
- Number of individual clients who I collaborated with on resumes, websites, and marketing copy: 7
And here are a few approximate numbers, just for fun’s sake:
- Number of times I reviewed a style book (including Chicago, APA, and AP): 5,000
- Number of times I looked up a term in Merriam-Webster: 7,000
Thank you to all of my clients who keep me working so hard year-round. I am lucky to be in this profession, and as a lifelong learner and avid reader, working on a variety of topics couldn’t be more thrilling.
You know it’s been a busy time when finished journals and books and links to your online work flood your doorstep and email inbox. In fact, I’ve been so focused on current work that I haven’t had a chance to share these finished projects here.
These completed works include two issues of academic journals I regularly copyedit, one book I copyedited under a pretty quick deadline, and two books I proofread back in July.
Additionally, Healthline recently published two new articles I wrote back in August:
This fall continues to fly by with new projects to tackle, but please let me know if any of my publishing services may help you.
I just wanted to drop in and share some recent articles I wrote for Healthline.
Summer has been busy: writing articles, editing journals and books, and lining up future projects. Please let me know if you have any writing or editing needs this fall. I’d love to help you out!
I shared some praise I received earlier this week, and I thought I should post this too. Editing can be a pretty solitary (and critical) profession at times, so I’ll take the compliments when they come.
You have been a godsend! Such a pleasure to work with you during this unexpected marathon edition.
This pertains to a months-long project I contributed to and just wrapped up this week. So happy to have completed this baby! Look for the ninth edition of a thirty-two chapter nursing textbook in the coming months–ha!