I am happy to announce a new book from a fierce female entrepreneur: Choices Change Everything. I collaborated with Cheryl Ecton a few years ago to get the ball rolling on her memoir about being a woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated business, the commercial cleaning industry, while also raising two children, one who required a lot of medical attention in her early years.
Cheryl was a joy to work with, and I wish her the best as she gets her book out into the world.
Natalie is amazing. I am a first-time author, and Natalie instilled life into my nonfiction manuscript. Thank you.—Recent Client
Greetings from the office of Silver Scribe Editorial Services! It’s been a very productive few months, and I wanted to share some recent projects.
The above quote is from a review I received via Reedsy for a developmental editing project I completed this month. The author needed me to help him organize and massage his book on video game addiction in children and teens. I wish him the best as he completes the publishing process and works to get this book in the hands of exasperated parents.
I also copyedited a book in March about parenting infants from birth to twelve months and am wrapping up an edit for a manuscript about skin care practices that reduce the effects of aging. Both of these authors found me on Reedsy.
Another client and I are collaborating to publish his memoir. We’ve had several meetings on Zoom to discuss his writing journey, and I’ll begin editing the manuscript this spring. He began with just a kernel of an idea in fall 2021 and will have a finished memoir by the end of summer.
I continue to write for Healthline, copyedit various academic journals, and complete miscellaneous publishing administrative projects (permissions, test question editing) as well.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to work on such a range of projects and am happy to help make your publishing dreams a reality. Please reach out if you need any guidance.
Thank you to all of my clients for another successful year. This marked my eighth year in business as a freelancer and sixteenth year in the publishing industry.
Here are some of the bright spots of 2021:
- I helped write and edit someone’s memoir
- I copyedited several issues of four journals from University of Illinois Press (and will add a fifth journal to my workload in 2022)
- I wrote more than thirty articles for Healthline
- I edited test questions for Wolters Kluwer
- I obtained permissions for several textbooks
- I wrote case studies for a large corporation
- I connected with several authors on Reedsy and helped a few of them on their dissertations and self-published books
- I met some people in the publishing world who are experts in production and self-publishing who can help push your book out into the world (after I help with writing and editing, of course!)
I look forward to seeing what 2022 will bring. If you need help with any editorial project, please reach out.
I wanted to pop on here today to say the publishing world is still spinning, and I have my hand in many different projects right now. I am grateful for the continued work in spite of these crazy pandemic times.
Here are a few of my most recent projects:
- A personal narrative written by a retired professional (editing)
- A doctoral dissertation on psychotherapy (copyediting)
- Articles for Healthline (writing)
- Journal issues for the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Jazz and Culture, and the Journal of Animal Ethics (copyediting)
- Permissions projects for several nursing and medical textbooks (publishing administration)
Please reach out if you need any publishing services. I enjoy working with a variety of clients, from individuals to large publishing companies.
I plan to close up shop tomorrow until 2021. After this particularly exhausting year in a global pandemic, I’ve vowed to rest and recharge in the final days of December 2020 to head into the new year with as much vigor as possible. I hope you are also able to do the same.
Despite massive shifts in how we live in 2020, I am thrilled that my freelance publishing business could keep chugging along this year. I began Silver Scribe Editorial Services in May 2013 after leaving my job as managing editor at a book publishing company to find a better work-life balance with my young children (who are now well into elementary school and learning virtually next to me as I write this post). Thanks to loyal clients and new opportunities, I’ve been able to “have it all” in my eyes — keeping a career going while also balancing the demands of parenthood.
Thank you to everyone who has sought out my services over the last seven-plus years. It’s my hope that I’ll be able to continue working in this capacity for many years to come.
I always like to review my work by the numbers, so here’s the brief summary of 2020:
- 40-plus articles for Healthline (writing, including articles on some pretty gnarly animal bites, including the blue-ringed octopus, the venomous box jellyfish, ball pythons, chiggers, and carpenter ants, oh my!)
- 10 academic journal issues (copyediting)
- 6 books for self-publishing authors through Reedsy or this website (copyediting and proofreading)
- 5-plus permissions projects for a large textbook publisher
These numbers remind me again how lucky I am to work on a variety of projects. I am truly never bored in this line of work!
A final remark I wanted to make is about changes in editing and publishing in 2020. Changes to grammar, usage, and style evolve over time, and this year had a few seismic shifts, in my opinion. Mainstream style guides embraced the move to a singular “they” and shifted the treatment of racial terms in the wake of our national conversation on race. Where I was once a stickler on using “him or her” or something of that effect when a singular pronoun was ambiguous, I now openly embrace the singular “they” and believe it is a great compromise to our language’s lack of a gender-neutral singular pronoun. Also, I am now in regular conversation with editors and authors about whether to capitalize racial terms. I think this is a positive move forward, as it opens up a dialogue about how to address these issues in our culture and offers an opportunity for authors, editors, and publishers to be more intentional in the conversation surrounding race.
Again, thank you to everyone who supported my work in 2020, and I look forward to a productive and successful 2021!
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!
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 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.
It’s nearing the end of July, and we’ve got a heatwave in Philadelphia. I’m beating the sweltering weather during these dog days in the central air, as I wrap up several projects with impending deadlines.
Here’s what I’ve been working on for the last few months:
- Contributing to finalizing chapters of a nursing textbook, including finding art and editing references
- Coding and finalizing chapters for another nursing textbook
- Editing a graduate-level dissertation on neuroscience and information technology
- Copyediting journals on Mormon history and music education
- Proofreading a book on the physics of nothing and a small gift book on the virtues of Christmas
- Reviewing updated resumes
- Writing articles on diabetes, yoga, gluten free diets, and other health subjects
When I’m not working, I’m balancing this docket of work with some pretty breezy summer reads–mostly celebrity memoirs. It’s fun to take a peek into some icons of our present day, including some pretty funny ladies who’ve enjoyed success at Saturday Night Live and beyond.