A Recent Collaboration

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.

Recent Work

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.

2021 in Review

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.

Fall 2021 Notes

Here’s a quick digest on fall 2021 happenings in the home offices of Silver Scribe Editorial Services.

Recent Projects

I mentioned previously that I helped someone write their life story this spring and summer. I am so pleased that the author is getting positive feedback from his family and friends about the book. I’d love to help you write your memoir as well!

I continue to work for University of Illinois Press, copyediting issues of several journals, including Journal of Animal Ethics, Jazz and Culture, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Process Studies.

I write several articles monthly for Healthline, an Internet resource for all things health and lifestyle. An editor was kind enough to point out that my article “How to Read an Audiogram” was getting a lot of traffic. Other topics I’ve covered in articles recently include nail health, laser eye surgery, and insect bites and stings.

This summer, I edited test bank questions for a large publisher and wrote case studies for a consulting firm.

In addition to editing and writing, I also offer publishing services. This includes permissions projects for publishers. In this capacity, I contact individuals and companies to acquire formal permission to reprint material in forthcoming publications.

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

I wanted to share a piece of my professional past here, as it’s useful to visit our memories from time to time to remember interesting things that we’ve done (especially if you’re writing a memoir—see above). I had the good fortune of attending the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, four different times in the aughts. This celebration of books occurs every October in Frankfurt, and it’s where publishers gather to acquire and sell rights to their books (think translations).

I attended the fair as a young editorial assistant and then as a managing editor. I worked for a small book press and wore many hats, so I was in charge of selling book rights to publishers in other countries. During this massive book fair, I would hold meetings in my small stall in the English-speaking convention hall (hall eight, in case you ever attended), showcasing my publisher’s new releases on shelves. I got to meet people from all over the world, and after a few years had befriended several young professionals my age. While the task of traveling, setting up the stall, and meeting with publishers was a big undertaking for a twentysomething, it was also a huge opportunity to understand and contribute to publishing.

I wish my time in Frankfurt had occurred in the smartphone era, as I would have done a much better job documenting these trips. Nonetheless, I was able to dig up a few pictures that brought me back to my early days in publishing.

Spring Update

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.

2020 in Review

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!

A Recent Collaboration

Parenting Teens in a Digital World

Rachel Simmonds, author of the newly released Parenting Teens in a Digital World, and I collaborated on her work back in September. I copyedited this informative, concise handbook for Rachel and was impressed with her knowledge and strong beliefs in how to introduce children to various technologies and manage them in their teen years.

Rachel is a teacher and parent who brings real-life experience to her topic. She is also a dream author to work with. I wish her well in getting this book into the hands of parents who need her wisdom!

Fall 2020 Update

In spite of these unusual times, I am here to report that the written word still lives! Of course 2020 has taken more twists and turns than we could have ever anticipated, but in spite of these circumstances, we continue to produce, publish, and read.

In the last six months I have worked on the usual projects with longstanding clients, but self-publishing authors have also approached me to work on their books as well. I recently edited works on topics including infertility as well as parenting and the digital age.

Earlier this summer I marked five years as a writer for Healthline. I write more than fifty articles a year for this site, and some recent ones include:

Should You Go to Bed Hungry?

Self-Assessment: How Much Do You Know About Managing Asthma?

What to Do If You’re Stung by a Venemous Box Jellyfish

This sampling of articles shows the variety of topics I get to research and write about. Life as a writer is never boring, and I am always learning.

In closing, I want to thank my one-time, sometimes, and regular clients who continue to keep me in business. I have been working as a freelancer now for seven years and am eternally grateful for the opportunities to contribute to so many publications.

Thoughtful Praise from a Recent Client

Hello there! It’s been a few months since I posted, and boy has the world changed! As a small business owner, life has turned upside down in many unexpected ways during this time of COVID-19. These days, I am still taking on work, but I am also editing second- and third-grade writing too, since my kids have been out of physical school since March 13.

Even though the last few months have been unpredictable at times, I have been able to complete several work projects. One of them is with an individual who is publishing a book on Erroll Garner, the jazz pianist. Early on, the author and I established a great rapport, which resulted in a very successful editing process.

I recently wrapped up the project with him, and I received this touching note in the mail from the author today, including this praise:

Please accept my sincere thanks for the great job editing my book on Erroll Garner . . .

The letter’s envelope even featured Erroll Garner stamps!

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Thanks to this author and so many of my clients for making our collaborative process so fulfilling and enriching.

2019 by the Numbers

Another twelve months have passed, and it’s time to take stock of what this year brought in terms of editing and writing work. This year proved to be my best and busiest freelance year to date, so thank you to my clients for keeping my business afloat for another year. I am very lucky to work with such great people and also balance so many varied projects. Here’s what I turned out in the Silver Scribe Editorial Services factory in 2019:

  • 57 articles for Healthline (writing)
  • 7 marketing case studies for a consulting firm (writing)
  • 11 projects for a health care textbook publisher (project management, editing, proofreading)
  • 11 journal manuscripts (copyediting)
  • 10 books or dissertations (copyediting and proofreading)
  • Numerous other projects that are too difficult to categorize but are nonetheless very important to keeping me in business!

I continue to be humbled by the amazing minds churning out written work to be edited and published. I am honored to be in this profession and feel very fortunate to work in a field that informs and challenges me intellectually.

Here’s to a new decade of content!