Numbers: 2016

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.

 

An Onslaught of Finished Work

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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.

Highlights from May, June, and July

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.

March and April 2016 Highlights

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I have a rare moment to breathe in the Silver Scribe Editorial offices. It’s been a busy few months in editorial land. I am so thankful to my clients for giving me interesting, challenging, and sometimes-demanding projects.

Here’s a sampling on what’s been pulled up on the iMac lately:

  • Journals on Mormon history and animal ethics (copyediting);
  • Articles on topics including acid reflux, diabetes, and HPV — I am adding to Dr. Google’s vast amount of medical information (writing);
  • Files for two health textbooks (research, permissions, file preparation);
  • An appeal letter and a brochure for a local charity (writing)
  • Blog posts for a fitness blog (blog writing)
  • Copy for an event planner’s website (writing)

I love having a full plate that is as diverse as this list. When I am away from the computer, I’ve been tracking my steps on the FitBit, reading (and finishing) Kitchens of the Great Midwest, and traveling to my old college town, Ithaca.

Keep up with Silver Scribe Editorial happenings on Facebook. Need an editor or writer? Contact me!

Highlights, End of 2015

Happy New Year to all of you! The cold has settled in the Middle Atlantic states, and I am chugging along on some time-intensive projects that require me to move back and forth between The Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS) and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Despite this ping-pong match between CMoS and APA, I am enjoying all of the work this new year brings.


Projects I worked on at the end of 2015 include:

  • Copyediting a journal on music education and a journal on Polish studies.
  • Editing a dissertation for a doctoral candidate in education.
  • Supporting a volume editor edit references and request permissions for a large-scale health textbook.
  • Reviewing marketing emails and blog posts for a graphic designer and lifestyle expert.
  • Compiling a handbook for a professional organization.
  • Writing articles for Healthline.

 

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And, in case you missed it, check out my recent blog post on the fabulous new coffee mugs I’ll be drinking from in the new year.

My New Year’s Advice to You

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As you compile your list of business and personal goals to begin a fresh new year, I advise you to commit to one big (yet small) resolution:

Pick deadlines and stick to them.

I’ve been an editor and writer for more than a decade. Before that I was a great student. And you know what the biggest marker of my success has been both professionally and personally? Meeting deadlines.

Sounds easy for some, I am sure. Sounds insanely difficult for others, I bet. But if you want to accomplish anything, creating goals (with dates attached) should be your number-one measurement tool.

In publishing, final products come to be because of a series of small deadlines. Here’s what a typical production schedule looks like:

  • Content submitted.
  • Content edited/copyedited.
  • Content reviewed by author.
  • Content submitted to production.
  • Content formatted by production.
  • Content proofread by proofreader and/or author.
  • Content published.

These steps can take a day, a week, a month, or even a year, depending on the nature of the final product. But microdeadlines are essential to keeping the project moving. (You may also need an editor to get on your tail sometimes. I am the person for that job!)

So start that blog and commit to posting every week (or more). Redo your website and come up with a production schedule you can follow. Begin writing that long-imagined book and meet with a publishing expert who can help you come up with a workflow. Just do it.

You may be a procrastinator, but if you want to accomplish something big in 2016, pull out your calendar, map out your year, and get to work. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

I’ll be back in January with tips on beginning a writing project.

Gifts for a Freelance Editor and Writer

When your wife/sister/sister-in-law’s occupation is sitting at a desk reading long documents of text or writing snappy articles for the web, what do you give her?

Awesome mugs, of course!

Thanks to my family, here are a few additions to my collection:

No matter how early the morning or the pile of work to be done, these mugs will bring me joy and inspiration in the new year.

It’s wonderful to take a pause in our lives and workloads to celebrate with family and friends. I am back to editing this morning (copyediting a Polish-centered academic journal), but the time away from the computer in the last few days has been welcome.

Wishing you a happy new year. See you in 2016!

Highlights, Early Fall

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A recent snapshot of what I do while I work. Thank goodness for warm, comforting beverages!

In my neck of the woods, it’s beginning to feel like that magical holiday season. Trees are bare, the wind is starting to gust, and my children are singing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on repeat. And it’s not even Thanksgiving!

I’ve had a successful run of projects this fall, and I can’t wait to share more of the finished products on my Facebook feed. Consider following me if you aren’t already!


My recent work includes:

  • Proofreading a book on the Christmas virtues (it got me thinking about all of my favorite traditions way back in September);
  • Copyediting a manuscript on spirituality for medical professionals, a journal on animal ethics, and a journal on music education;
  • Editing and writing content for small business websites (clients include a marketing company, a Realtor, a fitness studio, a life coach, a video production company, and a graphic designer);
  • Researching and compiling educational tools for a large medical publisher;
  • Drafting a solicitation letter for a nonprofit organization; and
  • Writing articles for Healthline.

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And here’s my public service announcement for those of you sending holiday cards (via Slate). This post reached thousands through my Facebook page, and it’s a good reminder of how to pluralize your last name.

I hope you enjoy these final weeks of 2015!

Highlights, July and August 2015

I hope you had a fun and relaxing summer. School’s in session in these parts today, and I am ready to dive in to some fall writing and editing projects. I’ve got some exciting things on my docket, including copywriting for some amazing small businesses.

Before I get ahead of myself, however, let me give you an update of what I’ve been doing during these hot and steamy months:

  • Writing articles for Healthline. Topics have included the best baby monitors, specific weeks of pregnancy, skin conditions, and, most recently, allergies.
  • Writing and editing copy for various small business owners, including bios, websites, blog posts, and newsletters.
  • Copyediting a book on metaphysics.
  • Proofreading Small Steps to Slim.
  • Compiling a glossary and journal list for a nursing textbook.

And here are a few highlights from my Facebook page (please like if you haven’t already!):

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I love to leave you with some reading for pleasure that I’ve done recently. I read Wild in August, and it gripped me from the beginning. Cheryl Strayed told her story in such a compelling way that I could not put the book down until I had finished the whole thing. It was a great summer escape!

Stay tuned for more client profiles, writing and editing tips, and other content this fall!

Client Profile: Ashvini Mashru

Steps to Slim_frontI am thrilled to share that a recent proofreading project is now a printed book!

In July, Ashvini Mashru reached out to me to proofread her forthcoming book, Small Steps to Slim: A Simple, “No Diet” Lifestyle System for Busy Moms. As a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, and mom, Ashvini wanted to share how incremental life changes can have a meaningful impact on your health and wellness. Her book includes recommendations for committing to small goals and ways to achieve them.

My work entails reading a range of subject matter, and it was a pleasure to read a book intended for my demographic. I am a busy mom who often neglects my own needs. Reading Ashvini’s book helped me reframe my mindset. In the days and weeks after I completed this project, I kept going back to her ideas and philosophy. I hope others find her message resonates with them, too.

If you plan to publish your own book in the near future, consider my services for editing and proofreading. I worked for an independent book publisher for nearly a decade and continue to copyedit and proofread publications. A copyeditor and proofreader will ensure your content is polished, consistent, and clear.