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.
Here’s a quick digest on fall 2021 happenings in the home offices of Silver Scribe Editorial Services.
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.
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.
If you are looking to make a career transition, my most recent partnership might be of interest to you. I am excited to announce that I’ll be collaborating with Nicole Pica of Reinvent U. Nicole helps people with their résumés and LinkedIn profiles as well as provides one-on-one coaching and group workshops. I am working with Nicole to give her clients’ career transition materials an extra look.
Often I am approached about writing résumés. However, at this moment in time, I am not working on résumés or LinkedIn profiles. There is an art to creating these career-focused documents, and it’s best to use an expert who has insight into this specialized field. I would highly recommend Nicole’s work and her personable approach. As I’ve mentioned before about writing your own bio, marketing yourself is tough work! Nicole will help you identify what you bring to the table so when the time comes to make a career change you are sure to avoid selling yourself short.
Nicole brings a wealth of experience to her work. She is a scientist by training, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and also holds certificates in positive psychology and personal training. One area she focuses on in her work is stress management and stress reduction. I am thrilled that we are working together to help people navigate this challenging (but exciting) time of life.
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.
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Aside from my publishing clients, my favorite people to serve are busy entrepreneurs, striving to build and grow their business and their brand. My recent work with Realtor Katie Kincade highlights how I can collaborate and help those who are responsible for all aspects of their growing enterprise.
This fall, Katie and I met to discuss writing projects she needed completed . . . yesterday. She had gone to the effort to develop a new website, but between meetings with potential clients, listings of homes in the Main Line area of Philadelphia, showings with her current clients, and closings with those at the end of the buying and selling process, Katie had no time to develop website copy. She needed help!
After our initial meeting, Katie and I exchanged emails for the next few months. We gathered ideas, I wrote drafts of potential copy, and she responded with helpful edits, resulting in the finished material she desired. And it took just a fraction of the time it would have taken Katie to do it on her own. After all, being a real estate mogul doesn’t leave much time for sitting down in front of the computer and writing copy (especially about oneself, which is especially tricky!). When all was said and done, Katie had a robust new website without having the stress of doing it all herself.
It’s hard to believe it, but one of the busiest times of year for Realtors is coming up — spring market. If you live in the Philadelphia area and are looking for a Realtor to help you upsize, downside, or get into your first home, consider contacting Katie. You can check out her website at Real Estate by Katie Kincade.
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.
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 reviewed by author.
Content submitted to production.
Content formatted by production.
Content proofread by proofreader and/or author.
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 essentialto 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.
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
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.