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!
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!
Before the clock strikes midnight tonight, I wanted to reflect on my freelance work this year. Thanks to a lot of great clients, I have worked on many different types of projects for the last 12 months. Without further ado, here is my year by the numbers:
- 36 articles written for Healthline
- 13 permissions projects managed (a handful with 100+ permissions needed)
- 12 journal manuscripts copyedited
- 6 books copyedited or proofread
- 5 projects completed in my “other” category, including ghostwriting, copywriting, writing coaching, and more
I’ve used The Chicago Manual of Style, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, and the MLA Handbook this year, as well as many other house style guides.
Thanks to everyone who has made this year successful for Silver Scribe Editorial Services. Truly, I am grateful for the work and your support!
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 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.