Looking Back and Planning for What’s to Come

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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!

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.

More Praise

I shared some praise I received earlier this week, and I thought I should post this too. Editing can be a pretty solitary (and critical) profession at times, so I’ll take the compliments when they come.

You have been a godsend!  Such a pleasure to work with you during this unexpected marathon edition.

This pertains to a months-long project I contributed to and just wrapped up this week. So happy to have completed this baby! Look for the ninth edition of a thirty-two chapter nursing textbook in the coming months–ha!

Now Working With Reinvent U

IMG_6118 (2)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.

image002Nicole 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.

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!

Winter Highlights 2016

March is here, just like that. Between editing and writing, I have been tackling a large workload.

Recent projects include:

  • Copyediting several journals for a university press, including two on Polish culture and one on music;
  • Editing references and seeking permissions for a mammoth community health textbook;
  • Writing articles for Healthline on the topics of eczema and skin care, contraceptives, and more; and
  • Crafting blog posts and marketing materials for some favorite entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

I hope to highlight some new projects on Facebook soon, so if you don’t like me there, please click here.

 

Client Profile: Real Estate by Katie Kincade

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.

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!