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Freelance scientific copy-editor.


You can read my irregular waffles at advogato.org/person/chalst/.


Jan
17
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
As writers, we ought to be pedantic about language, right? - No, not in conversational contexts. I'm tempted to make a question out of this, just to have a nice place to gather the pro- and contra- arguments...
Jan
17
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
"Corporations these days are very leery of hiring freelancers who might appear to be employees" - There are very clear rules pretty much everywhere governing this. Britain has the rule that if more than 1/3rd of your income in a tax year comes from a particular company, then you count as a part-time employee. I haven't heard of anywhere that has a harsher rule than this. Germany is absurdly lax about this. Do talk to a tax advisor about this.
Jan
17
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
In most countries, the social insurance advantages run the other way: here in Germany, I'm enrolled the "Künstlersozialkasse", which is a subsidised social insurance program for "creative" workers: it's easier to enroll if you are self-employed and run your accounts on a cashflow basis (i.e., not P&L).
Jan
9
awarded  Organizer
Jan
9
revised Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
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Jan
9
answered Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
Jan
9
comment Should freelance writers keep their online business separate from offline?
I understood the qn's online/offline dichotomy to be about where the writing appears, not about how the freelancer makes themself visible.
Jan
1
comment Journal subscription secrecy
@jae: Thanks for the link, I've edited it in.
Jan
1
revised Journal subscription secrecy
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Jan
1
comment Journal subscription secrecy
Right. E.g., Nature charges up to about 25x as much to libraries as it does to individual readers for some of its journals, and most decent journals are available free to members of one academic society or another. A point made in Darnton's article is that publishers and libraries negotiate for bundles of journals together.
Jan
1
comment Journal subscription secrecy
This is a little bit of a stretch, but it's submitted according to the premiss that information about how publishers get their money is always interesting to professional writers.
Jan
1
asked Journal subscription secrecy
Dec
27
answered Publishing and selling ebooks
Dec
27
answered What is the key reference documentation and how should I cite BASH?
Dec
27
awarded  Commentator
Dec
22
comment How would a source be referenced in the typical paper/book?
Note that Chicago supports a mixed notes-with-reflist style. I think that Chicago is more common than CSE in physical science and engineering. Biomed is something else again.
Dec
21
comment What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?
@jae: There's much less of a correlation between journal expense and quality than you might think, mainly because many of the best journals are published by scholarly societies, which for the most part charge what they need, not what they can get. Open access seems to have run out of steam, because the biomed journals didn't go along with it.
Dec
21
revised What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?
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Dec
21
awarded  Teacher
Dec
21
answered What are advantages/disadvantages to use a CC-license for your writings?