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Freelance scientific copy-editor.


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


Jan
17
comment What does active voice mean?
The sentence emphasizes all the wrong parts of itself by being put in this order - Well, it depends. If earlier the police stated that Jill killed Mary, but then later Hercules Porrott turns up and figure out what really happened...
Jan
17
comment Self Editing tips/tricks
I've heard as long as six months for the advised wait before looking over a manuscript and revising it, in the context of scientific writing.
Jan
17
comment How to overcome the fact that I can't write?
@Sandeep: People differ in this: some writers work best if they can feel that everything they have written is just right and will not need much in the way of changes later. But I guess that Strix's advice is right for most people.
Jan
17
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
@Dori: I should have said "in countries with social provision" - in Russia, say, it doesn't really matter either way. "civilized countries" - well, the US is civilized, it just has a different notion of civility...
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?
edited tags
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
agreement
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.