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Freelance scientific copy-editor.


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


Apr
19
comment Writing first programming book
500-750 words per page? That's dense text! I would change the size of text to get a more user-friendly 250-300 words per page. It will give you more of a sense of progress, and be kinder on the eye when you want to review your work.
Apr
13
comment I'm an editor who generally uses Word to communicate changes with my authors. Is Adobe's InCopy better for this task?
Oh, I remember asking this question! I had meant to dig out some of the old proposal questions myself, +1.
Apr
12
comment What are the most common style manuals?
I'd say a readership is an audience, but I guess this starts to be hairsplitting.
Apr
12
comment What are the most common style manuals?
Not so much audience as publication venue. Authors sometimes choose to follow a particular style guide, but more often if a style guide is followed, it is because their publisher insisted on it.
Apr
7
comment When should I use punctuation with bullets?
The virtue of this style is that it is a possible approach to punctuating the list inline inside a single sentence (e.g., "For example: (a) Apples; (b) Oranges; (c) Pears.") But note that this is a minority approach. Chicago is the most important scholarly style guide.
Apr
7
comment How credible is wikipedia?
There's an assumption here that Encyclopedia Britannica is regarded as reference quality in scientific research. In fact, tertiary sources such as encyclopedias are rarely cited in research, and are treated with a certain degree of suspicion.
Apr
6
comment How credible is wikipedia?
@alexy13 I hope [Google Scholar]'s better than wikipedia: It's about the same quality as Google Books, which is to say, lots of scanning errors, lots of problems with metadata (most annoyingly, the date attribute is frequently wrong, undermining the value of date-limited searches). Its great virtue is that there is no comparable discipline-independent paper search since Microsoft dropped their offering.
Apr
4
comment How to obtain a thoughtful critique of a job application cover letter?
And every cover letter is custom-written for each job I'm interested in. - Do this even if you ignore everything else: form letters are really obvious.
Apr
4
comment How credible is wikipedia?
@Ralph: Google Scholar indexes a lot of papers that are not published online or are behind paywalls. I find Google Scholar absolutely essential: once you get the hang of it, I guess you will find it valuable too.
Apr
4
comment Books to improve writing skills
And get into the habit of summarising a decent proportion of what you read.
Apr
4
comment Books to improve writing skills
S&W does do some things well, motivates the idea of good style nicely, and is itself well-written, but it has some serious issues and there are better style books out there. I recommend Williams, 2011, 3rd. ed., Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing.
Feb
25
comment Different kinds of editors
This answer has received a downvote: I'd like to polish this answer, and I'd be grateful to know the objection to what I wrote.
Feb
25
comment Different kinds of editors
@Standback - You will find much disagreement about the exact definitions. Chicago (#15, I haven't looked at #16's chapter 2 yet) mostly avoids talking about copy-editing and proofreading because of the assumptions about publishing workflow that those terms make. I think this is a very valuable question for this site to have.
Feb
25
comment Different kinds of editors
[P]roofreader[s] [are] generally unpaid interns or people who are paid with a free copy - This made me smile, and yes, it is probably true most of the time. Of course if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys, and this valuable quality step won't work so well. I rather think the Harry Potter books got a higher class of treatment than this.
Feb
25
comment Different kinds of editors
Line editors [are] generally paid less than copy editors - It depends on the brief and the skill set. It makes economic sense, and is common in academic publishing, for the project editor to delegate a line edit to an editor with subject expertise, and leave it to a less highly skilled copy-editor to work with the author to get the final copy.
Jan
17
comment What are the advantages of incorporation for a writer?
@Dori: Thanks. It sounds like someone could count as independent even though the whole of their income in some year came from one client and they worked on that client's premises the whole time.
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...