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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
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
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.
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
comment At what point does an author deal with an editor?
+1 Useful question: the anti-editor tone has worked out well as a foil for the responses.
Dec
21
comment At what point does an author deal with an editor?
at least three different people should be looking over your manuscript to look for ways to improve it - Back in the good old days, that was true. Today, publishers try to get away with less, except if they are using superior editing to mark themselves out. But a serious publisher should have both an assigned copy-editor and the project editor work through your text.
Dec
20
comment Strategies for shortening texts
@justkt: Personally, I care about nonfiction, and usually texts of length between 300 and 15 000 words. I do this professionally, though, and I'm asking the question as a service for the site: to that end, I'm interested in fictional work. It had never occurred to me that anyone would want to chop up a piece of poetry to fit a word limit, but I should think that must happen.
Dec
20
comment How can one make technical issues more accessible to a non-technical audience?
Unbelievable - Well, they are a lot of work to do well, and sloppiness is very easily spotted with them.
Dec
20
comment How can one make technical issues more accessible to a non-technical audience?
I disagree about the key importance about making definitions of terms come at first occurence. It's good to watch for, but I've seen an opposite tactic used effectively, where there is fear that the term's definition won't be understood without being armed by explanation that needs the term. Giving a rough, working impression of a term before introducing the full definition can be effective.
Dec
20
comment What are the most common style manuals?
Strunk&White is a usage guide, not a style guide as it is usually meant. It doesn't say anything about the organisation of manuscripts, which is the first responsibility of style guides proper.
Dec
7
comment When editing for a person, how much can be changed?
@neilfein: Line editing (and manuscript editing) describe an activity, copy/developmental editing describe editorial roles. Developmental editing is done to manuscripts that are not what one would usually call ready for publication: an author's agent might do this. Copy-editing is the editing a publisher does to a submitted manuscript to get the text ready for the typesetter. Anything that a developmental editor might do to a text, a copy-editor might do as well. Note that style manuals like Chicago don't have much to say about copy/developmental editing, cf. Chicago #16, 2.45.