KOK Edit: Your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM)
KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) Katharine O'Moore Klopf

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What Makes This Medical Editor Tick

Copyediting newsletter: Questions for a Medical Copyeditor
I'm honored to be featured on the blog of Copyediting newsletter today. The blog post is accessible even if you don't subscribe to the newsletter. If you do subscribe, though, you can follow the link within the post to a longer profile that talks about how I got into medical editing and mentoring freelance editorial professionals.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sprints: Freelancing with a Baby or Toddler Around

Have you ever wondered what it takes to juggle self-employment as an editorial professional with parenting of a baby or toddler? In this guest post on the blog of freelancer—and mother-to-be—Andrea Altenburg, I tell you how I did it.


Monday, January 09, 2012

You Just Never Know

Now, this is seriously cool.

On every public holiday in their respective countries and at the end of each year, I e-mail my 60-plus biomedical-journal authors who are non-native speakers of English, even the ones I've worked with only once, to wish them a good holiday and thank them for choosing me as their editor. And for the new year, I usually snail-mail greeting cards to them. They all like this.

Well, okay, now that the expository paragraph is out of the way, here's the cool part:

In March 2010, I e-mailed all of my authors in Japan to ask whether they were okay after the earthquake and tsunami. One of the authors who didn't reply is one for whom I last edited a manuscript in 2005. I was left wondering whether he was hurt or dead or instead was just too busy to answer my message. But late last night, he e-mailed me; the subject line reads "Long time no see." He used my 2010 message as a starting point to contact me to ask me to edit his latest manuscript.

This little adventure illustrates my belief that self-employed editorial professionals should never give up on hearing from past clients, because some of them may save our e-mails, waiting till they need our services to reply. Just keep on contacting them.

Updated at 11:4 a.m., January 10, 2012: My long-lost author has agreed to my project fee and a February editing start date. Hurray!


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