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What I do

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I have been meaning to do this post for a while, but finally got down to it after reading an excellent post describing substantive editing, and another post on the importance of building off your unique set of skills and background. For some reason, I’ve often struggled to describe exactly what I do, beyond saying I am a biomedical editor. There’s nothing wrong…

The Pricing Saga

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I’ve been a full-time freelance writer/editor for a few years now, and a part-timer for a decade before that. Feels like I should have the pricing issues worked out, right? Nope. At the moment it feels as if I have hit a wall – pricing is tied to the growth of my business, and as…

Reasoning, arguing, and biomedical writing

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Now that I’ve completed the Writing in the Sciences course on Coursera (and received my official certificate, yay me!), I decided to take a course called Think Again: How to Argue – along with 72,000 other people around the world. I originally signed up to learn how to argue politics more civilly with my family-who-supports-the-other-party. But as the…

Giving the vision a voice – program/center grants

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Been busy with several large center grants lately, so I thought I’d write a little something about what that’s like. Essentially, center grants–or program grants–bring together multiple investigators, each with their own project and research goal, into a single overarching program. Each project stands alone as its own R01, but must also link to all the other projects…

Finding a niche, and then branching out

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It’s been a while – sorry for that. I’ve been pretty busy, which, for a freelancer, is a very good thing to be. Not so good for keeping up with my blog, though, since it naturally falls to the bottom of the to-do list. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I offer–as a writer,…

My take on hourly vs per-project pricing

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I’ve been reading a lot of tips on how to price my editing and writing services. There’s different pricing based on the level of service: proofreading, substantive editing, developmental editing, rewriting, writing. There’s various pricing methods: per-project rate, hourly rate, per-page rate, per-word rate. Everyone seems to have a rationale for using one system or another….

Giving in to the rollercoaster

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I knew that this was going to be the hardest part of being a freelancer – the ups and downs of the work schedule. And I anticipated that it would be a source of incredible stress. I like order, organization, predictability. (Which is why I had such a difficult time after my first child was…

Marketing Science? Eeeew!

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How dare I? Right? I’ve been wanting to write about how my experience in CME and healthcare marketing has made me a better academic writer, but this post has been really challenging for some reason. Maybe because it treads into that no-man’s land between the pure, untainted world of lofty scientific endeavor and the seemingly sly, underhanded world…

What’s up with the ELS, Stace?

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Around the beginning of the year, I decided it was time to get more involved in professional organizations, plug into my professional network, get in touch with my peers. And that’s when I found BELS. What’s BELS? From their Web site: The Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) was founded in 1991 to…

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Peer Review?

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The August issue of The Scientist features several articles that discuss the problems with the current anonymous peer-review system of scientific research papers—many of which have become even more obvious as the Web gains popularity as an alternative for rapid publication and access to manuscripts. In I Hate Your Paper, Jef Akst identified 3 specific problems with the traditional peer-review process, and then…

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