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Industry-sponsored textbooks! The sky must be falling!

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Coming off my last post, I just wanted to put in my two cents on the recent NYT story on the psychiatry textbook that was ghost authored by Drs. Nemeroff and Schatzberg, funded by an unrestricted educational grant from SmithKline Beecham. First, yet another spotlight trained on ghostwriting could have been avoided if the doctors were named…

In which I defend my chosen profession from wily ghosts

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Ah, ghostwriting. Yes, I believe I will step into the fray, thanks very much. Here goes nothing… At AMWA’s annual meeting last month, the Keynote Address was given by William L. Lanier, MD, editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, on the topic of preserving the integrity of medical literature. His talk focused on the role of the…

In which my career path becomes a little bit clearer…

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As I had hoped, attending AMWA 2010 last week solidified some of the thoughts I touched on in my post on officially branching out into grant writing. And I’ve come to the realization that I may actually be on the right track here, career-wise. Actually, this post brings together some thoughts from older posts on marketing science and storytelling…

Inspirational words – from my newest AMWA “idol”

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Marianne Mallia, ELS, winner of the 2010 AMWA Swanberg Distinguished Service Award gave an inspiring acceptance speech tonight. She shared the favorite poem of Dr. Denton Cooley from the Texas Heart Institute; the poem is engraved at the entrance of the building. “Bag of Tools” by R.L. Sharpe Isn’t it strange that princes and kings…

AMWA 2010 – A Bloggers Bonanza!

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Lots of blog fodder at AMWA 2010 – here are some posts I am planning – though no guarantees on timing… The Business of Freelance – can I interest you in taking on a whole other job in finance and marketing? Cash flow in freelance – HAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh, sorry, was I laughing? Working on that…

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…

Who are you and why are you at my conference?

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I just spent 4 days at a medical conference. And that’s my excuse for not posting for almost two weeks. But being away from the office and family should have given me plenty of time to work on a post, right? Nope. When I attend a conference, I am running around like a chicken with…

Nice paper. Now what does it say?

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Quick post on David Dobb’s guest post on The Guardian science blog network, “Publishing your science paper is only half the job.” This is a fantastic quote: But here’s the essential fact: science has no importance or value until it enters the outside world. That’s where it takes on meaning and value. And that’s where…

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