Welcome! With an educational background in the health and life sciences, I offer English language writing and editing support to help brilliant minds express themselves with clarity and precision. I specialize in medical, scientific, and academic documents, including grant applications, manuscripts, reports, and theses, but I can also help you with business writing or web copy – anything intended to convey information.
How can I help you?
The services I offer fall into several broad categories, outlined below. Keep in mind that any given project may or may not be limited to a single category.
Writing involves drafting original content. This may seem obvious, but there are several things my writing and editing support services do not involve; these include ghost writing, doing your assignments for you, designing your experiments, analyzing your data, or being a co-author on your papers. The content is yours; I simply help you express it. You may, for example, give me some rough notes, or tell me about something in a conversation, that I then put into words for you to vet. Some examples of writing services I can provide include
- Drafting responses to reviewers to accompany a revised manuscript
- Consolidating input from several authors and finding a united voice
- Writing an abstract or lay abstract to summarize your paper or grant application
- Drafting correspondence (e.g., a cover letter) to a journal or publisher
- Coaching: this is my favourite thing to do, working with clients to find their style and hone their skills. Rather than waiting until the deadline is next week, why not learn as you go? Particularly if you are a graduate student, you might want to learn more.
Editing and Proofreading
The Professional Editorial Standards (2016) of Editors Canada defines editing as “carefully reviewing material before it is published and suggesting or making changes to correct or improve it.” This extremely useful document distinguishes four levels of editing, and is the template I use when working with a client:
- Structural editing – assessing and shaping material to improve its organization and content
- Stylistic editing – editing to clarify meaning, ensure coherence and flow, and refine the language
- Copy editing – editing to ensure correctness, accuracy, consistency, and completeness
- Proofreading – examining material after layout or in its final format to correct errors in textual and visual elements
Formatting is a largely mechanical process, carried out in Microsoft Word, to ensure headings, figures and tables are formatted and numbered appropriately. Formatting also involves checking that page breaks and page numbering are appropriate, verifying in-text references, and generating tables of contents or indexes.
Who are my clients?
I have worked for academic researchers, accountants, publishers, graduate students, and small business owners. Read more about what clients and colleagues have had to say about my work here.