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Paths to Freelance Editing Careers: Breaking into Academic, Scientific, or Medical Editing

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Paths to Freelance Editing Careers: Breaking into Academic, Scientific, or Medical Editing 

The breadth of technical nonfiction makes it daunting for newcomers. These webinars and courses will help you learn more about academic, scientific, and medical editing and decide which is right for you. Purchase three or more and save 10% on the list price!

  • Academic Developmental Editing

    Webinar recording

  • Introduction to Coaching Academic Writers

    Webinar recording, free to EFA members

  • Editing Articles for Submission to a Scientific or Medical Journal

    Webinar recording

  • Effective Science Editing: Lessons from Fiction and Academia

    Live webinar, August 22 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Introduction to Medical-Legal Editing: A Big Little Niche

    Webinar recording, free to EFA members

  • Introduction to Medical Editing and AMA Style

    Self-paced course

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SKU: 276344


"Find out if academic developmental editing is the right career move for you." —Laura Portwood-Stacer, instructor

Academic Developmental Editing

This webinar is designed to offer an overview of the work of academic developmental editing. It is aimed at two main audiences: current freelance editors who are looking to branch into developmental editing for academic clients and those who may be new to freelance editing but have some experience working with academic manuscripts. The webinar covers the structure and process of academic publishing for both journal articles and books, including acquisitions, peer review, and the role of the freelance developmental editor in the publishing process.

"Coaching academic writers is rewarding for the coach and can be life-changing for the client." —Kate Vacek, instructor

Introduction to Coaching Academic Writers

This webinar, geared toward academic editors at any level of experience, will introduce you to coaching academic writers. Whether you’re hoping to offer this as your primary service or adding it to your repertoire, you will learn some ways that coaching differs from editing, different needs academic writers bring to coaching, three basic skills coaches use, and how to start honing those skills. At the end of this workshop, you can start practicing these skills with clients right away.

"Techniques from fiction and academia can help science editors tell a clear story." —Kathryn Jepsen, instructor

Live webinar, August 22: Effective Science Editing: Lessons from Fiction and Academia

Science writing doesn’t have to be dry and boring. Lessons from fiction editing and academic editing can help you keep the reader engaged, reaching both your audience and your goals. In this 90-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to ensure a piece of science writing hooks a reader’s attention in the beginning, holds the reader’s attention while conveying important information in the middle, and rewards the reader’s attention by delivering on promises in the end. We’ll also talk about best practices for ordering information at the sentence, paragraph, and overall structural level.

"Learn how to shepherd a manuscript through the publication process for peer-reviewed journals." —Kelly Schrank, instructor

Editing Articles for Submission to a Scientific or Medical Journal

This session explains how to use a manuscript editing checklist (provided as a personalizable handout), which allows the editor to take a systematic approach to editing a manuscript. It will also provide tips for gathering author instructions, learning what to look for in each section of a manuscript, creating a mock submission to gather other necessary information, and submitting the final manuscript to the journal. Even editors familiar with preparing manuscripts for scientific or medical journals may learn some new tricks, and those new to editing these types of documents and helping authors get through the publishing process will get an essential primer.

"The medical-legal field needs more editors! Learn about this fascinating niche." —Jahleen Turnbull-Sousa, instructor

Introduction to Medical-Legal Editing: A Big Little Niche

A medical-legal report is a document written by a medical expert that is used in a legal context, such as a medical malpractice or personal injury case. Medical-legal report editing is a little-known niche that offers a sizable source of potential work for editors and proofreaders with experience or interest in editing medical content. This webinar will introduce editors to the medical-legal field and explain what’s involved in providing quality assurance of reports for medical expert witnesses. The work in this big little niche is fascinating, rewarding, and abundant. If you have a deep interest in health and medicine and a love for fact-checking, you may want to make medical-legal editing your new specialism!

"Expand into the challenging and rewarding field of medical editing and help educate and inform health care professionals, researchers, and the general public." —Kristine Thornley, instructor

Introduction to Medical Editing and AMA Style

This 12-module self-paced course, designed for editors with intermediate-level copyediting knowledge, will build on those skills and introduce you to the world of medical editing. Medical editing is a specialty that requires additional knowledge and training above and beyond conventional copyediting. This includes medical knowledge, such as medical terminology and basic medical and health concepts, as well as knowledge about basic statistics, proper presentation of data in tables and figures, and citing resources. Medical editing also has its own style guide, The AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 11th edition, which sets the standards for writing, citing, and publishing in the medical field. This course will introduce you to medical editing, following AMA style and best practices in the field.

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