Summer Special, 2023 edition
College and university faculty can be more productive in the summer months with some guidance and consultation from an experienced academic writer and editor. Contact me about booking my successful “Writing for Publication” workshop.
“Writing for Publication” focuses on how to conceptualize scholarly work (dissertation, essays) as publishable articles, chapters, or a whole book. Writers who start with the end in mind—publication of a book or article—can be much more successful in getting their work into print (or pixels). This hands-on session considers the craft of academic writing and helps get scholarship ready for submission to a journal or press. This workshop is appropriate for scholars at all stages of their career, from doctoral candidate to seasoned academic.
Throughout my twenty-five year career in higher education, I have been an active literary scholar, completing solo and collaborative projects. After earning PhD in English literature, I started working in faculty development, and I worked one-on-one and in groups with faculty to improve teaching and help faculty achieve tenure. I served as a dean at community colleges in three states, most recently as an Associate Dean of Faculty in the City University of New York system. I am now a freelance developmental editor and consultant. I work with writers on academic and nonacademic projects and consult with institutions on creating comprehensive faculty development programs.
(If you would rather, you can email the information to me at JamesBergNY@gmail.com.)
Editors can help in any number of ways, depending on your needs For a description of various levels of service, see below.
Types of editors
What is a developmental editor, and how is it different from a line editor or copy editor? (Definitions courtesy of the Editorial Freelancers Association.)
Developmental editors develop a book or other project from the initial concept onward, working closely with the author or client to study competing works and create a product that stands out. Note that the terms “developmental editor,” “substantive editor,” “structural editor,” and “content editor” overlap and are sometimes used interchangeably for editors who identify and/or implement different large-scale strategies for improving a manuscript.
Line editors work at the sentence or paragraph level of a project. Like copyeditors, they correct errors, but their main focus is on improving the language and style of the text. Line editing may be performed as a separate service, in conjunction with developmental editing, after big-picture issues have been addressed, or in conjunction with copyediting.
The role of the copyeditor is as broad as it is important. Copyeditors correct spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation, check cross-references, and prepare the style sheets that guide consistency and accuracy across the manuscript.