Write from memory very first, and then add the details and technicalities

Can you describe your career in brief? How did you determine to become a professional editor?

I am an academic by profession with a profound love of writing. I’ve worked at a university as part of the faculty for almost 20 years, a career that found me rather than the other way round. The last 13 years or so have been spent writing, researching, and completing up post-grad studies (and supervising students to finish theirs). Like academia, editing found me.

Tell us about your specialized subject of interest. What fresh developments are you impatiently following and believe are especially significant to the progress of your field?

My area is specifically communication, media, and organisational behaviour. In terms of developments, my interest lies deeply in technology and how it influences the way we interact, communicate, work, live, and think. Life as we know it is switching, and it is our job to understand the influence of these switches.

You are part of the Center of Excellence for Sociology, Anthropology, and Organizational Behavior at Editage, CACTUS. How does this association with an area of specialization influence your treatment towards editing? What do you like most about this area of probe?

I attempt to make the chunk I am working on more ‘human,’ as the field is a very human one. As such, I often go for a more conversational tone, albeit I always keep within the author’s style as well. This area of examine is, again, human. It’s alive and dynamic.

Is there anything specific you do to provide high-quality edits across various manuscripts?

For each paper, I attempt to ‘get into the head’ of each author. I attempt to pick up their thoughts, their writing patterns, and their motivations.

As an editor, how do you define a good English paper? Do you have any advice for authors on how to improve their writing abilities?

For me a good English paper is concise without any ‘extra’ words. My advice is a cliche: keep it brief and ordinary! And don’t attempt and use ‘fancy’ words, which often detract from your meaning.

What advice would you give to editors on how to sustain their interest in editing and provide the client with high-quality work?

Edit chunks that interest you and be open to everything. Sometimes, the most interesting chunks have nothing to do with your usual framework of reference.

Please tell us more about yourself; what are your hobbies or activities you love when you are not working?

I love scuba diving and am presently pursuing further professional development in this regard—currently I am Padi Advanced certified. I also love travelling, usually to off-the-beaten-track places where one can rediscover the soul. In winter, I ski; in summer, I walk, kayak, and dive as often as possible; and via the year I love cooking, photography, and dreaming about winning the lotto so that I can fulfil all my desires! My next big escapade is hopefully a marine conservation expedition (soon as those lotto winnings come in!). I attempt also to get home to visit my family as often as I can.

A few words for our clients…

Write from memory very first, and then add the details and technicalities. This generally helps avoid superfluity and redundancy. Most importantly, love your research.

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