A Lucrative Sideline: Editing Non-Native English Scientific Writing

Formats: Webinar presentations
Topics: Technical & scientific documents translation
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Start time:Oct 31, 2017 15:00 GMT     Add to calendar

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Duration: 75 minutes.

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Language:English
Summary:This course will first describe how to find this type of client, how to price this work, how to justify changes and handle the authors’ egos as you return the revised texts, and what sets this work apart from translation or from editing texts written by native speakers. The second webinar will look at the mechanics of the editing process.
Description
“The manuscript is poorly written and has too many grammatical and syntax errors. The results are very interesting from a practical standpoint but the paper needs a thorough revision to make it suitable for publication in The Journal of Astounding Scientific Developments” Enter the native English speaking editor. The measure of success is that the text is accepted after I have worked on it. Even better, the author sends me subsequent manuscripts before submission to avoid the painful step of receiving criticism. I become a trusted partner.

This course will cover two different aspects. First it will describe how to find this type of client, how to price this work, how to justify changes and handle authors’ egos as you return revised texts, and what sets this work apart from translation or from editing texts written by native speakers. The second area is the mechanics of the editing process itself. The speaker will use specific “before” and “after” examples to show a stepwise editing method that produces texts that look as if they have been written by a native speaker, and what is more, a native speaker who writes well.

There will be ample time for questions.

Training plan:

  • Who are the clients?

  • How do we price this work?

  • How do we justify changes and handle authors’ egos?

  • What sets this work apart from translation?

  • What sets this work apart from editing texts written by native speakers?

  • What are the levels of editing?

  • Worked examples of edits on many topics as examples (e.g. units of measure, punctuation, typical English learner errors)

  • Resources for further learning and reading



Here is some feedback from others on this course's trainer:


"Very proffesional and competent trainer"
Laura Ester Hernández




"Excellent trainer! Every word counted! Thank you!"
Maria Popova

Target audience
Experienced freelancers who want to diversify their services to offer editing.
Learning objectives
- how to find this type of client
- how to price this work
- how to justify changes
- how to handle authors’ egos and build the customer relationship
- what sets this work apart from translation or from editing texts written by native speakers
- how to edit this type of text, using planned stages and worked examples
Prerequisites
None
Program
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Part One
- Why I have developed this sideline
- Why this sideline might be for you
- Who are the clients?
- Where do we find them?
- Do I need to market myself differently than for my translation work?
- How do we price this work?
- How do we justify changes and handle authors’ egos?
- What sets this work apart from translation?
- What sets this work apart from editing texts written by native speakers?
Part Two
- What are the levels of editing?
- How do we decide which to use?
- How do you edit? Line by line? Many passes? What works reliably?
- Worked examples of edits on many topics as examples (e.g. units of measure, punctuation, typical English learner errors)
- Resources for further learning and reading
Software and system requirements (click to expand)
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Virtual platform system requirements

For PC-based Users:

• Required: Windows® 8, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
• Required: Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Recommended: Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM (recommended)

For Mac®-based Users:

• Required: OS X 10.7 Lion, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite
• Required: Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
• Internet Connection Required: Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
• Required: Intel processor (1GB of RAM or better recommended)

To Use VoIP (microphone and speakers or headset):

• Required: Fast Internet connection (384 kbps or more recommended)
• Required: speakers or headset (USB headset recommended)
• NOT required: Microphone - attendees can communicate with the trainer through incorporated chat.

Recommendations

• For the visual section of the training course, we recommend that you have a 64kbps link. This means using an ISDN line or Broadband. Wireless connection is NOT recommended.
• For the audio section of the training course, we recommend that you have a headset or speakers.
• We recommend that you log in 30 minutes in advance of the start time to prepare for the training course.

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Trainer
 Karen Tkaczyk    View feedback | View all courses
Bio: Karen Tkaczyk works as a French into English freelance translator (FITI and ATA-certified). Her translation work is highly specialized, focusing on chemistry and its industrial applications. She holds an MChem in Chemistry with French (University of Manchester, UK), a Diploma in French and a PhD in Organic Chemistry (University of Cambridge, UK). She worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, then after relocating in 1999, in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in the US. She set up her translation practice in 2005 and it took off quickly. Karen credits specializing, responsiveness and networking as the secrets to her success. She tweets at @ChemXlator.
Comments about this course

A Lucrative Sideline: Editing Non-Native English Scientific Writing

lxp19 Identity Verified
Local time: 00:40
French to English
usefulNov 1, 2017

I found this very useful because she gave concrete, detailed information on how to cost out a job and how to communicate that to the customer. The other very helpful part was the stages of editing: again, very concrete information. Also explained editing her editing process.

 

Chris Spurgin Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:40
Member (2016)
Russian to English
+ ...
A good courseNov 1, 2017

CLear, good pace and useful information. Responded to questions well.

 

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