A love letter to my clients from an appreciative editor.

Lately I’ve been especially loving my job. Now that I have plenty of real world experience under my belt, I’m more confident than ever in my editing and business skills. In short, things here at Science Refinery are clicking.

I also have been really feeling the love for all my authors recently. I think it’s only fair to share my appreciation publicly. So clients, this one’s for you.

Thanks. From me and Zach Galifianakis.

Not only do you help keep a roof over my head and food on my table, but you teach me so many new things every day. How many people get to learn about factors affecting hotel efficiency one moment and what WASP-1 (2-(2,7-diethoxy-9H-fluoren-9-ylidene) hydrazinecarboximidamide) does the next? Getting to read about cutting edge discoveries (before anyone else!) as my job is a privilege for a curious mind like mine.

I have a special spot in my heart for all my authors writing in English when it’s their second (or third! or fourth! or more!) language. I am so unbelievably impressed by your ability to communicate your science to the world in a language not native to you. As a typical American, I know some Spanish, but not nearly enough to compose a piece of technical writing.

Beyond earning my admiration, you also unintentionally teach me a little about your own language along the way. I’ve gotten to the point where I can make a pretty good guess whether the authors of a manuscript are from China or Russia or Brazil, for example. So thanks for making me feel like Sherlock. And when you do get tripped up on idioms and specialized vocabulary, I get to enjoy a moment of amusement 🙂

So to all my clients, thank you for entrusting me with your baby. It truly brings me joy to help you communicate your science so you can get back to doing the science you love.

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  1. Pingback: It’s the anniversary of my full-time copyeditor status! | Science Refinery

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