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More About Jane
I love the problem-solving aspects of editing and think that analyzing documents and determining how to make them perfect is a lot of fun. I also enjoy getting to know each client through the writer--editor relationship.
What types of documents do you enjoy editing the most?
I am excited to edit anything! I especially like editing longer works like books, corporate reports, proposals, theses, dissertations, and journal and magazine articles, as they give me a chance to see more complex arguments unfold and observe how the writer manages details. But I also have edited personal statements, press releases, essays, resumes, permanent residency applications, catalogs, poetry, recipes, love letters, instruction manuals, syllabi, requests for political asylum, travelogues, field guides, romance novels, textbooks, scientific posters, eulogies, sermons, bar mitzvah speeches, concert program notes, packaging labels, PowerPoint slides---you name it.
In what subject areas are you an expert?
My academic training was in the humanities, and I would consider myself an expert in art history, music, and English and American literature. For the last 20 years I have specialized in making highly technical proposals respond to the interests of funding agencies and appeal to non-technical readers. As a result, I know a lot about national science policy and would consider myself an expert in National Science Foundation proposals. I am very comfortable editing documents with science and engineering content.
What do you do when you’re not editing on Kibin?
I have an administrative position at a major research university. Every day, I work with faculty to win millions of dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, etc. I also edit faculty submissions to peer-reviewed journals and graduate student theses. In my spare time, I am the soprano section leader in a local chorale and devote time to developing the arts in the community. My two sons are professional musicians. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading George R. R. Martin books, playing Skyrim, and traveling. Someday, I'd like to visit Iceland again---this time in the winter---and stay in that ice hotel in Sweden!
MA in English, University of Oregon
BA in English, St. Olaf College
35 years of editing and teaching experience
Versed in APA, MLA, CSE, Harvard, ASA, Chicago, and Turabian styles
Client Feedback and Praise
She just gives some comments to me, but she does not revise it. I use this website to ask help to revise my paper instead of giving comments.
Thank you so much Jane. It was very helpful. What is the conference about and where?
Dear Jane, I would be grateful for the next time if you could be a bit more specific with your edition. If you are correcting a quotation like this: As Raymond Williams smartly advocated (1983), “technology [data] is never neutral, it has the potential and capacity to be used socially and politically for quite different purpose.” I think it is not very fair leaving me clueless: 'Is this copied exactly? It is grammatically incorrect.' Without providing any alternative at all. In addition, everytime you are proofreading you cut many sentences and say it is wordiness. I could show you thousands of academic writing with even much longer sentences. Instead of removing content, I would be grateful if you could please help me learning to write better even longer (!) sentences, instead of remaining brief and concise. I am learning. Otherwise, I would not require Kibin services. Thanks in advance for the next time. Kind regards
Thank you. I am still going through everything page by page.
Thank you so much for such a detailed feedback on your edits.