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EDITING SAMPLE AND ASSIGNMENTS

Discretion is the better part of a copyeditor's obligation. Many clients do not wish it to be known that a third party contributed to her/his well written document, which, of course, is fine. My clientele includes college professors (most of whom, by the way, are native English speakers) and research scientists in Mexico, Brazil and the Philippines.

Here is a brief article from the local newspaper to illustrate my editing style:
Before

An additive designed to make gasoline burn cleaner has apparently left sites polluted by the MTBE compound, as well as politicians, bureaucrats and environmentalists, arguing over who is responsible for cleaning it up. (thirty-three words)
(Associated Press, 7 April 2000)

After

Politicians, bureaucrats and environmentalists are arguing over who is responsible for cleaning up sites polluted with MTBE, a compound added to gasoline to make it burn more cleanly. (twenty-eight words)

I am at liberty to mention that I have edited numerous books – most of them camera-ready – for the International Atomic Energy Agency and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, comprising technical documents (TECDOCs), training manuals and proceedings volumes. TECDOCs are large-format (A-4) paperbacks (usually 100–250 pages) that report either results of research in the developing world sponsored by IAEA, or state-of-the-art reviews of topics of current interest provided by consultants. Proceedings volumes run to 300 to 500 pages:

  • Sewage Sludge and Wastewater for Use in Agriculture, IAEA-TECDOC-971 (1997).

  • Management of Nutrients and Water in Rainfed Arid and Semi-arid Areas, IAEA-TECDOC-1026 (1998).

  • Improving Yield and Nitrogen Fixation of Grain Legumes in the Tropics of Asia, IAEA-TECDOC-1027 (1998).

  • Use of 137Cs in the Study of Soil Erosion and Sedimentation, IAEA-TECDOC-1028 (1998).

  • The Use of Nuclear Techniques in the Management of Nitrogen Fixation by Trees to Enhance Fertility of Fragile Tropical Soils, IAEA-TECDOC-1053 (1998).

  • Comparison of Soil Water Measurement Using the Neutron Scattering, Time Domain Reflectometry and Capacitance Methods, IAEA-TECDOC-1137 (2000).

  • Management and Conservation of Tropical Acid Soils for Sustainable Crop Production, IAEA-TECDOC-1159 (2000).

  • Optimizing Nitrogen Fertilizer Application to Irrigated Wheat, IAEA-TECDOC-1164 (2000).

  • Water Balance and Fertigation for Crop Improvement in West Asia, IAEA-TECDOC-1266 (2002).

  • Assessment of Soil Phosphorus Status and Management of Phosphatic Fertilizers to Optimise Crop Production, IAEA-TECDOC-1272/1272CD (2002).

  • Nuclear Techniques in Integrated Plant Nutrient, Water and Soil Management, Proceedings of International Symposium, Vienna, 16-20 October 2000, IAEA-CSP-11/P & 11/CD (2002).

  • Irradiated Sewage Sludge for Application to Cropland, IAEA-TECDOC-1317, Vienna (2002).

  • Handbook for the Assessment of Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Using Environmental Radionuclides, F. Zapata (Ed.), Kluwer Academic Pub., The Netherlands (2002).

  • Deficit Irrigation Practices, Water Reports No. 22, FAO, Rome (2002).

  • Neutron and Gamma Probes:The Use in Agronomy, IAEA Training Course Series, 16 (2002)

  • Management of Crop Residues for Sustainable Crop Production. IAEA-TECDOC-1354, Vienna (2003).

  • Advances in Destructive and Non-destructive Analysis for Environmental Monitoring and Nuclear Forensics, Proceedings of the International Conference held in Karlsruhe, Germany, 21–23 October 2002, IAEA-STI/PUB/1169, Vienna (2003).

  • Safety of Transport of Radioactive Material, Proceedings of an International Conference in Vienna, Austria, 7–11 July, 2003, IAEA-STI/PUB/1200, Vienna (2004).

  • Management of Nutrients and Water in Rainfed Arid and Semi-Arid Areas for Increasing Crop Production, IAEA-TECDOC-1468, Vienna (2005).

  • Guidelines on Nitrogen Management in Agricultural Systems, IAEA-TCS-29/CD, Vienna (2008).


    Since October 2000, I have worked part-time for the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council as Executive Director. NABC, based in Ithaca, NY, publishes inter alia newsletters twice yearly, and holds annual meetings from which proceedings volumes (200–350 pp.) are published:

  • Newsletters, NABC News #21–46, Spring 2001–Spring 2013. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca.

  • Eaglesham, A., Brown, W.F., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) The Biobased Economy of the Twenty-First Century: Agriculture Expanding into Health, Energy, Chemicals, and Materials. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2000).

  • Eaglesham, A., Pueppke, S.G., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Genetically Modified Food and the Consumer. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2001).

  • Eaglesham, A., Carlson, C., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Integrating Agriculture, Medicine and Food for Future Health. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2002).

  • Eaglesham, A., Ristow, S., Burke, M., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Biotechnology: Science and Society at a Crossroad. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2003).

  • Eaglesham, A., Wildeman, A., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Agricultural Biotechnology: Finding Common International Goals. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2004).

  • Eaglesham, A., Bessin, R., Trigiano, R., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Agricultural Biotechnology: Beyond Food and Energy to Health and the Environment. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2005).

  • Eaglesham, A., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Agricultural Biotechnology: Economic Growth Through New Products, Partnerships and Workforce Development. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2006).

  • Eaglesham, A., Hardy, R.W.F. (Eds.) Agricultural Biofuels: Technology, Sustainability and Profitability. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2007).

  • Eaglesham, A., Slack, S.A., Hardy R.W.F. (Eds.) Reshaping American Agriculture to Meets its Biofuel and Biopolymer Roles. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2008).

  • Eaglesham, A., Hardy R.W.F. (Eds.) Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2009).

  • Eaglesham, A., Bennett, A.A., Hardy R.W.F. (Eds.) Promoting Health by Linking Agriculture, Food and Nutrition. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2010).

  • Eaglesham, A., Ponce de Leon, F.A. Hardy R.W.F. (Eds.) Food Security: The Intersection of Sustainability, Safety and Defense. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2011).

  • Eaglesham, A., Korth, K., Hardy R.W.F. (Eds.) Water Sustainability in Agriculture. National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2012).

  • Eaglesham, A. (Ed.) Summary Proceedings of the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemical Society, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2004).

  • Eaglesham, A. (Ed.) Summary Proceedings of the Second World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemical Society, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, EuropaBio, Society for Biological Engineering, Ithaca (2005).

  • Eaglesham, A. (Ed.) Summary Proceedings of the Third World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemical Society, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, EuropaBio, Agri-Food Canada, BIOTECanada, Chemical Institute of Canada, Ithaca (2006).

  • Eaglesham, A. (Ed.) Summary Proceedings of the Fourth World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemical Society, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2007).

  • Eaglesham, A. (Ed.) Summary Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemical Society, Department of Energy, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2008).

  • Eaglesham, A. (Ed.) Summary Proceedings of the Plenary Sessions of the Sixth World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Biotechnology Industry Organization, American Chemical Society, BIOTECanada, Quebec, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Ithaca (2009).

    Other:

  • Law, W.M., with Eaglesham, A. In the Eye of History: Disclosures in the JFK Assassination Medical Evidence. Southlake, TX: Lancer (2004). http://www.amazon.com/Eye-History-Disclosures-Assassination-Evidence/dp/0965658287/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365357822&sr=1-1&keywords=William+Matson+Law

  • MacDonell, H.L. with Eaglesham, A. After Holmes: Dr. MacDonell's Forensic Casebook. Corning, NY: Laboratory of Forensic Science (2011). http://www.amazon.com/After-Holmes-MacDonells-Forensic-Casebook/dp/B007CL926I/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365358039&sr=1-2&keywords=Herbert+Leon+MacDonell

  • Rinnovator, J.V., Eaglesham, A. Aftermath of the JFK Assassination: Parkland Hosptial to the Bethesda Morgue. Ithaca: ARJE Books (2012). http://www.amazon.com/Aftermath-JFK-Assassination-Parkland-ebook/dp/B007JM3AMW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365357776&sr=1-1&keywords=Rinnovatore

  • Rinnovatore, J.V. Eaglesham, A. The JFK Assassination Revisited: A Synthesis. Ithaca: ARJE Books (2013). In preparation.
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