If you’re like many others at the top of their field, your ability to mine a sphere of knowledge, or a specific market, has saddled you with the burden of advancing and promoting your work. But being a content expert didn’t prepare you to be a writer.
Excellent writers rely upon a distinctly different set of skills. My years as an award-winning publications professional have taught me to quickly discern the questions that need to be addressed in order to elegantly shape an article, a professional report, or a grant application. I know how to zero in on the specific concerns that distinguish one field—and one targeted publication—from another.
That’s how I successfully support medical researchers, business people, and entrepreneurs dropped into the maelstrom of publishing. As both a writing coach and a professional editor, my clients gain assurance that their communications captivate the attention of their audience.
“As a physician involved in leading-edge medical research at a major medical center, the demands for writing scientific papers, editorials, review papers, and grants are intense. Though I was spending a lot of time writing, I was dissatisfied with my efforts. I needed stronger writing skills to partner with my rigorous scientific knowledge.
I decided to hire a writing coach, to teach me skills I never learned in medical school, and also a professional editor, to make sure I could continue to fulfill my current writing obligations on time. I found both in Jane. With just a one-hour meeting each week (while I built the grant with my scientific team), we drafted a grant proposal for the National Institutes of Health. Jane showed me how to turn the application into a deeply engaging and urgent request. I was thrilled when the grant received a great funding score.
With the new confidence I have gained from working with Jane, I now accept even more writing assignments. When I don’t have time to meet with Jane as a coach, it’s a great comfort to know that she can support me as a professional editor. I can’t believe that I now look forward to writing!”
“Because I’m not native English-speaker, Jane’s work with me made me immeasurably more comfortable submitting reports for publication. It’s been a 'life-changer' to email Jane my drafts for correction. She makes sure that I still sound like me, but a slightly more impressive me with larger vocabulary and perfect English grammar! I love the challenge of my work and, with Jane’s help, I return to giving most of my energy formulating projections rather than worrying about intricacies of a language that will never be my native tongue.”
“Every year I have to write quarterly reports. I had come to dread the months when they’re due, and then the weeks leading up to those months. Though I don’t work in a high-income field, I finally decided that my piece of mind was worth an investment in a writing coach. Jane listened to the way I approached my writing work and helped me uncoil old habits formed out of fear and perfectionism. She also offered me strategies for helping the words flow more freely. Now I hear her calm and encouraging voice in my head when I start down the wrong path, and then shift into an easier, more effective mode for expressing myself.”
–School Social Worker