Biological Sciences and Medicine
Armed with a doctorate in botany, this editor has a lifetime of achievements to his name-as a vice-president, science technician, and senior scientist. The knowledge amassed over the years enables him to accurately deal with a variety of subjects.
Could you please tell us why you decided to become an editor?
Your career as an editor has only started recently, right?
So, why would you choose freelancing over a regular 9-to-5 job?
Do you get manuscripts from non-native speakers or only from native speakers?
How do you actually go about editing manuscripts?
In your opinion, can anyone whose native language is English, and who has a sound editing strategy, become an editor?
I am always careful not to kill the author's voice. I clear up the author's meaning and make it easier for readers to understand, while keeping the author's style intact. A balance between these two seemingly contradictory goals can only be achieved by specialists who have received adequate training. And, it goes without saying that keeping oneself updated about the latest happenings in one's area of expertise at all times is a must for all good editors.
How do keep yourself abreast of the latest happenings in a highly specialized area such as yours?
The book is about diagnosing plant diseases; so, I spend a considerable part of the time reading related reference material. It will be of help to anybody who intends to grow plants, either in their homes or in their gardens or yards. It will help you gain knowledge of various problems experienced by plants, such as those related to their nutrition and environment, excess sunlight, too little water, attacks by insects, diseases, etc.
I will be happy if I can continue to edit for 3-4 hours a day, and then indulge in activities like bird watching, hiking, and gardening. I would like to continue to live such a life.