Writing assistance

I am VAT-registered and have been trading as a small business since 1997. Feel free to contact me about writing assistance. Creative writers and artists are welcome too, in principle. So are writers with for example dyslexia, and so is writing in Latex (I use ShareLatex), as can be legal writing.

But not all at once, please! LOL If you want to ensure that I will be available to assist you, contact me (preferably at least a month) in advance. And, for some of you who have landed on this web page but don’t know me yet, a suitable and slightly more economic option to secure my time, skills and knowledge could be to prepay for my work by using PayPal. (You’d get a discount for the prepayment, while PayPal protects your interests.)

I have written for geochemists and environmental chemists (and toxicologists) as well as for clients and staff of global high-end engineering consultancies (notably Arcadis).

I have ghost-written and co-written snappy articles, and interviewed people on location as well as by phone, Skype and e-mail.

I began writing for audiences when I was still in primary school and achieved my first national publication when I was in secondary school. It was a letter about a televised play by G.B. Shaw.

I also have managed to get letters to the editor of a newspaper printed in the Netherlands (De Volkskrant’s Saturday edition, five to ten times) as well as in the US (St. Petersburg Times). Women’s magazines Viva and Libelle each have used something I wrote too.

Within my own company, I have edited a large number of scientific papers, and also a few grant proposals. (May 2018: One of my clients is very close to a grant at the moment; fingers crossed. August 2018: Came in 18th in category. First 16 were awarded. That’s happened once before, except the difference was one spot. Next time, the grant was awarded. Fingers remain crossed.)

Responses I have gotten over the years included “Holy cow… you did such a great job!” from an American scientist about a geochemistry paper and “I like to thank you for reviewing our paper. I am impressed by the quality of the improved version.” from a professor in the Netherlands about an environmental technology paper that I tackled. He added that he didn’t want to advertise the fact that he had hired me for one of his PhD students “otherwise they’ll all come running”.

If you’re a scientist and I haven’t worked with you before, then I may take a bit more time at first. I know by now that, for example, people from certain language backgrounds have a tendency to use different English words that sound like the words they mean, but people’s writing styles can still take some getting used to. After one or two papers, I will have become more familiar with your research so that I can usually fill in the gaps much easier.

Need some tips? Read this book: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper

Two papers that I remember particularly were one that made me sit up with delight instantly – I knew right away that Nature was going to accept it because the work was that good – and a paper started by a young scientist who had passed away, which was rather special, of course.

My first scientific publication (solo) was a tripartite discussion with two top professors from WHOI and Scripps.

My education included two evening courses at the Netherlands School for Journalism.

Scientific journals I have edited papers for include the following:

Annals of Glaciology
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research
Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
Chemistry & Sustainability – Energy & Materials (ChemSusChem)
Coastal Engineering
Continental Shelf Research
Energy and Environmental Science
Environmental Science & Technology
Hydrology Journal
International Journal of Climatology
Journal of Applied Meteorology
Journal of Food Engineering
Journal of Geophysical Research
Journal of Glaciology
Journal of Membrane Science
Journal of Transport and Land Use
Journal of Transport Geography
Marine Geology
Ocean and Coastal Management
Proceedings of Beyond the Standard Model (theoretical physics, cosmology)
Proceedings of AIP conference DSU 2010
Proceedings of the Twelfth Marcel Grossmann Meeting on General Relativity
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Reviews in Geophysics
Science of the Total Environment
Surface and Coatings Technology
Transplant Proceedings
Transport Policy
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Water Resources Research

The complete list is longer.