Editing services

Bette assisted us by editing monograph articles for our web-based Health Technology Pipeline project on new pharmaceutical products, biologics, medical devices and other subjects. She provided exceptional editorial services that encompassed the technical language and grammar edits as well as medically oriented information edits and reference checks”—Lincy S. Lal, PharmD, PhD, Director–Healthcare Pipeline and Research Optum Insight, Optum (previously United Health)

When getting it right really matters, I offer a “second opinion” on your book manuscript, article, or other document. l do this through meticulous copyediting and line editing to help you express yourself with clarity and precision. I focus on improving the language, flow, structure, and conciseness of your writing, including:

  • Correcting errors and inconsistencies in punctuation, grammar, mechanics, spelling, tense, and style
  • Removing redundant and repetitive language and converting passive voice to active voice where appropriate
  • Suggesting sentence revisions and paragraph reorganization
  • Checking and correcting references to equations, tables, figures, charts, citations, and appendices
  • Fact-checking

Medical, scientific, and technical editing

I currently focus my services on medical, scientific, and technical editing. My interests include editing of long-form book manuscripts; copyediting of journal articles; development of style conventions for larger editing projects; and copyediting of specialized medical and technical formats, including clinical submissions, medical trial protocols, proposals, patient and physician materials, and other content.

For Cardiotext in Minneapolis, MN, I copyedited a 2600-page book manuscript for Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics by William H. Frishman, editor.

For Medtronic, Inc., in Fridley, MN, I copyedited a textbook chapter for publication (Elsevier): “In Vitro Assessment of Cell and Tissue Compatibility” in Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials and Medicine, 3rd ed; clinical submissions; and journal article submissions for the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division. In addition, for the company’s Neuromodulation Division, I developed style conventions based on the AMA Manual of Style.

For Oregon Health & Science University’s Curriculum Development Center, I wrote and edited lecture slides and audio transcripts relating to healthcare technology.

For United Health Group in Eden Prairie, MN, I served as interim managing editor for the Ingenix Pipeline Healthcare Project (now Optum Insight), including creating internal style conventions based on American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style. I also copyedited executive-level summaries of scientific and clinical information relating to emerging medical technologies, therapeutics, procedures, devices, drugs, vaccines, and standards of care.

Please view my capabilities statement to see the full range of my copyediting expertise.

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