Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Another New Gig

I got another copy editing gig! This one is different. I won't be an independent contractor; I'll be a full-fledged (but part-time) employee. With benefits! Paid time off! Paid training (the first 6 weeks)! They'll even reimburse me for my Internet Service Provider charges. Not only that, they sent me a computer (just for use on their stuff, of course). They asked me to commit to at least 20 hours per week, but it could be more than that.

So who are these people, you're asking. BeaconPMG. According to the website, it's "a publishing services company that provides project management, editorial, composition, new media and related services to book and journal publishers."

I will be editing a physics journal. Yikes! The woman I've been talking to said it's one of their most prestigious journals. Double yikes! Between this physics journal and the algebra I've been editing, I'm learning a lot.

I officially start my training on Thursday. I'll post more then.


Elle said...

Congratulations! That's great. Now I know who to call for physics and algebra question in the rare event that I might need answers...well soon I can contact you for the physics part :)
I know that you will wow these folks.

Barbara said...

Congratulations! Benefits and paid time off and reimbursement of ISP costs sounds great!

I *learned* copyediting on physics journals. It's not as hard as you might think. You might not understand the content, but the grammar and punctuation issues remain the same, and you'll get the hang of what the math should look like, if you haven't already with the algebra. I remember noticing that equations with integrals always had something at the end that looked like "dx" or "dt" or "dy" or something, so I asked the person training me if I should query the author if the equation didn't have one. She was impressed, had never noticed that herself. I still have no idea what the equations do, and I'm hazy on what an integral actually is and what the "dx" thing means, but you don't have to know that stuff to edit the copy. And when you can edit stuff that you don't understand in the slightest, you can edit anything!

S. Lee Whiplash said...

Congratulations on the new gig! Don't sweat the physics stuff - words is words.

Beth said...

"Words is words." That should be "Words are words." right? LOL

S. Lee Whiplash said...

Oh no - I meant exactly what I typed. I *always* check for nonsense before posting a blog response.

Beth said...

I can't help it; it's the editor in me.