Lindybird: Who are these people and why are they in a caring profession if they don't care. Grrrr.
HARELADY – I hope you fritter some of your winnings on something frivolous for yourself.
In reply to Annette in SoCal:
Annette: To reply to your comment to me yesterday:
I always insist on a clause in my freelance contracts confirming that I'm not legally responsible for the accuracy of the manuscripts I edit. This organization has a physician who is contracted to check the content to ensure that it's factually accurate and thorough. The problem is that "expert" writers are hired for their high-profile, pop-culture reputations and not for their writing ability. Sometimes, they fumble their words and contradict or misrepresent the facts. They also leave out critical information. In my last project, the expert actually made a statement that was not only wrong, but was offensive and would have damaged the reputation of the very liberal organization and offended their funders. No one caught it but me. This is a developmental editing job that requires more than the usual grammar, punctuation, etc. I don't have any contact with the writer/experts. If I need info, I use science- and research-based sites online. I work with a director-level person at the organization. I use track changes for all edits, especially when I add or change text. Then the document goes back to the organization, and they accept my edits or confirm them with their medical team or other researchers. I always get a little nervous when I begin a project. I'm not as young as I used to be. LOL
Diane: Hmmm Well I'm glad you insert that disclaimer re legal responsibility. I'm familiar with high-profile experts who can' write their way out of a paper bag. We used to have attorneys and public policy types write for us at AARP and - not sure about your readership - but it was always a hassle to translate their jargon into language real people could understand. Hope you don't have to spend too much time clarifying stuff on those web sites Take care; you should feel better about it once you hit your stride. Will be thinking of you!!
Good Morning. Sunny again here. I hope to catch up with myself today, as when we came back home we had also just had a call from our Eldest, asking to come and stay on the same night. I had to put our luggage in the hallway rather than in the spare room, and make up his bed, as unusually, it wasn't ready for him. Then yesterday I did piles of laundry and tried to do some stuff in the garden. I seem to have caught my OH's weird head cold - his was all streaming and sneezing, then it calmed down without leaving him with a cough. I began with a "head full of rubbish" on Tuesday, sneezed a bit yesterday with a headache, and now I think it's ending: at least, I hope so. DIANE - It sounds as if you know what's expected of you, and you're aware of the pitfalls. I'm sure you can sort out the jargon into readable text. Good that you've got a clause about legal responsibility, to cover you. Go for it!! Off to hose myself down, get some food in, do the ironing, and then look at the garden again. Everything including the weeds are growing like mad. On the plus side, I have three gorgeous, huge poppies out just now!
A quick look in as I have to go out this morning and meet youngest and the girls. We are meeting eldest Daughter and going out for lunch then back here. I am juggling quite a lot of things here - was planting tubs at 8.15 am today. So quiet outside, I thought, but the road was busy with commuters. The sun was showing but no heat so it was pleasant work. Have a good day, everyone.
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