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BELS Revisited: Answering Your Questions About the Exam

Guest post by Sarah Felde Back in October 2014, I wrote a post about my experiences taking the Board of Editors in Life Sciences (BELS) exam (http://www.willtown.com/01/bels-earned-editor-life-sciences-certification/). Since that post went live, the blog has received dozens of emails and online comments asking for more information about the test. In general, readers want to know three things:  What’s the best way to prepare for the exam? What topics are covered […]

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Our Editorial Director On Academia, Leading, and Publishing

Karen Kassel is the Editorial Director for WilliamsTown Communications. Karen has a strong academic background and years of experience in scientific research and writing. Here she talks about how she came to WilliamsTown, why she enjoys the editorial field, and what it means to her to lead a team of talented writers and editors. What is your academic background? I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tabor College (a […]

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Goof-Proofing Your Writing

Guest post by Sean Dixon As an editor, I see many errors again and again, ranging from subject-verb disagreement to faulty pronoun usage to problems with punctuation such as comma splices. One of the most common types of mistakes I see is word choice errors. These are also among the easiest mistakes to correct. Here are some words I see commonly confused and how to sort them out: • Agreeance […]

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Patient Education: Lessons from the Indiana AMWA Conference

Guest post by Sam Clapp As a writer and editor, I’ve worked on textbooks, pamphlets, web copy, magazine articles, and online courses, so I know firsthand the difficulty of communicating cogently to diverse audiences. There are a number of issues facing the writer who wants an audience to pay attention. People have ever-higher standards for the entertainment value of the content they read, competition from online educational resources is always […]

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Writing an Effective E-Learning Course

Guest post by Sean Dixon When writing scripts for online courses, I look at what I’m writing about as though I’m seeing it for the first time. I need to empty myself of my assumptions about the material, my biases about it, and even my enthusiasm for it. I can’t assume anyone reading a course I write will share those assumptions and biases or that enthusiasm. But more importantly, all of that […]

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WTC Goes DIY

By Sam Clapp Gone are the days when writing a book meant receiving a mountain of rejection letters from publishers. Thanks to the increasing popularity of e-books, it’s easier than ever to get a book out of your head and into the hands of readers. In the last few months, the writers at WilliamsTown Communications have been working to publish the Alzheimer’s Roadmap series, a sequence of no-nonsense reference manuals […]

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With BELS On (or, How I Earned My Editor of Life Sciences Certification)

Guest post by Sarah Felde, Special Projects Manager for WilliamsTown Communications Does the acronym BELS ring a bell? If you’re a writer, editor, or publisher of biology-related content, it might. Founded in 1991, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences—or BELS—is a professional organization that awards credentials to manuscript editors with expertise in the life sciences. If you’re not familiar with BELS, don’t worry! I first heard of BELS […]

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Using Our Challenges to Help Others

I zealously guard my time. Time is the only thing we have that is precious and the only thing that cannot be bought. And when my father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, time became even more of a priority for me because I realized that we never know how much time we have left. It’s tempting to think, and I’m sure that we all do think, that we will […]

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Believe In Yourself But Don’t Be a Fool (or Why I Use Kickstarter)

Growing up, my mom used to tell me “Believe in yourself,” and dad would add, “but don’t be a fool.” I took that to mean that I could do anything, but that doesn’t mean I can do everything or that I can do everything well. When I started my business, I quickly learned that my parents were right. I can, and have, put an amazing team together. I can, and […]

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How We Give Back

We develop print and digital content for higher education, so we understand how having the right resources in place makes learning possible. Each month, we go beyond business as usual by donating to public school teachers through the online charity DonorsChoose.org. The charity is based on a simple concept: teachers post classroom project requests online, and then donors give money to fund specific projects. More often than not, the classrooms in […]

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