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Coronavirus: Protecting Yourself and Your Loved One

As writers and publishers of books for caregivers, we feel it is important to give our readers information on the latest health crisis. COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020, after spreading to at least 114 countries and killing more than 4,000 people. The disease spreads mainly through person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets the infected person […]

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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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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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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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