Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Writing Modern College Textbooks

Current job is creating college-level e-textbooks for science and medical topics. The learning objectives, the actual learning, the quizzes, the assessment (test) questions. These online courses are usually put together as a patchwork using existing materials. So, it involves lotsa research and 'patching'. And I work closely with an Instructional Designer (ID) to make sure we adhere to all adult learning principles. Sure is different from my college textbooks!
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Giving Back

On Saturday, March 16, Cheryl taught the "No Portfolio? No Problem!" roundtable seminar at the AMWA Delaware Valley "11th Annual Freelance Workshop." Cheryl showed how to create a medical writing portfolio -- how to create writing samples and create a green e-portfolio.
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Contact me for medical writing: cheryl4698@verizon.net
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pay Your Pal with PayPal

No client has ever sent me cash for payment! Clients have always sent me a paper check. But -- now I am getting more and more requests to pay me via PayPal. I had a PayPal account for my eBay-ing, so this wasn't a big deal. Also luckily I was already into online banking with my bank. And I already had the two linked together. So, for me, it is simply a matter of going to PayPal and electronically transferring my money into my checking account. Easy!
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Contact me for medical writing: cheryl4698@verizon.net
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Surprise! Track Changes!

I thought everyone knew about MS WORD "track changes." But -- they don't! One client called me in a panic demanding to know why I had inserted all that red ink into the document. Another client called and praised me for such a brilliant idea to type my changes in red ink. Go figure! To both I had to explain that Bill Gates did it, not me. But, then trying to convince them that they were actually in control of what they saw on their own screen -- well that took forever!
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Contact me for medical writing: cheryl4698@verizon.net
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

No Portfolio? No Problem!

I attended the AMWA-NE winter meeting today, and led my 2-hr roundtable called: "No Portfolio? No Problem!" (TM). Basically I tell how I got started freelance medical writing coming from a math and engineering background and career. I left engineering and jumped right into (freelance) medical writing. A profession where you need writing samples to get jobs. What a conundrum: you need samples to get a job, but you need a job to get samples.I had a very creative approach to solving this, and told my story. Great group of folks longing to take the plunge and become freelances! I hope I left them with some inspiration!
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Contact me for medical writing: cheryl4698@verizon.net
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Ah, The Life of . . .

. . . a freelancer. Working nights and weekends. I'm teaching a "roundtable" session for AMWA-NE (American Medical Writers Association, New England chapter) tomorrow, and here I am late at night getting it ready. I had to work all week; I had to ski all day today; so that means that I am in on a Saturday night preparing. Sigh... But, it is for a good cause! I love that AMWA is completely volunteer -- and a wonderful cooperative (rather than competitive) organization. ________________________________________________
Contact me for medical writing: cheryl4698@verizon.net
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