Looking for an editor for my book

Hi everyone,

A brief note, I’ve written a book, and the content is nearly done. You can read all about it here.

The first 90% of the project went well, but I need (well paid) help with the remaining 90% to turn it into a decent book.

This is a ‘for profit’ book, but it will be given away for free to schools, universities and readers/students unable to afford it. So there is a bit of feel-good factor involved. The material written so far is in fact already being used at one university.

The book needs a good round of editing to polish up the language, as my English is not quite native. This includes work on phrasing, typos, thinkos etc.

While it is not a requirement that you are good with biology, it would probably help if this is the kind of book you’d personally like to read. The book is aimed at people with some technical background & an interest in how life and nature work.

In addition, there are a ton of reader suggestions that are partially about language, but also about stuff that just isn’t clear enough yet. We should go over all that feedback and filter out the bits that need biological attention (from me).

It turns out I really need help with processing all the feedback since I hate disappointing people, but also want to keep the book taut!

The book needs to be reordered in a logical way, where we need to make sure no concepts are used before the chapter in which they are described. This may require surgery on the contents of the book.

The book is written in Markdown, but there is also a Google Docs version on which people have provided very good feedback. Like the other feedback, this needs to be processed and merged back into the Markdown.

Many chapters could also do with better diagrams or photos. These can often be found online, but this requires careful attribution, getting permission or the acquisition of rights. If you have experience with this, that would also be lovely.

If any of the above appeals to you, please drop me a line on bert@hubertnet.nl and please also include your rates and tell me a bit about your previous work. This is not some kind of ‘for exposure’ deal, although I love telling everyone you did great work of course!