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In my first professional job, I was a reporter for a midsize Texas newspaper, where I observed talented editors polishing writers' prose, including mine, without removing their voice from it.

When I moved to the publishing industry, I was determined to do the same thing that those editors had done, but for book and journal authors. It has been a wonderful journey, beginning with editing theater play scripts and moving on through fiction, popular nonfiction, biography, how-to books, and consumer health and psychology to medical textbooks and biomedical journals. While working for a medical publisher, I developed a special talent for editing manuscripts written by non-native English speakers—a skill also known as ESL (English as a second language) editing.

In 1995 I established KOK Edit as a sole proprietorship to provide editorial services to publishers and authors. Although I continue to edit nonmedical books, today my main focus is medical editing, both books and journal articles. It is enormously satisfying to help authors who are non-native English speakers communicate their research to their peers worldwide. I like to believe that what I do makes at least a small difference in the world in two ways:

It is a privilege to be entrusted with polishing an author's work, one for which I am always deeply grateful. I can often be found drinking a cup of tea brewed using fresh tea leaves from China, Japan, Taiwan, or India in honor of my authors' publishing successes.

Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association since 1995     Member of the Council of Science Editors since 2006     Member of the American Medical Writers Association since 2010     Member of BELS since 2008 and board-certified editor in the life sciences (ELS)

Member of the American Copy Editors Society since 2012     Winner of the 2013 Robinson Prize from the American Copy Editors Society     Member of the Freelancers Union since 2012     Member of the World Association of Medical Editors since 2006

Blogging at EditorMom     Subscriber to Copyediting-L since 2000     Columnist, "The Business of Copyediting," for Copyediting newsletter since 2013