Planetary Ink


What types of materials do you work on?

I enjoy working on a variety of assignments—ranging from books to blogs, web sites to work manuals, feature articles to fact sheets. Variety keeps my creativity flowing.

Here are some things that I have worked on during my tenure as a writer, editor, content consultant and publications manager:

  • Annual reports
  • Clinical study reports (CSRs)
  • Clinical protocols
  • CME material
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Employee incentive manuals
  • Feature articles
  • Grant proposals (including NIH grants)
  • Service journalism articles
  • Manuscripts
  • Marketing materials
  • Media releases
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Newspaper articles
  • Patient education materials
  • Personality profiles
  • Posters
  • Research articles
  • Sell sheets
  • Web sites

What types of subjects and topics are your specialties?

Many of the materials I produce fall under the vast umbrella of health and medicine—including oncology, primary care, mental health, worksite health promotion, cardiology, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, diabetes, medical devices, asthma and allergic diseases, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, infectious disease, neurology, and psychiatry—just to name some.

In addition to health and medical topics, I have also helped produce materials on the following topics:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Building and remodeling
  • Dining and entertainment
  • Education
  • Employee relations/human resources
  • Environment and environmental health
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Food service
  • Gardening
  • Information technology
  • Literacy/reading
  • Literature
  • Media issues
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational behavior
  • Sports and recreation
  • Travel
  • Veterinary medicine

What style guides and reference materials do you use?

It depends on two things: (1) the type of style guides that you already use for your publications and communication materials and (2) the type of project that requires editing and writing.

For medical manuscripts written for physician audiences (eg, physicians), the most appropriate stylebook is the American Medical Association Manual of Style. For nursing and psychiatry, I use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

For newspaper articles, the style guide I find most useful is the Associated Press Stylebook. For nonmedical books, I usually use the Chicago Manual of Style.

Sometimes, a company has a house style guide or prefers to use a certain stylebook. In such cases, I use whatever style guide is preferred—or I create one for them.

What are Planetary Ink’s fees?

Fees for a project depend on the length of time I would be spending to complete it, the degree of background work or research required (if any), and the type of work being done—whether it’s editing, writing, or project management. For more detailed information, please contact me.