Jim has extensive experience polishing manuscripts, news, and marketing copy for publication in accordance with both AP style and in-house branding standards. His areas of expertise include natural history, life science, medical, entertainment, and marketing content. He has a high degree of comfort working with scientific studies, industrial data sheets, and other technical subject matter.
An avid reader and aspiring novelist, Jim completed his first science fiction novel in 2017. He enjoys all manner of board games, computer games, and card games; he designs and publishes his own games as a hobby. He is a long-suffering Cleveland sports fan, but don't hold that against him.
Jim has extensive experience editing natural history material such as field guides / nature guides and other outdoor hobby publications. He has edited and contributed content for a number of nature magazines, books, newspapers, websites, and e-newsletters.
Jim has served for half a decade as a contributing editor to a life science / biopharmaceutical news publication. He fact-checks scientific subject matter, conducts interviews with primary sources, and translates technical "jargon" into plain language for a general audience.
No error is more painful than a mistake in marketing copy. Jim leverages his experience across multiple industries to ensure not only flawless copy but also ideal messaging that facilitates true understanding between a business and its customers.
As an enthusiastic hobby game designer, Jim has written and edited instruction manuals and game components for several of his own projects. He has also worked with several popular gaming websites as a reviewer and contributor.
In a magazine editor capacity for many years, Jim has evaluated and edited hundreds of articles for publication in nationally circulated magazines and digital content channels. His work ranges from light proofreading to substantive copy editing.
Jim has reviewed and revised countless pieces of content for industry newsletters, both in print and email format. Jim knows that newsletter content should be "bite-sized" and engaging, and works with businesses to help their newsletters achieve the ideal mix of information and entertainment.
How does one get an email recipient's attention without being obnoxious? Jim has years of experience crafting email subject lines and copy that pique recipients' curiosity while maintaining an authoritative and professional tone.
Accuracy is critical on data sheets, and Jim's attention to detail and eye for small inconsistencies make him a strong editor of technical information. He understands that data sheets need to be no-nonsense: brief, clear, and 100% accurate.
Jim has worked with several publishers as well as individual authors to provide robust copy editing for several books, ranging from nature guides to humor to historical fiction. Jim's approach is to leave as much of the author's original "voice" intact while correcting any issues with grammar or sentence structure that may hinder the reader's understanding.