I’m pleased to announce that I have now exited the ranks of the unemployed and joined the burgeoning ranks of the under-employed! More particularly, I now have a job editing academic papers; my educational background allows me to edit both natural science and social science/humanities documents, so hopefully I will be able to earn a little spending money soon enough.
While this seems like an unglamourous job, I feel like I am actually performing a very important service to the academy, and, by extension, to the Human Race in general. I say this as someone who has spent untold hours of her life frowning over badly-written physics papers which somehow managed to make it into print. There are a lot of people (and I speak of scientists in particular) who are badly in need of a good editor. The trick now will be in convincing people that, yes, they are probably in need of my services, and yes, they will have to pay for them.