Decisively Digital

Thank you,Β Alexander Loth, for the kind and generous recommendation. Alexander’s latest book, Decisively Digital, is available for preorder (I would encourage ordering your copy from your favoriteΒ independent bookseller). I had the privilege of editing the manuscript for Decisively Digital on behalf ofΒ John Wiley & Sons’ professional and technical reference unit. Alexander interviewed twenty thought leaders in a wide range of businesses. Of course these leaders are all enthusiastic and optimistic about what digital technologies can enable and accomplish. I am most impressed that these leaders are committed to putting technology to work in dealing with real-word concerns. They see AI assisting with accurate and rapid diagnosis and treatment of disease. They see distributed ledger technology enabling entrepreneurship and small-business finance in developing countries, or enabling more direct distribution of aid to people affected by war, natural disaster, and political upheaval. Best wishes to Alexander and to Wiley for success with this book. Here is Alexander’s recommendation:

If you have the privilege of working with Patrick, you will quickly notice that Patrick is a detail-oriented, goal-oriented, and extremely ambitious editor, and a critical thinker. Patrick has developed a sharp and pragmatic viewpoint on how to improve even very complex stories. Patrick raised the quality of my book π‘«π’†π’„π’Šπ’”π’Šπ’—π’†π’π’š π‘«π’Šπ’ˆπ’Šπ’•π’‚π’: π‘­π’“π’π’Ž π‘ͺπ’“π’†π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒂 π‘ͺ𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐 π‘«π’†π’”π’Šπ’ˆπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ π‘Ίπ’•π’“π’‚π’•π’†π’ˆπ’š to a new level! I highly appreciate all his edits and comments to further improve the book. It has been a real pleasure working together with Patrick. His knowledge is vast and thorough covering a wide variety of topics (such as AI, Big Data, Blockchain, Data Analytics, and IoT). I highly recommend Patrick for any project that requires the very best editing.

Thank you for stopping by!

Pat

UC-Berkeley Professional Sequence in Editing

I am pleased to report that I have completed the four-course professional sequence in editing offered by the University of California-Berkeley’s extension division. The courses in the sequence cover grammar, mechanics, usage, copyediting, and developmental editing. The course content is delivered using the Canvas learning platform, which is offered by Instructure.

The courses, especially the copyediting and developmental editing courses, were enjoyable. The documents that we were assigned to edit were often about San Francisco Bay Area events, people, and places. So I learned some things about Bay Area history and geography, and my desire to visit my nephew in San Francisco has been whetted.

All of the classes were filled with smart, thoughtful people, many of whom are already accomplished writers and editors. The diversity of backgrounds and experiences made for some informative exchanges in the discussion forums. I learned a good deal from fellow students. The instructors are all accomplished professionals as well. One must admire adjunct faculty, who often create careers by weaving together multiple professional opportunities in a variety of settings.

In over thirty years in educational publishing, I learned a thing or two about editing, attention to detail, and content quality. These courses have greatly expanded that knowledge, and I’m looking forward to applying it to projects and assignments from existing and new clients.