The Authors & Editors community of members work toward a common goal.
Many college faculty and students first experience a writing or editing community through their peers, typically in the university’s writing center, a place either online or on-site within which an author could be read, and the reader could respond to the message. Ranging from criticism of grammar and punctuation to deeper comment on meaning, such exchanges benefit clarity of communication.
After matriculation, graduates outside of an academic setting lose that writing community. Junior faculty move from informal peer review into becoming peer reviewers or journal editors, often knowing the disciplinary material but lacking additional resources to support the editorial function or the peer review process. Senior faculty mentoring graduate researchers feel pressure to incorporate intellectual property rights, publishing business models (like open access), and funding strategies into professional publication—and often on top of their research without time or energy to spend keeping current in these areas.
Resources and Community
Authors & Editors can advise and discretely provide the missing resources and community, helping professional writers negotiate from unfamiliar practices to competency in writing, editing, and publishing.
Authors & Editors began as a cooperative group of writers and editors in 1991, and it has been continually registered since then by Cynthia B. Chapman as a business with the state of Oregon. In the early days, the co-op served faculty writing to publish for promotion and tenure, students working on dissertations and theses, and recently matriculated students who missed the services of the university writing center as they moved into their careers.
Authors &Editors aims to improve professional writing of its authors three ways
- Provide complete, interactive courses in e-book form for professional writing.
- Provide ongoing support by means of membership in the cooperative for authors and editors as they develop their skills.
- Provide professional editing based on manuscript review and actual cost estimates. Members who have completed courses and apply what they have learned receive discounts for professional editing.
An author writes when he or she has something to say. An author writes in relation to another person who will read and make meaning with what is read. Both the author and the reader reside within communities that participate in the context of the writing, publishing, and reading—the culture and language and discipline and technology that contribute to what is conveyed and understood.
Community and Support
Authors & Editors can be that reader and that community for an author. It can be that professional support for the writer under pressure to publish. It can be that instructional designer for a faculty member who must mentor and deliver a graduate level course in professional writing or editing, knowing the discipline but not how best to instruct and grade in composition. It can be that personal tutor and editor for students who have few such resources to improve their writing.
Moreover, the aim of the resources offered by Authors & Editors is to promote deep understanding of the rhetorical situation for every author and editor to choose writing well.
Cynthia B. Chapman earned the first Master of Science in Scientific and Technical Communication from Oregon State University in 1990; she received a multidisciplinary (chemistry & social science) Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1972. Her career began as a health and science analyst in the Congressional Research Service, Science Policy Research Division of the Library of Congress. Mid-career, she founded Authors & Editors to provide authors’ editing, manuscript editing, and publication management for academic authors in business, education, social sciences, and science while also teaching technical writing, scientific writing, science journalism, and project management in both community college and university classrooms. She was certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) in 1993 by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS) and was certified Professional Project Manager (PMP) in 2015 by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Ms. Chapman has published extensively in government (Congressional committee prints, reports, and white papers), in industry (trade papers and magazines) and in professional journals (communication). She has also published two technical paperback books. In addition, she has managed fundraising and curriculum projects for non-profit organizations; publication, event, and construction projects in academia; database development, website design, and technical documentation projects for business and academia.
Ms. Chapman has been an adjunct instructor at Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Western Oregon University, and Linn-Benton Community College. She continues to teach in the university setting when invited, preferring to guide professional writers individually in the co-operative, online or seminar setting.
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