Clarity of Expression

Editing, Writing, and Consulting Services

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To give you a sense of the quality of work, style of approach, and overall experience you can expect from my professional services, following is some of the feedback I have received from a few of my previous clients:

"Note that I have found the comments of Karen G. to be unfailingly helpful, well intended, insightful and certainly have made the book a better text. I enjoyed many of her comments, felt she was fair handed with the text—and I didn't feel quashed as sometimes these things can do. How lucky we were to have someone of her quality and endurance to read through the works. Many many things are clearer and better placed because of her good judgement."
-  Sandra Kirby, PhD
   Associate Vice President Research and
   Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Winnipeg

"Ms. Gelb has a breadth of knowledge across the humanities and social sciences, especially in the areas of public policy and health care. Her academic skills and keen editorial sense are a strong combination and will certainly bring clarity of intent, success in expression, and polish to a writing project at any stage of development."
-  Public Health Researcher & Practitioner

“I am a professor at the University of Victoria and also a Canada Research Chair and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar. I hired Karen Gelb to edit a book on breast feeding which I co-authored. She worked with me closely for about six months and did a fantastic job. She worked independently, quickly, and efficiently. She did an excellent job of copy editing the book, liaising with my co-author, and with the publisher. She organized, in seamless fashion, obtaining copyright permissions for book photos and data from diverse, often difficult to access, sources. She was amazingly personable, pleasant, and easy to work with. When she had to work with others on this project everyone was similarly delighted with their contacts with Karen. The final product produced (a large academic book) is perfect. She is possibly the best of many editors I’ve worked with and I would re-hire to do this type of work with me in a New York minute.”
-  Aleck Ostry, PhD, Associate Professor
   Canada Research Chair and Senior Scholar,
   Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
   Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Victoria

"Karen Gelb provided my co-author and I with unparalleled assistance and guidance as we came to the end of a very long book project. Her ability to organize, prioritize, and keep a project on track astonished even my more-than-mediocre project management skills. Her strategies for “tightening up” the manuscript were creative, clever, and insightful and her enthusiasm helped keep the project flowing right to the end – particularly important with our dwindling supply of energy at project-end."
-  Tasnim Nathoo, MSW, MSc
   Mental Health Clinician