It started with one simple request

In 2010, I met a postdoc at the University of Cologne ("Client Zero"), who, after learning that I had worked as an editor of consent forms for clinical trials, asked me if I would edit his manuscript that he was resubmitting to an academic journal. He was happy with the editing work and continued to ask me to edit his manuscripts. He also recommended me to his colleagues, who recommended me to his

colleagues. From there, by referral only, I was launched into the world of academic writing, editing, and training, only then discovering what a need there was for researchers whose very careers are built on the need to publish. It was also then that I discovered that despite this need, very few researchers get the foundational training they need for academic careers that are so dependent on their writing and communication skills.

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