My first job in book publishing taught me, among many technical skills, the soft skill of how to be gentle and tactful around each author’s “baby.” Since that time (in 2003) I’ve learned that the types of projects I most enjoy as an editor are those that have to do with caring for human beings–babies and all ages.
While I take on all manner of nonfiction works from policy to memoir, self-help to textbook, I specifically seek out authors who are focused on caring for others: counselors, therapists, educators, coaches, spiritual leaders.
So I was super excited when I landed a competitive gig with Creative Health Care Management in Minneapolis, MN, and spent a month this past spring editing their book See Me As a Person. (They had advertised on the Editorial Freelancers Association job list). It was a released a couple of weeks ago and I wish it much success.
CHCM is a consulting group that trains nurses and health care teams to work together efficiently and most of all, to care about patients. This book is about improving therapeutic relationships between clinicians and patients. It is good for individual reading and for professional development study groups.