Editing

Ye Machine is financed by my editing services. Editing is an undervalued art that helps me pay the bills.

If you are looking for a somewhat grumpy but first class academic editor feel free to contact me: simon john cook [at] gmail [dot] com [remove all spaces]

My road to professional editing led through my own scholarship and through Duke University, where for five years I taught academic writing. At Duke I came to venerate the art of the editor.

Editing is the ultimate Socratic practice, the midwifery of thought.

If this sounds overly-grand you need to reflect upon the intimate relationship between thought and word. Writing brings unborn thoughts into the light of day. A good editor approaches tangled words as clues to conceptual confusion, helping you to write better by pushing you to think more clearly.

More reflections on writing and editing on the blog post: ‘What they don’t teach you at college‘.

Rather than soliciting some reviews of my work I thought I’d copy a few unsolicited comments that have appeared in the acknowledgements of published books and articles.

I would like to thank first and foremost my editor and adviser, Simon J. Cook.
Shiri Cohen Kaminitz, History of Political Economy, J.S. Mill and the Value of Utility, 2014, p.1.

Simon Cook did an incredible job in polishing my English – and beyond. I have no words to express my admiration for someone who combines editorial skills, historical knowledge, good humor and enduring patience at such a high level.
Nicola Giocoli, Predatory Pricing in Antitrust Law and Economics, Routledge, 2013 (Acknowledgements, p. xiii).

 Finally, a special thanks to Simon Cook, for his insightful comments, invaluable editing skills, and words of encouragement.

Asaf Z. Sokolowski, Metaphysical Problems, Political Solutions: Self, State, and Nation in Hobbes and Locke, Lexington Books, 2010 (Acknowledgements, p. ix).

[Our] advisers, a vast legion indeed, are too numerous to be mentioned by name individually; we make an exception only for Simon Cook, who lavished unusual doses of competence and enthusiasm on the enterprise.

The editors, The Elgar Companion to Alfred Marshall, Elgar, 2006 (Acknowledgements, p. xxv).