While nosing around on Katharine O'Moore-Klopf's blog and Copyeditors' Knowledge Base (as I often do), I came across this excellent post, published in 2011: How to Find Medical Editing Freelance Work.
A highly experienced medical editor and a board-certified editor in the life sciences, Katharine may well have forgotten more about the field than most people will ever know. If you're looking to break into this particular area of editorial freelancing, do yourself a favour and take taking some time to explore her resources.
Katharine is based in the US, so some of the links featured in this post are States-side. However, considering how much work copy-editors do onscreen these days, geography is not the barrier it once was – even if you're based elsewhere in the world, the advice on offer is pertinent to you.
I'd also recommend reading the comments on this post, where one of Katharine's colleagues, based in Germany, chips in with some great tips.
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