Robert L. Cohen, Editor Words "You are one of those experts who make others look better than they really are." (CLIENT TESTIMONIAL)
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EDITING • WRITING • LEXICOGRAPHY •
WRITING TEACHING & SEMINARS

"Mr. Cohen’s work reflected not only a mastery of grammar and diction but a judicious sense of style and appropriateness. . . . He knew when to be tough on my manuscript and when to tactfully and intelligently query — in my experience, an uncommon editorial gift."

— Dr. William Epstein, UNITAR;
author, The Last Chance: Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control

OVER 30 YEARS' EDITING — from polishing to rewriting:

  • scholarly, general-interest (trade), & reference BOOKS
  • public policy, think tank, & non-profit organization POLICY BRIEFS /
    WORKING PAPERS / REPORTS / NEWSLETTERS
  • general- & special-interest MAGAZINE ARTICLES
  • for individual authors: MEMOIRS / THESES & DISSERTATIONS /
    ARTICLES / OP-ED’S / BOOKS

Services offered: COPY, SUBSTANTIVE (line), & DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING • REWRITING • REORGANIZATION

For Services Offered, click here.

Subject Specialties:

Urban Affairs & Public PolicyPolitics & GovernmentSocial SciencesHistory & International RelationsMilitary HistoryPsychology & EducationPublic Health & the EnvironmentMedia & CommunicationsMusicJudaica & ReligionBaseball

+ Dictionaries & EncyclopediasBiographies & Memoirs

for: Crown Center for Middle East Studies (Brandeis University)The Washington InstituteCouncil on Foreign RelationsRockefeller Institute of Government (State University of NY)The Urban InstituteThe Century Foundation (orig. Twentieth Century Fund)Boston Research Center for the 21st Century (now Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, & Dialogue)Community Development Research Center (New School University)International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life (Brandeis University)

For works edited by Robert Cohen, click here.

and for: MDRC (orig. Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, NYC)International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear WarNYSEPH (New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy & Hypnosis)The Free PressFordham University PressOxford University PressSchirmer BooksFacts on FileRandom HouseForeign AffairsStudies in Conflict & TerrorismThe Washington Post "Monkey Cage"


DEPTH EDITOR: Skilled at querying & revising problem manuscriptsExpert at making the writing of ACADEMICS & SCHOLARS accessible & appealing to a general audienceExperienced with FIRST-TIME AUTHORSRuthless in probing for clarity & logicFinely tuned ear for the sound of good, clear, persuasive prose. For “How I Edit”, click here.

For Services Offered, click here.

WRITER:

  • for NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: speeches • statements of purpose
  • for NATIONAL MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS: essays, feature stories, profiles, reviews (Columbia / Moment / Hadassah / New Age Journal / New York Newsday / Jerusalem Post). American Jewish Press Association, Simon Rockower Award, Excellence in Arts & Criticism, 1994
  • of CD LINER NOTES (Open the Gates! New American-Jewish Music for Prayer) / for RADIO (“One People, Many Voices: American-Jewish Music Comes of Age”, National Public Radio)
  • of A-V & educational scripts (Boston Medical Center / Pearson Instructional Technology) / of social studies curriculum materials (NYC Board of Education)
  • of “Gray Areas and the Independent Local Agency” (on urban public policy history), in Inventing Community Renewal: The Trials and Errors That Shaped the Modern Community Development Corporation (New School University)

For work written by Robert Cohen, click here.

WORDSMITH:

  • LEXICOGRAPHER:  wrote and edited definitions for Random House Unabridged Dictionary and Random House Legal Dictionary
  • COPYWRITER:  sales, promotional, & catalog copy  (Pfizer Laboratories, Behrman House publishers) / radio continuity & commercials
  • Novelty writer:  trivia questions for Milton Bradley’s Stage II game

MAGAZINE EDITOR:

  • At HadassahFamily Practice Recertification (family medicine medical magazine), and Boston College Magazine, conceived, assigned, developed, & edited articles & interviews on popular culture & the arts / politics & society / health & medicine / medical education

TEACHER:

  • TAUGHT ENGLISH & WRITING TO ADULTS (Local 237, Teamsters Union, NYC)
  • Created & edited LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULA & WORKBOOKS

“The Crown Center's international reputation has benefited greatly from its association with you. Our authors always agree that your editing skills are superb! Many thanks for all that you do.”

— Kristina Cherniahivsky, Associate Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies

“Mr. Cohen brings a real sense of shape, style and flow to his work on a manuscript, invariably improving both a text’s grace and its capacity to tell a story. He is respectful of an author’s prerogatives, while at the same time being firm in his views and advice.”

— Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Director, Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach, SUNY New Paltz;
coauthor, Regionalism and Realism

“You have a special gift for transforming private thoughts and experiences into an article that will communicate to large audiences."

— Dr. Robert C. Cassidy, Director of Bioethics and Social
Policy, LIJMC

“The masterful work you did on [Prince Zeid’s] text is fantastic. You’ve made his talk elegant and readable, while preserving the tone and voice of the speaker. A thorough and expert piece of editing.”

— Daniel Terris, Director Emeritus, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life


OTHER MEDIA: COLLABORATOR / PROBLEM-SOLVER:

  • accomplished INTERVIEWER: of artists & scholars for Boston College Magazine; of medical specialists for family medicine medical magazine
  • interviewed writers / artists / musicians / broadcasters / scholars for classes at New School University (NYC) / on The Eternal Light (NBC Radio) & over 100 other radio programs / guest on the Leonard Lopate Show (NYC public radio) & other radio programs
  • experienced PRODUCTION MANAGER (scheduling / trafficking / trouble-shooting / liaison): managed 60-journal science publishing program for Plenum Publishing
  • well-organizeddetail-consciousanalytical intelligence (mathematics & philosophy training at Cornell) • eclectic curiosity & interests
For my MUSIC site, with information on my American & Jewish music lectures; my CD, Open the Gates! & "Notes from a Musical Autobiography", click here.

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