As a member of the City of Sydney’s Professional Writing Panel for the three years that it was in existence (they’ve now moved to getting bids from editors for each individual project…), I had the chance to work on a great many fantastic projects. The largest of them was the Central Sydney Planning Strategy. Here’s

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Many people think of an editor as someone who works with journalists or books. But organisations of all sorts, as well as individuals, could benefit greatly from using an editor, even though many of never thought to do so. Why? Here are some reasons. 1. Everyone needs an editor Everyone needs an editor. I’m an

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I received a very charming book in the mail the other day. Punctuation..? is a short, handsome book from User Design, a typesetting and illustration business based in Leicester, United Kingdom. With 21 explanations of punctuation marks, all accompanied by fun illustrations, the book would make a nice stocking stuffer or Happy Day Surprise with

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It’s one of my great pleasures as an editor that I get to learn about new areas of work and expertise. I’ve written before about how much I enjoy being on the City of Sydney’s writer’s panel, and through editing various reports for them, I’ve expanded my knowledge on issues as diverse as climate change,

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I had the most amazing work opportunity and experience in the last six months. I was hired by the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) team to be the editor for their 2015 report, Education for All 2000–2015: Achievements and Challenges. This involved working at UNESCO’s office in Paris for a few months with a dedicated and

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The British Home Office has produced a style guide which recommends against a whole lot of jargon words. It’s excellent, particularly the section on Plain English. I have to admit to being guilty to using some of this jargon in my editing and writing work… What about you? Guilty? Here’s their section on Plain English

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been prequalified as a contractor for the state of New South Wales in Australia. What does this mean? Well, it’s under the ‘Performance and Management Services’ category of a prequalification program, and I’m listed on the ‘Early Access Registration List (EARL)’. Rather than ‘Goodbye Earl’ (as in a fabulous

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In 2013, I was appointed as one of five members of the City of Sydney Professional Writing Panel. It was a tough and long process to be accepted. We were chosen from 37 applicants. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of editing media releases about e-waste, food trucks and the Chinese New Year’s celebration; internal

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I love my new career as an editor and copywriter. Looking at the ins and outs of language and how it changes with time and geography fascinates me. Raised in Canada, of course we knew that there was a difference between the way we said ‘zed’ and Americans said ‘zee’. Ah yes, and ‘colour’ and

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