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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All the way back in 2013, I featured Chris Dale from Marketing HQ in a guest post on this website, and he did the same for me. I obviously need to be better at cross-marketing, since I never actually posted a link to my post here. But better late than never. There’s nothing that’s gone

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The 2016 Skin Health Australia Report Card – the 2016 SHARC Report – was commissioned by the Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc (the Foundation), a Melbourne-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides specialist clinical treatment, education and research for a wide variety of skin diseases, skin cancer and melanoma. I’ve had the privilege of writing the past

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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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Ah, the vagaries of the internet and social media. For some reason, I found a recommendation on LinkedIn this morning that an old colleague had sent for me to share with colleagues. However, on LinkedIn, you can’t post endorsements for yourself. It has to be done by the person who made it… I’ll post it

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From the archives, here is an article that I wrote for the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation’s (AFAO) National AIDS Bulletin. In 1999, the hot issue was how to get HIV drugs to those who needed them. One way was to find legal ways to import or produce those drugs so they would be affordable.

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From the archives, here are two book reviews that I wrote for the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation’s (AFAO) National AIDS Bulletin. First of all, a short book review from NAB, volume 13, no 5, 2000 on Peter A. Jackson and Gerard Sullivan (editors)’s Multicultural Queer: Australian Narratives: An invitation (as in the words from

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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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We’ve all passed comment on poorly written spam, particularly those Nigerian letters asking you to send your bank account details so that they can transfer a load of money to you, or the emails from your ‘bank’ with basic spelling errors. I thought I’d point out the opposite. Well, not actually opposite, in that this

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