Tips and tricks: Search all your open browser tabs or bookmarked pages

You'll thank me for this one! As we know, writing and editing can involve checking a lot of facts, and the number of open tabs on my browser window can quickly spiral out of control. Then it can be hard to remember which of the open pages had a particular piece of information or topic. … Continue reading Tips and tricks: Search all your open browser tabs or bookmarked pages

Tips and tricks: Google My Business

Have you noticed that when you google a search term you'll often get a box with a summary of relevant information on the right of the screen? This is the knowledge graph (like this one here for editor and author Sophie Cunningham), which contains information grabbed from various sources on the internet. Having your website … Continue reading Tips and tricks: Google My Business

Tips and tricks: Post to your blog directly from Word

I'm insanely pleased to have discovered this, even though I don't actually blog very often. But I could have used it in jobs I've had in the past, and may even be tempted to blog more now! Did you know you can post to a blog directly from Microsoft Word? This is exciting for a … Continue reading Tips and tricks: Post to your blog directly from Word

Book review: Make grammar great again

What do you do when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States? Stop watching the news? Book a flight into space? Hope the next four years will pass really quickly? Melbourne copyeditor Meredith Forrester took a more proactive approach. Irritated by the President’s language-mangling tweets, she took it upon herself to respond with corrections. … Continue reading Book review: Make grammar great again

Tips and tricks: Showing off your mark-up in PDFs

This tip was written for the May 2018 Editors Victoria newsletter. One of the funny things about working as a freelance editor is that often you are not sure how familiar your author or client is with some of the software and techniques we tend to take for granted. Even editors vary in how familiar … Continue reading Tips and tricks: Showing off your mark-up in PDFs

Editing Indigenous content and other tips

I include a regular 'Tips and tricks' column in the Editors Victoria newsletter, linking to many online resources and tools. This month I wrote about editing Indigenous content [IPEd archive, members only] – highlighting a discussion and resources presented at the national editors' conference in Brisbane last year. Other recent tips and tricks I've shared … Continue reading Editing Indigenous content and other tips

February 2018 Event: Finding freelance work as an editor

I'm looking forward to hosting a panel on finding work for freelance editors at the next Editors Victoria evening meeting on Thursday 22 February 2018, here in Melbourne. I'll be chatting with three experienced editors who have experience in freelancing and/or employing freelance editors (and all three have also taught editing): Lorna Hendry, a freelance … Continue reading February 2018 Event: Finding freelance work as an editor

All about the business of editing: July 2017 newsletter

I've just sent out the July 2017 newsletter for Editors Victoria to members.  Welcome to the July newsletter for Editors Victoria. We have lots of editing business this month: call-outs for committee members ahead of our August AGM; a comprehensive report on our ‘Business of Editing’ June dinner Q&A; the experience of running a ‘Writing … Continue reading All about the business of editing: July 2017 newsletter

Review: Lots of tips and procedures for better onscreen editing

I wrote this review for the Editors Victoria January 2017 newsletter (updated link to IPEd archive, members only) The title of Geoff Hart’s book Effective Onscreen Editing (3rd edition) by no means conveys the full gamut of what this book contains. Indeed, it turns out be over 800 pages long, covering topics as diverse as … Continue reading Review: Lots of tips and procedures for better onscreen editing

Freelancing in-house

View of Bunjil and the Melbourne high rise towers from the 6th floor Last month I experienced a side of editing quite alien to my normal freelance life – working in an office in the city full-time for a couple of weeks. Even though I was in the Pearson/Penguin building near Southern Cross station (Melbourne), … Continue reading Freelancing in-house

Illustrator Judith Rossell, regional meetings and meet editor Susan Pierotti: March 2016 newsletter

I've just sent out the March 2016 newsletter for Editors Victoria. Here's my intro: Welcome to our March newsletter. In addition to our usual news and resources, this month we have some calls to action: Nick Hudson is keen to get your opinions on Microsoft Word’s grammar checker, and the article he has written about … Continue reading Illustrator Judith Rossell, regional meetings and meet editor Susan Pierotti: March 2016 newsletter

Science and communication in Brisbane 2016

The Australian Science Communicators are holding their annual conference in Brisbane on Friday 11 March. It's networking and professional development for people who communicate science and technology to the general public, students or other audiences. Registration is now open. The trip to Brisbane will be doubly worthwhile as you can also go along to the  inaugural … Continue reading Science and communication in Brisbane 2016