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
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
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
This is my latest tips and tricks, written for the 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 … Continue reading Tips and tricks: Showing off your mark-up in PDFs
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 – highlighting a discussion and resources presented at the national editors' conference in Brisbane last year. Other recent tips and tricks I've shared include: setting up Google … Continue reading Editing Indigenous content and other tips
The 22 February Finding work panel discussion (see previous post) was written up by Danielle Vecchio for the Editors Victoria March newsletter. You can read the summary of tips and ideas here.
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, 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 editor, … Continue reading Event: Finding freelance work as an editor
Happy New Year and all the best for a great 2018. Rather than coming up with New Year’s resolutions – which we all know are very hard to keep – I’m taking the opportunity of the holiday break to reflect on what I can do to achieve my professional goals in 2018. In short, I … Continue reading Reflections not resolutions
I've just sent out the July newsletter for Editors Victoria to members. It's available online as well. 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 … Continue reading All about the business of editing: July newsletter
I wrote this review for the Editors Victoria newsletter. 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 how to securely transfer files, set pay rates and … Continue reading Review: Lots of tips and procedures for better onscreen editing
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), I was not working in those offices but up on the 6th floor. … Continue reading Freelancing in-house
The August newsletter for Editors Victoria is out now, with an interview with editor and author Lucy Treloar, book reviews, events and more
I've just sent out the March 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 it … Continue reading Illustrator Judith Rossell, regional meetings and meet editor Susan Pierotti: newsletter
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
As I get down to work in the new year, here's a reminder of my Christmas and New Year break.