Books

Editors in Conversation 2 (2009)

In this second volume of the fascinating series, Australian editors from widely different backgrounds discuss their careers and offer rare and fascinating glimpses into their working lives and the editing profession.

All have witnessed rapid changes in the publishing world and provide candid insights with liberal doses of wit and wisdom:

  • Nick Hudson / Basil Walby
  • Ruth Dixon / Jackie Yowell
  • Janette Whelan / Barbara Ker Wilson
  • Colin Jevons / Teresa Pitt

The book also features a fascinating talk by Julie Watts about the incredible success of Mao's Last Dancer, with three books and a film.

Editors in Conversation 2 was sponsored by the Centre for the Book (Monash University), Editors Victoria, the Queensland Society of Editors and the NSW Society of Editors. It was published as part of the Occasional Series on Australian Editors.

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Editors in Conversation (2007)

Eavesdrop on lively conversations between four pairs of prominent Australian editors who have won major awards and made a significant contribution to the profession:

  • Beryl Hill / Wendy Sutherland
  • Loma Snooks / Renée Otmar
  • Robyn Colman / Lee White
  • Sheila Allison / Pamela Ball

The topics they discuss range from collaboration, freelancing and foreign language skills to mentoring, editing standards and productivity.

The book includes illustrations and a comprehensive index. It was published as part of the Occasional Series on Australian Editors.

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At the Typeface (2005)

An entertaining and witty anthology, gathered from 35 years of the Editors Victoria's newsletter, which offers a revealing look at the professional lives of editors. Here are just some of the topics covered in the first few chapters:

  • The editor's role and qualities desirable in an editor
  • What goes into making an editorial policy
  • Excellence, editors and power
  • What authors expect of editors
  • Fiction editing and what a writer wants from an editor
  • Working with English and Australian editors
  • Editing fiction and the literary scene
  • Australia's literary establishment: does it exist?
  • Surviving as a freelance writer 
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One of the First and One of the Finest

One of the First and One of the Finest: Beatrice Davis, Book Editor is a beautifully produced slim monograph, including photographs selected from Beatrice's personal collection. 

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