May 2013

Introduction

Once again the IPEd National Editors Conference has come and gone, and as usual it was an engaging conference for all who had a chance to attend; we've heard a number of accounts and I am totes jelly I didn't make it to the conference. While I didn't get a chance to go, it sounded fantastic with a number of engaging speakers and discussions that developed from ideas presented. Hopefully the reports that we'll have ahead will be of use to those who didn't have a chance to attend; I've definitely learnt a thing or two from reading over them. 

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April Dinner Meeting Report

Michelle Prawer, the Victorian judge for the CBCA Book of the Year 2011 and 2012 Awards, gave an entertaining talk to Editors Victoria on 17 April, revealing the process behind the selection of the Children's Book Council Awards shortlist.

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IPEd National Editors Conference 2013

In April this year, I was lucky enough to attend the 6th IPEd National Editors Conference, courtesy of Pearson Australia. For two days I stayed at the lovely Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle and got to rub shoulders with other editors from around the country, and listen to a variety of guest speakers from the publishing industry, academia and beyond. The broad theme of the conference was 'editing across borders', and the borders in question were cultural and technological, as well as geographical.

Despite popular opinion, an editor's conference is not all about people in cardigans sipping tea and discussing where to put commas, or whether to spell organisation with a z or an s. Well, not totally, anyway. Here are a few of the 'learnings', or at least interesting opinions, I took away from the conference.

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A Fruitful Discussion: A Response to the Report of the IPEd Review Phase Two Working Party

This is an edited version of a speech made at the IPEd Conference in Fremantle, 12 April 2013.

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The Tyranny of the Copy Editor

Who knew that Dumpster was a trade-marked word, and had to be capitalized at all times, in all manuscripts? Or that blonde with an “e” was the noun, as in — “Look at that stunning blonde.” And that blond without the “e” was an adjective, as in — “His blond hair came from a bottle.” That the actual term was not “out of the box,” but “outside of the box?” Or that confidant was one of the few words in English that had both a masculine (confidant) and feminine form (confidante).

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Etymology

Deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

What an amphigoric load of old cobblers there is in the dictionary!  Some of the malarky, like flapdoodle, codswallop, kybosh and balderdash, have but the terse definition 'nonsense', 'rubbish' or 'idle chatter', with no or doubtful provenance; others, like bunkum, gammon and gibberish, merit more interesting palaver.

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Typo of the Month

Hej då. It Swdish for goodbye, apparently. That's great: we can now bid farewell to any Swdish speakers we meet. But who on earth speaks Swdish?

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Dear Ed …

dearedDear Ed …

What was the take-home message from the Perth IPEd Conference? If you could let all of us stay-at-home eastern-staters know, that would be great (and keep us safe from Jetstar).

Loretta

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