Trust, skill and structural editing


5:45pm, Wednesday 27 April 2016
Ferguson Room, upstairs at the National Library of Australia, Parkes Place

Can an author trust your skills as an editor? Louise Thurtell is joining us from Arena to talk about the technical skill of structural editing as well as the importance of building a trusting and respectful relationship with the author during the editorial process. She says there are incredible benefits (to the author, editor and manuscript) of being positive and encouraging in both the editorial report and in any marginal comments.

Louise Thurtell has worked in publishing for over twenty years, starting out as an editor and moving on to publishing positions at HarperCollins, Transworld, Random House and Allen & Unwin. Louise was awarded the 2005 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, which enabled her to spend time in New York gaining insights into the editorial practices of an array of publishing companies and a leading US literary agency.

Louise is currently the publisher of Arena, a commercial fiction and non-fiction imprint at Allen & Unwin. As well as establishing Arena as a successful imprint, she is proud to have initiated Friday Pitch, enabling any Australian writer to email a synopsis and first chapter of their manuscript to her for consideration on any Friday.

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