Amanda Greenslade is an editor in Brisbane who offers editing services Australia-wide.
Text is all around us and language is constantly evolving. The role of writers and editors is just as important in today’s information age as it was in the past. With the rise of literacy in Australia and other developed nations, people from all walks of life are writing and reading more than ever.
Many people are publishing their words online and in books without having someone trained in grammar and Australian spelling look over them. The result is websites and published works with glaring mistakes and ambiguity. Editing and proofreading is not about being a stickler for perfection, rather it aims to make text more readable and easier to understand to the primary readership.
Editing should be flexible and reflect a strong understanding of (a) the target market and (b) the technical environment of the words. For example, if the words are intended for typesetting in Adobe InDesign, there will be different formatting requirements than if they are intended for a webpage. There are many different kinds of editing and different levels perfectionism so with each job, your editor should strive for the right balance. It may be counterproductive if an editor is too pedantic and drives a writer, designer or publisher up the wall for the sake of a tiny number of unimportant sticking points.
If you have come to this website, you may be looking for an editor (please click here) or you may be a writer or editor yourself looking for some tips on how to write in Australian English.
Launch Amanda Greenslade’s Free Online Australian Style Guide.
This free Australian English writing guide is free to use, as is, on this website, as a reference tool. It does not matter whether you represent an individual, a business or commercial endeavour, a government agency or a non-profit organisation. You are welcome to refer to and utilise this resource, including quoting segments of it and printing it. However, the original source must be cited on all uses as per the following:
(Greenslade, Amanda, The Free Online Australian Style Guide <www.editoraustralia.com>)
If you wish to reproduce, rewrite, modify or rebrand, publish or produce The Free Online Australian Style Guide, you must first obtain the written permission of Amanda Greenslade. Please contact me.
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