ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

One of the best aspects of the Best Australian Blogs competition run annually by the Sydney Writers’ Centre is that it showcases a wonderful variety of blogs.  For me, the best discovery that I made this year was Katy McDevitt’s PublishEd Adelaide, a blog that specialises in the art of editing.   Because, while I’m sure that the expertise that Katy generously shares on her blog is valued by editors and authors alike, for me as a reader, it demystifies aspects of books and writing that I have never understood.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Katy took up my tentative suggestion about writing a post about the gentle art of what my mother used to call ‘pruning’.  ‘Get rid of all that padding!’ she used to say (brutally) to my father who wrote erudite articles for science journals..  They’re still happily married, but I bet many relationships have been strained when authors and editors…

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