Newsletter: January 2019


Here’s what we’ve been up to in January …

Working on

Daisy: In January, I began editing a book on Australia’s uniform evidence laws. I edited the bulk of the thesis on the airline industry I’d begun work on late last year, and I raced through a little document on providing medication support for home and community care workers. I edited a guide for water suppliers on preparing water safety plans, and began to take a look at a self-published YA novel that catapults New Zealand teenagers into a superhero universe.

India: This month, I proofread a collection of non-fiction writing and a camping cookbook, both for a boutique publisher based in Auckland, and I edited a patient information booklet for a DHB. I wrote two blog posts for Five reasons to go to Gindulgence and Good beer for a good cause. Articles about iD Dunedin Fashion Week and Eliza McCartney that I wrote last year appeared in the January issue of Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora magazine. It was a busy month for book reviews: I reviewed three books for an insurance company’s membership magazine, I reviewed Unfettered and Alive by Anne Summers for NZ Booklovers, and two of my book reviews appeared in the Dominion Post.


Daisy: Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford and A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick

India: The Lost Man by Jane Harper, My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen, Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin, Unfettered and Alive by Anne Summers and Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs


Daisy: the fact that language widely acknowledged as sexist still creeps into texts being published in 2019: all hail seafarers, chairpeople (chairs, even), fire fighters and nurses!

India: how to write a good book review without falling prey to the many cliches of book reviewing (such as the overused words listed in this New York Times piece – “muse” is my downfall)


Daisy: playing in the Hungarian snow with my kids, in between looking at pictures on social media of the heatwave in New Zealand

India: seeing the world in miraculous HD after finally forking out for some glasses


Daisy: a slow start to the month; lots of time for homemade chai, stories by the fireside and cuddles with my littles 

India:  The Favourite – go see it on the big screen immediately, right this moment, stop what you’re doing, I mean it

Tip of the month

In the age of Grammarly, human editors are far from redundant! Here’s proof.