Newsletter: March 2019


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

Working on

Daisy: I edited a document about measles in New Zealand at the start of the month, and then I spent a blissfully brain-dead couple of days renumbering the cross-references in one voluminous chapter of a voluminous land-law text (no one ever believes me when I tell them I actually love the occasional job like this! I find it really soothing). I did some work on Mazengarb’s Employment Law, and then I embarked on a copy-edit of a novel set in my old hometown: a thoroughly nostalgic experience. I also saw the book I’d been editing on Australia’s uniform evidence laws through to press.

India: A little bit of editing/critiquing and a lot of writing for me this month. I edited the citations for this year’s New Year’s Honours, cutting them down to be read aloud at the upcoming investiture ceremony. I did two manuscript assessments, one of a short memoir and the other of a fantasy book for 7–10-year-olds. I wrote a book review of Woman Enough by Lissa Carlino. I did some copywriting for online about two Kiwi companies’ workplace health and safety practices. I interviewed (separately) Lynda Topp and Ross Taylor about their favourite places in New Zealand, Staveley and Raglan. I wrote an article about a Wellington social enterprise that employs refugee women to make underwear (and bought some of said underwear while I was at it – the first time I’ve ever stripped to my bra during an interview). I stayed in a fancy hotel in my own city so I could write a review of it. For, I wrote about the women behind twenty-seven names and about Space Place at Carter Observatory’s resident astrobiologist. A travel feature I wrote about Sydney’s Eastern Beaches appeared in the March issue of Kia Ora magazine, as did an article about Laughton Kora and his hometown of Whakatane.


Daisy: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, The New Animals by Pip Adam, Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, Breath by Tim Winton and The Break by Marian Keyes

India: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Woman Enough by Lissa Carlino, We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai, Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth and The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware


Daisy: Eggcorns. The most embarrassing thing an editor can miss. So satisfying to see them and zap them, though.

India: I get genuinely excited by new spelling facts. The month, I was blessed with the revelation that mucus is the noun, while mucous is the adjective (as in “mucous membrane”). I went around telling everyone; no one cared.


Daisy: Making papier-mâché Easter bunnies with my kids. They’re garish, lumpy, a bit lop-sided and completely glorious

India: Trying to escape the grimness of the real world for a bit by reading a lot of fiction (as you can see above) and bingeing Arrested Development


Daisy: my new workout: splittin’, cartin’, stackin’ firewood

India: Benjamin Dreyer’s explanation of what a copy editor does (and how they differ from an “editor editor” or a proofreader), less than a minute into this New York Times podcast

Tip of the month

Ever wondered what freelancer life is really like? We spilled all in our 2017 red pen diaries

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