Posts Tagged ‘Alison Harmer’

Why the world needs editors

June 6, 2011

“This is a bad time to be performing a role that is both invisible and unquantifiable.”

A brilliant article by Mandy Brett on why the world needs editors, even if it doesn’t need books.

Thanks to graphic designer W.H. Chong (aka Culture Mulcher) for posting this.


Reading matters

December 2, 2010

In a recent issue of Poetry Review, Charlotte Newman took issue with a collection of poems for its shallowness, as she saw it:

Simplicity should not be a negative quality in poetry, but the laid-bareness of the thought processes in these poems does not allow the writer or her personae any space to negotiate with the reader. There is no readerly work to be done; which creates an uneasy feeling of being short-changed, particularly when the easily-reached end result yields very little that can be taken away and remembered.

I’m struck by the phrase, “No readerly work to be done,” the sense that the reader finishes what the writer has begun. There’s a balance to be struck here between lucidity and ambiguity.

In response to a report of redundancies among copy-subs at Northcliffe Media, Alison Harmer outlines the valuable work of sub-editors, which hones the newspaper reporter’s rough copy into a text to engage the reader, maintain quality and even reduce the threat of legal action.

You can read Alison’s latest thoughts on the art of the sub here.

Second-time novelist Edward Hogan discusses the role of his editor in shaping the book, which changed the way he approached subsequent work. Hogan is responding to an article by Stephen Guise, concerning editors overlooked for commissioning editor positions, in favour of applicants with sales and marketing experience, but no editing skills.

The work of a good editor does credit to the writer, earning the trust of the reader.


Digital magazine layout needs to turn a page (via Alison Harmer’s blog)

October 8, 2010

Having recently attended a very useful course on publishing skills for the digital age, I was pleased to discover Alison Harmer’s blog, where she illustrates the variable quality of digital page layout. There are links to some fine examples of pages that are fit for purpose, in her blog and in the comments that follow.

The iPad and other tablets are taking a sideways swipe at the way editors and designers approach page layout on digital magazines. Take this publication for the Farnborough Airshow 2010. It uses Flash, so it can’t be played on an iPad yet, but aside from that, it still relies on print techniques to navigate the reader through. Apart from the A380 animation and the filmed intro, its format looks dated and tired – even the word ‘interactive’ is sup … Read More

via Alison Harmer’s blog