4 things you need to know about the editing industry

As I said in my last blog, earlier in the year I attended the 2017 Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) biannual conference to learn more about some of the topics currently affecting editing professionals as well as concerns for the future of the industry. While my last blog discussed how technological advances are affecting the

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Opportunities and challenges of technology for editors

I was fortunate enough to attend the first day of the 2017 Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) biannual conference, which was held in Brisbane. Working in the digital marketing field, I chose to go to all of the presentations in the technology stream to learn about how advances in technology are affecting digital publishing and

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Are our interests really determined by our gender?

The way people think about books and make purchasing decisions is based on ‘subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) value judgments on what kind of narratives matter’ (Johnson 2013). Just as our society values men over women, we tend to value male interests over topics considered to be of interest to female readers, such as

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Why children’s literature should deal with ‘gritty’ content

What are ‘appropriate’ topics for children to read about? As cultural gatekeepers, do publishers have a moral obligation to inform and educate children about ‘gritty’ topics via published children’s literature, or a moral obligation to protect their innocence? While notions of what are and what aren’t appropriate topics for children have varied throughout history, in

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Why the publishing industry should move away from gender-based marketing

In the UK, there is a national campaign called Let Books Be Books (part of the Let Toys Be Toys campaign) that seeks to end the marketing of books based on socio-cultural assumptions and stereotypes of gender. Examples of gender-based marketing include books about pirates, trains and adventure being marketed to boys, with ‘pink culture’,

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