Obtaining the appropriate recording equipment and space is probably the easiest part of the process. Writing a podcast script that’s going to engage, inform and keep your audience listening episode after episode is a bigger ask, so here are some tips.
As a sponsor of the Festival since 2010 – we provide the organisers with editing and proofreading services – we’re particularly excited that it will be going ahead as an in-person event this year.
By its nature, an idiom tends to obscure its literal meaning – that’s part of its creative power. But that power also allows some idioms to carry racist undertones into our writing – even if the writer doesn’t intend it and many readers don’t notice. Careful choice of language is critical.
Thanks to overuse, many of 2020’s biggest linguistic hits have already turned stale. Here are some of the worn-out expressions that’ll have our proofreaders reaching for their red pens in 2021.
Season’s greetings, joy to the world and ho ho ho – the festive season is here again! But how much do you know about the stories behind your favourite Christmas words, phrases, songs and stories? Take our quiz to test your Christmas knowledge and get schooled in all things yule.
Looking forward to some downtime over the holiday season? Why not spend it with a good book! Here are our pick of books to lose yourself in this year. The selection includes new works from Zadie Smith and Kate Grenville, a guide to user-friendly design, the horrible history of Hannibal’s romp through ancient Europe and more.
The point of this blog is that pieces of writing should have a point. One that’s so strong and clear that people remember it and can act on it. In fact, we should stop right here. Job done! But a point without an explanation is like dinner without dessert. It just doesn’t quite satisfy.
Want to become a top technology writer? Someone who can explain and persuade in the high-value realms of computing and telecommunications? Or perhaps you’re an editor or content producer who has to decipher and improve tech-related copy. Here are seven tips that will help.
COVID-19 Update: Editor Group remains open for business and fully functional in Australia, Singapore and the United States.
Like many organisations, we’ve been using the Australian Government Style manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edition) since its release 18 years ago – and wishing for an updated digital version for almost as long. So the newly announced online beta is like Christmas come early.
If you live in Asia, you might have noticed that some organisations/organizations aren’t always aware of the differences between British and US English. But does this really matter? If you care about being known for quality and consistency the answer is yes!
Whether you’re trying to craft a piece of thought leadership, a white paper or even a memo, it can be difficult to know where to start. If this sounds familiar, then Barbara Minto’s classic book, The Pyramid Principle, could be just the thing for you.
In the increasingly saturated world of digital marketing, brochures can be a powerful way to tell your story. What’s more, you can use them for almost any campaign, regardless of whether you have a business-to-customer or business-to-business company.
As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded we’ve seen a huge array of thought leadership articles and blogs released. In addition to being valuable for anyone trying to navigate the pandemic, we’ve been reminded of six fundamentals of writing great thought leadership content.
When the internet is the first port of call for the organisations and executives you’re trying to reach, it’s important to rank highly in online search results. This means how you write – and especially your SEO strategy – is critical.
With so many projects on hold, it can be difficult to know what to do with yourself and your team each day. At Editor Group, we’re thinking about how we can help our clients by adapting our services for the new environment – especially our writing training.
Coronavirus is giving us some strange new hobbies. Without the commute to work, dinners with friends or trips away, many of us are finding ourselves with more time on our hands than ever before. And at Editor Group, we’ve fallen down some interesting rabbit holes. One of these is etymology.
Like many Sydneysiders, the Editor Group team counts down the days to the Sydney Writers’ Festival every year. So, we were sad to learn that this year’s festival would be cancelled due to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is hugely disruptive to businesses, but it might mean you have time to finally write or commission that blog post, white paper, website or internal strategy paper that you’ve been meaning to get to.
Podcasts can be entertaining, educational or a force for change. They can drive debate on key issues, give a voice to minorities and affect legal outcomes. For businesses, they can also be an effective way to engage customers, establish credibility and share brand messaging.
We sometimes say proofreaders are born not made, but of course that’s not entirely true. Whether you have a natural inclination to proofread or have developed an interest in it somewhere along the way, here are some practical steps you can take to turn your pedantic passion project into a productive professional pursuit.
The classic media release format is still going strong. And thanks to email and social media, it doesn’t take an expert to get one out. But the low cost of issuing a press release means there’s more competition than ever. Here’s how to write one journalists will want to publish.
Marketing and business communicators at the top of their game know that to tap into an audience’s emotions, there’s no better vehicle than narrative. To learn why, put the kettle on, make yourself comfy and read on.
Ever wondered where Boxing Day gets its name from? Or why people kiss under sprigs of mistletoe? Here are the histories and meanings of 12 words that crop up at Christmas time.
Grab some sunglasses and a hat. The holiday season is almost here and that means one thing – it’s time to lose yourself in a great book. Here are Editor Group’s picks of recent releases that are perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.
Need to brush up on your skills (or to justify your next overseas trip to your boss)? Here’s our pick of coming events for content marketing, communications and writing professionals in Australia, Singapore and
Is your website attracting less business than it used to? Maybe you need a website refresh. Refreshing your website is a great way to boost your company’s image, improve SEO and weed out turn-offs like poor spelling and bad grammar.
We’re delighted to have been reappointed to the NSW Government’s Advertising and Digital Communications Services panel after a rigorous review process. Our success means that we continue to be pre-approved for use by all NSW Government agencies for a variety of editorial services.
Asking for something to be delivered in plain English is another way of saying, ‘in layman’s terms’. Plain English is clear, concise and free of jargon. And it’s easy to comprehend, which is why businesses and governments favour it.
Language is one area you can’t overlook when striving for a diverse and inclusive workplace. It’s a legal (and hopefully moral) requirement in Australia to ensure language isn’t discriminatory, but it also makes good business sense.
Editor Group was proud to be a sponsor of the Sydney Writers’ Festival again this year. Not only did we proofread the Festival program, but we were also enthusiastic attendees! Here are our highlights from Sydney Writers’ Festival 2019 and the festival’s podcast program.
In an era where social media is the main source of online news for more than a third of Australians, tabloid news sites have nailed the art of writing successful headlines. The challenge is how to borrow from tabloid journalism in a way that’s appropriate for your organisation.
Need to explain a complex concept to an expert audience, while subtly promoting your company or a product? A white paper is a useful tool for educating readers about the technical aspects of a new technology, making a business case for a product or demonstrating thought leadership.
Customer marketing is on the rise. Here are our key takeaways from the recent Summit on Customer Engagement, for those responsible for customer reference and customer advocacy programs – or anyone interested in this increasingly important field.
Editor Group is proud to support Sydney Writers’ Festival again in 2019. As part of this support, we edit and proofread the program, and we are also enthusiastic attendees! Here are our pick of events from this year’s program.
Most of us are so fearful of trying out new phrases that we forget about the damage overusing old ones can do. But who wants an uninterested – or, if you’re planning on going on for a while, a potentially unconscious – reader?
Writing, designing and delivering an annual report isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it can come with significant rewards. A job well done will not only earn you kudos from your bosses and the board, but it can also earn you and your organisation a national or international award.
Need to convince a potential client that your product or service is going to solve the problem that’s plaguing their business? You could tell them. Or you could let one of your existing customers do it for you.
An email’s subject line is often the only thing a reader looks at before they decide whether to read it or keep scrolling. Here’s how to write a great email subject line.
If you work in a top-end professional service firm or successful company, you will need to quickly produce high-quality material on complex topics that elite readers won’t tear to bits. The trick to fulfilling the brief is to follow a sound process that gives you a sporting chance of not only succeeding but impressing.
If you’re like us, relaxing with a book is one of life’s great pleasures (the Mimosa is optional). And what better time to do it than the upcoming holiday season? Here is Editor Group’s pick of recent releases to dip into between dips in the pool.
Planning your diary for 2019 or looking for an excuse to visit friends in another city? Here’s a list of what’s coming up next year for marketing, communications, content marketing and writing professionals in Australia, Singapore and the US.
A good index may be the difference between people referring to a report regularly and it gathering dust on the bookshelf. Here’s what you need to know.
Active sentences are, more often than not, shorter, punchier and more engaging than their passive counterparts. Here’s why you should ‘give a damn’ about not letting passive voice lead you into vague and ambiguous territory.
Effective speechwriting is difficult to master. You overturn the box and pick through the polystyrene, only to find there’s no instruction manual. Here are our tips for writing a good speech.
The semicolon is undoubtedly the dark horse of the punctuation family. Some people fear and avoid it, some use it incorrectly and others only know it as one half of a winky emoticon.
Think of a style guide as your map around the world – you wouldn’t go sailing without it. From setting the tone of your organisation to preventing unwittingly offensive language, here’s why you need a corporate style guide.
These days everything seems to be about speed. Learn fast, publish fast, fail fast! Here’s the lowdown on faster ways to punctuate and format in Microsoft Word.
Signing off on the final version of a document without having it proofread is like leaving for work without looking in the mirror: you may gain a bit of extra time as you rush for the train (or the deadline), but could end up walking into a meeting with egg on your face (literally or figuratively).
Nude superstars frolicking on a Cannes beach probably have nothing to do with your working day, but now that we have your attention, here are some tips you may find useful for writing corporate reports.
The humble comma has long been a source of unnecessary confusion for writers. In this article, we’ll show you when to comma and when not to comma by following some simple but effective principles.
Coordinating a tender, proposal or application – or any large document with multiple contributors – is a daunting task. But you can avoid coffee-fuelled all-nighters before the deadline by establishing some good processes early on.
There are two schools of thought on how dictionaries should work. Prescriptivists believe that a dictionary’s purpose is to set the rules; descriptivists believe it should merely record current and common usage. Here’s our take on the subject.
You might have the feeling that things are rapidly spinning out of control in the digital era. But never fear, the same technologies that helped create the problem are being redeployed to help you out.
Our editing team is often asked about their work in client meetings, at parties, during family dinners and in the odd chance discussion in airports. Here are their answers collected in one convenient Q&A.
The humble hyphen might just be a tiny stroke on a page, but it has the power to change the meaning of a sentence depending on its placement. Here’s a primer on when you should (and shouldn’t) hyphenate words.
Good writing often comes down to knowing what to delete. These common words are often overused, misused or unnecessary, which makes them worth watching out for as you write or edit.
Convincing people to take notice of an electronic direct mail (eDM) is increasingly tricky. Yet it remains a convenient and cost-effective way to promote services or products. Here’s how to stand out.
A good proofreader knows where to put the apostrophes. The best ones know that’s only half the job. There’s ‘correct’ and then there’s ‘correct’.
With leading global organisations using technology to improve the quality of their content, artificial intelligence (AI) is the future of writing and editing.
When the pressure is on to prepare a major government tender response, and everyone is expected to perform, having good editing processes in place can help smooth the way.
How familiar does this scenario sound? Last year, a big report had to go out in January. Everything about it was finished late and in a last-minute panic that had people working until all hours, and the end result was, well, underwhelming.
Correct use of quotation marks is a perennial point of confusion, so we’ve created this handy guide to help you settle those nagging questions.
With the average annual report reaching a (somewhat crazy) 204 pages, investors, regulators and citizens are pushing businesses and governments to get to the point. In a word, they want you to declutter!
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