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The value of editors on the pathway to publication

Jacqueline Blanchard - recording available

The value of editors on the pathway to publication - recorded presentation

Venue: Recorded presentation hosted on Vimeo. A link will be provided in the confirmation email once payment has been made.
Cost: IPEd members & affiliate members (QWC/AUSIT/CIEP/Editors Canada/EFA) AUD10, Non-members AUD15

Bookings close: This recorded presentation will be available to purchase until 31 October 2020.


Professional book editor Jacqueline Blanchard is the Managing Editor at University of Queensland Press (UQP) and IPEd's first 'Rosie' award winner. After studying at RMIT she entered the publishing industry in 2002, working for publishers in both Melbourne and Sydney before joining UQP in 2013. Jacqueline manages the UQP editorial team and edits adult literary fiction and non-fiction, working with many award-winning authors, including David Malouf, Gabrielle Carey, Tony Birch, David Brooks and Matthew Condon. She has been a judge for the QLA Unpublished Manuscript Award categories and the Griffith Review Short Story Competition, and is an alumna of the APA Residential Editorial Program. In 2017 Jacqueline won the inaugural Rosanne Fitzgibbon Award for Editorial Excellence for her work on Matthew Condon's All Fall Down.In 2019 she completed a UNSW AGSM Graduate Certificate in Change Management.

Despite an increase in formal courses offering insights into how the publishing industry works, the role of the book editor still seems to be little understood outside the industry. This is due to the veiled nature of the work, the majority of which largely takes place on the page, with the author and editor as the only witnesses. UQP Managing Editor Jacqueline Blanchard looks at the true value of the editorial process on the road to publication and provides an overview of the many hats an in-house editor wears on the book creation journey, to help explain why publishing houses continue to rely on teams of editors despite the increasing availability of low-cost AI-powered writing assistants that purport to 'go deeper than grammar to offer comprehensive writing feedback'.


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