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'The author-editor relationship is little understood outside the publishing industry and often mischaracterised by those within it. Commentators agree that this relationship is difficult to define and complicated, with the distribution of power ebbing and flowing in response to a variety of pressures (Speck 304; Houghton np; Ginna 1-13). Adding to the mystique, the editor's role in book production is opaque. Editors have been seen as either minor players—an optional extra—at one end of the spectrum, or as gatekeepers to publication at the other. This article posits that this is due, in large part, to the relationship's historic shrouding in secrecy. However, changes in the profession, and publishing broadly, must be accompanied by a mature dialogue. From the origins of editing as a trade with an apprenticeship system and little formalised instruction, many practitioners now have graduate qualifications and participate in national professional associations which set industry standards and support their members. An increased awareness of the editor's role and the attributes of a strong author-editor relationship will improve book production, serving authors, editors and readers.' (Introduction) 

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    y separately published work icon Westerly vol. 65 no. 1 July 2020 19787647 2020 periodical issue

    'With writing and ideas from Felicity Plunkett, Nardi Simpson, Nicholas Jose, Tracy Ryan, Kevin Brophy, and many more.

    'Westerly 65.1 includes writing in support of victims of Australia’s 2020 bushfire disaster, and the latest group of emerging talent to pass through our Writers’ Development Program' (Publication abstract)

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