Author: Mary-Ann Came AE

Mary-Ann is a writer and editor based in Adelaide, Australia

Aussie Talk – an author interview

This wonderful lighthearted book is a collection of some of the best known and most used Australian ‘Slang-uage’ – sayings, slang and idiom the Aussie way. This book is the duck’s nuts for those writing and editing for an Australian audience who may not be Australian born or have lived in Australia long enough to […]

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The Post and Personal History – Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham’s book Personal History is a memoir of her life growing up with wealth and privilege, marrying young and becoming the first female newspaper publisher in the United States, when she was made president of The Washington Post Company. In the book Graham describes her early life, including moving to Washington with her parents […]

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Know your Onions – A Light-Hearted Look at Popular Idioms and Sayings

I picked up this book late on a Friday afternoon and couldn’t put it down. While not strictly an editor’s resource, it could be useful to fiction authors and feature writers and even if you don’t use it for professional reasons, it’s a great weekend read. Businessman Allan Goodbrand has written Know your Onions: A Light-Hearted Look […]

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Writing and editing in plain English

As an editor of government and corporate information, I am regularly required to edit material which has been written with little thought for the reader or the end-user. Often littered with industry jargon, legalese and acronyms, applying the principles of plain English to the material serves to make the information meaningful and easy to read […]

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The Web Content Strategist’s Bible

From print editor to content strategist Having spent most of my life writing and editing for print, the move to editing online content was a gradual one and my skills seemed to transfer seamlessly. However, when I landed a contract as a content editor for a 45 000 page intranet replacement project at a significant […]

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Between you and me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Don’t expect this book to be your quick and handy, go-to reference guide! While it includes sections on grammar, the peculiarities of English spelling, the use of the comma and other useful elements it is really an autobiography of the author’s 35-year career at The New Yorker. Between You & Me by Mary Norris is […]

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