Sydney co-editor Zoe Norton Lodge reveals what makes editing Going Down Swinging so special: arguing.
It has been a seriously excellent experience to join the editing team of GDS. In the past I have dabbled in editing, including a brief period of ‘Americanizing’ Australian cookbooks – and I can say, unequivocally, that this has been far more interesting.
I studied editing at uni, but I have largely spend the last five or so years writing instead. So I approach editing from that perspective, and I’m constantly thrilled by the different approaches other writers have (and constantly thinking, Damn, why didn’t I ever think of that?).
I have always really loved picking up a new edition of GDS, warm from the oven, and having a go on the editing committee has taught me a little bit about what makes it so special. Arguing.
Every piece in the edition has been fought for, fiercely. I love arguing, so it’s been nice to have a socially acceptable place to yell.
I would say the most interesting and challenging part of the process for me has been learning how to edit poetry. It’s been fantastic to work (and argue) with Geoff about what various delicate little phrases mean.
As an interstate editor, I do miss out on a bit of face to face fisty-cuffs, but we manage to do a lot of Skyping so we can at least look at each other while we scream.
What I love most about GDS is that anything goes. Or rather: anything excellent goes. I’m so proud to be part of a team with that goal, and I feel like we’ve nailed it with this edition.