John Eerkes-Medrano of Victoria, Canada, spent his career as an editor and his final few days among fellow editors at the Editing Goes Global conference in Toronto. He died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack on June 15, the day after the conference, still in Toronto.
Eerkes-Madrano, 64, edited a long list of successful books, mostly narrative nonfiction. He was a former vice president of the Editors Association of Canada and a two-time winner of the EAC’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.
“Who has the model for the 21st century so the news industry can survive?” the Lodi News-Sentinel publisher said in an interview with a regional business news website. “The truth is there isn’t a working business model. It’s broken.”
Editors of English throughout the world will gather in three weeks in Toronto for Editing Goes Global, a national conference with the most international flavor yet. Hundreds attendees are expected, and at least 10 countries are represented: Canada, the United States, Great Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Morocco, Cambodia, and Ghana.
William Zinsser, who died on Tuesday at 92, believed that writing should be simple and direct and that it should reflect the enthusiasm of the writer. His treatise, On Writing Well, influenced a generation of writers, and Zinsser continued to share his wisdom throughout his life.
This week editors are talking about the release of the latest version of PerfectIt. That is a Word add-in that helps automate the process of ensuring consistency in a manuscript. The new version gives users a lot more control over what it checks for in manuscripts, and adds a host of often-requested tests:
Part of the debate around our reactions to the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent protesting and rioting in Baltimore is the language used. Are the rioters thugs? Are the protestors rioting? Are the rioters actually protesting or just destroying things?