Re: Children's book & Editors

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Subject: Re: Children's book & Editors
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2004 10:08:01 +1000

Further to the exchange below, in unhappy moods I sometimes think that editors, like real estate agents, are but a necessary evil.   In an article I once wrote for a well-known Australian magazine, I referred to Albert's Lyrebirds' using their mimicry in fixed order to form a song some 40 to 50 seconds long, which may be cycled over and over.  The editor had to gild the lily by adding "like a cracked record".   A record that revolved once every 40 seconds?  

It is  so unlike the repetition of a cracked record, that for over 100 years after the species was described, the repetition remained unnoticed.

But let's be reasonable: editors (and referees of papers and theses) are not doing their job properly unless they require a change of something an author has written, just on principle.   Are they?   :-)



From: Michael Whitehead <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 22:14:19 +1000 (EST)
To: "Whittaker, Mark" <>
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Children's book

Lucky your friend is not writing a Christmas book. The editor might point out that it is quite impossible for one man to visit every child in the world in 24 hours. And flying reindeer? Don't get me started.


"Whittaker, Mark" <> wrote:

A friend of mine is writing a children's book which prominently features
An editor has said to him that he can't have a magpie, laughing kookaburra
and rainbow lorikeet perched on the same verandah as the magpie would chase
the lories off. I didn't think that would be the case, unless it was in
Any thoughts?
Mark Whittaker

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