Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing

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    Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing PDF/EPUB mentored and trained passionate editors who are today well known agents, editors, and publishersWith humour, insight, and warmth, Munro recounts arguably the most daring, innovative, and well funded period that Australian publishing has ever witnessed Like Other People s Words by Hilary McPhee, Under Cover is essential reading for all those who love books and cherish Australia s unique literary culture."/>
  • Paperback
  • 272
  • Under Cover: Adventures in the Art of Editing
  • Craig Munro
  • English
  • 14 May 2019
  • 1925106756

About the Author: Craig Munro

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  1. Svetlana Sterlin says:

    I bought this book kind of by accident It was set for one of my university subjects, but then once semester started, our unit coordinator told us that actually we didn t have to buy or read it Since I d paid for it, I figured that of course I d read it So, I did I must admit that reading it at the beginning was a bit of a slog, but that s mostly because I wasn t used to the format, style, and content of non fiction books Before this year, I pretty much exclusively read fiction I ve since w I bought this book kind of by accident It was set for one of my university subjects, but then once semester started, our unit coordinator told us that actually we didn t have to buy or read it Since I d paid for it, I figured that of course I d read it So, I did I must admit that reading it at the beginning was a bit of a slog, but that s mostly because I wasn t used to the format, style, and content of non fiction books Before this year, I pretty much exclusively read fiction I ve since widened by borders and really enjoyed doing so, and as I read Under Cover I adapted to the style and was able to speed up my reading pace though I had to put it on hold for a while because I had to read other books for university Eventually I got around to reading this one every day and I felt so connected to Munro and his journey I felt the wistfulness and regret underlying the story and related to many of the things he writes about, being a writer myself However, my feeling upon turning the final page was kind of so, what What am I supposed to feel, learn, or remember Or was it just about going along for the ride After about 200 pages of slow, methodical narration, the last few chapters felt rushed, not as thought through, and almost incomplete All of those feelings of closeness and empathy with the author dissolved and I was left with a lot of questions I m not sure if I should realise what the moral of this story is memoir follows many conventions of fiction, so really we should see an identifiable message or lesson For a memoir, this book lacks creative techniques The whole novel felt to me like an account very neutral, very objective The writing style is very refined, but doesn t jump off the page What I enjoyed most was probably the events of the book rather than the way in which it was written Being a fan of literary fiction, style is very important to me Overall, I like this book, and I connected to elements of it I probably wouldn t recommend it to anyone, but it s interesting and I don t regret reading it.https svetlanasterlin.wixsite.com bhttps www.instagram.com svetlanastehttps www.facebook.com poemsbysvet

  2. Rachel Walker says:

    An interesting memoir of Craig Munro, who commenced his editing career at the University of Queensland Press in the 1970s Munro championed great Australian authors such as Peter Carey, Barbara Hanrahan, Olga Masters and Hugh Lunn This was an important time in Australia, as we started to acknowledge the depth and breath of our own creative and cultural capacity away from the mother country and beyond For me in my teens it was a profoundly influential time, where I was stimulated and challeng An interesting memoir of Craig Munro, who commenced his editing career at the University of Queensland Press in the 1970s Munro championed great Australian authors such as Peter Carey, Barbara Hanrahan, Olga Masters and Hugh Lunn This was an important time in Australia, as we started to acknowledge the depth and breath of our own creative and cultural capacity away from the mother country and beyond For me in my teens it was a profoundly influential time, where I was stimulated and challenged by home grown writers

  3. Cass Moriarty says:

    I m not certain what I was expecting from Craig Munro s non fiction book Under Cover Adventures in the Art of Editing Scribe Publications 2015 somethingbanal and technical perhaps But that is not what I got Munro s work is part memoir part analysis and reminiscences about his decades of working in the publishing and editing industry in Australia, and perhaps most importantly, an account of the relationships he forged with so many authors along the way It is also a history of Univ I m not certain what I was expecting from Craig Munro s non fiction book Under Cover Adventures in the Art of Editing Scribe Publications 2015 somethingbanal and technical perhaps But that is not what I got Munro s work is part memoir part analysis and reminiscences about his decades of working in the publishing and editing industry in Australia, and perhaps most importantly, an account of the relationships he forged with so many authors along the way It is also a history of University of Queensland Press UQP and so was especially interesting to me, as UQP is my publisher Although I did find it strange to read an entire book about UQP without a single mention of Madonna Duffy, who certainly has embodied the spirit of the thriving Press in recent years But this book is a history, and as such it is full of fascinating facts and anecdotes Munro regales us with stories about Peter Carey, Kate Grenville, David Malouf and so many other heavyweights of Australian literature all published by UQP He talks about poetry, fiction, non fiction and memoir He examines the introduction of the now famous David Unaipon Award, which celebrates and champions the writing of an unpublished Aboriginal author Towards the end of the book, he recounts meeting with the new generation of indigenous writers such as Ellen van Neerven and Melissa Lucashenko For anyone interested in the rise of Australian publishing, and the career paths of some of our best known authors, this book is a treasure trove of material And Munro highlights the absolute importance of the author editor publisher relationship When speaking of Barbara Hanrahan, he says at one point Even though Barbara s fiction required precious little editing , our publishing bond was forged from a shared delight in narrative artistry How I love that phrase A shared delight in narrative artistry isn t that what we all strive for in our editorial relationships Another quote that struck me for its perceptiveness was this one, attributed to Olga Masters All my writing is about human behaviour There s not much drama, no great happenings in it No violence It s about the violence that s inside the human heart, I think,than anything else Isn t that a lovely phrase The violenceinthe human heart Craig Munro is an author, researcher and academic himself and so is able to shed an illuminating light on the complex relationships that contribute to the making of a book I learnt a lot about the history of UQP, the chronicle of Australian authors and publishing, and the conflict and co operation that has occurred along the way

  4. Cat Woods says:

    Under Cover is a treasure trove of Australian publishing history, from the first meeting between editor Craig Munro and the advertising copywriter cum author Peter Carey to the establishment of awards and a publishing department for Indigenous authors.Like many both inside and outside the publishing industry, Munro laments the after effect of the GFC, where a tightening of budgets meant less artistic leadership andprofit loss statements.The development of female authors and stories of meet Under Cover is a treasure trove of Australian publishing history, from the first meeting between editor Craig Munro and the advertising copywriter cum author Peter Carey to the establishment of awards and a publishing department for Indigenous authors.Like many both inside and outside the publishing industry, Munro laments the after effect of the GFC, where a tightening of budgets meant less artistic leadership andprofit loss statements.The development of female authors and stories of meeting these idiosyncratic artists and their families in their homes is a beautiful personal insight into Munro s relationships with the authors he worked with The art of editing is very much portrayed as a collaborative approach There are numerous occasions when a translation, commentary or suggestions are stealthily rebuffed by a determined writer Munro acquiesces The spreading of distribution rights and ownership of authors saw Carey s Oscar and Lucinda published with a missing chapter, grammar and spelling errors that took years to rectify The humanity and partnership that exists in a smaller publishing house with close ties to its authors is ultimately the most enticing for readers and authors as far as maintaining an authentic edit of the author s work.If, like me, you cannot claim to have read a wealth of Australian authors, this is like a shopping list of names to explore Elizabeth Jolley, David Malouf and of course, Peter Carey amongst them Highly recommended to those with a passion for the written word and the world of publishing and the arts

  5. Ruth Bonetti says:

    This book kept me engrossed for the couple of days it took to read, putting aside the pile of other books on the bedside table The review has taken longer while I ponder where to start It s all so engaging, in a slightly voyeuristic way, knowing many of the University of Queensland Press editors and writers, albeit not in the stellar company of Peter Carey and David Malouf Rather, I hovered on the fringe, too self effacing to use social interactions to push my own manuscripts There are hila This book kept me engrossed for the couple of days it took to read, putting aside the pile of other books on the bedside table The review has taken longer while I ponder where to start It s all so engaging, in a slightly voyeuristic way, knowing many of the University of Queensland Press editors and writers, albeit not in the stellar company of Peter Carey and David Malouf Rather, I hovered on the fringe, too self effacing to use social interactions to push my own manuscripts There are hilarious behind the scenes stories like a literary awards night bun fight when alcohol fuelled audience at the feet of this writer prophet Morris West had become a heedless and uncivil multitude Waves of muttered protest swept the room like storm gusts, fanned by the windy West Olga Masters took them to task at a premier s awards night I think it was disgusting behaviour A lot of you should be quite ashamed of yourselves

  6. Rhonda says:

    As a relatively new freelance editor, I enjoyed reading about the career of an experienced Australian editor with insights into the Australian publishing industry and the stories behind well known authors and books.As to be expected it is clearly written, with just the right level of detail in the right place I ll be hunting down a few of the books mentioned, and there s a helpful further reading list.Thanks Craig for giving authors and others an idea about what editors do.

  7. Flat Porcupine says:

    A fascinating personal history of Australia s publishing industry in its fledgling to peak years Peer over the author s shoulder as he wanders back through the careers of Peter Carey, Olga Masters and the inimitable Barbara Hanrahan An important record of Australia s literary scene from a quiet, but key, player.

  8. Andrea says:

    A personal account of an Australian editor s career Thanks for sharing it

  9. Lisa says:

    AN interesting behind the scenes journey through Australian publishing see my review at AN interesting behind the scenes journey through Australian publishing see my review at

  10. Justine says:

    Sigh I wish I was Craig Munro.