As a magazine article writer, you hand your child (some people call it a manuscript) over to the care of an editor before it is published.  You often then don’t see your child again until it is leaping off the page at you in a glossy magazine on the shelf in your local newsagents.  Two of my children have just been printed in a magazine and they have quite simply been mauled and disfigured by the editor.

I was so aghast, I took the editor to task and was told the numerous typos and grammatical howlers in my children are ‘house style’.  I’m so appalled I am reticent to even include them in my portfolio, but I learnt a couple of valuable lesson out of it – no-one else takes as much care and attention over my work as I do – and, just because someone calls themselves an editor, doesn’t mean they know how to edit.

So, learned lessons aside, let’s make this into a ‘spot the mistakes competition’ and if any of you can find as many mistakes as I can, you win a case of Yarra Valley wine!!!   Aim for 20, and you’ll still have at least 10 more to find, so go on, off you go…

Country Life article William Guilfoyle

Country Life article Tarrawarra Abbey