What is this?

Editors of Earth, aka @EdsOfEarth, is a rotation curation account for editorial professionals and students. Our goal is to make editors more visible and human, and to highlight the diversity of where we live and what we do.

A rotation curation (or #rocur) Twitter account is hosted by a different person each week. There are rocur accounts out there for scientists, artists, farmers, and even whole countries.

Who would want to follow something like that?

Other editors, obviously, but also writers, designers, readers, and anyone else who's interested in publishing, communication, editing, and reading.

Can I host @EdsOfEarth?

If you're an editorial professional (whether in-house or freelance) or a student, please fill out the application form!

I work in publishing, but I'm not an editor. Can I still host?

Maybe! If you're a translator, indexer, book designer, self-publishing author, or other editing-adjacent professional, please fill out the application form and let us know what you'd like to talk about.

Who's hosted @EdsOfEarth before? Who's hosting next?

Take a look at the calendar for details.

I'm interested in hosting, but I'm not sure what I'd tweet about.

The goal is to give people a look at who you are and what you do, so each curator has their own approach to the account. Some possible topics:

  • How you got started as an editor (or, if you're a student, what you're studying)
  • Your specialty: plain language? Fiction? Technical editing?
  • Where you work
  • A typical day for you
  • What you like about what you do (and what you don't like)
  • Problems you encounter and how you solve them
  • Things you've learned the hard way
  • Advice for new editors
  • Professional development and training
  • Book suggestions
  • Tools and techniques
  • Advice for working with an editor
  • Live-tweeting events or conferences
  • Being part of an editing association, or helping to run one
  • Polls about editing, language, or favourite beverages
  • Pictures of your desk, bookshelf, or pets
  • Jokes, wordplay, and general goofiness

...in other words, tweet about pretty much anything you can think of. Help show the world the many faces of editing!

Interested? Follow the account for a few weeks to get a feel for it, or fill out the application form now.

How did this thing get started?

Robin Marwick got the idea to make a rocur account for editors, and floated the idea in the Editors' Association of Earth Facebook group (you should join). Many editors egged her on. Mark Allen, who created the original Twitter account, offered it for the purpose. And here we are today!