September 2012

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here, and boy, didn't it let us know! Arriving bang in sync with the calendar on 1 September, it saw Victorians shading their eyes as they looked up at the sky, wondering what all that blue stuff was, and why it was so warm and bright.

And then the winds started. Typical Melbourne.

But spring is all about re-birth, re-growth and the new. And so it's my pleasure to introduce to you the new Editors Victoria committee!


Introducing the New President

We thought you might like to get to know our new president a little better, so we put a few questions to her.

First and foremost, Trischa, welcome to the committee.

Thank you! It's really welcome back, as I did a stint on the committee about a decade ago. I was an early webmaster in the days when it was very primitive - nothing like the gorgeous site Ali Lemer is currently running for us now. But still good fun to do.


Ten Reasons to Get Accredited

Since 2008 the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has accredited more than 200 editors. They have been assessed as competent against the Australian Standards for Editing Practice. When these accredited editors talk about the benefits of accreditation, these are some of the things they mention.


IPEd Notes

News from the Institute of Professional Editors Limited
July-August 2012

The IPEd Council met twice during the period covered by these notes, on 1 July and 5 August. Both meetings were by teleconference.


Book Review

Text Editing: A Handbook for Students and Practitioners
by Kris Van de Poel, W A M Carstens and John Linnegar
University Press Antwerp; 624 pp.

Every editor, whether practitioner, teacher or student, will find this book a treasury of useful information. It not only provides a detailed guide for everyday editing but also locates the practice in a scholarly context.  


Typos & Funnies of the Month



Style Counsel

The dice is cast

Dice (noun). The small cubes with six faces bearing one to six dots, commonly used in games of chance. The use of dice as singular strikes one's ear as incorrect (mine, at least), but this usage has been common since the 14th century. Die seems to be the preferred singular in US English, whereas speakers of Australian and British English choose to use it as both singular and plural, with many an edited text using dice as singular. Editors of primary school books in particular choose the singular dice so as not to confuse the kids.


Dear Ed …

Dear Ed

I'm a writer for the online journal Rip Me Off! Your sense of humour and lightness of touch appeals to me. You're obviously skilful, talented and knowledgeable. I'm looking for someone with your skillset to localise Australian text for the US edition of Rip Me Off! The articles are 300-500 words in length and we pay $US5 per article. There are further conditions on the website. Please let me know if you're interested.