December 2012

The Last Issue of 2012

As we welcome the start of glorious, magnificent1 summer, we also greet the end of 2012 and with it, we hope, the start of a nice, long holiday (or at least a short one). You will be pleased to know your hardworking newsletter editors are also taking a break, packing a small bag each, and heading off to enjoy some sun and Bastards on the Beach2 (rhyme intended). So, as usual, there will be no January issue. The first issue of 2013 will be in your inboxes in February.


November Dinner Meeting Report: Bookshops: Here Today, Here Tomorrow?

As new digital buzzwords (especially anything beginning with 'e') continue to creep into the language of publishing, the retail landscape for bookselling is ever changing. More and more Australian readers are ordering books online or downloading ebooks - how will the traditional place of bookshops in the community be affected?


IPEd Notes

News from the Institute of Professional Editors Limited
September-October 2012

Australian Standards for Editing Practice, Second Edition
The second edition of the standards is in the final stages of publication design. The societies are considering whether they want printed copies, and how many. The new edition will, of course, be available on the IPEd website.


2013 Writers Victoria Program Launch

On Friday 30 November, Writers Victoria, our companion organisation in Melbourne, held a wildly successful launch of its 2013 program, Craft Your World with Words. Writers Victoria is going from strength to strength, with 3000 members, and it seemed as if most of them were there.


Book Review: Spell It Out

Given the intricate and highly convoluted nature of the history of spelling, one gets the impression that to call an etymological historian a pedant is something of a compliment. Following the trail of spelling variations through English history is a monumental task, even more so if the explorer in question is foolhardy enough to translate this history for the masses. But here, in David Crystal's Spell It Out, is a largely intelligible plain-English resource that is perfect for those willing to spend their reading time verbally enunciating letter sounds as they go. This is something worth avoiding on trains if you don't favour looking like a monkey.


Typos of the Month

Newsletter co-editor Maja Vatric picked up this business card from Camy's recently:


Sounds delicious! We'll see you there, soon.


Dear Ed …

dearedDear Ed

My life as a freelance editor is all feast and famine. I love the feasts but am less keen on the famines. What is the secret to coping with the famines, O Mighty One?

Kylie (No, not that one)