November 2014


First, a word from Editors Victoria President Jackey Coyle.

Happy November! After Cup Day, time seems to pass at exponential speed as we rush towards the holiday season madly finishing off jobs, catching up with friends and colleagues, and not only tying up ends but hatching plans.

Our new committee is settling in and there's a buzz of energy I find exhilarating. We'll explore the plans our various portfolios are making for 2015 in the December newsletter. Meanwhile, if you attended our wonderful October dinner meeting you would have soaked up that buzz and seen a smidgen of what's coming from the Events subcommittee.


Creating a Portfolio Publishing Career - Report on October Dinner Meeting

On Wednesday 15 October, we held our latest dinner meeting at CQ Functions. The evening started with mingling and chatting over a glass of champagne or wine. Once everyone was settled at their tables, Editors Victoria President Jackey Coyle opened the event, discussing her plans and hopes for the year ahead.


2015 Freelance Register: Renew or Apply by 28 November

Editors Victoria publishes the Freelance Register - a directory of freelance editors that helps people and organisations find editors with appropriate skills and experience.

The online register is open to full financial members of Editors Victoria - excluding student members and associate members - and is updated every three months. You can apply at any time.


Save the date - Xmas Trivia Night and grammar training in 2015

We'll circulate more details as they are finalised, but here are some upcoming events for your diary:

  • The Christmas Trivia Night, at CQ Functions, Thursday 11 December
  • Introductory Grammar for Editors, with Glenys Osborne, 31 January 2015
  • Intermediate Grammar for Editors, with Glenys Osborne, 14 February 2015
  • Advanced Grammar for Editors, with Glenys Osborne, 28 February 2015

National Editors' Conference - Plan Your Stay


Australia's national conference for editors, indexers, and publishing professionals is on in Canberra from 6 to 9 May 2015. Registration will open soon, and the early bird rate will be available until 31 January 2015.

If you're planning on attending the conference you might like to take advantage of the discounted accommodation on offer at QT Canberra, the conference venue.

Effective Writing: Plain English at Work - Book Review

Tina Mattei reviews the second edition of this guide to clear and meaningful writing, which has excellent advice applicable to a wide variety of writing and editing tasks. Follow the link at the end to buy it on sale now.

Elizabeth Manning Murphy, Distinguished Editor and Honorary Life Member of the Canberra Society of Editors, and Hilary Cadman, Accredited Editor, have collaborated to produce a new edition of a book first published 25 years ago. The aim of the publication has remained the same - to be a 'go-to' guide for writers and editors on the basics of correct expression.


Tell IPEd What's Important to You

IPEd is surveying its members to find out about your work as an editor and what issues are important to you. This information will enable IPEd to plan and develop appropriate and relevant programs and services for editors and to advocate strongly for the profession.

We encourage as many Editors Victoria members as possible to participate in this survey, so that IPEd is well informed about the editing profession and the needs of our members.


Freelance Lunch Tuesday 25 November - Book Now

Our last Freelance Lunch for the year is on Tuesday 25 November. Get out of the office for a great meal and lots of freelance editing chat.


Keep Calm and Carry on Editing: SfEP Conference Report

Ron Thiele was inspired by the lovely people at the SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) conference in the UK in September. They are dealing with many of the issues also facing Editors Victoria. Ron reports back for us.

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) two-day 2014 annual conference was held at the beautiful Royal Holloway, University of London campus, on the outskirts of London and a short walk from Runnymede where, in 1215, King John sealed the Magna Carta.


The Australian Editing Handbook - Book Review

Lu Sexton finds a lot to like in the newly published third edition of The Australian Editing Handbook.

I probably don't need to introduce The Australian Editing Handbook to readers of this newsletter. By all accounts Elizabeth Flann and Beryl Hill's excellent handbook has become an industry standard, and deservedly so.