December 2014


In our final newsletter for the year, we are looking forward to the Christmas Trivia Dinner meeting, getting stuck into more grammar courses in the New Year, considering a mentoring role and receiving our usual sage advice from Micro Mentor and Dear Ed.

But I'm most excited about our new, and already popular, avenue of communication - Secret Editor's Business. Lorna Hendry's article explains how you can join in the conversation. It's a great way to keep in touch with other Australian editors - for support, advice, networking, jobs and friendship - and I'm already convinced it will be yet another great benefit of being a member of Editors Victoria.

All the best for the Christmas break and the New Year.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

President's Report

As the year 2014 is drawing to a close it seems like we pedal madly up a hill of to-dos - jobs to finish and plans to place, things to do and presents to buy, people to see and others to remember. Among all this, I hope you're finding some space for a breather.

Here at Editors Victoria, the months since the AGM have been full and exciting, with committee members settling into their portfolios and new faces helping with training and the newsletter.


Freelance Register 2015 Listing - Reminder

The Freelance Register is now online only and is updated every three months. Listing is available to full members of Editors Victoria.

Current entries expire on 31 December 2014 and the new Register will go online on 1 January 2015.

Submit your application for inclusion in the 2015 Register if you want to be listed after this month. The deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Friday 5 December 2014.

For further details, contact Mary-Jo, the Freelance Affairs Officer, at

2014 Christmas Dinner Meeting - book now

Can you believe 2014 is almost over? And with the festive season underway, it's time for the traditional Editors Victoria Christmas dinner meeting and trivia challenge.

Date: Thursday 11 December 2014
Time: 6:30 (for 7:00) pm
Place: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne

Bookings close Sunday 7 December 2014.


Secret Editors' Business

As an ex-newsletter editor, I know that your favourite part of this newsletter is Dear Ed. I love Dear Ed too. (Yes, it is a real person and no, I'm not going to tell you who.)

But where can you turn if you have a question or concern about a job or a client that you need some feedback on NOW? Or if you just want to blow off some steam to people who really get it?


National Mentoring Program

Looking into the 'crystal ball': In the transition from individual societies to a single entity (the Institute of Professional Editors Limited [IPEd]) with branches, one function stands out as not requiring much change - our national mentoring program.


Freelance Lunch at The Fitz

Freelance compilation

Last week's freelance lunch was a pleasant, successful gathering of 22 freelancers, some attending for the first time. The Fitz Café is always a welcoming venue with delicious food, wine and coffee. Plenty of networking and socialising took place and I hope that all attendees found the lunch both enjoyable and useful.

The next freelance lunch will be held in mid-February - I'll let you know details closer to the date.

Mary-Jo O'Rourke AE
Freelance Affairs Officer 

Accredited Editors - Link to Your Website from IPEd

If you are an accredited editor, IPEd offers you the opportunity to have your name listed on the Accredited editors page of their website.

As an additional service, and for no charge, IPEd is happy to hyperlink your name to your website, email address, LinkedIn profile or listing on a freelance register or editorial service directory.


Micro Mentor

Dear MM,

My current job involves a lot of editing, although I am not an editor as such. I'd like to move into a full-time editing role, but I don't know how to go about it. What do you suggest?

C Change



deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

This month Alison Strumberger is inspired by David Foster Wallace: