May 2015


A couple of months ago we shared Ed Highley's concerns about the proposed change to the structure of Australia's national Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and the state and territory societies that make up IPEd.

In this newsletter you'll find a response from Rosemary Noble on behalf of the working party who have been putting much time and effort into the process. She foresees many advantages to the constituent societies from the proposed centralisation of tasks and resources. Have a read - we'll get the chance to vote on this later in the year.

And which of the National Literary Awards is of special interest to editors? Editors Victoria Distinguished Editor Susan Keogh has just won it.


Message from the President

In one of Peter Carey's great story openings, he evokes Melbourne in May - a grey place in a bleak and bitter month.

But it's also the month when the hills glow with the final embers of autumn colour. And it's the season for falling in love - or is that just me?

We'll shortly be heading up to the hills of Canberra for write | edit | index, the 2015 Australian Conference for Editors, Indexers and Publishing Professionals. Apart from a vibrant program of workshops and presentations, our own Nick Hudson will be launching the third edition of his Modern Australian Usage.


Discussing the Author-Editor Relationship at the April Dinner Meeting

On Thursday 16 April Editors Victoria held our second dinner meeting for the year, and what a night it was! Our speakers for the evening were Mandy Brett, a senior editor at Text Publishing, and Jock Serong, an author whose debut novel, Quota, was published by Text in 2014. Mandy and Jock worked closely together on Quota for some years, and their easy relationship was impossible to miss amongst all the laughter and storytelling.

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Editor Mandy Brett and author Jock Serong (Photo credits: Sarah Mokrzycki)


New IPEd Model: Not Group Suicide

IPEd WP4 Response to Ed Highley's Letter

IPEd's Transition Working Party (WP4) is a group formed under the auspices of IPEd Council but its members are long-serving and loyal members of their own societies. Our aim throughout this process has always been, and will continue to be, to consult as widely as possible and make fair and objective recommendations based on feedback from society committees and members. On this basis, we welcome rigorous debate and hope that each society will publish this letter in response to Ed Highley's recent letter, entitled 'Still time for a rethink on IPEd'.

Societies whose members vote to accept transition plans for a direct-membership IPEd will not be committing group suicide.


The Monthly Q&A: Vanessa Lanaway

Vanessa is a freelance editor with 14 years' publishing experience. She specialises in children's and young adult publishing, but also enjoys working on a range of books for both children and adults.

How has your month been?

My month has been delightfully varied - as most of my months are! I've worked on a huge range of edits and proofreads, spanning everything from young adult fiction, primary literacy, middle-grade fiction and kids' craft books to history textbooks, erotic fiction, some primary school workbooks and a particularly fabulous chicklit novel.


Editor Susan Keogh Recognised at National Literary Awards

Packing a hoard of information into a flowing narrative structure, and avoiding repetition while injecting a touch of irony, has won author Prof. Jenny Hocking and editor Susan Keogh the 2014 Barbara Ramsden Award. Their prize was presented at the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards on 10 April.

Susan is a Distinguished Editor and honorary life member of Editors Victoria. She and Jenny received the award for their collaboration on volume two of the biography Gough Whitlam: His Time, published by Miegunyah Press.

Barbara Ramsden award winners

L to R: Susan Keogh, FAW Vice-President Pauline Csuba and Jenny Hocking at the FAW Awards evening (Photo credit: Jim Mynard 0417 567 741)


Mentoring Update: Finding 'The One'

'The one' is out there somewhere.

The mentoring program is receiving rave reviews from participants. One of the reasons is that we do our best to arrange matches made in heaven.

Maybe there's no such thing as a perfect match. However, we have single mentees and mentors waiting for your call.


'Modern Australian Usage' Updated

Nick HudsonThose who knew the first or second editions of Modern Australian Usage (Oxford University Press), by Editors Victoria Honorary Life Member Nick Hudson, may be interested to learn that, after being out of print for nearly 15 years, the book is re-emerging in a revised and updated third edition.


Dear Ed

dearedDear Ed,

Is the imperial system of measurements making a comeback? I see insidious signs of it everywhere.

S. Pook