April 2016


Tension is building for dozens of Victorian editors who are considering, or already studying for, the upcoming IPEd accreditation exam. In this newsletter, we have more information on the exam process, registration and key dates.

Another date for your diary is the next IPEd conference, which will be in Brisbane in September 2017. This will be the first conference of the new national organisation; I wonder what it will look like by then. In the meantime, we have an update on the transition process that is already under way.


President’s Report

It’s a warm autumn evening as I write.

We’ve just met for our March executive committee meeting. And a good one it was, too, filled with ideas, with possibilities opening up for the future.

For the last 18 months our time and energy has been consumed by the IPEd transition: wading through lengthy working papers; discussing what the future would hold under a national membership model; pondering what’s in the best interests of our members; and planning how to communicate a complex set of changes elegantly so as many of you as possible could vote with the best information at hand.


April Dinner Meeting: The Business of Editing with Lena Smarrelli

At our dinner meeting on Thursday 14 April, Lena Smarrelli will join us to help us prepare for the end of the financial year.

Lena Smarrelli, owner/director of A Counting House Melbourne, has been providing practical business and tax advice for small business operators and professional freelancers for over 15 years.


Gippsland Editors’ April Gathering

The next gathering of the Gippsland editors will be held on Tuesday 5 April at the Gippy Goat Cafe on Gordon Road in Yarragon. Any editors or visitors to the area are welcome to join us from 12pm for lunch and to say hello to the goats. (The four-legged kind, that is.) For further details, please contact Caitilin at hello@artfulwords.com.au or phone 0421 545 282.

Freelance Lunches

Last month's freelance lunch saw 14 attendees on one long table at the Fitz Cafe in Fitzroy. We talked about thesis editing, how interventionist editors can and should be, the benefits of ageing, and other topics of interest.

Our next lunch, also at the Fitz, will be on Tuesday 24 May. We welcome all Melbourne-based freelancers and visitors from out of town.

Mary-Jo O'Rourke
Freelance Affairs

IPEd Conference 2017: Advancing Our Profession

Save the date: 13–15 September 2017

Join us in Brisbane, from 13 to 15 September 2017, for the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference.

This will be the first conference of our new national organisation and a great opportunity to be part of advancing the profession of editing.

It will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, in the heart of South Bank on the Brisbane River and within walking distance of the city.

The conference website will come soon, and a call for papers will be made later in the year.

Accreditation Exam: More Details

Registration for the accreditation exam to be held on Saturday 25 June, in the new on-screen format, is now open.

The Guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website have been updated and include the registration form, so please read them carefully. They include important information such as tips on preparing for the exam, a suggested reading list, what to bring, the rules of the exam and important dates for cancellation and refunds.


The Monthly Q&A: Julia Carlomagno

Julia Carlomagno is the senior editor at Scribe Publications, where she edits non-fiction and literary fiction. She has worked in publishing for a decade and has an editor’s fondness for a woollen cardigan.

How has your month been?

It’s been an exciting month at my publishing house, Scribe. We’ve seen Peggy Frew’s terrific Hope Farm shortlisted for the Stella Prize, and Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, Tram 83, win the Etisalat Prize for Literature and be longlisted for the Man Booker International. The prose in Tram 83 is infused with the rhythms of jazz, and it’s really something special.


Book Review: ‘Between You & Me’ by Mary Norris

CommaQueen loresMary Norris’s Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen is a surprising book. I’d heard a lot about this text and this author, and it’s been thrilling to see a fellow editor top the bestseller lists and develop a popular public profile. Now, when I’m talking to people about what I do, they often remark, ‘Oh, like that Comma Queen book lady’. (Which is an improvement on, ‘Oh, like Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada’ – although I do wish I had Streep’s wardrobe budget . . . )

Yet, when I actually sit down to read Norris’s book, I find I’m torn between two diametrically opposed reactions.


IPEd Transition Update

Following the vote for the transition of IPEd to a national membership organisation, plans to establish the new structure are well under way. Three subcommittees have been established to manage key aspects of the transition, namely recruitment, policy, and systems and records.

The recruitment subcommittee has worked to develop the role descriptions and skills required for three new part-time positions that were advertised nationally in March.