July 2016


In this IPEd Victorian Branch newsletter, Jackey welcomes the new IPEd Executive and Finance Officers in her president’s column and we include a run-down on what IPEd membership means for us. Jackey is also the subject of our Q&A this month – I love how so many editors have really interesting backstories; Jackey is no exception.

We have exciting news about our new relationship with the Melbourne Writers Festival, which begins on 26 August. This relationship allows us to offer some free tickets to members. Your first opportunity comes with a challenge: write a great etymology piece for the next newsletter. Details in the left-hand column of the newsletter (or here online).


President’s Report

The new financial year is here and we are finally, after so many years of preparation, a branch of IPEd. Thanks to those past presidents and committee members who put in countless hours to make it happen over the past months and years.

I would like to welcome Karen Lee as the national Executive Officer. I’m looking forward to having a passionate, committed head of the new organisation who can work in the best interests of all the states to form a unified, national voice.

And congratulations to Charles Houen, who has accepted the position as inaugural IPEd Finance Officer. Charles is to be credited for keeping Editors Victoria in great financial shape over the years and, now that we're sharing him, we can be sure the funds of our new national body will be in the best of hands.


June Dinner Report: News Media

Panel at the June dinner meeting

Left to right: Kate Cuthbert, Veronica Sullivan, Izzy Roberts-Orr, Erik Jensen, Brigid Delaney. Photo: Nicole Mathers

Over 60 members and friends got together at CQ Events on 15 June for our dinner meeting to discuss news media. We were treated to a fabulous panel of Veronica Sullivan (formerly of Kill Your Darlings), Izzy Roberts-Orr (The ReReaders), Erik Jensen (The Saturday Paper) and Brigid Delaney (The Guardian Australia), expertly moderated by Kate Cuthbert.

A lively and robust discussion ensued, covering topics from news audiences, advertising and how to create authority and informed voices to the topical issue of paying for content.


Sponsoring the Melbourne Writers Festival

We're excited to announce that Editors Victoria has become a sponsor of the Industry Insights program, aimed at writers who want to take their writing career to the next level, at the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival, 26 August to 4 September. 

This embeds us as an expert voice in the writing community of the world’s second City of Literature and enables us to broaden our reach across the reading and writing community.

We are aligned with a masterclass called Editing hosted by John Freeman. This will be a three-hour masterclass, hosted at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 27 August 2016.


Etymology Competition: Win Writers Festival Tix

Something different this month: we’re running an etymology competition. You could win tickets to the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF), thanks to our sponsorship of the MWF for 2016.

The prize: Two tickets to a session at the 2016 MWF (details TBC). 

To enter: Send us an etymology piece of up to 200 words, exploring the origins of unusual or everyday words. Make it entertaining and keep in mind that we like etymology pieces with a story, not just a dictionary explanation.


The Monthly Editor Q&A: Jackey Coyle

Jackey Coyle’s business, Wordy-Gurdy, offers project management, substantive editing or rewriting, proofreading, research and writing for short stories, books, ebooks, magazines, newsletters, theses and websites. Jackey has broad expertise in business, roots music and travel, with interests in arts, science, lifestyle and health. She’s been writing and editing since 1992. [And has been Editors Victoria President for the last couple of years, Ed.]

How has your month been?

June is always full on, what with tidying up tax for the end of the year and getting my purchases, subscriptions and memberships in!

The first three weeks also has the insanity of quarterly magazine production, as we put Issue 13 of Inside Small Business to bed around mid-month. It’s a 0.4 contract, so I weight my hours towards the end of the quarter – it becomes more like 0.6 or 0.8 at production time as the hours evaporate with the minutiae (it’s hard to believe just how many details there are).


Book Review: The Lexicographer’s Dilemma by Jack Lynch

This book isn’t new but is still widely available. Susan Pierotti found a copy recently and liked what she read.

We all know what a dictionary is, don’t we? We go to it when we want to find out how to spell something, or to find that precise meaning for a particular word, or (in my sister’s case) how to get rid of a ‘z’ and an ‘x’ in Scrabble in order to score 400 points.

The utilitarian dictionary has had a curious life over the course of its roughly five hundred years of existence. Jack Lynch is a Professor of English at Rutgers University in the United States. His area of expertise is eighteenth-century literature with specific research on Samuel Johnson, and thus he is well qualified to lead us through the murky tale of the quest for that elusive beast – ‘proper’ English.



IPEd from 1 July 2016 – What You Can Expect

This information was in the notes circulated mid-June. In case you didn’t read that email, here’s what you can expect now that we are a branch of IPEd.

From 1 July 2016, the members of the societies of editors that supported the IPEd transition will become members of IPEd and their membership records transferred to IPEd.

The new IPEd membership system, MEMNET, will have an online member portal on the IPEd website that members will be able to use to:

review and update personal records

renew and pay subscriptions

book and pay for events

subscribe to the Editors Directory (ED), if eligible, and enter and maintain directory entry

access members-only information.


IPEd Conference 2017: Advancing Our Profession

Save the date: 13–15 September

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.

Watch for the call for papers coming soon. Want to submit? Think along the lines of advancing our profession through technology, professional development and building alliances.


Seminars on Australian Copyright

Melbourne Seminars

The Australian Copyright Council will be presenting its annual seminar series, Making Copyright Work for You, in Melbourne 15–17 August.