August 2016


Welcome to the August newsletter, which is packed with activity as usual. We have reports from the regions and the freelancers and there are lots of training courses and dinners to look forward to (including two dinner events this month!) There was less activity, we must admit, in the etymology competition we challenged you with last month. Read on to see our Plan B for awarding free tickets to the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Editor and writer Lucy Treloar is under the spotlight this month. Lucy's debut novel, Salt Creek, is in the running for this year's Miles Franklin Award. Once again, this Q&A was organised by communication subcommittee member Sally Holdsworth, who's doing a terrific job finding a variety of interesting editors to tell us about their work. We'd be happy to take suggestions for future interviewees. Send me through any ideas (or volunteer yourself), especially if you think there are areas of editing we haven't covered well to date.

We have news on renewal of accreditation for AEs who sat the exam in 2011, another book review by regular contributor Louise Zedda-Sampson, and Dear Ed takes a flight of fancy that we'll all be able to relate to.

Enjoy the read!

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

President’s Report

Our new executive committee had its first meeting on Monday 18 July. We had a new face to welcome: Joely Taylor has taken over from Charles Houen as our IPEd councillor and representative on the IPEd board. Thanks, Charles, for your sterling service and welcome, Joely.

Other attendees largely carry on their former roles in the Victorian branch executive committee:

Charles continues in charge of budget.

Kate Cuthbert continues as head of events.

Mary-Jo O’Rourke continues in freelance affairs and takes on the role of vice-president.

Paul Bugeja continues in communication (he was represented at the meeting by Sally Holdsworth from the communication subcommittee).

Ron Thiele continues in training (and also stood in for professional development at the meeting).

Nicole Mathers continues as our administration officer.


Trivia Night and The Working Editor's Toolkit

We have two events this month: a fun trivia night and a professional development opportunity.

Thursday 18 August: Trivia Night  C A N C E L L E D

It's been a busy year with IPEd business, the accreditation exam and various training and workshops. So now it's time to let your hair down and celebrate with an action-packed trivia night.

There will be tables of 10, so form your own team or we'll be happy to do that for you.


July Etymology Challenge: Tickets to Melbourne Writers Festival

It appears we've solved all of our etymological challenges! Either that or many of you have flown north for the winter (we don't blame you – we wouldn't mind doing that ourselves) and forgot to enter our July etymology competition.

So, due to, well, let's be honest, a dearth of entries (there's a great word for you), we have devised another way for you to win the tickets that were up for grabs for the MWF.

In this month's Q&A we hear from editor and writer Lucy Treloar, whose debut novel, Salt Creek, is shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award.

We are offering one Editors Victoria member the opportunity to review Salt Creek for our newsletter. The reviewer will receive two tickets to a session of the MWF (details TBC). Get in early, eds: the early ed gets the review (and the MWF tix!)

If you'd like to receive a review copy of Salt Creek, plus tickets to the MWF, contact us now via our Facebook page or email


Renewal of Accreditation

Attention all accredited editors (AEs) who sat the exam in 2011: it is now time to renew your accreditation. You will need to show that you have been actively involved in the editing profession and that you have undertaken appropriate professional development activities to maintain and extend your editing skills.

There is no exam for renewal of accreditation. All information for your renewal should be provided on a detailed application form. Applications are due by 31 August.

Please visit for details on how to renew. Full details are provided in the Guidelines for renewal of accreditation page.

Contact or if you have any questions.

Gippsland Editors Report

A combination of timing, distance, work commitments, illness and general unexpectedness meant that the recent gathering planned for Gippsland editors did not go ahead.

Having formed strong social and professional relationships over the past year, the group is now considering effective approaches for our future meetings, given our widespread locations and engaging work and life activities. We have all benefited immensely from our connection with each other and look forward to continuing the friendships we have made.

Anyone in the Gippsland area who would like to know more, or to join us, is welcome to contact Caitilin on 0421 545 282 or at


Editors of North-East Victoria (EDNEV) July Meeting

EDNEV enjoyed an alfresco lunch at MannaFest Cafe in Yea on Wednesday 20 July. The establishment has a beautifully maintained, lusciously proportioned vegetable garden, where patrons can soak up any available winter sun – and that’s just what we did! We actually needed our sunnies!

The talk ranged far and wide, probing an interesting array of editing issues: how to maintain your mojo after a particularly challenging edit; the particularities of science editing vis-a-vis style and seriousness of tone; and, amusingly, the vagaries of blog styles. We dwelt on the latter issue in quite a bit of detail, arriving at a consensus on the need to be persistently aware of the audience/reader in any task of writing/editing, but perhaps even more so when one aims to reach a wide readership with material that can become overly technical.  

The next meeting of EDNEV will be on Wednesday 19 October, at MannaFest Cafe, Yea, at 12pm. For further information, ring Ruth Fluhr on 5790 8606.


July Freelance Lunch Report

Despite the cold northerly winds on Wednesday 27 July, 15 editors gathered at the Fitz Cafe in Fitzroy, including people not yet members but thinking of joining. It was a great opportunity to meet new and old friends, and conversation was lively as discussion clusters shifted along the long table. Topics included the challenges of getting consistent workflow, mentoring, the big editing websites that are driving price-cut business models, and working with amateur publishers. Thesis editing was also on the menu for discussion, with people reporting the experience of actually been asked to write the thesis.

The Fitz continues to be a very hospitable venue, capable of handling the needs of a big group, including fluctuations in table requirements, without fuss or imposing on their regular clientele.

Anne Gugger
Freelance subcommittee

The Monthly Q&A: Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in Melbourne, England and Sweden. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program, Lucy is a writer, editor, mentor and creative writing teacher. She has plied her trades both in Australia and in Cambodia, where she lived for several years. Lucy has published a range of short fiction and non-fiction, and her debut novel, Salt Creek, was published by Picador in August 2015. Salt Creek is shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Lucy, you are both writer and editor. How easy is to switch modes or impose work demarcation lines?

I do everything I can to keep the two worlds separate. Even though writing involves editing at some stage, it’s important for me, especially when I’m writing a first draft, to keep my inner editing voice switched off. It can be a paralysing presence in a writer’s mind. I manage this by keeping separate workspaces: an internet-free creative writing studio several miles from home and a home office for my editing business. The type of work divides my day too: writing in the morning and editing in the afternoon.


Book Review: Punctuation..? by User Design

If you are looking for a compact reference book on punctuation, this is it.

The book is 34 pages long and covers 21 different punctuation marks. It’s even compact enough to punch a few holes in and insert into a folder for easy reference.

With a book like this available, there is really no reason why children should leave school without understanding the difference between a possessive and a plural apostrophe, or spend their time at university with the same dilemma.

For those of us who aren’t in school, or who have our commas, colons and semis sorted, it is still a handy reference book to check on the purpose of a comma or a colon. There are always some sentences that test your understanding of a punctuation rule, and for which this book would indeed be handy. It is also a good book to keep in mind for clients who need assistance with punctuation and would like to do some work themselves.

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