November 2016


Last month I experienced a side of editing quite alien to my normal freelance life – working in an office in the city full-time for a couple of weeks. Even though I was in the Pearson/Penguin building near Southern Cross station, I was not working in those offices but up on the 6th floor. It came to me, as I peered in the publishers’ windows, that working in a team of editors would be a different side of editing again. How much fun would that be!


Message from the President

As we roll into November and the end of the year, our portfolios are metamorphosing – some are fading away, to be looked after at national level, and some are streamlining. 

Our committee can now regroup with a stronger sense of direction than when the outcome of the transition vote was uncertain, and we’re brainstorming ideas as we plan our future strategy, with the joint goals of protecting our heritage and delivering better and better member services.


October Dinner Report: Alice Pung and New AEs

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Author and editor Alice Pung (Photo: Nicole Mathers)

A group of over 30 editors came out of winter hibernation to gather at CQ Melbourne on 19 October to be entertained by award-winning author Alice Pung.

Before we heard from Alice, Jackey Coyle, Steph Heriot and Joely Taylor presented four of the newest Accredited Editors with their certificates. It was interesting to hear that Victoria achieved the highest pass rate, with 13 new AEs, of which 11 are Editors Victoria members (and were listed in the last newsletter).

Then, in a change of pace, Kate Cuthbert introduced Alice Pung, author of the Australian bestseller Unpolished Gem and editor of Growing up Asian in Australia.


New Victorian Accredited Editors

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(L-R) Sally McInnes, Annette (AJ) Collins, Kai Jensen and Deryn Mansell received their Accredited Editor certificates at the October dinner meeting. Congratulations! (Photo: Nicole Mathers)

Advanced Dance Steps for the Self-Employed Editor, 15 October 2016: A Training Session Report

On a Melbourne tram heading in to Jackey Coyle’s six-hour advanced training session for self-employed editors, I was feeling I had made a bad mistake. Six hours. On a Saturday. It had been a really intense week.

But by the end of the day, what a different story. The course had been energising, inspiring and relevant. Phenomenally relevant, with enormous amounts of pertinent information, templates and references. This has to be one of the most effective, enjoyable and cheapest courses around. Six hours, all active time, with a master who knows how to share her distilled knowledge of the fundamentals on growing a freelance business. Value for money*, and I can say it is already one of the best professional development sessions I have done.


IPEd Seeks Your Input to Plan Advocacy Activities: Reminder

In mid-October, IPEd emailed members a link to a short survey on their editing activities and business. This survey of members will give IPEd vital data that will inform its activities as it advocates for the profession.

If you haven’t already done the survey, please click on the link below to take part:

The more members that participate, the better informed IPEd will be about the editing profession and the needs of members, so we encourage you to spend the 15 to 20 minutes necessary to complete the questions. You have until 15 November.


Training Update

November sees the last three training events for the year: two PerfectIt courses, one for novices and one for advanced users, with Hilary Cadman, and Lan Wang's From Word to InDesign course.

PerfectIt is an amazingly useful program that picks up countless small errors and inconsistencies. Note that PerfectIt runs on PCs – if you edit on a Mac, you would need to run Windows within the Mac.

Lan's course will show you what happens to your Word document after it goes for typesetting which, as many of us know, may have you tearing your hair out if you get to review the page proofs. To register, just go to the Training page on the IPEd portal.


Your Opinions Sought for New Editing Course

Edith Cowan University in Perth has requested some assistance in developing a new online Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, which will be available in 2018.

They are seeking feedback and suggestions from writing and editing communities around Australia, and invite you to complete this short survey: (The closing date has been extended, so ignore the dates you see when you click the link.)

Many thanks!

Georgina Gregory, on behalf of the Arts and Humanities Dept, ECU
(Georgina is also Secretary, Editors WA)

EDNEV (Editors of North-East Victoria) Freelance Lunch

The skies cleared and the day dawned fair, allowing a small group of EDNEVers to make the most of the outdoor eating area at the Mannafest Cafe in Yea on Wednesday 19 October. Flanked by a very healthy looking vegetable garden, with the sun warming our backs, this meeting definitely had an organic feel to it. Weighty matters were discussed over some very delicious pies, with salad straight from said garden. The issues discussed were: the new arrangements between IPEd and Editors Victoria, the challenges of structural editing and the advantages of being able to arrange one’s working hours to fit one’s life. It was agreed that meeting periodically is definitely beneficial for freelancers, working solo as we do.


Gippsland Eds to Meet at Moo's at Meeniyan

After a brief interlude, the Gippsland editors have synchronised their schedules and will meet at Moo's at Meeniyan on Thursday 10 November. We look forward to sharing news, conversation and a general catch-up of all things editorial and otherwise. If you'd like to join us, please contact Caitilin on 0421 545 282 or email