May 2017


Welcome to the May newsletter for Editors Victoria. This month we have the lowdown, and the stand up, of managing your body while at your desk – Jessica Hoadley reports on our April dinner with guest osteopath Claire Richardson.

Jackey Coyle outlines current committee and IPEd activities in her president’s report, and calls for people to join the committee. We also have the regular IPEd conference update; for those who haven’t yet booked, earlybird registration is still open.

We meet some of the coordinators who link mentors and mentees in the IPED National Mentoring Program – often these relationships cross state borders. Paul Bugeja sets us straight on Comic Sans, as shared on social media, and we spot a typo on a big sign at the recent garden show in Melbourne. Our etymology subject, courtesy of Sally Holdsworth, is a word that would surprise most of us, but the World Wide Web snippet shares some high-profile typos (to make us all feel a bit better when it happens to us).


Report from the President

The beginning of May marks 18 weeks into 2017 – double that number and we’ll be packing for Queensland! And it’s the first national conference where we’ll be gathering as a group of branches. While we’re talking numbers, you have up to two months to register and save with the earlybird special. The good thing is that, if you’re having a quiet year now, you can pay after 30 June and claim the deduction in the 2017–18 financial year. And remember, we provide some subsidies for our earlybird registrants to attend. Keep an eye on your email inbox for details later in the month.

We’re thrilled to announce our new IPEd councillor, Renée Otmar. Renée is a Distinguished Editor, having joined the Society of Editors (Vic.) in 1992, and she was instrumental in establishing CASE (now IPEd) in 1998. Renée was involved in developing the accreditation scheme and exam, and has continued her involvement in the biennial exam process. Renée also served on the Editors Victoria committee in various roles for 14 years, including three terms as president. Renée will bring her deep knowledge of the heritage of both Editors Victoria and IPEd to the board – as well as her history as one of the founders of CASE. We’re also chuffed that Mary-Jo O’Rourke will continue as alternate councillor, after stepping up to the position for the past few months.


Our Bodies, Ourselves: Workplace Ergonomics with Osteopath Claire Richardson


Claire Richardson demonstrating a stretch. Photo: Sophie Dougall

As I sit here, I check my feet are flat on the floor, my elbows are at a right angle (oops, not quite, pull my chair in a bit closer) and my neck is not jutting forward towards the screen.

At the 6 April Editors Victoria dinner meeting, we learnt these alignment tips alongside many others to help us keep our ‘desk-bound’ bodies pain-free.

Claire immediately dispelled the hype about sitting being the new smoking – they are not comparable. Sure, sitting in the same position for long periods is problematic, but smoking is never a good thing!


Upcoming Meetings

Freelance Lunch

Tuesday 30 May
The Fitz Cafe, 347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Bookings will open soon

Live FAQ

Grammar, punctuation, syntax: these are all problems editors deal with on a daily basis. But what about the trickier, stickier issues: resistant clients, unpaid invoices, unspecified briefs, special snowflake authors? The situations that just don't turn up in the Style Manual. Welcome to the Editorial Brainstrust, where not only will we invite highly qualified, highly experienced editors to answer any question, but we'll also open it up to your fellow editors, and come together with suggestions and solutions to empower our members. 

Wednesday 14 June
6pm (for 6.30pm); dinner to be served at 6:45pm
Members (and affiliate members) $32, non-members $40
CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne
Register at the MEMNET portal 
Bookings close Friday 9 June


Editors Victoria Training Courses

Proofreading: Introductory
with Susan Keogh
Saturday 13 May
Centre for Adult Education (CAE), 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Regular fee (bookings close 12 noon Monday 8 May): $225 (members and affiliates) $337.50 (non-members)
More info and register at the MEMNET portal


IPEd Conference Update

Advancing Our Profession Logo Horizontal 2Hold onto your pencils, people. The full program of the eighth national editing conference is almost here.

This year’s IPEd Conference will be held in Brisbane, 13–15 September.

The program will be launched in early May, packed with plenty of plenaries, superb sessions and an abundance of abstracts. It includes five workshops catering to editors at all stages of their careers.


Get Social

Who would have thought a post about, breathe in ... Comic Sans ... would do so well?

Guess what – it's our social media post of the month!


IPEd National Mentoring Program: Introducing the Coordinators

Who Are We?

We thought you might like to know what the current mentoring coordinators around Australia look like, with a bit of an update on each of them. A lot of our mentorships are interstate matches, which means that two coordinators are involved. It’s nice to have an idea of the person at the other end of the coordination. So, for this issue, we feature two of our state coordinators: Adele Walker in South Australia and Shannon Kelly in New South Wales. If you are looking for a mentor, or wanting to give a bit of time to mentoring someone in an aspect of editing (or anything related), and you live in either of those states, contact Adele or Shannon direct.


World Wide Web: Check your Harry Potters

HarryPotterWe’ve all lamented typos we’ve missed (and I’ve recently read two new books containing instances of characters being called by the wrong name) but, happily, most typos reside in obscurity. Not so if they’re in a first edition of a notable or popular book, as in these examples:

There, doesn’t that make you feel better?

Unfortunately, my HP (above) is not a first edition and doesn't have the typo.

Etymology: Endew

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

Maybe it’s a marker for how language changes; maybe I’m not as word savvy as I like to think! But when I saw the word endew recently, I automatically reached for the Macquarie.

Wait, no I didn’t. First I tut-tutted about the skills of the proofreader in letting this obvious slip-up through. Then, just before I sat back smugly, I reached for the Macquarie.