July 2017


Welcome to the July newsletter for Editors Victoria. We have lots of editing business this month: call-outs for committee members ahead of our August AGM; a comprehensive report on our ‘Business of Editing’ June dinner Q&A; the experience of running a ‘Writing for Business’ workshop; an upcoming ‘All About Editors’ panel held in conjunction with Writers Victoria; and an update on the workshops at the conference.

Renée Otmar shares her month and her ideas on the editing profession, we review Susan Pierotti’s new book on the editing and publishing process, Manuscript to Market, and the Gippsland editors are meeting again. Plus we have our regular new members, typo, etymology, links, training, meeting and social media action.

And for Melbourne freelancers, and those who make the trip from farther away, we’re exploring a new format for the next freelance lunch. You can enjoy cake or wine or (why not!) both – check out the new venue and time.

So much for you here! Enjoy your read.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter editor

Report from the President

Happy new year! I hope you are embarking on the 2018 financial year fresh and invigorated.

Having just returned from a few days up north in Victoria’s lovely high country gourmet region, I’m wondering why we don’t get out more. Although Melbourne is always hard to leave, with its myriad attractions, just a few hours away the autumn leaves are still splashing colour across the landscape and the bright sun melts the glistening night frosts away – such beauty and so many treats for the body and soul!

Our 2019 national IPEd conference subcommittee is already working on some exciting ideas for our hosting of this event. Have you registered for September’s Brisbane outing?


The Business of Editing Q&A: June Dinner Report

Our June dinner meeting was a Q&A on the business of editing with two experienced editors. Peter Riches (Red Pony Communications) and Jackey Coyle (Wordy-Gurdy Publishing; President, Editors Victoria) gave us unfettered access to their knowledge and experience by answering a range of questions.

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Jackey Coyle and Peter Riches. Photo: Sophie Dougall

The Q&A session allowed for the audience to ask questions of the panel. Peter and Jackey both acknowledged that they were experts speaking to a room of experts, and encouraged people to jump in with answers or suggestions of their own to any questions. It was a lively and educational evening.

Natasha Saltmarsh faithfully reproduces the questions and answers for those who weren’t able to make it, or as a reminder for those who were there. Answers have been edited for concision and clarity.


Freelance Get-together Wednesday 26 July: New Venue and Time!

3pm to 5pm, Sun Moth Canteen & Bar, 28 Niagara Lane, Melbourne (between Lonsdale and Little Bourke Streets, and Queen and Elizabeth Streets)

This month it is coffee and cake in the CBD at a new venue and an afternoon time, to alternate with the freelance lunches in Fitzroy. This venue serves lunch until 3.30pm and also serves alcohol. Come to socialise and network with other freelancers. New attendees warmly welcomed.

Register at the MEMNET portal by 5pm Monday 24 July.

‘All About Editors’ at Writers Victoria

A fabulous panel of editors will appear at Writers Victoria on 8 August, an event held in conjunction with Editors Victoria. It’s aimed at informing writers what an editor can do for them to polish their work and improve its chances of publication. On the panel will be:

  • Kirstie Innes, Managing Editor for Black Inc. Books
  • Susan Pierotti, Principal at Creative Text Solutions
  • Kate Cuthbert, Managing Editor for Escape Publishing.

Tuesday 8 August, 6.30–7.30pm
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
More info at https://writersvictoria.org.au/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=289.

Tips and Tricks: Holding a ‘Writing for Business’ Workshop

Editors Victoria members Dianne Wadsworth and Julie Cantrill share their experience of running a training workshop.

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On 31 May 2017, Julie Cantrill and I, Dianne Wadsworth, conducted our very first workshop,' Writing for Business', in Frankston. We limited the number of attendees to approximately 10 so that everyone could feel part of, and contribute to, the workshop. The subjects covered were:

  • refreshing your writing skills
    • sentence structure
    • punctuation
    • writing techniques
  • confusing words
  • how to write a business blog (with an example for attendees to create and take away)
  • tools of the editing and proofreading trade.


Book Review: ‘From Manuscript to Market’

Gina Denholm reviews Editor Victoria member Susan Pierotti’s recently published book Manuscript to Market: The Lifecycle of Getting Your Book into Print.

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For many would-be authors, the end-to-end publishing process is a confounding one. How does a mess of ideas morph into a compelling written manuscript? And how does that hard-won prose shed its clunky, word-processed skin to emerge as a beguiling book? The growth of self-publishing has made getting into print easier than ever, but writers can be paralysed by choice: Should I do my own cover design? At what point do I bring Aunt Mary in to proofread? And do I really need an editor?

Into the confusion steps Susan Pierotti with Manuscript to Market, a guide that promises to unpack the writing and publishing processes in simple steps for anyone who wants to get into print. The target reader is the self-publishing author – while traditional publishing remains part of the discussion throughout, for most readers the reality will be assisted or DIY self-publishing, and these are the processes in most need of explanation.


Editing Workshops Available at the IPEd Conference

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Whatever your editing interest, there’s a workshop to suit at the IPEd national conference in Brisbane.

Workshops will be held on Wednesday 13 September at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre at Southbank. Earlybird workshop rates apply until 13 July.

The workshop schedule includes Dr Lisa Lines’s class on how to use IPEd’s Guidelines for Editing Research Theses in a changing tertiary environment, including identifying the line between copyediting and rewriting a thesis for a student writing in English as a second (or third) language.


The Monthly Q&A: Renée Otmar

As an administrative assistant in a university research centre, Renée Otmar completed her first editing task in 1989 without realising that editing was what she was doing. Then, in early 1992, when her son was six weeks old, she started in the GradDipEdPub at RMIT, under the tutelage of the excellent John Curtin (deceased), Ruth Siems and Colin Jevons, and joined the Society of Editors (Victoria). She had found her tribe.

Renée has edited fiction, non-fiction, reference, trade and more; across a huge range of disciplines and genres; in print, electronic works and online. These days she mostly works in health and medical research, and when she edits it’s in academic publishing.

How has your month been?

Pretty insane, actually – thanks for asking! Usually I like to think that I have a great balance of commitments and activities, but truth be told: I thrive on being active and having a great variety of challenges in my working and personal life. Unfortunately, life doesn’t bring challenge and variety in ideal chunks. The saying that ‘it never rains but it pours’ could have been coined just to describe how this year has been panning out for me.


Membership Matters

We are pleased to welcome the members who have joined since our last report.

Holly Proctor
Katherine Lawry

Nicole Heaney
Beverley Eikli
Rosemary Bacher
Gabrielle Flanagan

Susannah Farrow
Corey Vlahos
Pradhnya Tajne

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer