November 2017


After a bit of a break, we have two newly scheduled training courses; one is a punctuation refresher and the other delves into the mysterious things that happen to Word documents when they are loaded into InDesign, and what you can do in Word to optimise that process.

Alison Rowe reports on the panel event on publishing last month when, once again, the RMIT students delivered a great night, and almost 100 people attended. Our next event is the Christmas get-together on 30 November with fabulous guest Fiona Scott-Norman.

Kate Cuthbert, proud romance reader (and editor, of course), is our Q&A subject this month. She’s just finished up as our events officer, but we couldn’t let her rest!


President and Vice-President’s Joint Report

From the President (Outgoing)

Greetings from Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali, which, as I write this, is gearing up for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival from 25 to 29 October. The fest has grown from a healing response following the 2002 Bali bombings to being listed among the world's best literary festivals by the likes of Penguin, Random House and Harper’s Bazaar. The site could be the most beautiful in the world, on the north-western slopes away from the hubbub of Ubud central in a lush, verdant setting of crumbling shrines, temples and fantastical sculptures.


Christmas Dinner Meeting

We're inviting all Editors Victoria members and friends to join us for an evening of fine food and entertainment to celebrate the end of 2017. 

This year we have special guest performer Fiona Scott-Norman to deliver a humorous perspective on the importance, or otherwise, of punctuation. Fiona's portfolio includes roles as diverse as arts journalist, theatre critic, theatre director, comedian, broadcaster, DJ and teacher.

When: Thursday 30th November 
6pm (for 6.30)
Where: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Little Collins St) Melbourne.
Cost: members $35; non-members $45; students $25

We’ll provide a link for booking soon in an email to members and on our Facebook page.

New Training Course Dates: From Word to InDesign, and Punctuation Refresher

From Word to InDesign with Lan Wang

Saturday 18 November 2017

Do you ever wonder what happens to your Word document after it leaves your editorial hands and goes on to be typeset? Do you tear your hair out when the typesetter sends back a proof that has lost all the italics or superscripts? Do you find that the data in your carefully prepared tables have been set incorrectly? Do you wonder if it’s necessary to create a table of contents in the edited Word document? Does it matter what font you use in your Word document? Does it matter if you are using a Mac or a Windows PC?


Reading the Future: Navigating the Australian Publishing Landscape

Alison Rowe, one of the RMIT student organisers, reports on our most recent event.

‘Reading the Future: Navigating the Australian Publishing Landscape’ was the lively topic for discussion at the October Editors Victoria dinner meeting. The event, organised with a student committee from RMIT’s Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, focused on the changing publishing environment and the habits of Australian readers, as reported in a study by Throsby, Zwar and Morgan that was released by Macquarie University in 2017.

The panel (L–R) Mark Rubbo, Jackie Tang, Barry Scott and Angela Meyer (Photo: Liz Steele)

The panel (L–R): Mark Rubbo, Jackie Tang, Barry Scott and Angela Meyer (Photo: Liz Steele)


Freelance Affairs

Editors Directory

Listing on the IPEd Editors Directory is open to all professional members and costs only $40 per year, which is great value. Once you’ve subscribed, you can add your details to the online listing. In addition to basic contact information and links to your website, you can describe your services, special interests, experience, work portfolio, qualifications, and computing and software skills.


The Monthly Q&A: Kate Cuthbert

Kate Cuthbert is managing editor of Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Australia. She is also an award-winning book reviewer and writer for national and international publications.

How has your month been?

September is always a bit of a blur for me. August is my busiest month every year: I attend the Romance Writers of Australia conference, where I take pitches, run workshops or appear on panels, hold author meetings, and host the Saturday night afterparty. Some years, I follow that up with the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference a week later, and then there are the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Brisbane Writers Festival. So I often stumble into September muddle-headed and exhausted.


Get Social: A Bonus of Your Membership

Every now and then I meet members who do not know about the Secret Editors' Business Facebook page. Some are not even on Facebook, for which they may deserve an award, and yet they are missing out on so much!

As many of you would know, this private Facebook group is a superb and welcoming community of Australian editors. To join, you need to be a member of IPEd (which you are if you’re a member of Editors Victoria) or the Canberra Society of Editors, but the group is not an IPEd entity. It’s just a bunch of editors (almost 600 now) getting together to ask and answer questions (mostly about hyphens – just kidding (not really)), share information and resources, celebrate and commiserate editing triumphs or disasters, and generally (and generously) provide support and the benefits of networking to editors working all across Australia.


Membership Matters

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

Louise Monnington
Doaah Albatat
Ann Cooper
Kate Purvis
Kellie Flanagan

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer 

World Wide Web: Developing Editorial Judgement

Copyeditor Erin Brenner discusses editorial judgement, and how those who teach copyediting or mentor copyeditors can help others learn the why of grammar, not just the what. I feel that even with clients there can be a lot of mentoring going on, so even if you don’t formally teach, you can apply her ideas to the way you give editing feedback to your authors.