February 2018


Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018. If you’re a freelancer, or an in-house editor thinking about taking on some freelance work, come along to our next branch meeting on 22 February for networking, finger food and a panel discussion on how to get work. I’m looking forward to asking the questions, and you’ll get a chance to ask your own, too.

We also have dates for the next freelance lunch and a fantastic set of training courses for the first half of 2018. One date still to be advised is that of an information night about the IPEd accreditation exam (for which bookings should open today). A training course to help prepare for the exam will be held on 7 April.

The preparations for the Melbourne 2019 editors conference are underway: the professional conference organiser (PCO) has been selected and a willing group of helpers is ready to pitch in. Now it's time to appoint a conference convenor! Could it be you? See our call-out below.

In this newsletter, we update you on the various activities of the busy branch committee; show how you can make your results look super professional in a google search; and tempt you with the etymology of cream.

Enjoy the newsletter and make the most of the many things Editors Victoria offers its members. On that note, through various circumstances some people who are not members have found their way onto the newsletter mailing list. We’re sorting that out now, so if that’s you and you love getting these newsletters straight to your inbox, please become a member.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

February Members' Event: Finding Work

This year we will continue to hold our meetings at CQ Functions, as they offer us excellent service and value. Owing to a rise in fees (for the first time in at least five years!), we’ve had to increase our ticket price; however, to minimise the increase, we’ve chosen a more casual, finger food format. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to mingle with fellow editors, and enjoy the range of topics and presenters that we bring to you throughout the year.

22 February Meeting: Finding Work

Finger food and drinks followed by a panel discussion. For freelance editors and anyone who wishes to expand their work options or take on freelance work.

Finding and maintaining work and clients are some of the most challenging aspects of freelance editing. With this in mind, we have invited three of our members to discuss how they have tackled the search for work as a freelancer. All have extensive experience in editing and publishing. There will be time for your questions and further discussion.


Accreditation Exam

The next IPEd accreditation exam will be on Saturday 19 May 2018.

Earlybird registrations close on Thursday 5 April. Registrations close Sunday 21 April.

Find out more at http://iped-editors.org/Accreditation.aspx.

We'll be holding an information night about the exam before earlybird registrations close. Details will be emailed to members and in the next newsletter.

Ending 2017 with Celebration and Reflection

The 2017 Editors Victoria Christmas party was held in the private dining room at CQ Functions on a sweltering Thursday evening, where 44 attendees gathered to celebrate another year of doing the good work.

Pre-dinner entertainment was provided by our own AJ Collins (vocals) and her husband, Chris, on guitar. Their smooth grooves and funky beats created the perfect relaxed vibe as editors new and old caught up over a drink and dips.

After dinner we were treated to special guest Fiona Scott-Norman (writer, performer, radio broadcaster and teacher) who delivered a humorous perspective on the importance, or otherwise, of punctuation. Hands were raised to admit to having dumped someone due to their grammar; misspelled tattoos were displayed on screen in their permanent glory (no regerts!); and errant apostrophes on grocery boards brought a round of groans.


Branch and National Activities

The Editors Victoria online Freelance Register closed on 1 January, so all searches must now go through the Editors Directory on the IPEd website. If you have an entry in the directory, now would be a good time to check that you have completed as much information as you can, and update if necessary (you can log in and do this yourself).

The full Victorian branch committee met on Tuesday 23 January at the Wheeler Centre. The discussion, ably managed by Acting President Mary-Jo O’Rourke, covered events, communication, professional development, training, IPEd committees, budget and member engagement.


2019 National Editors Conference

We have appointed Conference Logistics as the PCO for the 2019 conference in Melbourne.

The informal committee that has got us to this stage will now need to select a formal convenor and create subcommittees to begin planning the program, events, speakers, volunteers and communication.

If you're keen to shape the program and contribute to a fantastic Melbourne conference, working with a group of willing helpers, please contact Sophie Dougall.

Editing and Art in Foster: the Gippsland Editors

The most recent adventure of the Gippsland editors involved a trip to Foster on Wednesday 6 December, where our lovely member, Anne, has opened the YEP Gallery. Caitilin, Jan, Maree and our kind driver, Peter, enjoyed a private viewing of the fabulous art and artefacts in the gallery before heading next door for lunch at the Exchange Hotel. There was a bit of editing show-and-tell, some sharing of personal stories, and plenty of the support we have all come to value so much. Before heading home, we returned to the gallery to purchase a few gifts for Christmas – and for ourselves.

If you happen to be in South Gippsland, you are warmly encouraged to visit YEP Gallery, which is located at 39/41 Main St, Foster, and is open from 9am to 4pm each Thursday to Monday.

Who knows where our group will venture next? To keep in touch or join us on our outings, contact Caitilin on 0421 545 282 or email hello@artfulwords.com.au.

Training: The What, When, Why, Who and How

Training is a crucial part of the services that Editors Victoria provides its members; it’s also a major part of our budget. Your professional development subcommittee (Maryna Mews, Michelle Manly and Steph Heriot) has arranged courses for the first half of 2018 to meet the training needs of our members, the majority of whom are freelance. In any training year we aim to cover general editing, technical, business and specialty skills.

February–June Training Courses

The greatest training demand is for general editing, at introductory and advanced levels, so we are running three grammar and proofreading courses. Glenys Osborne will deliver full-day grammar courses on 17 February (Introductory) and 16 June (Intermediate). Susan Keogh will deliver an intermediate proofreading course on 21 April. We plan to run advanced editing skills courses later in the year. Glenys and Susan are both experienced editors and teachers.


Training Courses

Grammar for Editors: Introductory
with Glenys Osborne
Introductory Grammar for Editors outlines the nine parts of speech, examines their roles and functions, and looks at a few typical problems they present for writers and editors. Topics include: roles, functions and characteristics of the parts of speech; elementary concepts in standard grammar.
Saturday 17 February
CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Regular fee: $225 (members and affiliates), $337.50 (non-members)
Bookings close Wednesday 7 February 2018
Register on MEMNET

Fiction Genre Editing
with Kate Cuthbert
A brief overview of the fun and exciting world of editing genre fiction. This course will touch on the five major genres: romance, crime, fantasy, science fiction and horror. We will examine the generic conventions within each, and provide tricks and tips for smoothly navigating the immersive, if sometimes intense, waters of passionate kisses, terrifying monsters, dangerous space voyages and sinister plans.
Saturday 3 March
Earlybird fee (book by 4 February): $100 (members and affiliates), $150 (non-members)
Regular fee: $125 (members and affiliates), $188 (non-members)
Bookings close 25 February
Register on MEMNET


Happy Birthday to the National Mentoring Program

This article was first published in The Canberra Editor (October–December 2017).

The IPEd National Mentoring Program is celebrating its fifth birthday all round Australia. The program began in a small way with the CSE [Canberra Society of Editors] setting up a pilot program for Canberra editors at the end of 2012. Ted Briggs, helped by Elizabeth Manning Murphy, set up the program to see how it would run on a small scale.

About a dozen people were involved in the pilot. We tried all types of scenarios from mentoring in copyediting and business practices, to mentoring interstate and overseas editors, to even the idea of one mentor working with two mentees at the same time. All these worked, so when asked to present a paper at the 2013 IPEd conference in Fremantle, we had no hesitation in following the conference theme of editing across borders. We talked about mentoring across borders and we so excited a full plenary session with our pilot experience that first Western Australia and then South Australia said ‘We want to be part of that!’.