April 2018

Going blue, remembering one of Victoria's great editors and helping you to network

We've gone blue, that's IPEd blue, in a new newsletter design that I hope you enjoy reading, especially those who like to read it on a mobile phone. [Note: it is the email newsletter that has the updated format. Here online we haven't changed (yet).]

This month, we remember Nicholas (Nick) Hudson, HLM, whose editing life was quite extraordinary. Our thanks to Janet Mackenzie for drawing on her long friendship with Nick to write his obituary. 

Our new president, Renée Otmar, outlines some of her priorities for the branch and the national society. In a separate article, she also updates us on the Standing Committee on Academic Editing, which is looking at revising the guidelines for thesis editing and other academic editing matters.

Elsewhere, we highlight the many other member activities going on – both formal and informal – and have a suggestion to help you establish meet-ups in your area. Plus, we have info on training, the accreditation exam and all the usual bits and bobs (or do you say 'bibs and bobs'?).

Have a great month.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

A note from the president

by Renée Otmar, HLM, DE

Welcome to April! It’s my favourite (birthday) month, and its proximity to a certain long weekend is a boon for chocolate lovers.

For me, 2018 announced itself as a busy year right out of the blocks – pretty much as soon as the din of New Year’s fireworks stopped ringing in my ears. Not that I minded. Given all the exciting events, projects and plans on personal, family and organisational calendars, I’ve been pleased to get stuck into it.

Professional development is often high on the agenda for our organisation, and first up for me was preparation and delivery of a training day for assessors who will be marking this year’s Accreditation Exam. Eighteen of us converged in Melbourne in early March, and we had a blast together in this rare opportunity to meet and discuss the exam in person. Workshops, webinars and other opportunities are being offered to help prospective candidates to prepare for the exam, which is to be held on 19 May.


Vale Nick Hudson, HLM

by Janet Mackenzie, DE

Australian publishing mourns the loss of Nick Hudson, who died on 1 March 2018, aged 84.

Nick described himself as 'a jack of many word trades: author, editor, typesetter, publisher, with a lifetime experience of wrangling meaning from words’. It is tempting to say he was an ornament to the profession, but a more accurate metaphor is a beam – both a great support and a cheerful presence. As John Bangsund has said, Nick was ‘a man of great learning, enthusiasm, humor and generosity of spirit’. 


2017 IPEd Prize submissions open

IPEd is calling for submissions for the 2017 IPEd Prize. Entries close 13 April.

The Prize is part of IPEd's mission to support and foster teaching and research in editing and publishing. Awarded annually, it offers $250 for a high-quality essay of 2000–3000 words on a topic relevant to the editing profession or Australian publishing industry, written in the context of a postgraduate coursework program and submitted in 2017.

Read more on the IPEd website.

Editors Victoria's new look

This month we launch our new-look newsletter! Our thanks to Lorna Hendy, editor and graphic designer, who produced the revised blue and white logo for us. [Note: This online version has not changed – we're looking forward to a website update for that.]

Our redesign had three aims:

  • to make our newsletter a pleasure to read on all devices, from mobiles to desktops (so we're using a new responsive template developed on BEE Free)
  • to align our 'look' with that of IPEd to reflect our status as a state branch of the national body (so we've adopted the blue IPEd colour for our logo, the newsletter and Facebook and Twitter; updating our website is a longer term goal)
  • to distribute these newsletters via IPEd's MemNet system (allowing us to save money by cancelling our subscription for a separate service).


Branch and group meetings

Income tax

Branch meeting: Tax advice and planning for editors

CPA tax accountant Mike Lawry and freelance editor Katie Lawry will give a presentation on managing tax affairs for freelance editors. Topics covered will include business structure and GST, good record-keeping, tax audits and superannuation.

When: Wednesday 18 April
Where: CQ Functions113 Queen St (Cnr Little Collin St) Melbourne
Cost (includes finger food and a drinks voucher):
Members and affiliates: $34
Non-members: $42
Students of an approved course: $27

Book on MemNet by Wednesday 11 April.


Freelance lunching at the Fitz

by Margie Beilharz

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For a group of self-confessed introverts (at my end of the table anyway), the lunching freelance editors certainly enjoyed getting together for a good chat last Wednesday 28 March at the Fitz. The pictures are the proof; apologies to the missing table (and a reminder to myself to slow down and let the camera focus next time). The group of 15 included editors from country Victoria and the outer suburbs, and a mixture of new members and stalwarts. 


Regional editors and interest groups, we want to help you!

by Nicole Mathers

We realise that regional members can find it hard to get to Editors Victoria events in Melbourne, and also that some editors would like more opportunities to meet up with colleagues, either in specialist groups or just for a catch-up.

Already going strong is the Gippsland editors group, whose latest report is below. A group from north-east Victoria had a few meetings in recent times, and a group of science editors meets regularly for lunch and a chat. Also, Maryna Mews is looking for people interested in catching up occasionally in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs – see her notice in this newsletter.

We love the connections being made, and the support given and received, in these informal meetings of our members. If you would like to create your own networking event, at a time and place that suits you, Editors Victoria is here to help.


Gippsland editors: now we are six

by Caitilin Punshon

A full complement of six Gippsland editors, including one new member, gathered for a sunny lunch at the Warragul Country Club on Wednesday 14 March. We welcomed Sally-Anne to the group and celebrated the recent launch of a book Anne has been instrumental in bringing to publication (Deep Water, Dark Time by Julie Raitt Park with Anne Roussac-Hoyne). 


Cuppa or coffee in the eastern ‘burbs

by Maryna Mews

Have you ever wanted to meet up with other editors to talk shop in a location that’s near home?

I am calling on editors in the eastern ‘burbs for an informal cuppa or coffee. If anyone would like to meet up to chat and network, call me, Maryna, on 9852 3356 or 0416 818 916 between Sunday 1 April and Friday 6 April, so that a mutually convenient place and time for meeting up can be organised. I live in Bulleen, but am happy to visit a nice location. You could also send me an email at mmews@bigpond.net.au.