May 2018

Exam time, a date for the conference, editors meet-ups and PDF mark-ups

Best wishes to all those who will be tackling the accreditation exam on 19 May – around 17 in Victoria and 90 nationwide. We look forward to having a new bunch of AEs in our ranks.

We’re also looking forward to next year’s 2019 IPEd conference – read on for the date! And there are plenty more dates: member meetings (the next one on contracts), informal gatherings, training courses – we’re a busy mob. 

This month we review a grammar book that owes its existence to Donald Trump (which totally makes sense when you think about it), we farewell Steph and welcome Katie as our Accreditation Board representative, we help you ensure your client doesn’t miss your PDF mark-up, and we introduce you to the rule of ablaut reduplication (which you already know).

Have a great month,

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor 

2019 conference date

Editors Victoria President Renée Otmar has also taken on the role of convenor of our upcoming national editors conference in Melbourne, ‘For the love of words’. She'll have more details to share soon, but in the meantime says to save the date: 8–10 May 2019. 

Inclusive publishing initiative

IPEd is participating in an initiative that fits very well into the ideas underlying the 2019 conference: inclusion and diversity. 

The  Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative brings together publishers, booksellers, authors, editors, libraries and disability groups to promote an ‘accessible by default’ approach to book production in Australia. Draft protocols will be launched in Sydney this weekend. See more on the IPEd website.

Book review: Make grammar great again

by Margie Beilharz


What do you do when Donald Trump becomes president of the United States? Stop watching the news? Book a flight into space? Hope the next four years will pass really quickly?

Melbourne copyeditor Meredith Forrester took a more proactive approach. Irritated by the President’s language-mangling tweets, she took it upon herself to respond with corrections. 

I imagine the President paid no attention, but in the way the world works nowadays, a publisher did. Now Meredith has turned her campaign for better grammar into a book, Make grammar great again (Craftsman House, 2017).


Thursday 14 June members' event: Contracts for editors

TIME: 6pm, presentation begins at 7pm

COST: members and affiliate members $34, non-members $42, students of an approved course $27 (ticket includes finger food and a drink voucher)

VENUE: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne

Sean McCarthy will address Editors Victoria on the topic of contracts. Sean is Principal Solicitor and Director at McCarthy Construction Lawyers. The firm provides services to a wide range of industries and government, specialising in contract negotiation and review, assistance with project documentation, claims, variations and disputes. 

Book on MemNet.


April meeting report: Michael and Katie Lawry on managing your business finances

By Sally McInnes


Michael Lawry CPA and Katie Lawry AE speaking on finance and tax for editors. Photo: Nicole Mathers

At our April event, Michael Lawry CPA of Red Spark Consulting and Katie Lawry AE teamed up to deliver an informative presentation on managing your business finances. 

The talk covered general information on business structures, good and services tax (GST), bookkeeping software, tax deductions, dealing with overseas clients, superannuation and retirement. Some of the main points are outlined below.

Michael began with the importance of understanding business structure. Options are to operate as a sole trader, company or trust. While many people begin as a sole trader, transitioning to a company or trust carries considerable benefits: separation of personal and company assets; ability to employ yourself and others; and a large range of tax-planning advantages. Companies and trusts also have the downsides that they cost more to set up and run; therefore, they are more likely to be a viable proposition once your business has reached a certain size. 


June freelance lunch with a winter fire

The next freelance lunch will be on Thursday 28 June at 12.30pm at The Fitz Cafe as usual. In winter they have an open fire to keep us all cosy and warm. Book on MemNet.

Talking macros in May with freelancer science editors

The SciFLyers are an informal group of freelance science editors, capably captained by Kerry Brown. She’ll be hosting the next meeting at 10am Friday 25 May in East Ivanhoe – a chance for convivial shoptalk with fellow editors, and a cuppa.

The discussion will focus on decoding the enigma of macros, and a future meeting is planned to discuss the arcane world of wildcards. 

Contact Kerry at for more details and to RSVP. 

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 Tuesday 1 May and Tuesday 8 May, so that a mutually convenient place and time for meeting up can be organised. You could also send me an email at

NB My PC was down for a couple of periods in April so I may have missed earlier messages. Please contact me again if you tried before and have not heard back.


Upcoming training courses

Dance steps for the self-employed editor

with Jackey Coyle
Date: Saturday 12 May 2018
Time: 10am–4pm

A creative, colourful workshop that helps you design your work as part of your ideal lifestyle. We mix up information, discussion, stories and activities across the five essential elements of running your business – working smarter, marketing, operations, bookkeeping and tax, and ongoing learning.

Exploring these elements, you will reflect on your own practice as you move into planning the different areas. You will set up your own dynamic small-business model – whether it's a move into freelance, a strategy to develop your existing practice or simply a lifestyle that supports you in making art.