July 2018


Meetings past and future feature in this month’s newsletter. Coming up is a chance to mingle with IPEd CEO Karen Lee at our August annual general meeting (AGM) and a call-out for a coffee catch-up in Ballarat. 

And over the past month editors have met in Gippsland, Fitzroy and the city. The latter was our June meeting on contracts – AJ Collins reports back.

Read on for Cecile Shanahan's review of Write to the point: how to be clear, correct and persuasive on the page, good news on PerfectIt for Mac users (at last), a tip on making PDFs easier to navigate, new members, our topical not-quite typo, some fake news and Susan Pierotti’s etymological investigation of an auto-antonym! 

Have a great month,
Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

New release of PerfectIt Cloud: this version also runs on Macs

Intelligent Editing's PerfectIt has long been a go-to resource for editors, with the caveat that it was only available for PCs. The new version, PerfectIt Cloud, allows Mac-using editors into the club at last. Cathryn Jones reviews it for IPEd.

Book review: 'Write to the point: how to be clear, correct and persuasive on the page' by Sam Leith

by Cecile Shanahan


Sam Leith's useful little book about writing persuasively teaches you 'how to express yourself fully and get your way in every situation'. It offers up 280 pages of confidence-building writing know-how. As the author explains, 'This book is not a list of rules or instructions ... It does not pretend to contain a magic formula. What it hopes to do, rather, is to walk you companionably around the question of what it is we're doing when we read and write, and how we can do it better and more confidently.'

This is neither a dry reference book about the 'right' way to write nor a hotchpotch collection of examples proving how the world is in peril due to lack of grammatical knowledge.


Editors Victoria 2018 AGM

Join us on Wednesday 22 August for our AGM. Members, come as our guest. We’ll have a sit-down buffet dinner and you’ll hear from the outgoing committee on achievements over the past year. 

IPEd's CEO, Karen Lee, will be our special guest to speak on the future of IPEd and give you all the latest on the strategic plan.

Consider supporting Editors Victoria by nominating for a position on the executive committee or one of our subcommittees.  Editors Victoria will be hosting the 2019 IPEd National Editors Conference, so this is an exciting time to make your contribution. 


Ballarat editors coffee and catch up

by Danielle Vecchio

Inviting expressions of interest

Do you live in or around Ballarat? If so, I’d love to meet you! I recently moved to Linton, about 30 clicks from town, and have yet to find my clan! I delight in the solitude of the country but it can be isolating. It would be great to meet and connect with other editors in the region, so if you’re interested in a monthly catch up, send me an email to info@editmyenglish.com.au and we’ll arrange the details. I look forward to hearing from you!

Report on June event: Sean McCarthy on contracts for editors

by AJ Collins AE 


Sean McCarthy, Principal Solicitor and Director at McCarthy Commercial and Construction Lawyers, speaking on contracts for editors at our June meeting. Photo: Nicole Mathers

On 14 June I sat at home on a typical Melbourne wintry evening, dark and bereft of warmth, wondering if I really had to travel into the city for a dry, boring talk on contracts for editors. Sigh. I thought about CQ's tasty finger food, the glass of red that awaited me, chatting with my edibuddies, and did I get my butt into gear? Yes, I did. And I was pleasantly surprised to be addressed by Sean McCarthy, a lawyer with a sense of humour. Who knew?


Report on 28 June freelance lunch

by Mary-Jo O’Rourke AE, Vice-President

It was a wintry day and 14 freelance editors gathered in front of a toasty fire at The Fitz for a pleasant round of coffee and lunch. Established editors shared their stories and tips for starting out, while emerging and returning editors shared their plans and hopes. It’s always interesting to hear about the diverse ways that different editors approach their work. And we all know each other better after being crammed onto one large table!

The next freelance lunch will be scheduled for sometime in September.


A May meeting in Meeniyan

by Caitilin Punshon

It wasn't just the appealing alliteration of meeting at Moo's in Meeniyan in May that brought four of the Gippsland gang together for lunch on the last day of autumn – but I'm sure it helped! Caitilin, Jan, Maree and Anne enjoyed delicious meals and a delightful conversation about art, arboretums, manuscript appraisals, editing PhD dissertations and more, including a neat technique for getting a couch into a house when it won't fit through the door. (The trick is to remove the glass from a window, shove the couch through the opening, and replace the glass afterwards.)


A quartet of happy editors. L-R: Caitilin Punshon, Maree Wallace, Anne Roussac-Hoyne, Jan Miller. Photo: Caitilin Punshon


Training courses

Our upcoming courses, those open for booking described in more detail below, are:

  • 21 July: Introduction to proofreading – Ann Philpott
  • 18 August: Indexing: adding to the editor's skillset – Max McMaster
  • 8 September: Plain English (half-day) – Philip Bryan
  • 22 September: Advanced grammar – Glenys Osborne
  • 13 October: The Freelance Editors Toolkit (software) (half day) – Peter Riches
  • 24 November: Academic editing: introductory – Renée Otmar

Go to the events page for more details, including prices and booking dates (including earlybird discounts), and to book. All courses are at the Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.


From the committee

Recently members will have received an invitation to the upcoming Editors Victoria AGM on Wednesday 22 August. Official papers regarding the business matters to be dealt with on the night will be sent out soon.

All positions on the committee are up for election. These include:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Communication Officer
  • Events Officer
  • Professional Development Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Secretary
  • Budget Officer.

Many current committee members are happy to continue in their current roles, but some will be standing down at the AGM. Committee member Marnie Hannigan has agreed to nominate as Budget Officer, so we are particularly looking to replace Vice-President Mary-Jo O'Rourke and Events Officer Sally McInnes. We're also after people willing to take on the Secretary and Training Officer roles, which are currently vacant.