August 2018


This month we’re looking forward to our annual general meeting (AGM) on 22 August. It’s free for members to attend and a great chance for you to hear from IPEd CEO Karen Lee as well as get involved in running the branch. President Renée Otmar outlines the advantages of joining the committee, and gives us an update on conference planning.

We also have dates for the next freelance lunch and an August SciFLyers gathering as well as our training courses. And the Gippsland editors report on their July meeting.

Continuing our series of reviews of books related to language, Susan Pierotti reviews linguist David Crystal’s new book on pronunciation. Our editing tip this week provides four ways to summarise your Track Change edits and/or comments in a Word doc.

Finally, Sally Holdsworth investigates the etymology of 'redouble', and our typo is a genuine proofreader’s nightmare. 

Have a great month,

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor 

A note from the president

Time flies, as the saying goes, when you are having fun. I really shouldn’t share exactly how much ‘fun’ I have been having over this past month, so suffice to say that my wings are feeling a little heavy at the moment. At midyear we are confronted with the pointy end of the annual working calendar, often with increased demands on our time, energies and intellectual capacity. So the following advice is as much for you as it is a reminder to myself: do take care of your physical and mental health.

The extremes of winter – cold weather, exposure to colds and flu, and consumption of heavy foods – can take their toll and, since we do tend to spend more time indoors in the colder months, it’s easy to forget that we all need a certain amount of sunlight to maintain good levels of vitamin D. Treat yourself each day to at least 30 minutes out in the fresh air and, while you’re at it, increase your serotonin levels with a bit of exercise, such as a brisk walk.


Book review: 'Sounds appealing – the passionate story of English pronunciation' by David Crystal

by Susan Pierotti AE


The two main forces behind the use of language are intelligibility and identity. Pronunciation affects both. Our words and thoughts encapsulate the content of what we want to say – intelligibility. Pronunciation affects the delivery of that content – revealing, in some aspects, our identity.


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. 


Future events

The two of us

Have you worked with an author (of any kind of text, fiction or non-fiction) who would be an engaging presenter at a future Editors Victoria event exploring the writing–editing partnership process? 

Please email your suggestions to the Events Officer

Hold the dates

Tuesday 9 October: Members' event
Thursday 6 December: Xmas event

SciFLyers meet-up

The SciFLyers are an informal group of freelance science editors, capably captained by Kerry Brown. Their next meeting is at Margie Beilharz’s house in Northcote at 10am Friday 24 August – a chance for convivial shoptalk with fellow editors, and a cuppa.

Contact Kerry at for more details and to RSVP.

Freelance lunch

When: 12.30pm Tuesday 25 September 2018
Where: The Fitz Cafe, 347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (corner Kerr St)

All freelancers, emerging and established, are welcome to come along to our networking lunch. We will be chatting all things freelance. The Fitz serves good coffee and drinks, and meals are delicious, hearty and reasonably priced from $17 upwards; all dietary requirements are happily catered for (particular requirements can be arranged in advance).  

Book on MemNet.

A sunny lunch in Yarragon

by Caitilin Punshon

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Maree Wallace (L) and Jan Miller (R) in the Yarragon Village Walk. Photo: Caitilin Punshon

The sun shone in Yarragon on Thursday 26 July, when the Gippsland gang met for lunch at Cafe Sticcado. A pressing deadline kept Anne away, but Caitilin, Sal, Maree, Jan and Sally were joined by Sally’s sister, Siân, who is currently on sabbatical from her job as garden visits editor at the Royal Horticultural Society in England.


Training courses

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

  • 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.


July committee meeting

The executive committee met on Tuesday 24 July at the Wheeler Centre, and all portfolio holders reported back on activities over the past month or two as well as on future plans. Communication, professional development and events are running smoothly, although distribution problems with the new newsletter format are proving difficult to resolve.

We are excited about the visit of IPEd CEO Karen Lee, which coincides with our next dinner meeting – the AGM on 22 August. We look forward to hearing from her how IPEd is progressing in implementing the strategic plan.

Renée Otmar, in her role as conference convenor, updated us on progress on the 2019 national editors conference. It should be only a matter of weeks before the conference website is launched, the call for papers goes out and details of social events (including a fabulous gala dinner) begin to be released.