September 2018


Our 2019 national editors conference has put out a call for papers, and will open for earlybird registrations later this month. Time to sharpen those ideas, folks, and also to start preparing your Miss (Phryne) Fisher outfit for the Gala Dinner.

Much of this newsletter focuses on the Editors Victoria annual general meeting (AGM) from 22 August, with reports of IPEd CEO Karen Lee’s talk and from the various portfolios. But we also have a book review on a favourite topic (UK and American English), a report of the recent indexing training workshop, 10 new Accredited Editors to congratulate, a new regional group meeting in Ballarat, and upcoming freelance lunch, training and branch events.

Have a great month.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor  


National editors conference 2019: Beyond the page

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Beyond the page is the theme of the ninth national conference of the Institute for Professional Editors (IPEd), to be held in Melbourne in May 2019.  

The biennial conference is an exciting opportunity for editors and other publishing professionals, researchers, students and associates to connect, learn and celebrate best practice in editing and publishing.

In 2019, the conference will showcase current professional practice and research, highlighting emerging trends in editing and publishing across platforms as well as across the range of professional roles and modes in which editors contribute to the publishing process.

In addition to the formal and professional development aspects of the conference, there will be many opportunities to socialise and network, including a welcome cocktail party, the Gala Dinner, tours and intimate breakfast and dinner gatherings.

Make Melbourne your destination of choice in 2019.


New Accredited Editors

We congratulate the 10 Editors Victoria members who passed the exam and are now Accredited Editors (AEs):

  • Bridget Blair
  • Dalida Boustead
  • Kerryn Burgess
  • Natalie Craig
  • Elizabeth Doan
  • Claire Kelly
  • Heather King
  • Alisha Nicholas
  • Caitlin Whiteman
  • Robyn Williams.


Victorian branch AGM report

by Sally McInnes AE

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 IPEd CEO Karen Lee at the AGM. Photo: Kate Cuthbert

This year, Brisbane-based IPEd CEO Karen Lee attended our Editors Victoria branch AGM. The evening was an ideal opportunity for members and the executive committee to meet with Karen and to hear how IPEd is working to further the interests of its members. Among other activities, Karen’s work involves relationship-building with peak bodies and politicians to enhance the profile of IPEd and promote the work of editors. Karen addressed how IPEd is meeting each of the objectives of the Strategic Plan July 2017 to June 2020.


Committee members 2018–19

We are pleased to confirm that at the AGM on 22 August the following nominees were elected unopposed to the executive committee. Areas of interest are indicated in parentheses, but positions will be allocated at the next committee meeting (on Wednesday 5 September).

  • Margie Beilharz (Communication)
  • Marnie Hannagan (Budget)
  • Charles Houen (Secretary)
  • Susan Keogh (President)
  • Maryna Mews (Professional development)
  • Renée Otmar (Conference convenor)
  • Susan Pierotti (Vice-President)
  • Marie Pietersz (Events,Communication).


President’s report: Renée Otmar

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Renée Otmar at the AGM. Photo: Kate Cuthbert

I took on the role of president midway through the term. The good ship Editors Victoria had been sailing along rather well without a captain, so I doubt many noticed the change. As Vice-President, Mary-Jo O’Rourke kept our branch activities afloat by chairing the committee meetings, dealing with important correspondence and providing support as needed to the executive committee and the subcommittees.


Vice-President’s report: Mary-Jo O’Rourke

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve on the Editors Victoria committee for the past four years, seeing the association through the transition from independent body to state branch of a long-planned national organisation. I began as the freelance affairs officer, overseeing the Editors Victoria Freelance Directory, and then, when that position became defunct after the transition to IPEd, became branch vice-president. This new executive role supports the president and others as needed, and continues to organise and host the freelance lunches – the next planned for Tuesday 25 September.


Secretary and Budget report: Charles Houen

I will report as the branch Secretary and Budget Officer.

The branch budget process is well established. We submit a branch budget for the financial year, and the national finance officer incorporates it in the overall IPEd budget. Our branch activity program – that is, member meetings and professional development courses – aims to be self-financing from the attendee fees. This is a balancing act, trying to keep both costs and attendee fees at a reasonable level. We had to revise the arrangements for the venue and catering for the bi-monthly members meetings to keep the fees to a relatively comfortable level.


Communication report: Margie Beilharz

The communication portfolio covers three main areas:

  • newsletter – one each month except for over the New Year
  • website
  • social media – Facebook and Twitter.

As communication officer, I work with lots of people to share our information and interact with members and others through those media. I want you to see what a collaborative effort it is, and to appreciate the input of so many.


Events report: Sally McInnes

This year the events program has consisted of six members’ events and an accreditation exam information evening. In December 2017, a change in pricing at our long-time venue, CQ Functions, caused us to re-evaluate what we could offer to members. As a result, the new format was developed, consisting of theatre-style seating in the lower CQ Bar with food platters offered before and after the guest speaker. In making this choice, our aim was to keep prices as low as possible while having a fully catered, central location and a comfortable space for both members and guest speakers. A discounted price was offered to students.