December 2018


In this newsletter we have no fewer than three awards open for application, 20 new members, a third conference keynote speaker announced and two interview subjects. Our interviewees represent quite different aspects of editing and publishing, being editor and business coach Malini Devadas AE and indexer Terri Anne Mackenzie. 

We also update you on staff changes, activities around other branches, conference book club and other initiatives, and branch committee deliberations. Enjoy the usual tips, snippets and a summery etymology.

I hope you have a lovely break over Christmas and a wonderful summer until our next issue on 1 February 2019. 


Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor 

From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

It’s nearly the end of the year – a time of comings and goings, and we have a couple of significant goings.

Connie Finestone, our company secretary, is leaving us. Most of you will not have dealt with Connie but her expertise and professionalism in the national office have kept our organisation running smoothly. She devoted a lot of her time this year to organising the constitutional amendments – and we should all be grateful that there was someone able to deal with the close reading of not only the constitution but also the by-laws, deal with the feedback from all the branches and put it into one coherent set of amendments that will now serve us into the future.


IPEd Prize open for application

IPEd seeks to support and foster research in editing and publishing as part of its broader mission to enhance the profession of editing. As part of this mission, IPEd sponsors an annual prize of $250 for an essay or paper written as part of the requirements for a postgraduate degree in editing, publishing or another discipline that permits a focus on editing.

IPEd is now calling for entries for the 2018 IPEd Prize. Applications close Monday 14 January 2019. Read more on the IPEd website.

Rosie Award nominations

The Rosie is an award to recognise excellence in editing, as demonstrated in one work, with testimony from author, publisher and editor. The nomination can come from any of the parties. The nominated work may be a fiction or non-fiction published work in any genre, or another substantial body of work. Potential nominees are urged to contact IPEd at  if they have queries as to whether a particular project fits the criteria for nomination.


Kat Muscat Fellowship for writers and editors

Express Media have opened applications for the Kat Muscat Fellowship, which entails professional development up to the value of $3000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young woman or non-binary person.

Applications close 20 January 2019. More information on the Express Media website.

Beyond the Page 9th IPEd National Editors Conference update

by Renée Otmar HLM DE

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 Third keynote speaker announced

We are beyond thrilled to confirm Penny Modra, co-founder of The Good Copy, as our third keynote speaker. Penny will lead the charge as we wrestle the tiger: the wicked question of how we might promote editing as an essential service to new and emerging industries and sectors. ‘We’re the eagle eyes for detail, the systems thinkers, credibility guardians, readers’ advocates and problem solvers: the world needs us!’ says Penny.

But wait, there is more. We are poised to confirm a fourth keynote – one with a huge national profile – so contain your excitement and keep an eye on the website and our weekly conference blog.


Christmas event

Bookings have closed for our Christmas event this Thursday 6 December, so I hope you acted on the event emails you received in November. The evening features guest speaker Michael A. Hill, author of John Lennon: the boy who became a legend, and a childhood and teenage friend of the young Beatle.

With crackers, games and more on offer, it’ll be a lovely way to celebrate another year in editing.

SciFLyers: note venue change for December

The SciFLyers are an informal group of freelance science editors, capably captained by Kerry Brown. Their next meeting is at Joely Taylor’s house in Camberwell at 10am Friday 7 December – a chance for convivial shoptalk with fellow editors, and a cuppa.

Contact Kerry at  for more details and to RSVP.

Freelancers' November lunch

by Susan Pierotti

Ten editors chatted and networked over a delicious lunch at the Fitz Cafe on 29 November, avoiding the Christmas rush. New editors and ‘old pros’ shared tips for marketing, pricing, business strategies and how to encourage students to join our vibrant Editors Victoria community, among the many topics of discussion. If you have not been to one of our freelancers’ lunches, consider joining us in future. They are a great way to not only meet like-minded folk but also learn about the profession and how to run a business in a friendly and positive setting.

If you would like to join us but feel that Fitzroy is too far away, send me an email with your preferred location. We may be able to meet somewhere near you next time!

Susan Pierotti
Vice President  

Editor Q&A: Malini Devadas

Dr Malini Devadas AE started editing in 2004 and now has her own business (MD Writing and Editing) working as an academic editor and writing coach. This year she set up a second business (Edit Boost) working as a coach to help editors make more money.

How has your month been? 

It’s been a busy and varied month, but as I look back I realise that I have done very little actual editing. I do have editing work lined up for December, however.

Here is a summary of November:

  • I ran a beta round of my new e-course to help editors increase their income. It has been great to see editors taking action to market their business and get more clients, and I look forward to launching this course in 2019.
  • I worked as a writing coach/consultant at a local university, helping PhD students overcome the challenges they face in academic writing. I had one-hour sessions with 12 students over two days.
  • I ran a month-long writing coaching program for women in science at another university.
  • I worked as a consultant medical writer for a government agency, attending meetings and writing the (extremely technical) minutes.
  • I created and delivered a new webinar for IPEd on stylesheets. I love giving live workshops, but the reality is that travel in Australia is time-consuming and expensive, so I am learning to embrace technology.
  • I had a number of one-on-one coaching calls with both editors and academics.