July 2019


With Conference fatigue dissipating into the background, it’s now to thinking about mid-year school holidays, winter escapades and EOFY tax returns and how the new Budget may help with the financial health of our businesses from 1 July 2019.


From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

Where has the year gone? I can’t believe it’s the end of June already, and this committee has just a few weeks left to run.



2009 and 2014 accreditation renewals now open! 

by Katie Lawry

A further reminder that accreditation renewal submissions for the 2009 and 2014 cohorts of accredited editors are open until 15 August this year. Official notification should have been received from IPEd, with your personal link to the renewal form. Although submissions are open until August, it is a good idea to do this early as the year will only get busier. 



Events update

Events held

Report on 19 June 2019 networking night for in-house editors 

by Elise Hassett

It was a full house at the June in-house editors networking event to hear Aviva Tuffield, publisher at UQP and co-founder of the Stella Prize, share her wisdom on How to Build a Career in Publishing. 


Training update

Training held

Report on Expand Your Word Power held on 22 June 2019

by Jane Fitzpatrick AE

One of the reasons trainer Kevin O’Brien likes Word is for its mystery. He introduced the course by explaining that it hides some of its best features deep within drop-down menus, under unlikely aliases. By the end of Kevin’s immensely useful half-day course, we had been initiated into many of Word’s secrets, from useful keyboard shortcuts (F12 – who knew?), to docking style panels, to customising the quick access toolbar.


New members

by Nicole Mathers

We are pleased to welcome new members who have joined or upgraded since our last report:


Nelson Mok
David Zmood
Andrea Gillies


Stuart Roberts
Caitlin Beech
Brooke Lyons


Kali Myers
Jody Guerow



Tips and Tricks: a better way to print out your PowerPoint presentation

by Margie Beilharz

I recently found something better than PowerPoint’s usual ‘print Notes Pages’ format for printing out a presentation’s slides and notes together. As far as I can see, however, it seems to be only available in the PC version.


Etymology: Lukewarm

by Margie Beilharz 

In nicety editors will appreciate, if not approve, ‘lukewarm’ turns out to be an old tautology. ‘Luke’ is an obsolete word meaning tepid. It probably came from the Middle English 'leuk', which was used around 1200. Put that together with ‘warm’ from Proto-Germanic 'warmaz' and you get lukewarm, meaning (like luke) tepid. Lukewarm has been used since around the fourteenth century. By the early 1500s, it was also used to mean half-hearted.

Margie Beilharz is a freelance editor and writer at The Open Desk.

World Wide Web

by Bridget Blair

Adobe InDesign is the standard book layout program in the publishing industry, so editors often find themselves copyfitting or proofreading text in this program. But to me, InDesign has always felt like it was created with designers in mind and not editors. So I was delighted to stumble on this article about setting preferences, many of which are focused on making it easier to deal with text. I’ve been using InDesign for years, and I never even knew it had a spell-check feature! https://creativepro.com/10-indesign-preferences-you-must-change-today/





Typo of the month

New take on 'escargot'.
Bakery staff must consider that explanatory labelling and showcasing are adequate to identify the advertised pastry item – not to be mistaken for the famous French delicacy with the same name, different spelling.

A name is a name is a name!


Typo escargot resized

Photo: Fleur Taylor