June 2012

Winter is Coming

Well, it's here. But who could resist a Game of Thrones heading?! Speaking of games, we played a few at our recent annual strategy day, in the name of getting our creative juices flowing - all the better to map out a path forward for the society in coming years. You can read a bit more about it in our presidents' report, and we'll also have further results to discuss next month, after we have a follow-up session.


A Message From the Presidents

As you know there have been some huge changes for the society in the last couple of months. We have a new trading name (Editors Victoria), a new logo (EditorsVIC), a new website and new format for our newsletter - all designed to help us move the society forward successfully in rapidly changing times.


May Dinner Meeting Report: The Business of Freelancing

This month's dinner was a forum with three panellists: Brad Collis, formerly a freelance editor, now the Editorial Director of Coretext Publishing; Campbell Aitken, who works part-time for the Macfarlane Burnet Institute and primarily edits academic and scientific material; and Jackey Coyle, of Wordy-Gurdy Publishing, who freelances on a range of topics, from finance to travel. The evening was hosted by Fran Madigan, the Freelance Affairs Officer for Editors Victoria.


Emerging Writers Festival

The Emerging Writers Festival was held 24 May-4 June. This year Editors Victoria took part in the PenPal program and sponsored two emerging writers. The PenPal program covers the artists' fees to appear at the festival.


Win Strine!

StrineAmong Text Publishing's Text Classics series is Strine, a compilation of Afferbeck Lauder's writings on the English language that includes Let Stalk Strine and Nose Tone Unturned.

Thanks to Text Publishing, we have one copy of Strine to give away. All you have to do is email us your favourite eggs sample of Strine; the most clever Strinism will win.

There's just one term and condition: as Dear Ed would say, it ordapends on you being a member of Editors Victoria.


Style Counsel

Every month, the newsletter editors think, “Hopefully, there will be no typos in this month's newsletter.”

Or do they?


Typos & Funnies of the Month

We're going to let you find this one on your own. Enjoy!

Mmmm, cheesy!



deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

oops, whoops


Dear Ed …

Dear Ed


Dear Ed

What is your favourite word that is not yet in a dictionary?



Dear Melissa


I simply make these few notes to record a block of my life which has fallen into the sea. Melissa! Melissa! Oops, sorry, seem to be channelling Lawrence Durrell this evening. Whoever said there wasn't much meaning in a name got that one completely wrong.