February 2013

Introduction

In this our first newsletter of the year, we'd like to welcome you into 2013 with warm wishes for a Happy New Year and hopes you have had an enjoyable break. Your editors did indeed, as promised, sit on the beach enjoying killer cocktails, one basking in the glory of hot summer sun, the other grumbling and swatting at flies and mosquitos and, occasionally, the other editor.

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December Dinner Meeting Report

On such an auspicious date, how could the Editors Victoria Christmas party be anything but a success? It was a well-attended and very convivial affair, in keeping with the mood set by the decorations, Christmas crackers and generous allocation of lollies and chocolates for each table. 

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National Editors Conference Update

The program for the 6th IPEd national Editors Conference is shaping up well. The organisers are gradually getting information about all presenters uploaded onto the website and the blurbs on sessions will follow soon. They have also recently released a conference app.

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Working with Editors

This month we kick off a new monthly column in which we'll meet all the various professionals who work closely with editors. We start with production controller Dominic Harman.

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Style Counsel

For most (though not all) publishing projects, documents are edited in Microsoft Word before being 'placed' into Adobe InDesign for design and layout. Unfortunately, Word and InDesign are both large, complex and often buggy pieces of software, constantly being tweaked and updated. This makes it difficult to keep track of which elements of Word will and won't work with InDesign. It's impossible to write a definitive list of Word-vs-InDesign problems, but here are some key things to watch out for (as of early 2013). Let us know if you think we've missed anything important …

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Etymology

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.

Portmanteau

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Typos of the Month

Editors Victoria member Jo Taylor saw this strainer, below, in a $2 shop. Well, we know it's a strainer because we speak Strine. But Jo suggested that all visitors to Australia should be given one on arrival to help them learn to speak our unique 'language'.

 

typo striner

 

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Dear Ed …

dearedDear Ed

How can I find work-life balance as a freelancer?

Melita

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