June 2013

From the President

This newsletter arrives at an important time for all Australian editors. As I write, the special IPEd dinner is about to be held. The IPEd SurveyMonkey vote is also opening. Editors Victoria submits the survey to you in the form requested by the IPEd working party.

You are asked to vote on the model or models you think worthy of having a business case developed. IPEd Council has asked its working party to develop both cases, if that view is supported by the wider membership on this vote. The resulting detailed business case or cases will be put to the membership of all societies to vote on to determine the preferred model for the future of IPEd. This is EV's current priority. An enormous amount of work has been put in by Rob Sheehan, Rosemary Noble, and Charles Houen, to mention just the main Victorian representatives. There is a lot more still to do. Please vote!

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Redact 2013 - Training for Editors

Are you looking for intensive training that builds on your skills and experience? Do you wish to learn new techniques and fresh approaches? Perhaps you are ready to be inspired and reinvigorated, or to discover a new field of editing?

Redact is a residential weekend course offered by Editors Victoria over the weekend of 10-11 August at the Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs, central Victoria. This year the strands will be fiction editing, e-publishing and project management.

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May Dinner Meeting Report

Two Sides of the Story

There's a wonderful mystery about writing novels that fascinates those of us who do not write fiction, or have not yet written our own novel but dream of doing so. It can seem an almost mystical process. So many questions clamour for answers: what inspires you to write; how do you start; what comes first, the plot or the characters? These questions and more were discussed by three of our leading literary ladies at the Editors Victoria May dinner. Below are just some of the highlights.

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APA Book Design Awards 2013

I was fortunate enough to attend this year's Annual Book Design Awards, held at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Jo Groud, Kim Ferguson, Miranda Costa and I were shortlisted for Pearson English 9 Student Book, in the category of The Best Designed Secondary Education Book.

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EdTech: What Is Cloud Computing?

You may have heard the now ubiquitous term 'cloud computing' and wondered if you should be reaching for your umbrella. Far from a meteorological phenomenon, cloud computing allows people to save, collaborate on and share documents using networked computers (or smartphones or tablets, such as the iPhone/iPad or Samsung Galaxy) on the internet in place of individual computers in an office or home - it's a bit like having a virtual safety deposit box, but with far more powerful features.

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Dear Ed ...


Dear Ed ...

I thought your report on the 2013 IPEd conference was a real cop-out. It was full of sound and fury but meant less than zero. It was just a box of stale crackers with a bit of gift wrapping from the last conference draped around the outside and tacked on with hot glue. How about having a second go at it, you cantankerous clacker-meister! How about telling us about the proceedings rather than paraphrasing them and couching them in some vaguely surrealistic fairyfloss?

Wally the Whinger, Bell Hill

 

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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.

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Typo of the Month

Curtin University graduate? I think not.

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