November Freelance Lunch Report

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by Mary-Jo O’Rourke AE

This month’s freelance lunch, on a thankfully cooler but still humid late spring day, was another intimate gathering – we had a group of 11, including our president and a couple of new editors. The smaller numbers of recent lunches allow us to gather on one table and have more general and free-ranging conversation.

The main topic at this lunch was the transition to IPEd and what this means for Victorian editors, including the status of our Freelance Register, which will continue until at least the end of this year; the IPEd Editors Directory is expected to go live on 1 January 2017. Rates and quoting, the perennial questions, also arose, as did the state of the Irish diaspora and why it is that so many editors live in the Brunswick area.

We welcome all freelancers for an excellent networking lunch. Meals are delicious, hearty and reasonably priced from $17 upwards; all dietary requirements are happily catered for (very particular requirements can be arranged in advance). Please plan to bring cash to settle your bill at the table. The Fitz Cafe is always very welcoming and accommodating of our group, but it would be much appreciated if those who have booked but find themselves unable to attend could do us the courtesy of letting us know; even an email or text message that morning.

The next lunch will be held on a Wednesday in late January 2017 (date to be confirmed).

Mary-Jo O’Rourke AE
Vice-President and Freelance Affairs Officer