Hello from the New President

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I'm excited to greet you as the new president of Editors Victoria. It's a pleasure to be able to serve Australia's oldest and largest association of professional editors again. I take special delight in the fact that we're based in Melbourne, the world's second City of Literature, where editors are the lifeblood of a vibrant, long-standing publishing industry.

With a membership of around 650 and a 45th anniversary to celebrate next year, we are built on a strong foundation with a rich repository of knowledge and experience across our membership.

Throughout our history as an association, we've embraced substantial changes to the industry and used them to drive our projects. As we rush into the future I see technology continuing as the major driver of our industry. Changing demographics and patterns of work will make our programs even more relevant and important to members - our active training program, our strong freelance support, our accreditation system and our communication network via this newsletter, email, social media and events. The new national mentoring program is gathering momentum with enthusiastic take-up by members.

Our amalgamation into a national organisation will be finalised in 2015 - I will be ensuring we retain a distinctive identity within it.

I'm quaking in my boots when it comes to the size of the shoes left to fill as president - formidable leaders during my membership alone have been Trischa Mann, Liz Steele, Rosemary Noble and Melanie Dankel. My return to Editors Victoria follows 18 months in the trenches as newsletter co-editor in 2009-10; our major project was developing the hard-copy newsletter into an online format.

My own work as an editor takes in books, magazines, journals and digital publishing. It started out by happenstance in 1993, with academic research into Hawaiian music morphing into a role as contributing editor at a roots music magazine. I got hooked on editing by Jenny Lee, who taught the editing units during my Masters in Writing and Literature at Deakin University. Since then I've worked on everything from books to magazines to theses to websites. Currently I divide my week between Inside Small Business magazine as founding editor, my freelance editing practice as writer and editor, and presenting my training workshop for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Thanks to Trischa and outgoing committee members for a sterling effort, and thanks to Kate Goldsworthy for this final newsletter.

Congratulations to Charles Houen, our newest and 26th Honorary Life Member.

I look forward to working with committee and subcommittee members who will be staying on - as well as our new officers who'll be elected in mid-September - to develop Editors Victoria to best support you, our members. We are always open to your ideas.

Don't be a stranger - let us know.

Jackey Coyle