Creating a Portfolio Publishing Career - Report on October Dinner Meeting

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On Wednesday 15 October, we held our latest dinner meeting at CQ Functions. The evening started with mingling and chatting over a glass of champagne or wine. Once everyone was settled at their tables, Editors Victoria President Jackey Coyle opened the event, discussing her plans and hopes for the year ahead.

Jackey also awarded an IPEd accreditation certificate to EV member Helen Williams, who sat this year's exam and who was also attending the dinner. Congratulations to Helen and all the newly accredited AEs!

Kirstie Innes-WillOur guest speaker for the evening was Kirstie Innes-Will. Kirstie is currently Senior Editor at Black Inc. - an independent Melbourne-based publisher of literary non-fiction, fiction and poetry. She has worked in a number of diverse publishing settings - including with a large corporate educational publisher, as a freelance sole trader, and now with an independent trade publisher. On this occasion, she shared the microphone with our moderator (and events co-organiser) Carolyn Leslie. Together, the two discussed their perspectives on creating a portfolio publishing career, and answered questions from a crowd curious about all things editorial.

Kirstie discussed the importance of being multi-skilled in developing your editorial career, some of the tricks to staying current with publishing trends and editorial skills, and where she sees the publishing industry - and editors - heading in the next five years.

After Kirstie had shared some of her stories, the event was opened up to the floor. Soon the room was awash with questions. Kirstie and Carolyn used their own experiences and knowledge of the industry to provide expert tips and guidance on topics ranging from how to get into that first editorial job to how to attract new clients to your freelancing business.

For a bit of extra excitement, this dinner featured a door prize. Kirsty Elliot was the lucky winner this month, receiving a copy of Editors in Conversation 2, the latest Inside Small Business magazine (courtesy of Summit Publishing), a box of chocolates and two Editors Victoria bookmarks.

After the presentation, the event then turned into an impromptu networking session, with a room of lively and inspired editors swapping advice, tips and personal success stories with each other.

Kirstie was honest and thoughtful in her discussion, and Carolyn guided the event with warmth. It was a wonderful night that answered a lot of questions and was filled with a lot of laughs.

The next dinner event will take place on Thursday 11 December. It will be our annual Christmas trivia night, and will feature fun, trivia and prizes. It promises to be a rollicking good night!

Sarah Mokrzycki