The first newsletter of 2015 is a sign that the holidays (and the tennis!) are truly over and I am back at my desk - working on projects but also planning my year and considering new editing challenges.

So where better to start than with some inspiration from this month's newsletter? Read on for upcoming training courses; dinners and lunches that combine conversation on all things editing with food and wine; mentoring opportunities (both to receive and offer); and notice of a prize for those who venture into indexing.

The 7th IPEd National Editors Conference in Canberra in May has announced a cracking pair of keynote speakers. If you're planning to go, keep in mind the early bird registration closes in a few weeks.

And our Micro Mentor and Dear Ed columnists, and the regular Etymology, Typo of the Month and World Wide Web items, have come up with the goods once again, in a way that can make us all feel a bit better.

I'd love to hear what you're doing to get started on a stellar editing year. And also what you like best (or not) about the newsletter, and any ideas, opinions or news you'd like to share.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor