April 2015


If this newsletter is anything to go by, there's a lot happening in the editing world - Editors Victoria certainly has plenty on the go. This month we're seeking your input on Redact 2015, reporting back on lunching with freelancers, setting out new dates for training courses, looking back on the recent indexing training course, interviewing Hardie Grant editor Lauren Whybrow, mentoring across Australia, welcoming new members, whetting your appetite for the April dinner meeting and more.

So read on…

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

President's Report

Roll on Easter! This is the perfect time to slow down, draw breath from a busy start to the year and glide into the change of season - fortified, of course, by chocolate.

Our next  dinner meeting on 16 April will be a beauty - our guest speakers are barrister-turned-author Jock Serong and Text senior editor Mandy Brett. They'll be giving us the lowdown on working together on Jock's debut novel Quota, a gritty thriller set in coastal Victoria that's garnered praise around the nation. Mandy is a sought-after speaker and trainer at Editors Victoria and the charismatic, articulate Jock blew the audience away at a writers weekend I attended last year - I can promise a great night. There will be no shortage of subject matter - from the journey through publication to Jock's life in law and his role as the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly.


Shortage of Essential Editing Material

Editors around the country are bracing themselves for an anticipated worldwide shortage of tea, due to hit within months. The emergence of a growing middle class in countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China has led to a greater demand for tea and producers are struggling to meet orders.

'It's terrible,' said Alishan Sencha, a Melbourne editor. 'I don't know how I'm going to get any work done if this happens. I'll basically be unemployable.'


Redact 2015 Needs Your Help!

Redact (meaning 'to edit' or 'to put into suitable literary form') is a weekend intensive workshop for editors with two or more years' experience.

The Redact training program is designed to address the principles and processes outlined in IPEd's Australian Standards for Editing Practice, second edition. It's an excellent opportunity for participants to explore areas of editing and publishing in depth, with three streams of up to 12 participants. In 2013 the streams focused on fiction editing, project management and digital publishing.


March Freelance Lunch Report

My first freelance lunch: smoked salmon, rosti, crème fraiche, baby greens with something balsamic-y, double espresso. My usual freelance lunch: often something grazed - last night's leftovers straight from the tub, or several episodes of tea and toast (toppings vary) occurring intermittently between 10.30am and 1.30pm - or often foregone due to laziness or absent-mindedness, leading me to commit mild to moderate acts of hanger when my partner returns at the end of the day. In other words, a midweek lunch at The Fitz Cafe was a treat. As I locked my pushie to a valet-quality signpost directly outside the entrance to the venue on Brunswick St, I felt like a lady of leisure indeed.


Clear & Concise: Become a Better Business Writer - Book Review

Whether it's an email or a report, review findings or a website, any piece of business writing depends on readability for success.

Wordiness, ambiguity and repetition distract from the message and prevent it being understood quickly and easily - and clarity is the key to effective business writing.


Is the Index Any Good? - Training Course Review

On Saturday 28 February, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) held the first in a series of planned short indexing courses. Held at the CAE in the city, Indexing for Editors/Indexing for Indexers attracted a good number of editors and indexers keen to update their skills and benefit from the expertise of the trainers, Max McMaster and Mary Russell. In fact, Max told participants that he had created more than 2,000 indexes. 


Micro Mentor

MM's wisdom is not needed, it seems.

Perhaps MM's job here is done, given that there were no burning questions raised this month.

If you want MM to stay, email newsletter@editorsvictoria.org with your question about beginning as an editor.

Typo of the Month

Paddleos lores

Campbell Aitken found this 'remarkable and possibly unique' use of apostrophes at Anglesea a few summers ago.

IPEd News - How Much Do Editors Earn?

IPEd National Survey of Editors 2014 report

The IPEd National Survey of Editors 2014 report is available on the members-only section of the IPEd website. This is the first time the same survey has been run simultaneously through the societies of editors, providing society-specific data, which has then be used to compile the national report. The report and appendices therefore provide national and state information. 

The survey had 391 respondents from 1495 members of societies of editors (26%). The report includes a profile of the typical Australian editor, what their qualifications and training are, the industries and professions employing them and their editing income. A specific section just for freelancers provides average hourly rates, methods of quoting and more. The report also includes information on the professional development needs of editors, as well as the services editors would like from IPEd.