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This is the last newsletter that you’ll receive as a member of Editors Victoria in its current form – as of 1 July we officially become a branch of a national professional body, the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd). The new structure will take some time to settle into place. We update you on the transition here and will keep you informed as it all comes together. (Newsletters will continue coming your way from the Victorian committee for the time being at least!)

While looking towards a national voice, we’re also seeing the value of getting together at a more local level: we have reports this month from the freelancers and the editor groups in Gippsland and north-east Victoria. I notice that all of these meetings do involve a good lunch!

The accreditation exam is nearing for many Victorian editors. Good luck to all who are sitting it on 25 June, and many thanks to everyone in the society who has helped the candidates in their study. Our IPEd Accreditation Exam Board representatives have one final article with advice on how the exam day will unfold. 

For editors to have an effective voice in national debates on publishing, language and communication, our relationships with other organisations in the same space (such as author groups and publishers) are vital. In this newsletter, we include a message from the Australian Society of Authors, which is seeking support for the Australian book industry in their fight against proposed changes to copyright laws. 

Also, our editor of the month is Jessica Hoadley from Insight Publications, Jackey Coyle reviews The Chicago Style Q&A’s new book, Dear Ed answers a political question of sorts and we look forward to our 15 June dinner meeting.

Until next month, 

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor