September 2017

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It’s the Conference Countdown!

iped sponsors logos2The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference is rapidly approaching! Haven’t booked? Here’s why you should join us in Brisbane this September.

As a delegate at a national conference, you’ll have the change to meet people in our profession from across the country who all share your passion for words, grammar and an excellent turn of phrase. The conference offers a range of sessions catering to editors at all stages of their journey, from students to career-changers, from novices to seasoned professionals.

Editors Queensland have constructed a diverse program with three major themes: professional development, technology and building alliances. Each theme offers discussion panels and plenaries to build your knowledge, expand your skills and advance our profession.


Online Access to Conference Sessions

If you can’t get to the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference in Brisbane this September but still want to catch a piece of the action, you can now sign up for pay-to-view registration. 

Some of the conference sessions will be streamed live – that’s nearly as good as being there. 

The sessions that are included in this packaged pay-to-view option are:

  • Sophie Cunningham keynote (Thursday 14 September, 9.45–10.30am)
  • Emerging leaders forum (Thursday 14 September, 2.45–3.30pm)
  • Roly Sussex keynote (Thursday 14 September, 4.00–4.45pm)
  • Sean Leahy keynote (Friday 15 September, 9.00–9.45am)
  • Building alliances panel (Friday 15 September, 9.45–10.30am)
  • ANZSI panel (Friday 15 September, 11.00–11.45am)
  • Thesis editing panel (Friday 15 September, 11.45am–12.30pm).


Upcoming Dinner Events

After last year's very successful student-run event, we are excited to announce that our October meeting will be a joint event between Editors Victoria and RMIT. Open to all students and members, with a special student price.

Reading the future: Navigating the Australian publishing landscape

Wednesday 18 October
6pm (for 6.30pm); dinner to be served at 6:45pm
Students $15, members (and affiliate members) $25, non-members $30 [Note: prices corrected – these are discounted compared to our regular event prices]
CQ Functions, 113 Queen St (cnr Lt Collins St), Melbourne
Register at the MEMNET portal
Bookings close Friday 13 October

Save the Date

30 November: Christmas Party


The Monthly Q&A: Naomi Saligari

Naomi Saligari works for Fitzroy Legal Service as the editor of their only publication, The Law Handbook. She’s worked as an editor for 15 years, both in-house and as a freelancer. She has primarily worked on educational texts (text books for secondary schools and universities, articles for journals, etc.), but did once edit a cookbook for pets!

I started working in publishing part-time when I was at uni. While I was dragging out my Arts degree for as long as humanly possible, for a couple of days a week I was also working away as a marketing assistant at Macmillan Education Australia (MEA). When I finally(!) completed my degree, I transferred to the editorial team in the secondary publishing department at MEA. That was 15 years ago! Since then, I’ve plied my craft at Oxford University Press, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and as a freelancer.

For the last five years, I’ve worked part-time for Fitzroy Legal Service, a community legal centre, as the in-house editor of their only publication, The Law Handbook. I’m a one-woman publishing department! I only work on one title, but I do many of the tasks involved between manuscript and publication: commissioning authors, budgeting, production, structural editing and copyediting, proofreading, checking proofs, distribution and marketing. (I don’t design the cover or text, or compile the index; and a gem of a typesetter checks and fixes my dodgy layout.)


Sweet and Sad Gathering at Jjaras

Sitting at a large wooden table by a window overlooking the gardens at Jjaras café in Inverloch, five Gippsland-based editors spent an amiable August afternoon sharing stories and insights, enjoying delicious meals made from fresh produce grown on-site and generally relishing each other’s company.

It had been some time since Sophie, Anne, Maree, Jan and Caitilin last met, and there were plenty of laughs amid the conversations about our recent projects. We also conferred over those ‘interesting’ clients, our worst fears as editors, and the magic of finding just the right title for that book (and then figuring out how to punctuate it.)


Tips and Tricks: Social Media Images

On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites, posts with images get greater engagement than plain text posts. Irritatingly, though, they all have different requirements in terms of image sizes, and often you don’t want to spend ages working out what you need.

Here’s an article that takes all the guesswork out of it: The Ideal Image Sizes for Your Social Media Posts: Guidelines for All 6 Major Social Networks, with sizes current as of August 2017.

For those of us with little patience to customise, Kevan Lee even suggests two go-to sizes – 1024 x 512 pixels for landscape and 800 x 1200 pixels for portrait – that are generally useful across different social media feeds.

Membership Matters

We are pleased to welcome the members who have joined since our last report.

Joan Gladwyn

Helen McLeod
Fiona Murphy
Nicole Kouros
Tegan Ang


Etymology: Boa

deriving from the Greek for 'true' (eteos/etymos) and 'word' (logos)

Curious about the origin of a word or term? Send it to us and we shall go forth and investigate.

Lautrec woman with a black feather boa c1892

The boa constrictor is one of the few animals whose scientific name is the same as their common name – yes, it’s officially Boa constrictor – an easy one to remember. Now the ‘constrictor’ part is obviously descriptive: these snakes squeeze their prey to death. But what about ‘boa’?


World Wide Web: The Academic Phrasebank

I’m not sure whether you’ll think this a good idea or not. As its name suggests, it’s a phrase bank for academic writing – compiled by John Morley, Co-Director of The University Language Centre, The University of Manchester. Broken up into sections (such as Signalling transition, Describing trends) it supplies phrases you can slot into your academic writing.

Have a look and see if it might help some of your writers use appropriate academic lingo, particularly those for whom English is not their first language: