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Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018. If you’re a freelancer, or an in-house editor thinking about taking on some freelance work, come along to our next branch meeting on 22 February for networking, finger food and a panel discussion on how to get work. I’m looking forward to asking the questions, and you’ll get a chance to ask your own, too.

We also have dates for the next freelance lunch and a fantastic set of training courses for the first half of 2018. One date still to be advised is that of an information night about the IPEd accreditation exam (for which bookings should open today). A training course to help prepare for the exam will be held on 7 April.

The preparations for the Melbourne 2019 editors conference are underway: the professional conference organiser (PCO) has been selected and a willing group of helpers is ready to pitch in. Now it's time to appoint a conference convenor! Could it be you? See our call-out below.

In this newsletter, we update you on the various activities of the busy branch committee; show how you can make your results look super professional in a google search; and tempt you with the etymology of cream.

Enjoy the newsletter and make the most of the many things Editors Victoria offers its members. On that note, through various circumstances some people who are not members have found their way onto the newsletter mailing list. We’re sorting that out now, so if that’s you and you love getting these newsletters straight to your inbox, please become a member.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor