April 2018

Fiction genre editing

by Maryna Mews

A sell-out crowd attended Editors Victoria’s fiction genre editing course given by Kate Cuthbert in early March. 

The border between literary fiction and genre fiction can be blurred at times. In essence, however, Kate says genre fiction books are read for pleasure rather than for education or to improve yourself. The main genres are romance, crime and mystery, and science fiction and fantasy, but there are many off-shoots, including Australian fiction. 

Kate went on to say that, in 2017, the romance genre (which is the biggest) netted some $1.44 billion in the US. 'Romance publishers expect their readers to purchase 10 to 12 books a year. In contrast, literary fiction readers purchase at most two a year.' 


Upcoming training courses

Getting ready for the accreditation exam (bookings have closed)

with Susan Keogh
Date: Saturday 7 April 2018
Time: 10am–1.30pm

Anyone can call themselves an editor  many people do. How do you make your hard-earned skills stand out? By passing this year's national accreditation exam of course! This workshop contains a mix of direct instruction and hands-on exercises covering the basis of the exam, its different parts and how it is marked. It gives you practice in answering exam-standard questions and vital tips on maximising your preparation. Your presenter, Susan, is a former invigilator and marker of the exam.
More info on MemNet.

Proofreading: intermediate

with Susan Keogh
Date: Saturday 21 April 2018
Time: 10am–4pm

With a mix of hands-on exercises, discussion and direct instruction, this workshop covers some of the more complex concerns in finessing proofs for publication, including real-life expectations of proofreaders, tricky layout issues, cutting and filling pages, and dealing with images. Proofreading: intermediate is an excellent refresher for anyone contemplating the accreditation exam.


Accreditation exam

Earlybird registration closes soon

The 2018 accreditation exam is fast approaching; it will be held on Saturday 19 May.

Earlybird registration closes 5 April. Final registration is Sunday 22 April.

For more information and to register, go to http://iped-editors.org/Accreditation.aspx.

From the committee

The executive committee met on 21 March with new president Renée Otmar. We're pleased that IPEd CEO Karen Lee will be visiting the branch in August. We've invited her to give a talk at our AGM on Wednesday 22 August, and the committee will also meet with her earlier in the day.

Standing Committee on Academic Editing

by Renée Otmar, HLM, DE

On the academic calendar, March is usually a time for orientation and introduction, and by April our academic editing colleagues have their sleeves well and truly rolled up to assist students, academics and publishers in preparation for submission and/or publication of their scholarly works and proposals.

Discussion and the sharing of advice, links and resources on the finer points of academic style are steadily increasing on Secret Editors Business, a members-only forum on Facebook. It is an absolute delight to witness in this virtual space the sensitivity, care and respect between colleagues. If you detect in that a note of surprise, it’s because the opposite is often far more prevalent in other online forums.


New members

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

Sarah Coles
Jay Carmichael

Lucie Bland
Peta Short
Antoinetta Melideo
Alicia Randall
Alisha Nicholas
Anya Lloyd-Smith

Emmy van Ewyk

Nicole Mathers
IPEd Membership Officer

Tips and tricks: contracts and agreements

by Margie Beilharz

If you're a freelance editor and you get by on verbal or email agreements with clients, that probably works well until the day it doesn't. But creating a useful contract isn't simple – it requires expertise.

I attended Roslyn Copas's talk at the 2017 IPEd conference in Brisbane, which tackled this issue in quite a bit of detail. It's one of the talks now available (to members) as part of the recently posted conference proceedings.


World wide web


Have your say on Victoria's gallery, library, archive and museum collections. Creative Victoria is holding a survey on 'how and why you are using collections, and any things you would like to change to improve your experience'. The survey link is in their recent news.

Photo on Visualhunt

You never know when this will come in handy

Upsidedown and backwards2

For those occasions when you just need some ndsᴉpǝ poʍu (upside down) or sdrawkcab (backwards) text, or both (pɐǝɹ oʇ ɹǝᴉsɐǝ sᴉ ǝuo sᴉɥʇ 'pɹᴉǝʍ) head to upsidedowntext.com and have a play around.

Photo credit: danielrmccarthy on VisualHunt / CC BY

Etymology: scintillating

by Margie Beilharz

night spark lights

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.

This month's word was prompted by a crossword clue. The answer was scintilla, and part of the clue was 'a spark'. That surprised me, and also made me wonder how scintilla relates to scintillating.

I usually think of scintilla as meaning 'a tiny bit', and scintillating describing something really interesting and witty. I'm on the right track, but that's not the whole story.