October 2018


In this bumper newsletter, we introduce the 2018–19 committee members and new president, but sadly farewell one of our founding members, Janet Mackenzie DE.

We’ve got a great line-up from the publishing industry at our next member meeting on 9 October, so come along to hear what they want from freelancers. We’re also keeping busy with other group activities, both completed and upcoming, and we extend a welcome from the Melbourne Indexers to editors who’d like to edit an index at their 4 October meeting.

Member Maryrose Cuskelly is the subject of this month’s editor Q&A, and we also review her new book, the true crime Wedderburn.

Read on for more on training and mentoring, a simple but very useful Word tip, and a call-out for people interested in helping put together a history of our society. Note also that we’ve updated our email addresses to IPEd ones – details are in the committee list.

Have a great month.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter Editor

From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

In the middle of August this year, the cast of the Back to the Future movies held a reunion. For those of you old enough to remember those time-travel-themed movies the first time around, you might have had a Back to the Future moment when you saw my name as Renée's successor as president. For those of you who don't know the trilogy, it was released between 1985 and 1990 – and I was on the committee of the Society of Editors (as it was then, no 'Inc.' even) when the last one was released. (And no, they weren't black-and-white movies, and yes, they did have sound.) 

I am actually delighted to rejoin the committee and I hope we can do some new and interesting things this year. Your Victorian branch committee has already created a new role, special projects, which has been taken on by the new vice-president, Susan Pierotti. The first special project will be our history, from our founding in 1971 through to the current day.  


A celebration of the life of Janet Mackenzie

We were very sad to hear of the death almost two weeks ago of Honorary Life Member and Distinguished Editor Janet Mackenzie.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 Kitchen Street, Mansfield, Victoria, on Sunday 21 October at 11am.

Please bring a story to tell the person next to you, and also your musical instrument. Janet specifically requested that donations of blood through Red Cross are more acceptable than flowers or a gift. 


Who's who in 2018–19

The 2018–19 committee and staff, and their new email addresses, are below.

Executive committee

President: Susan Keogh – edvic.president@iped-editors.org
Vice-President: Susan Pierotti – edvic.vp@iped-editors.org
Budget: Marnie Hannagan – edvic.budget@iped-editors.org
Communication: Margie Beilharz – edvic.communication@iped-editors.org
Conference Convenor: Renée Otmar – conference2019@iped-editors.org
Events: Marie Pietersz – edvic.events@iped-editors.org
Professional Development: Maryna Mews – edvic.profdev@iped-editors.org
Secretary: Charles Houen – edvic.secretary@iped-editors.org


Renewal of accreditation

After ten years, editors in the first cohort of Accredited Editors (from 2008) are up to their second round of accreditation renewal. Renewal applications are now open and must be received by the IPEd secretary by 30 November 2018.

All application details are contained in the PDF document attached to the accreditation renewal email sent by Tay Winchester (IPEd's Corporate Services Officer), but any questions about the administration process can be directed to her via email at corporateservices@iped-editors.org.

October 2018 members' event: what publishers want

6pm Tuesday 9 October 2018. Includes finger food and drinks – non-members welcome.
Presentation begins at 6.45pm.

Ever wondered what publishers want from editors? Join five senior members of the industry as they share what freelance editors need to know about skills, quoting, budgets and more. Mitzi Zagon (Pearson Australia), Nadine Anderson-Conklin (Macmillan Education Australia), Geraldine Corridon (Oxford University Press), Mandy Brett (Text Publishing) and Imogen Bannister (Lonely Planet) will cover editing for primary, secondary and tertiary education, and trade fiction and non-fiction.

Enjoy some networking and help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Accredited Editors exam with the presentation of new Accredited Editor certificates!


September freelancers’ lunch

by Susan Pierotti AE


Editors lunching at the Fitz, and not talking about apostrophes. Photo: Susan Pierotti

Around 20 enthusiastic editors ignored the grey cold day to meet in the Fitz Cafe on 25 September. It was good to see the mix of more established editors, new attendees and people we haven’t seen for a while. Over delicious food and coffees, talk flowed freely, with topics ranging from academic editing (just how much help should you give a student whose native language isn’t English?) to family and oral history, internships and the upcoming conference next year. 


Ballarat and districts editors’ group

by Danielle Vecchio

Next coffee and catch up: 10.30am Tuesday 9 October, The Regent Theatre cafe, 49 Lydiard St, Ballarat

For this month’s catch up, the Ballarat editors’ group will be meeting at the café at the splendid Regent Theatre. Our little group is growing all the time; welcome to Cathy McKenna and Therese Footner. I’m sure there are more of you out there!


SciFLyers meet-up

The SciFLyers are an informal group of freelance science editors, capably captained by Kerry Brown. Their next meeting is at Kerry’s house in East Ivanhoe at 10am Friday 7 December – a chance for convivial shoptalk with fellow editors, and a cuppa.

Contact Kerry at drkb48@gmail.com  for more details and to RSVP.

Editing the index

Editing indexes is a good way of learning about indexes through detecting errors. Come and put your editing skills to the test, and edit a deliberately faulty (made up) index. You will be given a house style to edit against. 

Join a friendly bunch of Melbourne Indexers at their October meeting to test your skills and knowledge.

Where: ‘Glenferrie’ Meeting Room, Hawthorn Library, 584 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.
When: 6–8pm Thursday 4 October
Cost: Free