October 2018

Editor Q&A: Maryrose Cuskelly

Maryrose Cuskelly has worked mainly on a freelance basis as an editor and writer since graduating from RMIT's Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, with occasional in-house stints in publishing houses, a university communications and marketing unit, and as a consumer health information officer at a major public hospital. Currently she writes for a custom publishing house, writes and edits articles and copy for a statutory authority and assesses manuscripts through Writers Victoria. We review her latest book, Wedderburn, in this newsletter.

You work as a freelance editor and freelance writer and are also a published book author. How did you get to this stage in your career?

While studying at RMIT, I chose all the editing subjects and also enrolled in Non-fiction Project, where I began writing about the human skin. When I graduated, I was encouraged to keep working on the material by my tutor, Di Websdale-Morrissey. Over the years I was writing it and trying to find a publisher, I was working as a freelance editor for Pearson and a number of other clients.


Book review: 'Wedderburn' by Maryrose Cuskelly

by Margie Beilharz


Maryrose Cuskelly is one of Editors Victoria's many multi-hatted members, being an author and freelance writer as well as a freelance editor. Her latest book, the true crime Wedderburn, has just been published. Margie Beilharz reviews it here, and we find out more about Maryrose's editing and writing career in this month's Editor Q&A.

Maryrose Cuskelly has chosen a difficult topic for this book: the murders in late 2014 of Greg Holmes and Greg's mother and stepfather, Mary and Peter Lockhart. The killer was Ian Jamieson – a farming neighbour and former friend of Peter Lockhart's. Their farms were south of Wedderburn in central Victoria, and the rural setting played a major part in the events leading up to the murders.


Report: plain English training course with Philip Bryan

by Jane Fitzpatrick

 'It has long been known that, not to put too fine a point on it, a reader can reach the end of a sentence wishing that an editor had traversed the terrain before them, and the sentence had been made into something altogether simpler and clearer.' Are your editorial hackles up? Philip's well-focused course helped its grateful participants to find and fix the faults in sentences like this.

More than 20 editors met at the CAE on 8 September for this workshop. We began by trying to define plain English, and this exercise helped emphasise that we should always keep the intended reader in mind.


Training update

We have two more training courses this year:

  • The Freelance Editor’s Toolkit with Peter Riches, Saturday 13 October 2018. Bookings still open!
    Embrace the future and learn how the latest technologies can transform the business of being an editor.  A half-day workshop to bring your IT skills up to date.
  • Academic editing with Renée Otmar, Saturday 24 November 2018
    Develop your skills in the growing field of academic editing. This full-day workshop will cover editing theses, monographs, journal articles and miscellanies; ethics; editing the work of students and academics whose first language is not English; the Australian Standards for Editing Practice; and general style matters.


Tell us what training courses you want

Many members took advantage of the Plain English and Advanced grammar workshops held in September. Did you miss out? Or would you like to see other courses run?

Contact the professional development subcommittee at edvic.training@iped-editors.org  with your suggestions.

From the committee: September meetings

by Margie Beilharz

In a burst of energy following the AGM, the committee met twice in September in order to get things up and running for the coming year. The final committee positions and subcommittee membership were reported earlier in this newsletter, along with our new IPEd email addresses.

Our second September meeting was a video (or phone) meeting over Zoom, which worked well and saved a fair bit of travelling. President Susan Keogh’s enthusiasm in her new role was such that she was keen to meet monthly, but the committee decided to keep our meetings to every two or three months so as to not overwork the members of the busier subcommittees. We set a date of 27 November for the next committee meeting, with future dates to be confirmed depending on branch events.


New members

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

Odelia Schaare


IPEd National Mentoring Program: what goes on behind the scenes?

by Ted Briggs, Geoff Dawson and Elizabeth Manning Murphy

You think you'd like to be mentored in some aspect of editing, or you have some skills that you'd like to share with a mentee who wants help. Good first step! Welcome to the IPEd National Mentoring Program. We'd love to have you on board. Here's how you can get involved:

First, please read the Mentoring Program Guidance Notes, the latest version of which is on the Canberra Society of Editors website and on the IPEd website.


Tips and tricks: opening your Word document in multiple windows

by Margie Beilharz

It can be really useful to look at your Word document in two separate, independent windows. And it's very simple, but unless you've played around with the menu options you may not be aware of it. To see how it works, first open up a Word document.

On my PC, I then go to the View banner and select New Window.



Typo of the month

Grocer’s on the loose at KFC, as spotted by Sally Holdsworth. Sigh.

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