November 2018


The October event was a beauty, with five published experts telling a big crowd what they want from their editors. Our final event for the year will be the Christmas event on 6 December.

Although the year is winding down, there are a couple of great training opportunities, one a course and one a webinar, in November. We get a sneak peek at next year’s courses, and read about Peter Riches' recent course on business software.


From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

Although the committee hasn’t had a meeting in the last month, we have continued to be active, with both the professional development and events subcommittees busy with planning. We did have our penultimate event for the year, with around 60 people packing out a room at CQ Functions to hear ‘What publishers want’. I hope all of you who attended have sent your CVs to the publishers who were there, and that some of you may already have been booked for some work as a result of this networking opportunity. We’ve also had another professional development session, with Peter Riches on software tools for running an editing business. And unfortunately, one of our committee, Sally Holdsworth, has had to resign. On behalf of the committee, I’d like to thank Sally for her contribution, particularly in helping to organise ‘What publishers want’.


Rosie Award for editing

Members will have received an email last week announcing the call for nomination for IPEd’s Rosie Award.

In brief:

The Rosie is an award to recognise excellence in editing, as demonstrated in one work, with testimony from author, publisher and editor. The nomination can come from any of the parties. The nominated work may be a fiction or non-fiction published work in any genre, or another substantial body of work. Potential nominees are urged to contact the IPEd Corporate Services Officer, Tay Winchester, at if they have queries as to whether a particular project fits the criteria for nomination.

See more on the IPEd website, and consider nominating your best work. The winner will be announced at the National IPEd Editors Conference dinner on Thursday 9 May 2019 in Melbourne.


Renewal of accreditation

After 10 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 

Beyond the Page: 9th IPEd National Editors Conference update

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First two keynotes announced

Susan Butler AO and Dr Katherine Bode have been announced as the first keynote speakers at the conference. Sue Butler is well known to our members as the former editor of the Macquarie Dictionary, and Katherine Bode similarly is known for her groundbreaking research in Australian literature. Further announcements of keynotes and invited speakers will follow in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the website and our weekly conference blog.


October meeting: a big audience discovers what publishers want

by Marie Pietersz

October panellists2

The panellists (L-R): Imogen Bannister, Lonely Planet; Nadine Anderson-Conklin, Macmillan Education Australia; ; Geraldine Corridon, Oxford University Press; Mitzi Zagon, Pearson Australia; Mandy Brett, Text Publishing. Photo: Marie Pietersz 

The October Editors Victoria meeting themed ‘What publishers want’ was a huge success with a full house of 59 members attending the event held at CQ Functions in Queen Street, Melbourne.


December meeting

Hold the date for the December Christmas meeting of Editors Victoria at the CQ Function Centre on Thursday 6 December at 6pm. Details will follow.

November freelancers’ lunch

Editors Victoria’s next freelancers’ lunch will be on Thursday 29 November at the Fitz Cafe. Celebrate the end of another (hopefully!) successful year with your colleagues over a delicious lunch. Begin your end-of-year social festivities early – Christmas lovers and Grinches welcome.

When: 12.30pm Tuesday 29 November 2018
Where: The Fitz Cafe, 347 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (corner Kerr St)
Book on MemNet.

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  for more details and to RSVP.

Academic editing: a workshop for novice and practising editors

with Dr Renée OtmarRenee Otmar2

10am–4pm, Saturday 24 November 2018
CAE, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

A course for professional editors who wish to develop their skills in academic editing. The course includes:

  • an overview of the research process and research methods
  • an exploration of tasks, roles and opportunities available for editors
  • ethical considerations in editing scholarly works
  • finding your niche and approaches to developing and/or editing ‘crossover’ books
  • editing statistics, tables and graphs, images, artefacts, bibliographies and references.

Book on MemNet. Bookings close Monday 19 November.