Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019. We’ve got some holiday reading in Renée Otmar’s review of a biography of Beatrice Davis – one of Australia’s very first editors at a publishing house. Renée weaves in a bit of history of our society (that is, the then Society of Editors (Victoria)) and her own development as an editor.

Renée also updates us on conference news. Remember that earlybird booking closes very soon – on 6 February.

Our list of upcoming training courses now reaches into September 2019, and Nadine Davidoff’s new ‘Editing narrative non-fiction’ course is open for booking. One of our trainers, grammar guru Glenys Osborne, is our editor Q&A subject this month – you’ll see she also has many other strings to her bow.

Our Book of the Year and Client of the Year awards, decided by a survey of members, were announced at our Christmas event. The list is included in this newsletter, and could set you up for some good reading (or even an idea of where to look for work).

Our tip this month is from Bridget Blair, who recommends a software tool that will let you use tabs within Word.

On the topic of events, we have the SciFLyers (freelance science editors) meeting in February and a possible trip to Foster in Gippsland. Yes, there is an editing reason behind the plan!

Finally, I must acknowledge the great work, knowledge and wisdom that Charles Houen has given Editors Victoria over many years. In more recent times, we've seen his steady guidance of our branch budget and the complex arrangements involved in our transition to a national society. But his involvement goes back to two years as newsletter proofreader in the mid-2000s before he took on the role of treasurer. Charles was also at various times IPEd Secretary and IPEd Councillor for Victoria. We wish Charles all the best in his retirement from managing us, and much future relaxation and peace.

Have a great month,

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter editor