October 2019


Welcome to your October newsletter.

It's the middle of spring, but who can say, with the weather the way it is some days!

By the time you read this, you will have known who the Brownlow Medal winner is and which team won the 2019 AFL Premiership; although NRL fans, you have a few more scrums and tackles before you know who your premiers are.

Of course, there are two other favourite festivals celebrated in October of very different ilks: Australia's Oktoberfest and the Seniors Festival; and this year I get to be one of the faces for the latter https://www.cotavic.org.au/our-programs/victorian-seniors-festival/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5dfg3f3v5AIVwhuPCh3x2AdsEAAYASAAEgK4aPD_BwE. Check out the interesting celebrations programs for each of the festivals.

The literary festivals are over but Christmas decorations are in the shops to set our minds athinking that soon it will be holidays and festive celebrations and family get-togethers and time for putting our feet up for some well-deserved rest from editor's block.


From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

Sometimes your life can change very quickly. One week you’re a freelance editor, sorting receipts for GST, updating your blog, reminding clients that you’re available for work; the next week, you’ve turned into a peak-hour commuter, squeezing into trains and trams with your packed lunch, and having an IT department on call to solve your technical problems (although they can’t help when you lose your phone). That’s been my life over the last few weeks, and I’d like to thank the rest of the committee for stepping up and dealing with the necessary tasks while I have disappeared into a vortex of interviews and then exhaustion from the necessary but overwhelming inductions, training and e-learning opportunities (are those platforms Workplace and Salesforce, or Workforce and Salesplace ...?)


From the national desk

Ambassador Program update

IPEd has been busy getting presentations, handout sheets and promotional material ready for the Ambassador Program, its national educational program, funded by The Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, to educate and inform postgraduate research students, academic staff, writers and the public about the profession.

Letters to organisations (nominated by Ambassadors) were sent in early September requesting a time for Ambassadors to present to developing and established writers what editors do and the level of service they can provide. Handout sheets, PowerPoint presentations and new IPEd bookmarks are among the up-to-date materials provided to Ambassadors for their presentations.


Mentoring as preparation for Accreditation Exam

by Maryna Mews

Are you thinking of sitting for the next accreditation exam? 

It is scheduled for August 2020, but it’s not too early to start your preparation and study.

There are many ways of undertaking this. One of them is through joining a mentoring program and getting the benefit of one-on-one guidance. 

The IPEd Mentoring Program for editors, originally piloted by the Canberra Society of Editors, offers the opportunity for members of any societies or associations of editors to improve their editing skills with professional oversight and feedback from experienced editors. Mentoring is where one individual provides support, encouragement and advice to another, based on their knowledge and life and experience relative to the mentoring theme. It provides a two-way learning experience for both mentor and mentee, which can encourage deep satisfaction and numerous benefits in many personal, career, organisational and developmental areas.


Introducing our Student Advisors

by Bridget Blair AE

Earlier this year, the Editors Victoria committee decided that our decision making, activity planning and priority setting would benefit from having the perspective of a student currently engaged in an editing course.

Students are often more au fait than working editors with the latest developments in editing practice and the publishing scene, including current debates and new technologies. Having a student advisor to the committee would help us better represent the interests of our student members and ensure that our communication about the organisation is relevant and accessible to new editors. In return, we could offer the experience of working with a professional organisation and informal mentoring to an emerging editor. So we put out the call for applicants for a one-year, voluntary, non-voting position.


Events update

What's on for 2019

We are in the process of finalising our events calendar for the committee year and would like your input on the topics you would like us to bring to you through speakers at our dinner and in-house meetings. Anything that is trending, issues you face or that will affect your business, and legal matters that impact, to start. There will also be regional and freelancers' meetings.

The Events sub-committee (Marie Pietersz, Susan Keogh and Sally McInness) will be happy to hear from you.

In the meantime, keep the dates free for the following events.

Come and spend an enjoyable evening of networking, sharing ideas and listening to interesting speakers present exciting topics. We have some new venues and menus for you to sample too.


Freelancers' lunch

by Susan Pierotti

Perhaps it was the spring weather, the remarkable sunshine, or a good excuse to avoid commas, colons and comments to authors, that tempted around 15 editors to come to the September Freelancers' Lunch at The Fitz Café on Thursday 19 September 2019. Ranging from past and current committee members to first-timers, there was, as usual, much laughter, sharing of ideas, and encouragement. We even had a guest editor from Sydney! We welcomed Mary-Jo O’Rourke, our previous Freelancers' Lunch organiser, and discovered that many of us will be attending her course in November on academic editing.

Meeting at these lunches fosters camaraderie that is necessary in our chosen but solo profession.


New members

by Nicole Mathers

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


Samuel van der Plank
Stephen Ormsby
Jason Gregory
Karina Smith


Elizabeth Lawson



Q&A interview: Margaret Trudgeon

by Bridget Blair AE

Margaret Trudgeon has been a freelance editor for twenty years and works from home. She generally edits educational textbooks, usually for larger publishers, but these days she also does nonfiction and fiction editing for private clients, who come to her directly through her website or IPEd.

How has your month been?

I thought I was going to run out of work last month and have some quiet time to reorganise my office, update my website and clear up my desk, but I ended up working every day. I've been finishing off two jobs that came to me privately, one through my website – a fiction book – and one a nonfiction book about a murder, which came to me as a recommendation from another author I did some work for last year. Both have been really enjoyable books to work on, from two very appreciative authors, and I'm really hoping they will be published. Neither of the authors have publishers yet. I've also been working on a book about wound care for a large publisher (it's off being paged at the moment). Yep, it has all the gory pictures in it and if anyone had walked past my house as I was first looking at them they would have heard me gasping out loud in horror! I now try not to look at the pictures, and tell myself it's worse for the people who actually have to deal with such things on a daily basis. On the plus side, the authors are two of the most lovely people I've worked with! The fiction book has been a lot of fun – the characters are all wombats and it's set in a real Australian alpine setting. The author has been very receptive to my suggestions, while also having some strong opinions of his own, but I figure that's okay and we've worked well together. He's invested a lot of personal time into this book and he wants it to be the best it can be. It's been a really satisfying process. I've just picked up two smaller jobs – one editing some internet assets for a big textbook I edited earlier this year (very boring, but pays the bills), and the other helping out another editor (a new venture!).


Training held

by Jane Fitzpatrick AE

Report on Editing Digital Content with John Ryan, Saturday 14 September

John Ryan’s guide to editing digital content was informative and entertaining. On-screen reading is different from reading print: people skim text looking for key information, whilst being bombarded with distractions. The key skills of a print editor are needed for digital content, but there are other things we can discard.