December 2019


Welcome to your December newsletter, the last edition for this year!

And so this is Christmas, and what have we done ... hard to believe that the year has flown and it is already close to the time for saying Goodbye 2019 and Hello 2020.

There is no doubt that the overall pace of our lives has increased, sped up by the advent of technology increasing the different forms of communication we receive and redefining the concept of time. And so it is for us too as editors, also racing to keep up and cope with our fast-paced editorial world, bringing with it constantly demanding notifications for action. 


President's report

by Susan Keogh DE

I’ll keep this very brief this month as there is plenty of other reading in this issue.

With the Melbourne Cup well and truly behind us, we’re now in the home straight to Christmas, and a time to reflect on the past year and what is to come in the next. The conclusion of our two-part AGM reinforces this sense of review and anticipation (and I’d like to thank those Victorian members who took part in the AGM via the wonders of digital technology).


From the president

by Susan Keogh DE

Change of Victorian director

The branch committee has decided to nominate Dr Renée Otmar to serve as the Victorian Director. Renée will take over as director as soon as the Board is able to approve her nomination.

From the national desk

Attention AEs: do you need to update your link?

It has come to our attention that some of the names on IPEd’s Accredited Editor page link to Editors Victoria’s old Freelance Register, which is now defunct. Please check the link from your name on this page:


Calling all freelance science editors

SciFLyers is a group of freelance science editors who meet every couple of months to share strategies, resources and stories. If you’re interested in finding out more or coming along to the next meeting (early 2020), contact Kerry Brown at

In the editorial space: Style Manual update

The Australian Government's Style Manual is on schedule for release in 2020, with the completion of a third of the new content, the first in nearly 18 years. It is the Government's source of rules and guidance on writing and editing.


Introducing: Donna Quinn, Administrative Officer

In early October we were very pleased to welcome Donna Quinn to the position of part-time Administrative Officer with Editors Victoria. She will assist with running professional development and other events for members. Her email address is (see Q&A elsewhere in the newsletter).


Editor Q&A: Donna Quinn

Communication Officer, Bridget Blair AE, asked our new Administrative Officer, Donna Quinn, to introduce herself.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve been employed in the publishing industry (full time/part-time/contract) in a range of different roles for just shy of 13 years and have worked as a freelance editor in conjunction with those for the last eight years. I have edited a variety of content over this time, but primarily academic journal articles in numerous disciplines.


Event held: In-house editors' networking

by Susan Keogh DE

On 23 October 2019, a small but select audience came to hear Rebecca Kaiser, the Editorial Director of Allen & Unwin, speak on building a career in publishing.


Event held: Book design by Pooja Desai

Report 1
by Susan Keogh DE

I have heard a lot of speakers over the 30 years I’ve been a member of this organisation. Pooja Desai, who spoke at our 30 October members’ dinner, is one of the two best speakers I’ve been privileged to hear – she’s right up there with Janet Mackenzie’s famous speech at the 25th anniversary dinner. It’s a big call, I know, but for information, entertainment and insight – amazing insight into both the creative process and the way we put books together – I certainly have not heard (or seen – we had visuals as well) such an engrossing presentation in a long, long time.