February 2020


Welcome to your February 2020 newsletter, the first edition for this year, and, indeed, the new decade!

And what a start to the year it has been for Australia with its unprecedented, devastating bushfires which took everyone by surprise and have left heads shaking about what went wrong and what could have been done to better prepare and foresee; with all of Australia left to restore, regenerate, rebuild.


President's report

by Susan Keogh HLM, DE

Happy New Year to all Victorian members – and, in fact, doubly happy new year, with the festivities for the Chinese New Year just concluded. I’ve always been fond of the Chinese New Year: it gives me a chance to start over on those resolutions (walking more, for instance) that may have had a bit of a false start in January.


Improve your editing skills through mentoring

by Maryna Mews

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.


Invoicing and GST

by Michael Lawry CPA

Whether working for an organisation or as a contractor, most of us have to either draw up invoices or process them on a reasonably regular basis. Invoicing rules are different depending on whether or not you are registered for GST (goods and services tax). There are also different requirements when you invoice for amounts greater than $1000.


Accreditation update

by Katie Lawry AE

Are you considering becoming an IPEd Accredited Editor?

This year's accreditation exam is coming up on Saturday 15 August. To help you prepare, there is extensive information and some guides on the IPEd website within the IPEd Accreditation Exam section. If you are already an IPEd member and have a Facebook account, consider joining the Secret Editors' IPEd study group, which is a supportive, online study group focusing on studying for the exam. 


Event held: 5 December dinner meeting


On 5 December, 28 guests (including members and non-members) attended our 2019 end-of-year dinner meeting to hear acclaimed Victorian author Mark Brandi, of best-selling novel, Wimmera, fame, talk about his experience of the editorial process. The event was held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Melbourne. Mark was born in Italy and grew up in regional Victoria.


Event held:18 December freelancers' meeting

by Susan Pierotti AE

The Editors Victoria freelancers' Christmas picnic took place on 18 December 2019 in the Fitzroy Gardens. Because it was nearly 40 degrees, five slightly damp editors immediately transferred to the Kere Kere café in the Gardens. After the ubiquitous ‘What are you doing for Christmas?’ (with a variety of interesting responses), we shared technical tips, including the Citation function in Word, where to source diacritics, the Style Manual old and new, is PerfectIt worth the expense (yes!) and how to tactfully yet briefly inform authors in the Comments section of Track Changes. Discussion ranged from eco-friendly coffee cups (Kere Kere uses ones made from coffee husks – how appropriate!) to English history and EdVic professional development courses. Though small in numbers, we learned about, and from, each other.


Event coming up: February dinner meeting

Don't miss out on our February dinner meeting. We would love you to be there to share in this networking opportunity and listen to Dr Euan Mitchell talk about the role of the editor in ebooks and self-publishing.

Note: Ebook editing (books for Kindle, online publication, etc) featured in the top 10 requested professional development areas in the IPEd Members Feedback Survey 2019 Report.


Events: diary dates

Book these dates in your diary and watch this space for more information.

Thursday, 27 February – The role of the editor in ebooks and self-publishing, with Euan Mitchell

(Details elsewhere in the newsletter)


Training coming up: Punctuation refresher

Punctuation refresher 

with Ann Philpott

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD (check the screens above lifts for room number on the day)
Refreshments: Muffins, gourmet biscuits, tea and coffee. Lunch is not provided.