About Robin Bower

Robin is an accredited editor and author living in Perth, Western Australia. She has lived in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, and loves travelling especially in Asia. She has a master's degree in creative writing. Her day job is publishing manager in the Western Australian government resources sector. She is a Past President of the Society of Editors (WA) Inc., and past assistant editor of indigo literary journal. BOOKS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON Beyond Home - a daughter's journey - novel Senses of Paris - a literary and artistic journey with artist, Christine Vandenbergh My River Sanctuary - novel See website at www.robinbower.com.

August networking meeting — preparing for the accreditation exam

Topic: Preparing for the accreditation exam
Speakers: Accredited editors who have passed the accreditation exam

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Accredited Editors Cheryl Bettridge, Michele Drouart, Amanda Curtin, Margaret McNally, Jan Knight, Sue Thomson and Kerry Coyle. Bring your Style manual and any other resources you use with you.

The Curtin Uni publication, Treading water while the sharks are circling, designed as a guide for first year uni students sitting exams is a useful guide for anyone who has an exam looming and current Australian standards for editing practice will be distributed to all those who would like one.

The format will be something along the following lines:
Part 1: Tackling the exam 10 mins
This section covers time management, what to do first, using your strengths to their best advantage when choosing questions, etc.
Part 2: Be prepared 10 mins
This includes what to take in to the exam and how to make best use of the website.
Part 3: Survival guide 10 mins
How to remain calm and combat your nerves; hints and tips. General questions.
Part 4: Practice makes perfect (all panellists to assist group) 60 mins

Exam (apart from 10 mins to write name and number on each page and 30 mins reading time) is 3 hours. Use reading time to choose questions.

• Part 1 (25 mins)
Distribute practice papers and read intro. Read Part 1 instructions. Give 20 mins for group to answer the 24 short questions (allocation in exam is 20% so approx 36 mins). Give answers.

• Part 2 (15 mins)
Read page 6 and do some of the style sheet together as not everyone may have done one before. Examples.

• Part 3 (20 mins)
4 of the 12 need to be answered in approximately 72 mins. Let’s look at question 1.  4 of the 6 parts 1.1 to 1.6 need to be done (approx 5 mins to spend on each). Allow everyone to choose four and do them in 20 mins (cross of 5 minute intervals). They can then look at their answers and see how they went.

Hopefully these exercises reassure people that they can work within the exam’s timeframes. Remember some areas will be easier for an individual than others, so the percentage split is really just a guide. 

Wrap up and questions

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $10 non-member; $5 members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP barney9277@optusnet.com.au

April networking meeting: wonderful web wizards

Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Time: 7.30–8.30 pm
Cost: Members$ 5; non-members $10
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The April networking meeting will focus on website design and marketing. Based in Fremantle, Media on Mars design  solutions is a company passionate about great web  design and boasts a talented group of web and print  designers. We are lucky to have  Kammi Rapsey, principal, to present about web  design and how to make it work for you.  Kammi’s passion is aesthetics. Her unique approach to design draws on her background in fine arts and her appreciation of good communication. As well as being a designer, Kammi is a qualified art and media teacher. Her capabilities extend to photography, three-dimensional design, art direction and web design.

In addition to Kammi, committee member Marisa Wikramanayake will present about various aspects of websites, including the basics of how a site is built, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and marketing. She’ll also show how we as editors can use our websites, and how we can help our clients get the best out of the website text they send us.

RSVP 13 April 2012 to Robin Barnes on barney9277@optusnet.com.au.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2012

Date: Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Time of AGM: 7-7.30 pm
Panel discussion: 7.45-8.45 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre (east wing), 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco (almost opposite King Edward Memorial Hospital)
Cost: Free for members/$10 non-members

Tea, coffee, champagne and strawberries will be provided.

Members are invited to nominate for committee positions for the 2012–13 year.

The Management Committee consists of: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least four general committee members.

Nominations must be in writing (see AGM 2012 Nomination Form), signed by both the nominator and nominee (both must be members of the Society), and delivered to Robin Bower at or before the AGM.

PANEL DISCUSSION
We are delighted to have two speakers from the bookselling industry: Alan Sheardown from Crow Books and Jane Seaton from Beaufort Street Books. The AGM event is to celebrate the entry of two relatively new ‘bricks and mortar’ booksellers into the industry and to hear what they have to say about the challenges of establishing new businesses in the changing world of bookselling. To underscore the theme of celebration, we’re having champagne and strawberries.

RSVP 28 February to Robin Barnes

Free workshop to revise editing standards

You are invited to attend a workshop to revise the ‘Australian standards for editing practice’. The ‘Standards’ underpin the work of all editors and are the basis of IPEd’s accreditation exam.

Kerry Davies, AE, president of the Queensland Society of Editors, will facilitate the meeting to be held in Perth on Saturday 18 February.

A flyer and all the papers are attached FYI.

If you can attend this important event, please enrol as soon as possible. More details about what is needed will be sent to members who enrol or who express an interest.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

EVENT: Revision of IPEd standards

VENUE: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco

DATE: Saturday, 18 February 2012

TIME: 9.45 am for 10 am, finishing at 4 pm

COST: Free

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

*****  ENROL ASAP to kcoyle@westnet.com.au *****

Documents required
1. Discussion paper

2. Current version of Standards

3. Most recent draft revision of Standards

4. A track changes comparison of 2 and 3 above

5. Professional Editorial Standards, Canada 2009

6. SfEP Code of Practice Ensuring Editorial Excellence UK 2005 with special attention to sections 5 and 6

Christmas celebration 2011

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Indian Christmas dinner at the Buddha Bar to celebrate the end of the year for the Society. We had secret santa pressies and if you weren’t happy you could swap with one you liked, Jan organised some fabulous quizzes, and we consumed a delicious banquet under the ever-watchful eye of an enormous Buddha. All to the music of Whitney Houston and Madonna!

We look forward to seeing you all next year. We won’t have a normal networking session in February but we will be having a workshop on Saturday 18 February which we’ll tell you about later. Then it’s our AGM on 6 March where we elect/re-elect the office bearers and hopefully welcome some new hands in the new year.

The committee wishes all our members a very safe, happy and productive Christmas and new year holiday!

November networking session: editing scientific writing

Details
Date: Tuesday 15 November
Time: 7.30-9 pm
Place: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP 10 November Robin Barnes

Fundamentals of science editing

We are very fortunate to have Professor David Lindsay as our guest speaker this month.

Professor Lindsay travels the world teaching researchers about scientific communication. Now an Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia, he developed and for many years taught units in science and its communication, and scientific extension, to undergraduates in the Faculty of Agriculture.

Professor Lindsay wrote A Guide to Scientific Writing, which can be found on the bookshelves of most scientists. His new book Scientific Writing=Thinking in Words was published in February 2011.

If you wish to improve the quality of your editing overall or if you have questions about editing technical writing, this is one networking meeting not to miss! Members and non-members are welcome, so bring your friends.

Feel free to promote this session around your networks by using this flyer.

Notices

Editorial internship
Australian Book Review, based in Melbourne, seeks applications for an Editorial Intern to help edit, produce and present Australia’s foremost independent literary magazine. This is a perfect opportunity for recent university graduates seeking an entrée into publishing.

This Internship – worth $20,000 and supported by The Ian Potter Foundation – is one of the few intensive, paid editorial training programs of its kind in Australian publishing. It reflects ABR’s long-standing commitment to fostering new editorial talent, and extends the magazine’s established volunteer intern program; widely regarded as a ‘finishing school’ for editing and publishing graduates.

Applications (maximum five pages, including CV) are due by Thursday, 1 December 2011 – to editor@australianbookreview.com.au.

Please see the complete position description attached for further information.

The position description is also available on our website.

ABR gratefully acknowledges the generosity of The Ian Potter Foundation and of its many Patrons, who support the magazine through tax-deductible donations of $250 or more. These donations are vital for the magazine’s future.

‘The best journal of words and ideas. Supporters can be proud of their judgement.’

John Bryson, author and ABR Patron

IPEd webminder
The Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd) seeks a part-time webminder to join its team of voluntary workers.

It is estimated that fulfilling the role will require, on average, between 2 and 5 hours per week.

IPEd would like you to:

  • upload information to the website as requested by IPEd’s company secretary, councillors, committees and member societies of editors
  • identify material of value and interest to editors and add this to the website
  • update the website as required and archive out-of-date information
  • maintain the website’s members’ database.

The person we are looking for will:

  • have experience with website content management systems
  • be an editor and a member of an Australian society of editors
  • support IPEd’s objectives.

Applications should be sent to info@iped-editors.org by the closing date of Friday 11 November.

October: Nuts and bolts of grammar and punctuation

Details
Date: Tuesday 18 October
Time: 7.30-8.30 pm
Place: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP 13 October Robin Barnes

James Hansen and Anne Surma will answer questions on grammar and punctuation, adding their knowledge and skills to tricky problems posed by members. If you have ever had a difficult text to edit or want to know why a certain rule applies to a particular text, if you hate seeing apostrophes put in the wrong places, or you don’t know the best way to use a semicolon, come to this workshop. Even if you’ve been an editor or proofreader for years, we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

The presenters

James Hansen joined the society in its foundation year and is an honorary life member. He was a committee member for many years. Now retired, James has been a high school teacher (English and geography), educational media producer, equal employment opportunity officer (Education Department of Western Australia), editor, and lecturer in traditional English grammar (at the meeting, you can buy his book Take Charge! Using apostrophes and plurals correctly: an easy, friendly guide). James has also published a couple of short stories.

Dr Anne Surma lectures at Murdoch University in the English and Creative Arts program. Anne has worked in private industry as an editor and writer and, more recently, as a workshop facilitator and consultant, advising on communication strategy and practice. Anne’s research interests include public communication as ethical discourse and creative practice; corporate responsibility; and discursive approaches to dominant and marginalised narratives in public and organisational stories. She has published chapters and refereed journal articles from her work, and her monograph, Public and professional writing: ethics, imagination and rhetoric, was published by Palgrave in 2005. Currently, Anne is under contract with Palgrave to produce her second monograph, The power of professional writing: effecting social change in a global culture. An editorial board member of two international journals, Journal of Communication Management and Prism, Anne also holds the honorary title of Distinguished Editor, conferred by the national organisation, the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

September: After the conference

Our September networking session will be a couple of weeks after the 5th National Editors Conference in Sydney. As a few of us from the committee will be attending (and no doubt there are other Society members who may want to contribute), we decided that at our networking session we would give a guided tour of the conference where we’ll present some highlights from different perspectives.

At the same meeting, we will be holding a vote about the increase in the membership fees.

Details
Date: Tuesday 20 September
Time: 7.30-8.30 pm
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
RSVP 14 September Robin Barnes

August: ‘Small publishers doing big things’

The publishing industry in Perth is not large but it is varied and vibrant, and it might surprise you to know how many small local publishers are finding niches in the industry and making a stellar name for themselves.

In August, our guests are two such publishers: S.J. (Steven) Finch, editor of the online magazine dotdotdash, and Tehani Wessely, publisher/editor of speculative fiction press FableCroft Publications.

Steven and Tehani will talk about their experiences in producing and promoting their works, and how editing fits into that process. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, discussion and networking, and books will be available for sale.

S.J. Finch Steven Finch is a current PhD student at Curtin University, member of the Perth Zine Collective, as well as the editor and co-founder of dotdotdash magazine. dotdotdash is a tri-annual creative publication that launched its first issue in September 2009, and publishes creative literature and art with a focus on Australian and especially Western Australian writers. Since the publication of issue 2, the magazine has been distributed in WA and Victoria, and has attracted mention and favourable review in The Australian, The West Australian, Indigo, Sixthousand and The Canning Times. The seventh issue, ‘Sacred’, is being launched later this month.

Tehani Wessely is firmly entrenched in Australian speculative fiction and small press. As well as her role as publisher/editor of FableCroft, she has edited for Twelfth Planet Press, and judged for the Aurealis Awards, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the CBCA Book of the Year. She also writes reviews, non-fiction and interviews for ASif! and Fiction Focus, and in 2008 was awarded the Ditmar (Australia’s best-known award in the scifi/fiction/fantasy genre) for ‘Best New Talent’. Her latest project for FableCroft is an anthology titled Apocalypse Hope (currently open to submissions).

Date and time: Tuesday 16 August 2011, 7.30–9.15 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco (opposite side and one block east of King Edward Memorial Hospital)
Cost: $2 members; $5 non-members

RSVP 10 August Robin Barnes