Editors Queensland encourages excellence in editing and advances discussion on all matters relating to the written word.
We offer monthly speaker presentations and networking meetings in Brisbane, the incisive monthly newsletter Offpress, and many other personal and professional benefits for members.
If you are a member of IPEd, you do not have to apply for membership in EdsQ - just nominate EdsQ in your IPEd membership application as the branch of IPEd you wish to belong to.
In October 1990 an enthusiastic gathering of 86 people at the Transcontinental Hotel in Roma Street showed that a Society of Editors was needed to meet the professional requirements of editors, writers, designers, typesetters, printers, and others involved in publishing in Queensland.
In November the first newsletter, Editio Princeps, edited by Dolores Moore, was published, and so the Society of Editors (Queensland) began, thanks to the untiring efforts of Jan Whelan, Mary-Jane Bosch ( inaugural President and Vice-President respectively) and others.
In 1991 the newsletter was renamed Offpress. In that year we also adopted our first logo and held our first training workshop.
By 1994 we had 145 members. SocEd, as it became known informally, organised picnics, barbeques, and wine bottlings under the Offpressings label, as well as the serious business of training and representation.
In 1998 the Society incorporated, holding its first official meeting in May with Mary-Jane Bosch as President. The Society put up its very first website in 2000, and Mary-Jane Bosch and Jan Whelan were awarded life membership at the Society's tenth anniversary dinner, a rather grand affair at Customs House.
From 2004 the Society increased efforts to promote the organisation and the profession, giving presentations at the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) and building closer ties with the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC). The monumental work of setting up the national accreditation program also began in earnest. The Council of Australian Societies of Editors (CASE) became known as the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd), and Queensland's Robin Bennett set up and chaired the first IPEd Accreditation Board.
We nominated seven members as Distinguished Editors in 2006 to form part of a national team, chosen by their respective Societies to conduct the accreditation exams until a pool of Accredited Editors should be available.
In 2008 the Society received funding from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) to run a groundbreaking editor mentoring project, another of Robin Bennett's achievements. The program sourced manuscripts from the QWC and ran for two years.
In 2013 another collaboration between the Society of Editors (Qld) and QWC took place, with editors of fiction being paired with writers for a specific project.
Up to 30 June 2016, the Society of Editors (Qld) was a member of the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd), and individual editors were members of SocEd (Qld). On 1 July 2016, after a long phase of consultation between the state societies of editors and IPEd, the membership model changed. Individual editors are now direct members of IPEd. This means IPEd can represent them more effectively at the national level, as well as providing coordination in a number of areas.
With the change to direct membership on 1 July 2016, the Queensland editors' organisation, now a branch of IPEd, changed its name to Editors Queensland.
Today Editors Queensland (EdsQ) continues its mission to meet the needs of its members and the publishing industry. Regular meetings are held monthly - these are open to all. At each meeting a speaker provides informative and often entertaining insights into one of a wide range of informative topics, ranging from writing and editing a specific genre of fiction to copyright issues and the ins and outs of e-publishing.
A broad spectrum of professional development opportunities is also made available to members of EdsQ each year. See our Training page.
The former Society's papers are archived in the Fryer Library, University of Queensland.
In 2013 a regional sub-group of the Society of Editors (Qld) was formed on the Sunshine Coast. This group, now a sub-group of Editors Queensland, holds meetings locally with guest speakers - see our Meetings page for details or contact the Sunshine Coast sub-group coordinator, Lisa Hill.