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Message from the President

It’s April already and we can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by. EdWA has kicked off the year with our Café Society get-together at The Shorehouse in Swanbourne and our first member meeting, at which Per Henningsgaard AE gave us a wonderful overview of book publishing in WA.

The committee is busy lining up a range of workshops, presentations and social gatherings to suit a variety of interests and needs. As always, we would love to provide opportunities to our WA membership to share their passions and experience with each other. If you, or an editor you know, would like to learn more about, or present on, a particular aspect of editing, please contact me at so we can talk in more detail.

We’re incredibly proud of our nine members who achieved accreditation through the exam last December. Accreditation is no easy feat and takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

The committee continues to work hard to represent WA across IPEd’s operations and we look forward to announcing more events and opportunities soon. Thank you everyone for your ongoing support, and we look forward to seeing you at the next meet-up.

Best wishes

Jess Gately
President, EdWA

Congratulations new AEs

EdWA congratulates the following members who achieved accreditation after the December exam:

Sandra Brown, Per Henningsgaard, Sophie McClelland, Lerae Rowney, Emma Simper, Julie Taylor, Ingrid Waltham and Ricky Wulfse.

A special mention to Bridgid Todd, who chose to resit the exam rather than simply renew her accreditation and passed it for a second time.

We know all of you worked hard and studied carefully to achieve this.

Congratulations and well done.

Social events

EdWA Café Society had a get-together at The Shorehouse Restaurant in Swanbourne on Sunday 21 March. Eight editors enjoyed a balmy afternoon with a beautiful view of the sea, sharing good conversation — and chips!

Café Society is open to all editors, whether members or not. Our next catch-up will be an online event on 20 April at 6pm. RSVP here.

EdWA Social events

(From left to right): Belinda Belton, Susan Brown-Neaves, Anne-Marie Gregory, Michèle Drouart, Julie Taylor, Ebony Bryant, Mana Christina de Viceute Capua, Prema Somasundrum.

Book publishing in WA with Per Henningsgaard

On Thursday 25 March, Per Henningsgaard AE presented at the EdWA member meeting on book publishing in WA.

He included an overview of the concept of regional publishing outside the powerhouses of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and followed with details of WA’s own big three publishers: Fremantle Press, Magabala Books and UWA Publishing. He identified an astounding list of smaller publishers operating out of WA, with particular mention of the biggest publisher of books, in terms of sales and staff (hint, they don’t publish trade books).

While the presentation was certainly useful to WA editors, we were excited to welcome a range of editors from around Australia and New Zealand to the conversation, whose questions identified the value of comprehensive lists, like the one Per had created in finding work opportunities. Per discussed the various places he’d looked to build his list so editors in other states could identify publishers near them.

The event recording is available for purchase here.

Sincere thanks to Per for this hugely informative and heartening discussion on book publishing in WA.