September networking meeting: A month in the life of an editor

Topic: A month in the life of a working editor

Speakers: A panel including Deb Fitzpatrick, Satima Flavell and Bruce Robins

Each member of the panel will take a turn to talk about their recent work, especially its challenges and the solutions they found. Questions from members and guests will be encouraged after each speaker and there will be a general question-and-answer session at the end. Bring your own questions and challenges along to see if they can be resolved on the night.

Deb Fitzpatrick began her editing life as a newspaper proofreader, publishing house slush-pile reader, and, later, UWA’s publications coordinator. Her interest in fiction editing grew with her own interest in writing, and Deb did a master’s degree in creative writing at UWA in the 90s, where she met Georgia Richter. Seven years ago Deb and Georgia teamed up to launch ProofEd Editing Services, a freelance editing business they ran together over their kitchen tables and in between kids’ naps before Georgia was snaffled by Fremantle Press to be their publisher of adult fiction and poetry. Deb now focuses on fiction copyediting and proofreading, and writing for children and young adults. Her two books, 90 packets of instant noodles and Have you seen Ally Queen? were both listed by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as Notable Books in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Her third book will be published by Fremantle Press in October 2013.

Satima Flavell is a freelance writer, editor and reviewer. From a background in the performing arts, she began writing on the arts in 1987, and her reviews and feature articles have appeared in The Australian, The West Australian, Music Maker, Dance Australia and many other journals. She is currently Reviews Editor for The Specusphere, a webzine for the speculative fiction community, and she also writes for the arts website Artshub.

Although her background lies in non-fiction she has had several poems and short stories published and she is seeking a home for her fantasy trilogy, The Talismans. As an editor, she specialises in speculative fiction, memoir, genealogy and academic papers.

Bruce Robins has 25 years experience as an editor, including around 20 years as a public servant, responsible for writing and editing many government documents.

His career as a freelance editor at RobinsonTate has been one of peaks and troughs. A few jobs were completed at low rates but they triggered a rush of word-of-mouth popularity, notably in the government sector, where Bruce’s value-added services (providing insights over and above pure editing) seemed to strike a chord. His clients have also included mining companies and self-publishing authors.

Bruce plans to sit the IPEd accreditation exam this year.

Date: Tuesday 18 September 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 tanya@writeonwriting.com.au