Winter seminar 2017

Managing your career – and yourself: smart strategies for time-poor editors

Join us for a day of professional development on:

Saturday 26 August 2017 – 8:30 AM for 8:45 AM start / 4:00 PM close
Room 109, Building 3, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley, 6050

Program schedule

8.45 am Opening and introduction, including a short clip on the 80 000 hours project

9.00 am Session 1: Dr Jane Genovese 

Productivity techniques for editors

In this age of distraction you need strategies, tools and techniques to stay on task. In this session, Dr Jane Genovese will share practical strategies to help you stay productive and work effectively in your employment or small business.

You will learn about:

  • the benefits of mind mapping (and how to organise your business or work schedules using them)
  • how to stop procrastinating and motivate yourself at any time
  • how to develop effective habits to streamline your work.
    and much, much more!

About Dr Jane Genovese

Jane is the owner, coordinator, and presenter of Learning Fundamentals, an organisation that gives people the edge over their work and studies. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2009 with a Bachelor of laws and Bachelor of psychology with first class honours, receiving a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence. In 2017 she completed her doctoral thesis in the area of education and psychology. She has also taught internationally at Zhejiang Normal University in China and lectures on behaviour change and sustainable living at Murdoch University.

10.30 am – morning tea (tai chi in courtyard for those interested in participating)

11.00 am Session 2: Michelle Reeves 

The one man band is still a band! Juggling all the hats…

How to get ‘the edge’ happening in your career
Establishing routines
What is quality assurance and what does it mean to the individual as a freelancer or valued employee? Examining the value of a professional organisation such as IPEd.
Process vs approach.
The customer is always the focus – without them there is no work!

The two rules of business:

Rule # 1 the customer is always right
Rule # 2 refer to rule # 1

Michelle Reeves runs her own small business, On Track Tutorials

12.00 noon Session 3: Andrew Maurice PC from SBDC

Eight steps to start your own business

The Small business development corporation (SBDC) has heaps of resources designed to help those in small business (funny, that!). In this session, Andrew will focus on their latest initiative of aiding those wishing to establish a small business, broken down into eight simple steps.

1.00 pm – lunch

1.45 pm Session 4: Sue James – registered nurse

Let’s relax and prepare our mind for some more learning!

What is mindfulness/meditation/relaxation and what’s its place in small business and in the workplace for one’s wellbeing? A short practical session

2.15 pm Session 5: Kelly Sayers

“What is my why in my work?”

Discovering your voice and your life’s purpose in life and work, and finding your niche through the 5 Ps to prosperity

THE FOUNDATION OF THE 5Ps CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME

  • a clear vision and purpose that inspires you in harmony with your values and heart’s desires
  • unlimited thinking and intuition, inspired action, attracting what you want
  • taking control of your life and ENJOYING IT NOW

**Kelly will have her books and programmes available for sale on the day

3.45 pm Session 6: Plenary and Q&A                                             

4.00 pm – CLOSE

COST

Members          $125 (concession $75)

Non-members  $150 (concession $100)

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Staff changes in IPEd national office

New secretary for IPEd

There has recently been an important change to staffing in the IPEd national office. Margaret Telford, IPEd secretary since 2013–14 has resigned for personal reasons.

Margaret has been an invaluable, highly professional and highly respected secretary for IPEd during her tenure, especially over the transition from IPEd as a peak body for State societies to the direct membership model. She also became a much-relied-upon source of information and knowledge about IPEd’s constitution and functions, and who’s who.

Margaret’s replacement is Mike Willoughby. Mike has been a fully qualified company secretary for 16 years, with a background in accounting and subsequently in company law overseas and in Australia. He has worked in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Thus, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the position in which he will work on a 0.3 FTE basis.

The email for Mike remains the same: secretary@iped-editors.org

We will keep you abreast of any other changes to national office staffing if and as they arise.


In other news…

WA editors may be interested to know that IPEd has identified thesis and academic editing as an important early project for the restructured organisation to work on. Thesis editing appears to be one of the most controversial disciplines for editors across the country. Notwithstanding the professional guidelines (http://iped-editors.org/About_editing/Editing_theses.aspx), debate erupts sporadically about the level of editing that can and should be applied to theses, and the ways in which edits are implemented.

Another significant current and on-going project for IPEd is the revision of Style manual. The sixth edition is now more than a decade old and is in urgent need of updating. IPEd is one of several organisations with the credentials to undertake this important task. An IPEd working party comprising representatives from all states and territories is being set up to coordinate a strategy and IPEd is looking at possible collaborative working arrangements with other organisations. Word on progress will be disseminated as the project unfolds.

For more information on these or any other news from IPEd, go to http://iped-editors.org/News_and_events/View_News.aspx or contact your IPEd WA Councillor, Stephen White.

Book review: Writing for science journals

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by Geoffrey Hart
Diaskeuasis Publishing
Quebec, Canada, 2014
Web: http://www.geoff-hart.com/index.html
Online bookstore:
Printed version of the book

Review by Stephen White (Editors WA)

In science publications as anywhere, it remains largely the case that early-career scientists are supposed to learn by osmosis what it means to write science well. Commonly, the skills needed to write good publications are gleaned to a greater or lesser degree from supervisors, who may or may not themselves be good writers.

Enter the editor, who is sometimes better placed to know what it means to write well for a successful publication. A 2014 book Writing for science journals: tips, tricks and a learning plan by Geoffrey Hart, Canadian science editor, addresses exactly this topic, and then some.

Bearing in mind that Geoff Hart has written this book mainly for writers of science publications, it is also true that understanding the principles of good writing is as essential for editors as it is for authors. As editors, our work must be informed by the requirements of the discipline, as well as by the standards of the intended publisher or publishing medium. Thus, editors in Australia—including thesis editors and especially, but not exclusively, editors of science writing—might find it useful to browse Writing for science journals as a supplement to other editing references.

But before you dive into the 600 page ebook, you can read a recent detailed review. At the author’s request, Stephen White (Editors WA) has written a review that may help other editors target chapters of Writing for science journals that best suit their needs.

Read the full review here.

Go directly to the internet to download the ebook here.


If you write it, but no one reads it, you still haven’t done it.

David Lindsay, 2011, Scientific writing = thinking in words:
CSIRO Publishing, Victoria, p. 3

Mentoring program – new status

At the IPEd plenary session of the Write|Edit|Index conference, our mentoring program became part of IPEd’s responsibility. We are now known officially as the IPEd National Mentoring Program for Editors, as a result of an agreement signed by the CSE President, Alan Cummine, and the IPEd Chair, Kerry Davies. The systems we’ve put in place all remain the same, Canberra continues to administer the program nationally with the team of state/territory coordinators working with the national coordinators. We are delighted to have IPED’s formal recognition and support.

IMG_0011Before the formal announcement, all but one of the current coordinators, plus the two national coordinators, were able to gather for lunch at the conference, and here is a photo of us all: standing – Ted Briggs; sitting, clockwise – Ara Nalbandian (ACT), Elizabeth Manning Murphy, Kerry Coyle (WA), Sheelagh Wegman (Tas), Davina Dadley-Moore (Vic), Zoe Hale (NSW), Roberta Blake (Qld). Absent: Adele Walker (SA).

At the Mentoring plenary session of the conference, coordinators sat on the podium and were introduced to the delegates. Your local coordinator is your first port of call for information about the mentoring program and for advice during a mentorship, should you need it. We are dedicated to helping mentorships be successful, personally rewarding pairings. If you don’t have your local coordinator’s details, contact either Elizabeth or Ted (see below) and we’ll pass your request on.

We’re pretty chuffed with this outcome – we’ve been working towards it, but it’s happened in two short years, and we’re still somewhat bemused by the speed at which it has happened. Heartfelt thanks to all the coordinators for help, swapping ideas and generally promoting mentoring to the whole membership of all current societies.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE PART OF IT?
This brings me to a topic I get asked about sometimes – just who can be mentored? Is it only for new editors? Or can senior, experienced editors be mentored? The answer is – ANYONE can be mentored and ANYONE can be a mentor. It all depends on what you want to be guided in, and what skills you have that you can share. We have on our program very young, inexperienced editors, struggling to get a foothold in the competitive editing profession; and we have editors near to traditional retirement age, with lots of experience behind them, but wanting to perhaps understand more about new technologies and spread their wings into newer areas of editing – such editors are often mentored by much younger colleagues who have grown up with technology or work in legal, medical or scientific editing. You don’t have to be old and white-haired to be a mentor, and you don’t have to be straight out of editing school to be a mentee. If you meet the basic requirements – membership of an editing society at any level, have attended a course or workshop about copy-editing and proofreading, and have at least a little experience in copy-editing – you qualify. Just ask for the mentor or mentee application form and we’ll help you with the rest.

 

for IPEd National Mentoring Program for Editors:
Ted Briggs AE (tedbriggs@grapevine.com.au)
Elizabeth Manning Murphy DE (emmurphy.words@gmail.com)
Joint National Coordinators

Win free registration for IPEd conference

As a gesture of thanks for SoE(WA)’s sponsorship of write | edit | index, the 7th IPEd National Editors Conference 2015 in Canberra, the Canberra Society of Editors is offering two of our members complimentary conference registration (excludes the conference dinner).

If you would like to win this fantastic prize, please send a simple ‘Yes’ in an email to express your interest to Cheryl Bettridge at president@editorswa.com with the subject line ‘CANBERRA CONFERENCE’ by midnight Monday 16 February 2015. (Those who have already registered are welcome to enter.)

Please note: This is not a test of skill/merit; two names will simply be drawn out of a hat at our networking meeting on Tuesday 17 February. Also, the prize is payment of the conference registration fee only, i.e. winners need to pay for their own accommodation, flights, etc.  If you are a winner but find you are unable to attend, please let us know asap so we can do a re-draw to let someone else attend.

If you miss out you on the complimentary passes, you will still be able to take advantage of Early Bird registration for the conference before it closes on 20 February. The conference is being held on 6-9 May, 2015.

For the conference program and more details about the venue, see http://writeeditindex.net.au/.

John Simkin Medal 2015

The Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) invites nominations for the inaugural John Simkin Medal – an award recognising an outstanding index to a book compiled in Australia or New Zealand.

The John Simkin Medal, previously known as the ANZSI Medal, has been renamed in honour of John Simkin, one of the founding members of the Society. John promoted the ideals of indexes and indexing throughout his 40-year association with the Society, so it is with pleasure we acknowledge his enormous contribution to indexing in this way.

The ANZSI Medal was first awarded in 1985 and was offered annually until 2013, when it became biennial.

Due to the prestigious nature of the Medal, it is only awarded when merited. Details of previous ANZSI Medal winners are available at www.anzsi.org/site/medal_win.asp.

To attain the award, indexes must be of the highest calibre. The index should be substantial in size, the subject matter complex, and the language, form and structure should demonstrate the indexer’s expertise in serving the primary needs of the text and the reader. There are no restrictions on the subject matter of the book.

The book may be in either paper or electronic format.

To be eligible for the award, the book must be commercially available and have an imprint date of 2012 or later. The index must have been compiled in Australia or New Zealand, although the text to which it refers may have been published elsewhere.

Publishers, booksellers, editors, librarians, indexers and interested persons are all invited to provide nominations. Indexers are encouraged to submit their own work.

The winning indexer will receive the John Simkin Medal and a framed certificate. The publisher will receive a framed certificate.

Applications
A completed nomination form together with a hard copy of the book or a link to the electronic file of both book and index is required. Hard copy books will be returned after judging. Nomination forms are available at www.anzsi.org/UserFiles/file/John-Simkin-Medal-nomination-form-2015.pdf.

Dates
Applications must be received no later than Friday, 20 March, 2015 at the address on the nomination form. Presentation of the inaugural John Simkin Medal will be made to the winner at Write | Edit | Index: A national conference for editors, indexers, and publishing professionals, Canberra, 6–9 May 2015.

IPEd conference keynote speakers announced

The organisers of write | edit | index, the 7th IPEd National Editors Conference 2015 are thrilled to announce two well-known Australians as keynote speakers, namely Jackie French and David Astle.

Jackie French is an author of 140 books across a range of genres. Her work includes fiction for adults and children, gardening, history and picture books. She is a passionate advocate for the conservation of wildlife and the planet.

David Astle is well known as the dictionary guy from the television show Letters and Numbers. He is a self-confessed word nerd writing cryptics for the The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

The conference launches with a day of professional workshops covering topics on editing, indexing, blogging, design and digital markup to name a few. The next two days include four session streams each day, ensuring that there is a session for everyone.

The conference will take place in Canberra from 6–9 May 2015 and early bird registration closes on 20 February.

Early bird registration (closes 20 February 2015)
Member                         $485
Non-member                $550
Student member          $335

Full registration (closes 31 March 2015)
Member                         $550
Non-member                $650
Student member          $400

Day registration (closes 31 March 2015)
Thursday                       $200
Friday                             $200
Saturday                         $150

For program details and to register go to www.writeeditindex.net.au

IPEd will update conference news on Twitter @IPEditors and Facebook at www.facebook.com/IPEditors.

Join the conference conversation by using #writeeditindex.

Barbara Ramsden Award closes soon

Entries for the Barbara Ramsden award close on 30 November 2014.

This is a major literary award for a book of fiction or non-fiction…that is presented to the author and editor to recognise the combined effort of both parties to produce a quality product…All entries must include two copies of the book and up to two written commentaries from the author, writer and/or publisher (of up to 150 words each) on how the editor contributed to the final result. It is recommended that the commentaries address the role of the editor in specific aspects of the book’s production, such as copy editing, structural editing, proofreading, and/or fact checking.

You can read the full conditions of entry and download the entry form.

‘Editing in the digital age’: full program!

The Society of Editors (WA) is please to announce the program for our upcoming winter seminar.

Editing in the digital age: software and systems for professional success

Editors should be up to date and proficient in … common word processing software for editing … and accepted techniques for handling electronic files. Australian standards for editing practice (IPEd, p. 6)

Time Presenters and session titles
8.30   am Registration
9.00 President’s welcome (Cheryl Bettridge AE)
9.05 Announcements (Kerry Coyle AE)
9.10 Dr Hilary Cadman AE ‘PerfectIt – the editor’s friend’
10.00 MORNING TEA
10.15 John Denton ‘How to build a business’
11.15 Rhonda Bracey ‘Telecommuting: Pros and cons’
12.15 pm LUNCH catered by Café Ultimo
13.00 Dr Hilary Cadman AE ‘Keeping up to date with electronic editing tools’
14.00 Margaret McNally AE ‘How many ‘p’s exist in publication?’
14.45 AFTERNOON TEA
15.00 Georgina Wilson ‘Editing for the web – same, same but different’
15.45 Thanks and close

Guest speakers

cadman2Dr Hilary Cadman

PerfectIt – the editor’s friend and Keeping up to date with electronic editing tools
Hilary is a highly experienced science and medical editor, and trainer. Her background is in science. She has a PhD in biochemistry and spent 20 years working in research laboratories and universities in the UK, France and Zimbabwe. A Master of Science (communications) led her into a career in science editing in 1999.

Denton2John Denton

Helping you not just to do business, but to build one!
John started his own training and development business in January 1997 as a licensee for Leadership Management Australia. He has 27 years experience in engineering, customer service, sales and management roles. Today, John is an experienced business person, business consultant, qualified facilitator and trainer, public speaker and ‘business ready for sale’ coach. His extensive knowledge is valuable for editors in any field.

bracey2Rhonda Bracey

Telecommuting: Pros and cons
Editing is an occupation that can be done from home—for at least part of the time. Rhonda has worked full-time from home since 2007. In this presentation, she shares her telecommuting experiences and the pros and cons of working remotely from a corporate office. Rhonda Bracey started her technical communication business in WA in 1999.

mcnallyMargaret McNally

How many ‘p’s exist in publication?
Margaret is a highly experienced editor and professional writer who has written broadly for newspapers, magazines, and corporate organisations. Until recently, Margaret was managing editor of corporate publications at Curtin University, a position she held for more than six years.

wilsonGeorgina Wilson

Editing for the web – same, same but different
Georgina is an experienced editor working with the Department of Agriculture and Food in Perth. Recently her work has concentrated on the department’s new website.

Register online now! Registration is now closed

Editing academic theses – resources

If you couldn’t make it to our April networking meeting on editing academic theses or if you want a little more detail, please take a look at these resources from the night.

We’ll be adding to this post over the next couple of days [4/5/2014].

Editing academic theses notes.pdf
Ilsa Sharp’s questions for students.pdf
IPEd’s Guidelines on editing research theses.pdf