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.

Represent IPEd at global editing conference in Canada

IPEd is calling for expressions of interest from society members to represent IPEd at the Editing Goes Global 2015 Conference in Toronto, Canada from 12 to 14 June 2015. IPEd will sponsor the speaker’s airfares, four nights’ accommodation in Toronto (11-14 June 2015), airport transfers and the conference registration fee.

It is expected the speaker will be on several panels and deliver on more than one topic. See the list below for the conference sessions.

The speaker must address the current IPEd transition process during one of their sessions and represent IPEd during networking opportunities. The speaker will also be required to prepare a report on the conference for IPEd upon return.

The conference sessions are organised into the following streams:

  • Editing Around the World (organisers would probably ask the speaker to be on a panel somewhere in this stream)
  • Business Practices (freelancing, setting rates, ethics, working from remote locations, crowdsourced editing, etc.)
  • ** Editing Tools (style guides, dictionaries, CreativeSuite, Dreamweaver, PerfectIt, Editorium, etc.)
  • Editing Practices (book doctoring, detecting plagiarism, editing fiction, etc.)
  • How to train editors (organisers are short of sessions for this one, and may remove it from the program)
  • ** Working with self-publishing authors (crowdfunding, distribution, marketing, using focus groups, coaching non-writers, etc.)
  • Networking and mentoring (a series of sessions on the first day, largely aimed at first-time conference attendees)
  • How to run an association for editors (finding work for members, publications, mentoring programs, meeting volunteers’ needs, standards, certification, membership structures and criteria, e-learning)

** These streams have been filled but organisers need sessions for all other streams.

Expressions of interest are due by 25 January 2015 to secretary@iped-editors.org and must include the following:

  • a short synopsis of your paper/s based on the conference sessions
  • a paragraph of your experience and qualifications, including why you would be the best person to represent IPEd at the conference
  • a short synopsis regarding the current IPEd transition process.

If you have any questions, please contact Margaret Telford, IPEd Secretary, via email: secretary@iped-editors.org.

SoE(WA)’s IPEd Councillor, Kerry Coyle, has offered to brief interested applicants on the IPEd transition process to date. Contact Kerry via email: kcoyle@westnet.com.au

More information about the conference is available here: www.editors.ca/conference/2015/index.html.

To contact the Editors’ Association of Canada: info@editors.ca

To submit an expression of interest in being a self-funded conference speaker, please apply directly to the conference organisers.

Call for papers

A national conference for editors, indexers, and publishing professionals will take place in Canberra, Australia, 6–9 May 2015. It will be hosted jointly by the Canberra Society of Editors and ACT Region Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers (ANZSI) on behalf of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and ANZSI.

Call for papers

The conference committee is inviting expressions of interest to present papers on broad topical areas about editing and indexing for the conference in Canberra, 2015.

The conference will focus on contemporary and emerging issues in editing and indexing, including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Best practice/innovative practice in editing and indexing
  • Research relevant to editing, indexing, publishing
  • Digital publishing
  • E-books
  • Information technology developments and trends
  • Information accessibility
  • Education and professional development
  • Professional issues
  • Business practices
  • Editing/indexing particular formats/document types/publications types
  • Taxonomies/controlled vocabularies in indexing
  • Industry trends
  • Case studies.

Expressions of interest (up to 200 words) in presenting a paper or participating in panel or round table discussions are due by Friday 30 May 2014.

You are welcome to share this notice with interested friends and colleagues.

The committee reserves the right to select papers appropriate to the program. Please send your submissions to writeeditindex@gmail.com

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

A new year brings adjustments

It was a sad start to the year with the news of Mabel Kaplan’s passing. Her funeral was a celebration of her life, personality, and dedicated commitment to her community and family. Michele has written a wonderful piece for this month’s Bookworm in honour of Mabel and the contribution she made to her community. We will miss you, Mabel.

The year has geared into action and the committee has started planning this year’s events. Once we have confirmations, we will publicize our events schedule in Bookworm each month. We sent out a request for suggestions and have tried to incorporate some of those we received:  aspects of English usage (James Hansen);  editing for fiction, grammar points, indexing (Liz Tyndall); editing scientific works (Deb Fitzpatrick); romance writing (Carla Morris); dotdotdash magazine (Chris Walker); editing academic papers, making a personal website (Mary Elgar). Thanks to those people who responded.

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