February 2013 members meeting

Tuesday 19 February 2013, at 7.30 pm for a 7.40 pm start and 9.15 pm finish

Topic: ‘More than just talking about editing

Host: Society committee member Jan Knight

Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco

Cost: Members $5, non-members $10

Includes: Free tea, coffee and biscuits

RSVP: Jan Knight by 15 February 2013
<jknight@flyingedits.com.au>

The society’s first meeting of the year is sure to have plenty of hands-on buzz and fizz.

Originally titled ‘Speed marketing’, the evening has evolved into your chance to meet every other person in the room while practising some useful marketing skills.

By the end of the evening you will have some 20 new contacts. Bring plenty of business cards – or cards with your name and contact details – to swap with members you will meet or reconnect with face-to-face.

The session is now called ‘More than just talking about editing‘. The Society hopes you’ll enjoy the adrenalin rush and also learn a few things.

Visitors and guests are welcome.

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

August networking meeting — preparing for the accreditation exam

Topic: Preparing for the accreditation exam
Speakers: Accredited editors who have passed the accreditation exam

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Accredited Editors Cheryl Bettridge, Michele Drouart, Amanda Curtin, Margaret McNally, Jan Knight, Sue Thomson and Kerry Coyle. Bring your Style manual and any other resources you use with you.

The Curtin Uni publication, Treading water while the sharks are circling, designed as a guide for first year uni students sitting exams is a useful guide for anyone who has an exam looming and current Australian standards for editing practice will be distributed to all those who would like one.

The format will be something along the following lines:
Part 1: Tackling the exam 10 mins
This section covers time management, what to do first, using your strengths to their best advantage when choosing questions, etc.
Part 2: Be prepared 10 mins
This includes what to take in to the exam and how to make best use of the website.
Part 3: Survival guide 10 mins
How to remain calm and combat your nerves; hints and tips. General questions.
Part 4: Practice makes perfect (all panellists to assist group) 60 mins

Exam (apart from 10 mins to write name and number on each page and 30 mins reading time) is 3 hours. Use reading time to choose questions.

• Part 1 (25 mins)
Distribute practice papers and read intro. Read Part 1 instructions. Give 20 mins for group to answer the 24 short questions (allocation in exam is 20% so approx 36 mins). Give answers.

• Part 2 (15 mins)
Read page 6 and do some of the style sheet together as not everyone may have done one before. Examples.

• Part 3 (20 mins)
4 of the 12 need to be answered in approximately 72 mins. Let’s look at question 1.  4 of the 6 parts 1.1 to 1.6 need to be done (approx 5 mins to spend on each). Allow everyone to choose four and do them in 20 mins (cross of 5 minute intervals). They can then look at their answers and see how they went.

Hopefully these exercises reassure people that they can work within the exam’s timeframes. Remember some areas will be easier for an individual than others, so the percentage split is really just a guide. 

Wrap up and questions

Date: Tuesday 21 August 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 barney9277@optusnet.com.au

April networking meeting: wonderful web wizards

Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Time: 7.30–8.30 pm
Cost: Members$ 5; non-members $10
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The April networking meeting will focus on website design and marketing. Based in Fremantle, Media on Mars design  solutions is a company passionate about great web  design and boasts a talented group of web and print  designers. We are lucky to have  Kammi Rapsey, principal, to present about web  design and how to make it work for you.  Kammi’s passion is aesthetics. Her unique approach to design draws on her background in fine arts and her appreciation of good communication. As well as being a designer, Kammi is a qualified art and media teacher. Her capabilities extend to photography, three-dimensional design, art direction and web design.

In addition to Kammi, committee member Marisa Wikramanayake will present about various aspects of websites, including the basics of how a site is built, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and marketing. She’ll also show how we as editors can use our websites, and how we can help our clients get the best out of the website text they send us.

RSVP 13 April 2012 to Robin Barnes on barney9277@optusnet.com.au.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2012

Date: Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Time of AGM: 7-7.30 pm
Panel discussion: 7.45-8.45 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre (east wing), 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco (almost opposite King Edward Memorial Hospital)
Cost: Free for members/$10 non-members

Tea, coffee, champagne and strawberries will be provided.

Members are invited to nominate for committee positions for the 2012–13 year.

The Management Committee consists of: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and at least four general committee members.

Nominations must be in writing (see AGM 2012 Nomination Form), signed by both the nominator and nominee (both must be members of the Society), and delivered to Robin Bower at or before the AGM.

PANEL DISCUSSION
We are delighted to have two speakers from the bookselling industry: Alan Sheardown from Crow Books and Jane Seaton from Beaufort Street Books. The AGM event is to celebrate the entry of two relatively new ‘bricks and mortar’ booksellers into the industry and to hear what they have to say about the challenges of establishing new businesses in the changing world of bookselling. To underscore the theme of celebration, we’re having champagne and strawberries.

RSVP 28 February to Robin Barnes

November networking session: editing scientific writing

Details
Date: Tuesday 15 November
Time: 7.30-9 pm
Place: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP 10 November Robin Barnes

Fundamentals of science editing

We are very fortunate to have Professor David Lindsay as our guest speaker this month.

Professor Lindsay travels the world teaching researchers about scientific communication. Now an Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia, he developed and for many years taught units in science and its communication, and scientific extension, to undergraduates in the Faculty of Agriculture.

Professor Lindsay wrote A Guide to Scientific Writing, which can be found on the bookshelves of most scientists. His new book Scientific Writing=Thinking in Words was published in February 2011.

If you wish to improve the quality of your editing overall or if you have questions about editing technical writing, this is one networking meeting not to miss! Members and non-members are welcome, so bring your friends.

Feel free to promote this session around your networks by using this flyer.

October: Nuts and bolts of grammar and punctuation

Details
Date: Tuesday 18 October
Time: 7.30-8.30 pm
Place: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco
Cost: $5 members; $10 non-members
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
RSVP 13 October Robin Barnes

James Hansen and Anne Surma will answer questions on grammar and punctuation, adding their knowledge and skills to tricky problems posed by members. If you have ever had a difficult text to edit or want to know why a certain rule applies to a particular text, if you hate seeing apostrophes put in the wrong places, or you don’t know the best way to use a semicolon, come to this workshop. Even if you’ve been an editor or proofreader for years, we guarantee you’ll learn something new!

The presenters

James Hansen joined the society in its foundation year and is an honorary life member. He was a committee member for many years. Now retired, James has been a high school teacher (English and geography), educational media producer, equal employment opportunity officer (Education Department of Western Australia), editor, and lecturer in traditional English grammar (at the meeting, you can buy his book Take Charge! Using apostrophes and plurals correctly: an easy, friendly guide). James has also published a couple of short stories.

Dr Anne Surma lectures at Murdoch University in the English and Creative Arts program. Anne has worked in private industry as an editor and writer and, more recently, as a workshop facilitator and consultant, advising on communication strategy and practice. Anne’s research interests include public communication as ethical discourse and creative practice; corporate responsibility; and discursive approaches to dominant and marginalised narratives in public and organisational stories. She has published chapters and refereed journal articles from her work, and her monograph, Public and professional writing: ethics, imagination and rhetoric, was published by Palgrave in 2005. Currently, Anne is under contract with Palgrave to produce her second monograph, The power of professional writing: effecting social change in a global culture. An editorial board member of two international journals, Journal of Communication Management and Prism, Anne also holds the honorary title of Distinguished Editor, conferred by the national organisation, the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

August: ‘Small publishers doing big things’

The publishing industry in Perth is not large but it is varied and vibrant, and it might surprise you to know how many small local publishers are finding niches in the industry and making a stellar name for themselves.

In August, our guests are two such publishers: S.J. (Steven) Finch, editor of the online magazine dotdotdash, and Tehani Wessely, publisher/editor of speculative fiction press FableCroft Publications.

Steven and Tehani will talk about their experiences in producing and promoting their works, and how editing fits into that process. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, discussion and networking, and books will be available for sale.

S.J. Finch Steven Finch is a current PhD student at Curtin University, member of the Perth Zine Collective, as well as the editor and co-founder of dotdotdash magazine. dotdotdash is a tri-annual creative publication that launched its first issue in September 2009, and publishes creative literature and art with a focus on Australian and especially Western Australian writers. Since the publication of issue 2, the magazine has been distributed in WA and Victoria, and has attracted mention and favourable review in The Australian, The West Australian, Indigo, Sixthousand and The Canning Times. The seventh issue, ‘Sacred’, is being launched later this month.

Tehani Wessely is firmly entrenched in Australian speculative fiction and small press. As well as her role as publisher/editor of FableCroft, she has edited for Twelfth Planet Press, and judged for the Aurealis Awards, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the CBCA Book of the Year. She also writes reviews, non-fiction and interviews for ASif! and Fiction Focus, and in 2008 was awarded the Ditmar (Australia’s best-known award in the scifi/fiction/fantasy genre) for ‘Best New Talent’. Her latest project for FableCroft is an anthology titled Apocalypse Hope (currently open to submissions).

Date and time: Tuesday 16 August 2011, 7.30–9.15 pm
Venue: Tom Dadour Community Centre, 363 Bagot Road, Subiaco (opposite side and one block east of King Edward Memorial Hospital)
Cost: $2 members; $5 non-members

RSVP 10 August Robin Barnes

Done is better than perfect*

We’ve just passed the hub of the end of financial year which brings renewed enthusiasm in the middle of winter. And then, there’s the lull after rushing to make deadlines. Lulling in the cold is not my favourite kind. It’s hard to get up in the mornings, and even snuggies start to look good.

I can’t help thinking Perthites should never complain about the weather, though, no matter how cold it gets. To keep warm and the brain active, what are your new financial year resolutions? Here are my top ten:

1. Get on my cross trainer (but it’s out in the garage with no heating, she cries!)
2. Do the right thing  
3. Get my draft (or is it ‘daft’) manuscript out of the bottom drawer and do something with it
4. Do more with my blog
5. Find out more about Google+
6. Market our call for a conference logo
7. Practise being a better public speaker (formal and casual). Click here to see one of my fave movie speeches
8. Research how to get more fans on our Facebook page
9. Check out what’s on at the Sydney editors conference
10. Make sure my entry is up to date on the register of editors.

There will be no networking meeting in July. Come back on 16 August and hear about the Perth niche publishing scene and find out who’s playing (and paying) whom in presses and magazines.

In between resolutions, I’ll be looking for new iPhone apps …

Happy editing

Robin

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