IPEd from 1 July 2016 – what can you expect?

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From 1 July 2016, the members of state-based societies of editors that supported the IPEd transition will become direct members of IPEd. This includes Society of Editors (WA). Transfer of membership records is currently underway.

The new IPEd membership system, MemNet, will have an online member portal on the IPEd website that members will be able to use to:

  • review and update personal records
  • renew and pay subscriptions
  • book and pay for events
  • subscribe to the Editors Directory (ED), if eligible, and enter and maintain directory information
  • access members-only information.

At the same time, these societies of editors become branches of IPEd and will continue to organise events, member meetings, training and mentoring activities much the same way as the societies did. Events and meetings will be promoted on the branch websites but with bookings and payments handled by IPEd.

Renewing your membership
As a member of IPEd, we will keep the same membership renewal date as we had in our society. For members in Western Australia, the next renewal date will be 31 January 2017.  On this date, we will be sent a renewal notice from IPEd and will be able to renew our membership using the MemNet online portal.

WA members will receive a credit against the IPEd subscription fee for the unexpired portion of our membership (that is, until 31 January 2017). The new IPEd fee may be higher than our society fee, requiring a pro-rate top-up fee for the balance of the IPEd subscription for the year. We will receive an invoice indicating the top-up fee. The WA committee is considering ways to subsidise our members for this top-up amount.

More detail regarding the above is available in the ‘Your Transition questions answered’ document on the IPEd website.

IPEd membership fees for the 2016—17 financial year

Honorary Life MemberNil
Professional Member$180
Associate Member$135
Student Member$65
Corporate Member:
• 2–3 editorial staff
• 4–6 editorial staff
• 7–10 editorial staff*

$360
$720
$1,260
Concessional subscriptions (available for any of the above categories):
• Retired or temporary (>6 months)
• Concession-card holders
• Hardship consideration (for existing members only)


$85
$65
$65

* For more than 10 staff, add additional subscriptions as appropriate

Editors Directory (ED)
The records of the freelance registers and databases from the societies of editors will be transferred to IPEd and, soon after 1 July, the national Editors Directory (for professional members only) will be created. This will be publicly available on the IPEd website. The branches of IPEd will maintain their freelance registers until the ED has been developed to ensure a consistent online presence for freelancers.

Please refer to the FAQs page on the IPEd website for more information.

Memberships on the move

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While we are always glad to receive new members, at present the Society of Editors (WA) is in the process of transitioning to direct membership of the Australian national body, the Institute of Professional Editors (iped-editors.org/).

This means that, in the period from 14 to 30 June 2016, new membership applications are unable to be processed. In this time the membership of financial SOEWA members will be transferred to direct membership of IPEd and a new Western Australian branch of IPEd EditorsWA – will be formed, becoming active as of 1 July 2016. The former committee of SOEWA will become the interim committee of EditorsWA, and the structures and funds of the society will be transferred and aligned with those of IPEd over the following months.

From 1 July 2016, new members are requested to register directly through IPEd on the IPEd website.

Thank you to everyone for your help and patience as we adjust to the new landscape. We look forward to welcoming you in our newly minted professional organisation for editors in Western Australia, a branch of the national body, IPEd!

Position paper on new Style manual

By the end of our October networking meeting, ‘Defending the barricades—you, me and the Style manual’, attendees were in agreement: Australian editors need a new edition of the Style manual. However, it was evident from the discussion of the evening that there was no clear path to attaining this goal.

The many problems and possible solutions have been distilled into a position paper that can now be read online. This has been developed by SoE(WA) members Michèle Drouart, Satima Flavell, Helen Renwick and Ilsa Sharp, who formed a working group after the meeting to research and explore the future of the Style manual.

It is the hope of the working group and the committee of SoE(WA) that this paper will prompt greater conversation and forward movement at the national level.

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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/.

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.

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

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

Committee spotlight – IPEd councillor

One of the roles opening up within the society is that of IPEd councillor. Departing councillor, Jo Smith, shares her experience.

The IPEd councillor is an essential role, which creates a direct link between IPEd and its members, the state societies of editors.

The IPEd councillor is the society’s representative on the IPEd council, which is responsible for the management and business of the company, i.e. to advance the profession of editing. The IPEd council comprises a councillor from each of the seven state societies of editors.

The councillors are directors of the company, the Institute of Professional Editors Ltd, and as such must comply with the associated duties and responsibilities.

IPEd council meetings are held once a month via teleconference, generally on the first Sunday of the month and, unfortunately for WA, at 7.30 am! The IPEd councillor then reports to the WA society at its monthly committee meetings; so the IPEd councillor must also be a general committee member.

There is an alternate councillor who can attend the occasional meeting if needed and who can also support the work of the councillor within the society.

It is a very rewarding role, and gives a great sense of perspective of the editing profession nationally. The other councillors are very dedicated and great to work with and I will miss being on the council. However, I will be continuing on Working Party 4, helping to develop the implementation plan.

If you are interested in taking on this role, please see the IPEd website, the position description documents, or contact me on josmith@wordsmithwa.com.au.

 

Exam resources

If you’re taking the IPEd accreditation exam in May, you might want some help with exam stress and general relaxation/anxiety control.

Curtin University has some fantastic resources. A few of the publications cost a little but many of the resources are free. Have a look around these links to publications and MP3/4 recordings:

http://life.curtin.edu.au/health_wellbeing/Publications.htm

https://life.curtin.edu.au/health_wellbeing/Downloads.htm

https://life.curtin.edu.au/health_wellbeing/CounsellingSelfHelp.htm