8th IPEd National Editors Conference

Expressions of interest have been called to present papers and workshops at the 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, to be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September 2017.

The conference program will be divided into three streams — technology, professional development and building alliances. It will focus on contemporary and emerging aspects of editing and publishing, including, but not limited to:

  • accessibility of information
  • best practice and innovative practice in editing
  • building alliances between editors, authors and others in publishing (panel)
  • business practices
  • digital publishing
  • editing particular genres and formats
  • education and professional development of editors
  • mentoring (panel)
  • publishing and other business trends
  • social media.

Expressions of interest are called for:

  • presenting a paper (up to 200 words)
  • participating in panel discussions (up to 200 words)
  • presenting a half-day workshop (up to 300 words).

Visit the ‘Call for papers’ page of the conference website at https://iped-conf2017.org.au/call-for-papers/ for more information, including the submission template. Expressions of interest must be submitted by Sunday 26 February 2017.

The subcommittee reserves the right to select papers appropriate to the program.

Winter seminar: full agenda announced and registration open

How do you stand out in a sea of noise? Sometimes, it’s as simple as caring about your reader. Empathy, appreciation, compassion and a feeling of ‘we’re in this together’ come through in the way we edit. Can you help make your client’s voice heard above the rest?a

Learn the subtle and not-so-subtle ways to make your readers feel special at our Winter seminar on Saturday 22 August. Remember that it is not about how much information you give out to people. What matters is how much of it is understood.

Figure out your particular expertise by listening to our excellent speakers — Janet Applegate (information specialist), Dr Vivienne Conway (web), Dr Stephen White (science) and Dr Yusuke Fitzgibbons (editor as international intermediary). These sessions will help you succeed as an editor. As well, technical editor Rhonda Bracey’s session will help you increase your efficiency with Word. Check out Rhonda’s impressive credentials at www.cybertext.com.au.

This seminar is an opportunity to learn to pay attention to what readers need, what resources they are missing, and to your own expertise.

Don’t miss out. Registrations close on Thursday 13 August 2015.

View the full agenda. Click here to register. Registration is now closed.

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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Resolution – fee increase due to IPEd levy (subsidised by the society) – VOTE now

Fee increase resolution

Please reply to this email with a YES or NO vote in the subject line by Saturday 29 November 2014.

 

Notice of an ordinary resolution to be put to the vote by Society of Editors (WA) Inc (the society) members.  This notice includes a brief background to the vote. This vote is taking place by a virtual meeting process in lieu of a membership meeting given the limited numbers able to attend the November workshop and the December function. This will allow all members access to their voting rights.

 

Resolution:

 

The Society of Editors (Western Australia) Incorporated resolves to increase ordinary membership fees by $20 for full and concession members from 1 February 2015. This increase will be applied towards the transition levy of $45 requested by IPEd which will be subsidised by the society.

 

Background to the vote

Our society’s current ordinary membership fees are $80 per annum for full members and $60 per annum for concession members. Fees have not been increased for the last three years. The society has maintained fees at this rate by prudent financial management and a surplus generated from the 2013 editors conference in Fremantle.

Our membership fees currently include the cost of an annual IPEd levy of $25 per member (ordinary and honorary) as at 31 May each year.

For 2014/15 each state society is required to pay an additional IPEd levy of $45 per member to help fund the costs of transition towards the direct membership model.

WA paid the usual 2014/15 IPEd levy of $25 per member in June 2014 and is required to pay the additional 2014/15 IPEd levy of $45 per member in April 2015.

The committee has reviewed a number of options on how to fund the additional levy:

  • Raise membership fees for 2015/16 by a flat $45 per member or
  • Raise membership fees for 2015/16 by $45 for full members and a lower amount (e.g. $35) for concession members or
  • Raise membership fees by an amount between $1 and $44 to fund part of the increased levy cost; the remainder being covered through existing surpluses or
  • Fully fund the increased levy costs through existing surpluses.

In reaching its decision the committee has considered the society’s financial position, the potential effect on membership as membership fees rise, and how other state societies have decided to fund the levy.

The committee agreed to propose to members a flat fee increase of $20 per ordinary member with the remaining $25 per ordinary member being funded by the society. This reflects the capacity of the society to fund part of the IPEd levy and the value we place on retaining as many members as possible in the coming year.

The proposed membership fee increase will apply from 1 February 2015. Note that this is a once-off IPEd levy. However, if the transition to direct membership does not take place within the 2015/16 financial year, the proposed fee increase will remain in place for future financial years, reflecting good financial and business practice.

PLEASE respond with your vote by Saturday 29 November.

Regards

Cheryl Bettridge AE
President SOE(WA) Inc
Saturday 8 November 2014

 

‘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

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.

 

Christmas on the foreshore

Join us for some informal networking and seasonal fun on Sunday December 2 at 5 pm, at the South Perth foreshore.

We’ll meet at the Narrows end of Sir James Mitchell Park, adjacent to the car park that’s at the end of South Perth Esplanade. There are BBQs and toilet facilities and plenty of shade. Bring along your picnic or BBQ food and we will supply snacks, wine, soft drink and games! (A folding chair might also be a good idea.)

RSVP to Tanya Marwood by Saturday Dec 1.