Cafe society

New on the menu for 2015 – our cafe society meet-ups. Step away from your desk and out into the caffeine dens of Perth’s thriving cafe culture. It’s a steaming hot way to escape the daily grind and get to know your fellow editors in a stimulating new setting. One cup of coffee could lead to a million things.

Our cafe society events will replace three of our Tuesday night networking meetings this year. This will be a great way for new members (and all) to get to know each other and share stories and ideas.

The first one will be brunch in Subiaco on Saturday 18 April. More information is available here. We’ll be shaking it up, though – different days, times and suburbs – to suit the broad spread of our membership.

Enjoy plenty of time for relaxed conversation and networking over good food and coffee. Hope to see you at one of these events soon.

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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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.

Christmas high tea

panoramaCelebrate the holiday season with the Society of Editors (WA) at a luxurious high tea, subsidised by the society.

Our guest speaker will be Linda J Bettenay, author of Secrets mothers keep and new release Wishes for Starlight.

When: Saturday 29 November 2.30–5.00 pm
Where: The University Club, UWA, private dining room (Hackett Drive entrance no. 1, opposite Matilda Bay)
What: Sandwiches, savouries and petit fours with coffee and a range of teas
Cost: $20 or $27 with a glass of champagne

Book and pay online by 5.00 pm, Friday 21 November. Numbers are limited so please book early to secure your place.

The menu is available online. Save the flyer!

‘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

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.

 

2014 IPEd accreditation exam date announced

The fifth IPEd accreditation exam will be held on Saturday 3 May 2014. Like the previous four exams, this will be a pen and paper exam.

Passing the IPEd accreditation exam demonstrates an editor’s professional competence and understanding of editing standards, skills and knowledge.

Registrations for the exam open on Monday 6 January and close on Monday 7 April. The cut-off date for early bird registrations and payments is Friday 7 March. Ensure you are a financial member of the society to take advantage of the lower exam fees for society members. All registrations must be made on the registration form (see note below) and accompanied by the relevant fee. All fees, however paid, must be received by IPEd by close of business on 7 April.

The exam fees are:

Financial members of a society of editors:
Sitting first time: $570; early bird $540
Re-sitting: $285; early bird $270

Non-members of a society of editors:
Sitting first time: $725; early bird $690
Re-sitting: $362; early bird $345

GST is not applicable. Members of a society who are not financial at the time of registration will be charged the non-member fee. Exam fees may be tax deductible.

The fee has been calculated as the minimum required to cover exam costs in 2014. It is based on a target number of applicants and, if this target is not reached, the Accreditation Board may postpone the exam until 2015. There will be no limit placed on the number of candidates who may sit the exam; all candidates who register and pay the fee by the closing date will be accommodated.

Two sample exams are available from the IPEd website. Both sample exams are very good indicators of what you can expect in May, and trialling them will help you decide whether you are ready for the real thing. It is recommended that you not attempt the exam unless you have at least three years’ full-time professional editing experience. All societies of editors will be organising pre-exam activities to help prepare candidates.

To obtain further information, contact your Accreditation Board delegate or consult the guidelines for candidates on the IPEd website.

Please note: The form must be filled in online. It will not be complete and registered until you click the Submit button at the bottom of the form and see a web page with the message ‘Your response has been recorded’.

Education and training for editors

If you missed our November meeting on Australian editing qualifications or if you want more information about the education and training we discussed, you can find all the details on the short courses and university degrees available to Western Australians right here.

Christmas high tea

Join your editor colleagues at this special Society of Editors (WA) end-of-year Christmas celebration.

Saturday 30 November, 2–4 pm (please arrive at 2 pm sharp)
The George, 216 St Georges Terrace, Perth

$48 per person, includes a glass of sparkling wine

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Apple and pear cider scones with raspberry, chilli and balsamic jam
Savoury quince, walnut, blue cheese scrolls
Cured salmon blini, crème fraiche
Goat’s cheese, caramelised red onion, poppy seed tart
Sweet macarons
Chocolate mousse, popping candy
Lemon meringue tartlets
Open sandwiches
Cream cheese, cucumber, black salt
Rare wagyu beef, tomato relish, enoki mushroom
Smoked chicken, aioli, candied bacon
Brie and whipped quince

Gluten-free and vegetarian dietary requirements can be catered for so please advise at time of booking.

Send RSVP by 19 November to treasurer@editorswa.com including your dietary requirements. Please make payment at time of RSVP by direct deposit or EFT only to: Unicredit | Account name: Society of Editors (WA) Inc | BSB 806 036 | Account number: 17594. Please include your name in the reference field.

Closest parking:
Wilson Parking – Saturday fee is about $10-12
City of Perth Parking – You could park at Queens Gardens ($2.60 per hour) and get any free bus up St Georges Terrace

All queries should be directed to robinb@westnet.com.au