by Amy Haagsma
Review of panel discussion on international editing at the EAC-BC branch meeting on April 16, 2014.
One very appealing aspect of a career in editing is its flexibility. Work can be done from almost anywhere and planned around a variety of schedules. After attending EAC-BC’s April meeting on international editing, I realized that another benefit is how vast your potential client base can be. Even if you have a niche specialty, a global market makes it easier to find clients who need your services.
What: Editing Workshop…for Writers Too with Cheryl Cohen
When: 10AM-4PM, May 24, 2014
Where: C114, David F. Strong Building, UVic campus, Victoria
Cost: $85 (EAC members), $95 (non-members) until May 15; $100 (EAC members) or $110 (non-members) after May 15. To register.
Cheryl Cohen has been a freelance book editor since 1997, when she left a 20-year journalism career. In this, her, 11th workshop, she plans to cover: what makes a good editor, general principles of editing, the particulars (substantive editing, copy editing and proofreading), the editor-writer relationship, tools and resources, how to become a professional editor, and why the future of editing books is bright.
What: EAC-BC May Meeting & News
When: 1900-2100, Wednesday May 21, 2014
Where: 535 Hornby Street, 4th floor, YWCA, Vancouver
Cost: Free for everyone
Come take part in our last monthly meeting until September. We’re celebrating with wine and cheese and great company! At 1930, put in your vote for the 2014-2015 BC branch executive election. (Note: No pre-meeting pub night this month. Pub nights will resume in the fall.)
The Magazine Association of BC invites you to London Public House (700 Main Street) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 for a special mixer of publishing professionals and the province’s brightest young talent. This networking event is focused on bringing the magazine industry together to connect with one and other as well as providing the opportunity for publishing students and professionals to interact in an open and relaxed atmosphere.
Includes special guest illustrator/artist Ben Tour.
What do you do work-wise?
I have a lot of jobs these days. My main job is making art. I am a text-based artist, which means I work with words, but I work more like a visual artist than a writer. I began teaching in 2010, and I teach publishing and editing courses at SFU and Langara. I also work as a publishing consultant, most recently, with the Banff Centre Press. Making art, teaching and consulting are often like working on a puzzle. That is what interests me. How to make something work, whether it is a story, a lesson or a business plan, curiosity drives me as well as a need to figure out the shape of things.
by Amy Haagsma
In September 2012, I attended an information session at SFU on the Continuing Studies Writing and Communications program. When the presenters spoke about career options in editing, I realized that I had been an “undercover editor” for quite some time. Although my title did not include the word “editor,” this described a large part of what I did at work. I decided to take a few courses in the Editing Certificate program to learn more about the field and improve my skills.
Whether you’re new to editing or a seasoned pro, the program has something for everyone. SFU offers a variety of editing courses and the only editing certificate program in Western Canada. The courses can help you learn the craft, formalize your qualifications, brush up in certain areas, or expand your service offering. The material also forms a good basis for EAC certification.