Spring Social─Schmoozing and the Daily Special

6ce0495cdf62815f0ee72e4b3c2c1609The daily special, a pasta with scallops, chorizo, and feta, was a hit at the Twig Spring Social─at least half the table ordered it, and many a plate was cleaned. The calamari Grace ordered were also so much admired that she offered to share.

The lively conversation in the lovely, airy─and completely accessible─space at Days on Front ranged from freelance marketing to overseas writing conferences to the effects of the recent local flooding (which contributed to the late arrival of the Picton contingent; who knew a ferry could be restricted by high water?).

Coming Up June 14: Conference Confidential

Join us at our usual Ongwanada location on Wednesday, June 14, for a gathering on the theme of the Editors Canada conference, which will take place June 9 to 11 in Ottawa-Gatineau. Several Twig members and friends who are attending the conference will give short presentations of the highlights; munchies and general merriment to follow!

If you can’t attend the conference this year, come and get your fix vicariously! And if you are going, take the opportunity to make the experience last a little longer: bring a little of that editor magic home with you to share in exchange for hearing about sessions you missed.

(Note: if you’re still thinking about attending, registration is open until May 31.)

Announcements

The John Eerkes-Medrano mentorship program has launched.

The Editors Canada webinar series continues! Don’t miss the fabulous Kathryn Dean’s summer grammar series.

Coming Up May 10: Spring Social

May Daves on FrontInstead of having a meeting in May and a social in June, we’re switching things up this year. Our May 10 gathering will be a social at Days on Front Restaurant.

The restaurant is located in the west end of Kingston, about 10 minutes from Ongwanada, in the plaza at the corner of Days and Front Roads. We’ve made a reservation for 6:30 p.m.Days on Front logo

Please RSVP Ellie (elliebarton@editors.ca) by Tuesday, May 9, so that she can confirm our numbers. The restaurant tends to fill up. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Seminar: Microsoft Word for Editors

**UPDATE: This seminar has been cancelled for May 27; it will be rescheduled for the fall, date TBA.

How to make Word work for you

Date: Saturday, May 27

Time: 9:30­ a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Tett Centre, Kingston

Instructor: Adrienne Montgomerie

Price:

before May 13     $160 Editors Canada members     $195 non-members

after May 13        $185 Editors Canada members      $220 non-members              

Includes lunch by Epicurious!

Register online.

Are you editing character by character? Are you slogging through documents, givi313251851ng your fingers more of a workout than your brain? Learn to turbo-boost Word and lighten your workload. Get the software to do the heavy lifting, leaving you to tackle meatier and more interesting editorial issues. Learn skills that make editing faster, more accurate, and efficient. You may even end up liking Word (just a little bit).

During the course, you will be guided through the steps on your own familiar laptop. There will be opportunities to practice and trouble-shoot. Coffee and lunch breaks will give you time to network and process what you’ve learned.

Workshop Topics

  • Search-and-replace magic with wildcards and more
  • Custom and built-in shortcuts that speed up editing
  • Add-ins and customizations that speed up editing
  • Methods and uses for Word’s Styles
  • macros to automate the most complicated or tedious tasks
  • Customizing the workspace to maximize productivity

All registrants will be surveyed before the course to determine which topics they most want to focus on. Any material not covered in the workshop will be included in a 90-page reference document with demo video support, so you can keep learning on your own time and review what we covered when it comes time to put it to use.

Registration will is limited to 25 attendees.

What You Need

  • Mac or Windows laptop loaded with MS Word—preferably Word 365 or Word 2016, though efforts will be made to support a couple of versions prior. (Note: For this workshop to be useful, you must have a version of Word that includes track changes and comments. Web-based programs such as Open Office are not sufficient.)
  • Good understanding of basic Word functions such as menus and ribbons, cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting.
  • Good fundamental computer skills such as mousing, keyboard navigation, and file management.
  • Good night’s sleep and confidence that you can make Word work for you!

About the Instructor

Adrienne MAMontgomerie medontgomerie has been teaching people to make nice with Word since 2003. This specialized editors’ course has been a sellout since she first offered it in 2012. She is a Certified Copyeditor and a 20-year veteran of freelance editing. She used to work mainly on high school science materials, earning her the moniker of scieditor, and today she can be found on the roster of Canada’s largest remaining publishers when she’s not teaching and writing about editing. The Right Angels and Polo Bears blog is her home base.

Click to register now!

For additional information, contact Elizabeth d’Anjou at elizabeth@danjou.ca or Nancy Wills at nancwills@gmail.com

For more about Editors Kingston, see www.editorskingston.org

Editors Kingston is a part of Editors Canada, Canada’s national professional editing organization.

Keyboard photo by John Ward. Used through Creative Commons licence.

Coming Up April 12: A Kingston Author Talks Editing

by Ellie Barton

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Diane Schoemperlen   (Photo Credit: Mark Raynes Roberts)

Our Authors Talk Editing event last spring was so popular that we’ve decided to launch an annual series. Our guest on Wednesday, April 12, will be Diane Schoemperlen, an award-winning Kingston author of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction. Diane will be interviewed about her editing and writing life by twig coordinator Ellie Barton.

Diane is the author of seven collections of short fiction, three novels, a novella, and two works of creative nonfiction.

this-is-not-my-life-low-resIn her latest book, This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications, she takes a close and candid look at her relationship with a federal inmate serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. This memoir was longlisted for the BC National Book Award and shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize.

Her other fiction includes Red Plaid Shirt: New and Selected Stories, In the Language of LoveOur Lady of the Lost and Found, and At a Loss For Words. Her collection of illustrated stories, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures, won the 1998 Governor General’s Award for English fiction. Diane’s work has been adapted for the stage and also translated into French, German, Spanish, Swedish, and Chinese. She received the 2007 Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

04-rpsDiane runs her own manuscript evaluation and editing service, specializing in short fiction and novels. Her latest project, a book of short stories by Ottawa writer Barbara Sibbald, will be published this spring by The Porcupine’s Quill. Diane is a member of Kingston Wired Writers, an association of internationally published writers who offer mentoring, manuscript evaluation, and editing. She has worked on manuscript at all stages of editing, from substantive and line editing to finessing grammar and punctuation.

02-fodDiane also mentors students on book-length manuscripts as a faculty member of the Humber School of Writing correspondence program. She was recently writer-in-residence at Queen’s University in Kingston and at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Diane will have books for sale—bring cash and take home a signed copy!

For more about Diane, visit her website: www.dianeschoemperlen.com.

Come Join Us!

Wednesday, April 12

7 to 9 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30.

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston

Both Editors Kingston members and non-members welcome.

Free.

Editing Theses—March Meeting Report

by Stephanie Stone

Announcements

Twig Seminar: “Word for Editors and Writers”—Elizabeth d’Anjou started off the meeting by announcing this much-anticipated seminar, to be presented by Kingston editor Adrienne Montgomery. It will take place on Saturday, May 27,

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at the Tett Centre, with a comprehensive, “interactive” handout and catering by Epicurious (which runs the Juniper Café). Attendance will be limited to 25 people, so watch this space for details about how to sign up.

Book Draw—Wade Guyitt, fast becoming a regular visitor, donated his copy of the first edition of the Oxford Guide to Canadian English Usage for a draw. (He’s now acquired the second edition.) Thanks to Wade for suggesting the idea and donating the book, and congratulations to Angela Pietrobon, one of our speakers, who won it. We’ll consider doing more such draws at future meetings.

Webinars —Don’t forget about the Editors Canada webinar series! On April 4 is “How to Evolve Your Writing from Print to Online” and on April 27 “A Linguist’s Guide to Grammar” with Editors Canada institution James Harbeck.

Angela Pietrobon and Reena Kukreja on Editing Theses

When Angela agreed to speak to us about her work as a thesis editor and writing coach, she asked Reena, whose thesis she had edited, to accompany her and give her point of view. Reena spoke first, providing an overview of her thesis edit from her point of view. Angela then followed, describing both the business and editing aspects of her work with academic thesis clients.

Reena

Reena has been a documentary filmmaker since 1988. A few years ago, she decided to turn her research on migrating brides in India into a PhD thesis. (You can read more about her research in this Globe and Mail article.) Coincidentally, her first job in the film industry was as a film editor.

While she had written film scripts in the past, she found the transition to writing her thesis difficult and the writing itself difficult and stressful; she wrote several drafts.

Reena crouches beside her camera to speak to a woman in a headscarf on dry, sunny ground.

Reena speaks to an interview subject in India

When her thesis was ready for editing, her supervisor recommended Angela. Because of the length of her thesis (approximately 465 pages, with 50 pages of references), the tight time frame (two to three weeks), and the fact that she would be in a different time zone (she was leaving for India), Reena wanted someone who could keep to a strict timetable and give clear, constructive feedback. She also wanted to be able to relate to that person because she needed to have her “baby” treated well. She needed to see her copy editor as her ally. She and Angela met for coffee, and this meeting reassured her that Angela was the right person, that they were on the same wavelength.

Reena found working with Angela to be “fantastic.” Her feedback was diplomatic; she could appreciate all the work Reena had done; and while she wasn’t familiar with the specific topic, she reassured Reena that the thesis made sense. She also brought valuable experience to the project – for example, she insisted that social science terminology had to be explained and ensured that all statements were backed up with facts from the interviews. Working long hours together at a distance, Reena and Angela met the tight deadline.

Angela

Angela strives to create a relationship with her clients, and she takes her role as their copy editor very seriously. Like Reena, she stressed the importance of being an ally. As an editor of a range of academic and other material, Angela thinks of editing a thesis edit not as a one-off project but as her first job with that client: a thesis often leads to a journal article, book, or both, and an editor the client has worked with successfully before is the obvious person to copy edit those projects, “investing in the client’s scholarly well-being.”

Angela began by reading through Reena’s thesis in one go, then copy edited it chapter by chapter. She sent each chapter to Reena as she finished it, and Reena reviewed it while Angela worked on the next chapter. She used Word’s Track Changes feature to track every edit and insert queries to Reena. She does more than just fix the grammar, but she also doesn’t go ahead and rewrite anything; she ensures that every edit has a purpose, and when she’s unsure about something, she inserts a query. Reena rejected only three or four of her suggested changes.

If the information in a manuscript is sensitive, Angela explained, it’s important that the copy editor keep her own cultural values, bias, and opinions out of the work. Confidentiality is also key in thesis work, even if no official confidentiality agreement has been signed.

Angela talked about the types of students and supervisors she’s worked with. Some students don’t know anything about punctuation or formatting. Some don’t know how to write footnotes or even what their purpose is—and sometimes the supervisor doesn’t know this either. She needs to spend time educating these students, and this is where her skills as a writing coach come in.

The most problematic kind of thesis for Angela is one that isn’t ready: the student has written a rough draft of the chapters, and the supervisor has told him to “go get it edited”; copy editing this type of thesis could drag on for up to 10 years. The best type of thesis is one for which the supervisor has signed off on all the content; the defence has been scheduled; the thesis is approximately 300 pages long; Angela has two weeks to copy edit; the student is a good writer, is writing in his first language, and understands heading levels and footnotes. The average situation is somewhere in between: the thesis is 250–320 pages long; the defence date is two to six months away; and the supervisor has been moderately helpful.

Angela uses a contract with thesis clients adapted from Editors Canada’s Standard Freelance Editorial Agreement (a contract template) and its Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses / Dissertations, and she insists on being acknowledged as the copy editor. She generally uses the Chicago Manual of Style. She doesn’t check facts, but queries anything that seems odd. She subcontracts formatting of the file to her husband, Rob (who was also in attendance that evening).

Rarely able to provide a firm quote before starting a project given the huge number of factors in a thesis edit, Angela gathers as much information as she can about the project and its status beforehand and gives an estimate. She keeps her client informed; for example, on a 40-hour contract, she’ll let the client know how the copy editing is going after 28 hours.

When she started out, Angela went to her local university and put up notices about herself on all the bulletin boards. She ran a business as a writing tutor for 10 years,  registering at the university as a tutor and talking to people in all the Graduate Studies programs, and also offered editing services. She noted for those starting out in this area in Kingston that Queen’s Education will take an editor’s information and pass it on. Now well established, Angela takes thesis work only on referral.

Coming Up April 12—Author Diane Schoemperlen Talks Editing

Award-winning Kingston author Diane Schoemperlen, author of 13 books of fiction and non-fiction, will talk about her experiences being edited by publishing houses and working as an editor of short fiction, novels, and memoir.

Wednesday, April 12

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston

7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Open to both Editors Canada members and non-members

Free

Coming Up March 8: Editing Theses

2349632625_7c2813f45b_oOur meeting on March 8 will focus on editing theses, an area that is of interest to many editors especially in the Kingston area with its large education sector. Our guests will be longtime twig regular Angela Pietrobon, who has included thesis editing as a significant part of her freelance business for many years, and her recent client Reena Kukreja. Angela and Reena will share their experiences from their respective sides of a dissertation edit, and we’ll open the floor to questions and to contributions from others who have experience in this editing genre.

 

About the Speakers

angela-pietrobonAngela Pietrobon has at various times taken on the roles of editor, indexer, personal leadership coach, writing coach, writer, project manager, and small-business owner. She has a passion for communication through both the written and the spoken word, and she enjoys helping others bring out the very best in their work. She currently works with graduate students on their doctoral theses, from inception to final product, and also edits and indexes scholarly books and articles, working with authors from around the globe.

Over the past dozen or so years, her projects have covered a wide range of subjects, including political studies, gender and queer studies, Indigenous–settler relations, anti-racism, cultural studies, health and health policy, sociology, education, counselling and educational psychology, teacher education, and law. She has helped her clients produce polished manuscripts and indexes for (in no particular order) University of Toronto Press, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Fordham University Press, University of British Columbia Press, and McGill-Queen’s University Press.

You can find out more about Angela’s work on her LinkedIn page.

reena-kukreja-photoReena Kukreja is a filmmaker, researcher, and lecturer who divides her time between India and Canada. Her research focuses on development, gender issues, and migration in South Asia, with special emphasis on the impact of globalization and new technologies on the rural poor. Her documentaries—there are over 53 to date—have been used as tools for grassroots activism and have also been screened in film festivals around the world. Currently, she is converting her PhD dissertation into a book manuscript. The work examines the link between marriage migration, neoliberal capitalism, and new forms of gender subordination in India. Going beyond the traditional trafficking discourse about migrating brides in India, her study documents the multiple levels of discrimination and social ostracism that these women and their children face within conjugal families and communities.

You can read more about Reena’s research in this Globe and Mail article. Some of her films are included on IMDB.

Bring your questions!

Come Join Us!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue (map)

Free

Bring a friend!


Editors Kingston is a Twig of Editors Canada. Our events are open to anyone with an interest in editing.


Coming Up April 12: A Local Author Talks Editing

this-is-not-my-life-low-resFollowing up on our highly successful Authors Talk Editing event last year, we’re honoured to welcome award-winning Kingston writer Diane Schoemperlen to Editors Kingston to discuss her experiences with editing in conversation with twig leader Ellie Barton.

Diane’s latest book is the memoir This Is Not My Life.

Credit: *”Editing a Paper” photo by Nic McPhee, originally posted on Flicker, used under Creative Commons licence.

Changing Usage—February Meeting Report

by Grace Seybold

Early in our February 8 discussion of changing usage, the subject of Google’s Ngram Viewer came up. Carla Douglas used the twig’s new “projector” (a.k.a. cheap TV) to demonstrate how to track changes in language usage with this site, which scans a corpus of 155 billion words of English published since 1800 and plots frequency statistics by year. This was the first some of us had heard of Ngram; others had used it before, either to investigate a usage change or to check for anachronisms when editing fiction, since it shows when a word or phrase entered the realm of publication. (We learned, for instance, that “scumbag” only entered general use in the 1960s, with only a very few scattered occurrences earlier—not what fans of gangster movies might have guessed!)

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Nancy Wills explained how she confirmed that the use of “scumbag” in the dialogue of a novel set in the 1940s that she was editing was an anachronism. (Its use is plotted on the blue line, which begins to rise in the mid-1960s. The red line shows that the open variant, “scum bag,” remains rare.)

One can specify a particular subset of the corpus; for instance, searching only British English publications for the words “towards” and “toward” shows “towards” to have been the clear favourite for the past two centuries, whereas the American English record begins with roughly the same proportions, but “toward” soon grows in popularity as “towards” declines, the two lines crossing in 1898 and “toward” being the more common term thereafter. (Most style guides agree that there’s no difference in meaning between them, and both are perfectly acceptable.)

It’s a fascinating program to play with, and something that many of us are probably going to be looking into further. Some questions were raised about possible shortcomings; for instance, the corpus is made up of whatever volumes have been scanned into Google Books, so that may tend to weight the data in favour of bound books (versus things like magazines and newspapers) and thus may not reflect actual usage by the population in general, particularly for the earlier sections of the corpus. Copyright issues, in which Google Books is perennially embroiled, will primarily affect which books have made it into the later sections, and may bias the data in unexpected directions. But it’s still an awful lot of words, and there’s a great deal of interesting analysis to be made.

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The gang at the February 8 meeting (minus twig coordinator Ellie Barton, who took the photo).

We then talked about some knotty grammatical questions, such as the use of “comprise” and “compose,” and the difference in meaning between “compared to” and “compared with.” (In case you’re wondering, the Oxford Guide to Canadian English Usage explains that “compare to,” according to many usage commentators, is appropriate in a context where it can be replaced with “liken”: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” It’s used when the focus of the sentence is on one thing that is being compared to another thing in the manner of a simile. “Compare with” is used when the focus of the sentence is on both of the things in question and the relative value thereof: “The critic compared the book with the movie.” “However,” the Guide goes on to say, “Canadians do not appear to observe this distinction, even in formal writing.”)

Another usage issue that most of those present had encountered frequently was the rapid change of group names. The evolving use of Indigenous/Aboriginal/Native/First Nations/First Peoples has left many style guides obsolete almost before they’re published, and likewise the use of LGBTTIA2Q and the many variants thereof. Since there’s no central governing linguistic authority in either case, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what the appropriate term should be; asking members of the group in question is generally the polite thing to do, but may still evoke multiple answers.

The meeting ended with a discussion of style guides, including a plug from Lee d’Anjou for the consistently entertaining Chicago Q&A, and the need for a really up-to-date Canadian dictionary—an issue that Editors Canada has made it a project to address, so keep watching this space!

Association News

  • The Editors Canada conference is in Ottawa this year, June 9 through 11. Accommodations are going fast because it’s Canada’s 150th birthday, so if you’re thinking of going, don’t leave finding somewhere to stay till the last minute!
  • Editors Canada is making this year to marketing and recruitment, with a much more significant budget for this area than in the past, even though it means running a deficit. Editors Canada membership is on the rise after several years of decline and about two years of remaining steady, and the executive feels that, with many new services, a modern website, and improvements to member communications, the organization is poised to grow again in a significant way.
  • Don’t forget about the Editors Canada webinar series! Coming up on February 22 is Microsoft Styles, and on March 4 & 5 From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style, taught by Editors Canada Fairley Award winner Kathryn Dean.

Coming Up at Editors Kingston

  • Next month’s meeting (Wednesday, March 8) will focus on editing theses, with a presentation by twig regular and experienced thesis editor Angela Pietrobon and one of her recent clients, Reena Kukreja.
  • As a smaller-scale follow-up on the success of our Authors Talk Editing event last spring At the April 12 meeting, Ellie will interview Kingston author Diane Schoemperlen, who has written both fiction and memoir and has also worked as an editor.
  • On May 27, the twig will host a workshop: Word for Editors, taught by Editors Kingston founder and tech teacher extraordinaire Adrienne Montgomerie. It will be a full-day class held at the Tett Centre, with lunch included. Participants will bring their own laptops. Pricing and registration details coming soon!

Coming Up February 8: Changing Usage Round Table

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Cuneiform Messenger Tablet

As language professionals, we know that language is always evolving—as it should. Keeping up with the current language in the fields we work in, and making judgment calls about when a particular evolving usage is acceptable, are things that editors do every day.

Bring one or two interesting issues that you’ve encountered to the table for discussion, and any questions about evolving usage that you’d love to have input on from your colleagues.

For example: Has your employer recently changed “First Nations” to “indigenous people” on its style sheet? Have you recently decided “if I was in charge” is okay where you once would have insisted on “if I were in charge”? Do most of the texts you edit (or write or read) now accept the singular “they”?

Have you ever used the Google Ngram viewer to find out how the frequence of a word’s use has changed over time?

What other resources do you turn to for guidance in evolving usage?

*Image: “Cuneiform Tablet: Messenger Tablet by Neo-Sumerian” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, licensed under CC0 1.0

Come Join Us!

When: February 8, 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
Where: Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave.

Editors Kingston members and visitors welcome.

Coming in March—Editing Theses

Self-Publishing Panel ─ January Meeting Report

Three Takes on Self-Publishing

by Gregory Murphy

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Stacey Atkinson (just left of screen) discusses the steps of self-publishing a book as fellow panellists Bob MacKenzie and Carla Douglas (right of screen) and Editors Kingston members and guests listen.

This year, Old Man Winter has enjoyed turning Ontario’s sidewalks and roads into hazardous snow-and-ice-encrusted traps. Some of us editors come from afar to take part in our Kingston gatherings, and it would have been reasonable to skip out, planning to go to the next one, if Winter had been at it again on Wednesday, January 11. But he wasn’t. In fact, it was a beautiful day. What a slice of good luck for us, helping to ensure a fantastic turnout!

Our meeting room at Ongwanada Resource Centre was full, and many were jostling for space in any nook and cranny offering a view of our panellists and their presentations. We all came with an appetite to learn about self-publishing from our three knowledgeable panellists: Stacey Atkinson, who travelled from Ottawa, and Kingston’s own Bob MacKenzie and Carla Douglas.

Stacey Atkinson

Stacey has been a word lover for much of her life. After spending several years writing her first book, Stuck, a YA novel, she started her own self-publishing company, Mirror Image Publishing. While on this venture, Stacey found an affection for editing, among many other skills important to self-publishing authors, such as book design, typesetting, and marketing.

At first she wanted to publish traditionally. Then she chose to self-publish because of the control it allowed her to keep over her work. Quickly she realized that self-publishing, though rewarding overall, is no walk in the park. She promoted her work endlessly in person and online on social media, creating several websites as vehicles for promotion. To drive traffic to her websites, which also advertise her editing services, among others, she did her research, learning SEO (search engine optimization) techniques. (In response to a question, Stacey explained that SEO includes finding and using keywords and content that work together to help move her websites up the stack on search engine results pages when curious authors type search queries to find her.) She learned how to use InDesign and how to format manuscripts for sale online as ebooks.

What’s important about knowing all these skills, she said, is that many shtpab_logo-jpeg-largeelf-publishing authors who believe they are looking strictly for editing also need help with the many other processes through which their self-publishing journey will take them.

Stacey is the creator of the online course How to Publish a Book.

Bob MacKenzie

Bob has been self-publishing since his youth, in the sixties. With him he brought his first self-published work, a small white volume of poetry titled Reflections, which came into the world in 1966 and was sold for one dollar. He was nineteen. Bob regarded it fondly, pointing out the volume’s quirks, such as the old plastic spiral binding, which was, as he put it, “new technology” at the time.self-publishing-bob

Then he pulled out many of his other self-published works: more volumes of poetry, short stories, novellas, and novels, all created under his publishing imprint, Dark Matter Press. Bob was not only the writer of these but did much of the other work himself in bringing them to life. But he didn’t hesitate to ask for help from others when he needed it. This was one of Bob’s key takeaways of the night. For example, he acknowledged he isn’t a skilled artist, so it isn’t unusual for him to bring an artist aboard to help a project soar. His advice was to ask for help when you need it: there are many components to self-publishing; trying to do it all on your own, when you’re unfamiliar with something, may work only to the detriment of the project.

Carla Douglas

carla-douglas-headshotx175Carla, along with her colleague Corina Koch MacLeod (who has been part of the Editors Kingston community but wasn’t at this gathering), is an adept self-publisher. With Corina she has written literacy  workbooks. Don’t Panic 2.0: On-the-go Practice for the OSSLT was one such book. The pair wrote and self-published it for sale as an ebook, and formatted it for use on smartphones and tablets. However, they found that students were instead gravitating toward its paper copies. Carla said the lesson learned was that certain projects work better in certain formats; it’s important to know the needs and wants of the readership.

Carla and Corina have also written, produced, and 4164rvcvzjlpublished The Ebook Style Guide and You’ve Got Style: Copyediting for Self-Published Authors.

Carla’s tips were to stay informed about developments in the publishing industry; to be aware that the worlds of traditional publishing and self-publishing are merging; to learn about fonts, typefaces, ebook formatting, and other essential pools of knowledge; and to be prepared, as an editor, to coach authors through the process.

Coming Up February 8: Changing Usage in Your World

How has the evolution of English affected your work lately? Let’s compare notes and share experiences.

Association News

  • This year the Editors Canada conference will be in Ottawa in June. Keep an eye open for our upcoming webinars:

February 22: Introduction to Microsoft Office Word Styles

March 4 and 5: From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style

March 6: La correction d’épreuves de manuels

March 15: Good Grammar: It’s More Than Gut Feel

For more information on webinar synopses, scheduled times, and prices, see the Editors Canada webinars page.

  • Editors Canada also recently held a free webinar hosted by Greg Ioannou on maximizing the impact of an Online Directory of Editors profile. (The ODE is a marketing tool that helps Editors Canada members.) connect with clients and employers.) A recording soon be available for streaming.
  • The National Executive Council has struck a task force, led be executive director Paul Yip-Chuck, to explore the creation of a new Canadian dictionary. This is only the very first stages of what would be a huge, long-term project. But it looks like we’re not getting a new dictionary any other way, so we’re going to work on it.

Coming Up January 11: Self-Publishing Panel

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A panel of three experienced self-publishing author/editors will share their expertise.

Stacey D. Atkinson is a freelance writer and editor based in Ottawa, ON. She has written two novels, Stuck (2013) and Letters from Labrador (2016), and she offers an online course on how to self-publish a book at PublishABook.ca. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @StaceyDAtkinson.

Kingston editor and former Editors Kingston coordinator Carla Douglas is the author of more than 10 books, most recently the self-published You’ve Got Style: A Writer’s Guide to Copyediting.

Bob Mackenzie, a regular at twig gatherings, self-published his first book more than 50 years ago. While he has been published by traditional houses, he continues to be a self-publisher.

Bring your questions!

Also bring some cash or a chequebook, as our panellists will have their books available for sale.

Come Join Us!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

7 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Avenue (map)

Free

Bring a friend!


Editors Kingston is a Twig of Editors Canada. Our events are open to anyone with an interest in editing.


Coming Up February 8: Discussion on Evolving Usage

Watch this space for details!