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PubPro 2015: An Unconference for Managing Editors and Publication Production Specialists
A professional development event co-hosted by EAC-BC
and the SFU Publishing Workshops of the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing
Who is this for?
You may be called a managing editor, a production editor, an editorial coordinator, a publications director, a project manager, an editor-in-chief, or one of any number of titles. Whatever your formal job title, you do any or all of the following:
- Work in house for an organization that creates publications
- Manage an editorial and production team of in-house staff and freelance professionals
- Hire freelancers, including editors and possibly writers, designers, and indexers
- Develop project schedules
- Create or work to project budgets
- Shepherd projects through the production process
Publishers often meet to discuss sales, marketing, and digital strategies, but very rarely do the people who actually make the publications happen get to gather and brain share.
This event offers managing editors and production specialists the opportunity to meet others in their role and learn from one another.
What’s the format?
This unconference has no set program, and the participants will define the agenda. If you’re interested in giving a presentation or leading a discussion, arrive early to pitch your topic to the attendees. The program will be finalized based on participants’ interests, and once that happens you can choose which sessions you’d like to attend.
- Recruiting, training, and retaining freelancers
- Freelancer communication
- Creating and maintaining house style guides
- Project management software for publications
- Paying by the project vs. paying by the hour
- Collaborative editing tools
- Digital workflows
- Working with commercial printers
- Negotiating vendor agreements (e.g., with stock photo agencies)
- Quality control systems
- Project crisis management strategies
- A managing editor’s wish list
Why an unconference?
You’re all experts at what you do, but because you work in relative isolation from others in your role, you’ve all developed your own systems. There’s no hard and fast set of best practices, so there’s no one expert who’ll provide you with all of the answers you need. This event will be an opportunity to cross-pollinate: learn what others are doing, what works, and what doesn’t, and see if others’ strategies can be adapted to your situation.
If you’ve developed a pretty good system for some aspect of your work and would like to share your knowledge, consider giving a presentation. If you face a particular problem and want to know how others approach it, consider leading a discussion on the topic.
Where is it?
It will be at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. We’ll meet in room 2945 to kick off the day.
When is it?
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9:30 am–4:30 pm. Here’s how the day will look:
|9:15–9:30||Check-in and coffee|
|9:30–10:15|| Opening remarks |
Speakers pitch topics, participants vote, and program is set
|3:40–4:00||Event debriefing and closing remarks|
*Unwind at the end of the day with a relaxing but invigorating session of yoga led by yoga instructor Thara Vayali.
What’s the networking tea?
The networking tea is a special session that allows you to continue your conversations with your colleagues outside the confines of a formal session, and it also puts you in the same room as the professionals you might want to hire. Pre-registered freelancers will join us all for a tea or coffee and get a few minutes to chat and swap business cards with you. Note: registration for the PubPro unconference includes the networking tea.
What should I do if I want to present or to lead a discussion?
Prepare your presentation or discussion notes before the event. Sessions run 40 minutes, including Q&A. On the day of the event, arrive early, and you’ll have one minute to pitch your topic. Based on how participants respond, your talk will be added to the schedule. Sessions can take on any format you choose and can be as interactive as you wish.
If you have slides to show on a digital projector, bring them in on a USB key in PDF or PowerPoint format. (Please also keep a backup of your slides somewhere in your email or online.)
Since we don’t know how many people will be attending each session, we won’t be able to print handouts the day of. You’re free to bring your own, but what we’d prefer is for you to send us your notes or handouts after your session. We’ll put all of the presenters’ documents together and send a folder to all participants.
How do I register?
Please tell your associates and colleagues they can follow the event live on Twitter (the event’s official hashtag is #PubPro2015). The day’s tweets have been collected on Storify.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors
Thanks to Globalme Language & Technology for supporting our event by providing projection equipment.
*About the event facilitator: Before she became an independent publishing consultant, Iva Cheung served as editor and editorial coordinator at D&M Publishers, where she implemented editorial communication, workflow, and quality control systems. Iva, who holds a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University, is a Certified Professional Editor and a winner of EAC’s Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. She blogs about editing and publishing at www.ivacheung.com.