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How to Find Freelance Editing Work

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: Viola Desmond Room (3rd floor) at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave.

Branch/Twig: Toronto

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For the penultimate program meeting of 2018–19, we are pleased to offer a two-part program of practical tips and bigger-picture thinking about how editors can find work.

Part 1 is a specially curated video reel of tips and strategies for generating freelance editing jobs. This segment features short presentations by four editors: freelance book editor Susannah Noel of Editorial Arts Academy in Vermont; Toronto-based Jahleen Turnbull-Sousa, who specializes in business communications, medical and health-care materials, and medical-legal editing; science and education tech writer-editor Adrienne Montgomerie, based in Kingston; and Toronto-based writer and magazine-editor Carolyn Camilleri. Together, these videos present a wide range of strategies for developing leads and maintaining good client relationships, establishing multiple income streams, and marketing editing services effectively.

Part 2 will feature publisher and Editors Canada co-founder Greg Ioannou, who will speak about how editors can generate work and what Editors Canada plans to do to help its members find jobs in today’s evolving marketplace. Greg’s hour-long presentation, “Finding Work Together,” will address broader institutional questions related to Editors Canada’s role in helping editors at every stage of their careers. He’ll explore Editors Canada’s past and current efforts to help members find work and talk about the bigger-picture goal of making sure Editors Canada becomes an invaluable part of every editor’s professional life. Also, he’ll share his vision of what the association could be and explore some specific ways Editors Canada can become more active and systematic about helping members find work.

Please join us for what will surely be an informative program devoted to the practical and business side of the editing profession.
More about our speaker: 
Greg Ioannou has a long history in publishing. He’s worked on well over 3,000 books, on topics ranging from cannibalism to vegetarian cuisine, and from science fiction to how to design a helicopter. He’s taught publishing at Ryerson University, George Brown College, and elsewhere, and served four terms as president of Editors Canada. He is the CEO of Colborne Communications, a writing and editing company, and president of the Toronto hybrid publisher Iguana Books. Through Colborne, Greg and his team have worked on everything from websites and self-published books to board games and government reports. As a hybrid publisher, Greg has helped more than 100 authors publish top-quality books in genres ranging from mysteries to political thrillers to humour, and in 2018, Iguana Books co-published with Canadian Authors Association the first in a series of planned anthologies of new Canadian writing.
ENTER OUR RAFFLE! All proceeds go into our programs budget to help pay our speakers and provide professional development opportunities for our members.
Cost: $2 per ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.
Prizes: A $25 gift card to Scarborough Town Centre, donated by Oxford Properties; a copy of Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing!, donated by Rock’s Mills Press; a $15 gift card to Chapters/Indigo, donated by programs chair Lee Parpart; a one-hour mentorship on any aspect of writing or editing with Editors Toronto co-chair Jennifer D. Foster; a one-hour mentorship on any aspect of editing or publishing with Greg Ioannou; a $50 gift card (toward the cost of a full facial) at Ici Paris Skin Care Clinic & Spa; a copy of Blood Is Thicker, an anthology of short stories by new Canadian writers, co-published by Iguana Books and Canadian Authors Association and donated by Iguana Books; and a prize pack of four books for readers of mysteries and thrillers, donated by Iguana Books. 
Program details for Tuesday, April 23, 7:30–9:30 pm
LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave., Third Floor, Room F 
7:30 pm               Introductory remarks 
7:40 pm               Program 
8:30 pm               Q&A, and raffle
9 pm                   Mix-and-mingle (we have the room until 9:30)
Free for members; $10 for non-members; $5 for student non-members
Directions, parking, accessibility, and other details about the venue are available here and here (for accessibility details, scroll down to item number nine within the second link).
ACCESSIBILITY: Please note that although the third floor of CSI Spadina is fully accessible, the building’s narrow elevator (30 inches wide) may not accommodate all mobility devices. Please contact the branch programs chair at with any questions or concerns about accessibility at this meeting.
PLANNING AHEAD: Editors Toronto meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except in June, July, August, and December. Join us on May 28 for our final program meeting (and last branch business meeting) of the year, when we will address strategies for overcoming barriers to entry within the fields of editing and publishing—a topic of vital interest for new and emerging editors today.