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Business Practices

Beyond the Edit: The True Value of an Editor

Presenter: Alana Chalmers

An editor is rarely just one thing. They bring a lot of knowledge and skills to the page. In this session, I’ll explore the role of the editor as a consultant—part-time graphic designer, accessibility expert, web designer, and user researcher rolled into one. Wherever there are words and people, editing will always have a future (spellcheck be damned).

Freelance Like a Boss: Act Like a Business, Not an Employee

Presenters: Amy J. Schneider, Erin Brenner, Lori Paximadis and Laura Poole

Does it seem like your clients hold all the cards? Like you have no control over your fees, your scope of work, your schedule? Not so! When you are doing business as an editorial freelancer, YOU are the boss—with all of the corresponding rights AND responsibilities. In this panel presentation by four experienced editors, you’ll learn to adjust your mindset, set appropriate boundaries, and put yourself in the executive’s chair.



We’re in It Together: Building Solid Relationships

Presenter: Adrienne Gagnon

It doesn’t matter how appropriate our edits and recommendations are, it’s not easy to convince others that we’re actually standing for their success. Truth is, we can’t really help colleagues or customers succeed without first building solid relationships based on trust and understanding.


Techniques and Technologies

Oops! Finding and Fixing Bloopers in Fiction

Presenter: Amy J. Schneider

Copyediting fiction is like being the continuity director for a film, watching for little mistakes that pull readers out of the story. In this session, we’ll discuss (1) language bloopers: pet phrases, sound bloopers, danglers, redundancy; (2) action bloopers: Chekhov’s gun, drop-in characters, bad scene breaks, remembered elements, “As you know, Bob…”; and (3) factual bloopers: physics, body position/parts, anachronisms, geography, deliberate obfuscation, and just generally How Things Work.

How to Keep Your In-house Communications Team Relevant

Presenter: Clara White

Transitioning communications from print to web has increased the focus on accessibility, user experience, and plain language. This shift is necessary, but also adds challenges for editors. How do we get buy-in that our teams are still relevant? How do we adapt a style guide that was made for print? Is cross-training or subject matter experts the key to success? How do we transition our editorial process from paper to screens? Learn the answers at this session.

How to Check for Consistency Faster: Getting Started with PerfectIt

Presenter: Daniel Heuman

Did you become an editor to spend days on mechanical edits? Checking for consistency is time-consuming and it can distract you from substantive editing. PerfectIt is an MS Word add-in (for Mac or PC) that can help. It’s used by more than 100 members of Editors Canada as well as over 500 members of SfEP. This workshop will cover what software can and cannot find, and it will show how each suggestion needs to be checked for context. The workshop is for PerfectIt beginners.

Getting More from PerfectIt: Customization to Check House Styles

Presenter: Daniel Heuman

Exploring PerfectIt’s advanced functionality, this session will focus on custom styles and custom checking. It will show how you can use PerfectIt to select a style sheet, build your own custom style sheet, and check your preferences. It will show how you can share style sheets and how you can set up a different style sheet for each client that you work with. This session is primarily for users who are already comfortable with PerfectIt basics (Windows edition only).