Twig Talk – November 2020

Local news
•  Welcome to our newest members, Tere Mullin in Halifax, and Dominique Paquet in Dieppe, NB.
•  On Wednesday, November 25, CRA representative Charbel Saab gave an online presentation on preparing for tax season, which we opened to other branches and twigs. A PDF of Charbel’s presentation will be emailed to those attendees. For those who were unable to attend this session, we’ll be re-offering it on Friday, January 22.

Other twigs
•  The Newfoundland & Labrador twig has invited us to an online seasonal celebration with fun and games, Wednesday, December 2, 7:30–8:30 pm (that’d be 7:00–8:00 pm our time).

Coming up
•  Saturday, December 12 we’ll be hosting a social get-together on Zoom. It’ll be a sort of year in review/how’s everybody doing kind of thing, and we’re extending a particular invitation to our newest members. It would be really nice to see as many folks as our screens can hold!
•  January 22: the second CRA presentation
•  February 27: Raya Morrison will be talking to us about editing digital content. Raya is co-chair of Editors Toronto and editor-in-chief of Blood & Bourbon Press. Details of these events will be forthcoming.

Professional development
•  Editors Canada is offering a 50% off sale on webinar recordings purchased by November 30.
•  You can catch this live webinar on Wednesday, December 2: Business Planning for Freelancers.
•  A two-part French-language webinar is being offered beginning December 3: Les anglicismes au Québec: une question de variation

The Editors’ Vine/La vigne
The Vine’s topic for November 5 and 7 was Getting the Most from Style Sheets. Coming up on December 3 and 5 is Gifts for Editors, a discussion of resources and tools editors find useful (and might also like to give/receive as gifts). Visit the members’ area for the schedule of upcoming meetings. If you would like to
be added to the Vine’s participant list to receive login details for meetings, or if you’d just like more information, please email the Vine moderators, Nicola Aquino and Lenore Hietkamp.

Let us know your thoughts and ideas—shoot us an email any time at novascotia.twig@editors.ca.
Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on. Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors, as well as Editors/Réviseurs Canada and Editors Canada Student Affiliates.

Twig Talk – October 2020

Local news
• Welcome to our newest member, Heddy Johannesen. Check out Heddy’s bio here.

National news
• The 2021 Editors Canada conference will now be held completely online rather than in Edmonton as originally planned. The Editors Canada Facebook group will reflect updates in conference planning, and conference Twitter accounts and web pages will be up and running as soon as possible.

Events
• The twig will be hosting an online CRA presentation November 25, 2020, and January 22, 2021.

Editors’ Vine
• The Vine’s October meetings showed how marketing is closely tied to the value we ascribe to our work. The topic for November 5 and 7 is Getting the most from style sheets. Visit the members’ area of the Editors Canada website for the schedule of upcoming meetings.

Professional development
• Editor Canada is offering four webinars between now and December 2, two in English and two in French. See the Editors Canada website for details.

Tax Help for Small Businesses

Editors Nova Scotia will be hosting an online presentation by CRA liaison officer Charbel Saab on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Topics discussed will include business tax deductions, common tax filing errors, and general bookkeeping concepts and best practices, as well as helpful tools and services offered by CRA.

This presentation will be repeated on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Login details will be available to members via twig email.

Twig Talk – September 2020

The Editors’ Vine/La vigne
As previously mentioned in Twig Talk, The Editors’ Vine is a new initiative by Editors Canada to connect members who face barriers in attending twig or branch meetings. Two meetings with the same theme are held each month (on the first Thursday and the following Saturday) via Zoom. The October presentation, Prepositions and Profits: Three Powerful Approaches to Creating an Endless Supply of Clients, is set for Thursday, October 1 and Saturday, October 3. Visit Editors Canada for details.

Local news
• Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held their monthly meeting (in person!) on Thursday, September 17 at Troy restaurant in Wolfville.
• On Saturday, September 26 we held a well-attended informational Zoom meeting, Dollars and Sense, wherein twig members Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry related what they’ve learned over the years about running a freelance editing business. We also had helpful input from Virginia McGowan and Nicola Aquino.
• On Saturday, October 24, twig member Alexandra Peace will be sharing her extensive knowledge of indexing, via Zoom. Members will be emailed login information in advance.

Professional development
• Editors Canada is offering a webinar on Tuesday, October 6: Productivity While Working From Home, and a two-part webinar, From Digital to Dollars with Social Media Marketing, on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 27.
• Editors Hamilton–Halton are hosting a three-hour seminar on plain language on Saturday, October 17, led by Editors Canada director of training and development Greg Iannou. The seminar is free—members just need to register via Zoom. The session begins at 11:00 am Atlantic time, but people can join as early as 10:30 am Atlantic time if they wish to socialize. Non-members are also welcome for a $10 fee.

• Keep an eye on your email (be sure to check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page, Editors in the Maritimes, for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on. Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors.

 

 

 

 

Twig Talk – August 2020

CELEBRATE
•  July’s new members hail from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. A hearty welcome goes to Maureen Duffy Cobb, Joan Allaby, and Jocelyn Pletz!
•  August’s Kahoot online trivia night was a hoot, and Georgia Atkin won The Little Book of Wildflower Whispers.

CONNECT
Twig meetings help us meet with Maritime colleagues, and getting together provides encouragement, new facts, and ideas. Twig meetings will be on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
•  September 26 – Dollars and Sense. What prices are trending and why? Speaking with a group of like-minded professionals can help us decide what to charge. What do you do in your own practice? What has worked? How do you break down jobs? This Zoom call will not be recorded, but it can serve new editors with the most pressing questions.
•  October 24 – Alexandra Peace on Indexing. What is indexing? Which programs provide training? How do I find my niche? How do I read the market? Know all these answers and more? Great! Add your experience to the conversation.

GROW
Editors Canada supports many ways to grow your editing career. Where are you along this path?
•  Glean the wisdom of others with Active Voice. It’s free!
•  Which publications would strengthen your editing practice?
•  Is certification a goal? The 2020 Editors Canada stylistic editing professional certification exam will be held on Saturday, November 21. Register now to be ready.

SERVE
Where are you in your career? Mentorship can help solidify learned experience while supporting new editors.

Twig Zoom meeting: Dollars and Sense

How much should I charge for my work? What about invoicing? Should I use contracts?
These and other questions will be addressed in this Zoom meeting. Longtime Editors NS members Margaret MacQuarrie and Anne Curry will share their own tried-and-true practices regarding the financial aspects of freelance editing.
Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am

Twig Talk – July 2020

There’s not much to report these days!

New regional director
• Our new regional director of branches and twigs is Anne Godlewski of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig. She’ll be taking over from both Anne Curry (east) and Shauna Babiuk (west).

The Editors’ Vine/La vigne
As mentioned in the June issue of Twig Talk, The Editors’ Vine is a new initiative by Editors Canada to connect members who face barriers in attending twig or branch meetings. Two meetings with the same theme are held each month (on the first Thursday and the following Saturday) via Zoom. Nova Scotia twig member Nicola Aquino is a moderator. Please contact vine@editors.ca for details. August meetings are set for Thursday, August 6 and Saturday, August 8. And there is now a virtual group for francophones; the next meeting will take place on Thursday, August 20. For more information on the French version, please email Agnès André at la_vigne@reviseurs.ca. English speakers are more than welcome to participate, but be aware that the meeting will be held in French.

Local news
• Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held a their monthly meeting on Monday, July 20, in the cool delight of Julie Cochrane’s backyard pool. Valley living at its finest!

Coming up
• Editors Canada is offering a webinar, Finding and Fixing Bloopers in Fiction with Amy Schneider on Thursday, July 30. http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/oops-finding-and-fixing-bloopers-in-fiction/
• Another Editors Canada webinar for editors who work in Spanish and English is being offered on Thursday, August 6: Clear Spanish Text in a Foreign Land: Is It Possible? http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/clear-spanish-text-in-a-foreign-land-is-it-possible/

• Becky and I are planning a fun online event for members — a Kahoot trivia game — for a date in August. Shoot us an email at novascotia.twig@editors.ca and let us know what’s preferable: day or evening, mid-week or weekend?

• Keep an eye on your email (check your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (Editors in the Maritimes) for announcements regarding lunches, meetings and other goings-on. Engage in conversation on the Facebook pages Editors’ Association of Earth and Business + Professional Development for Editors.