• Welcome to our newest member, Heddy Johannesen. Check out Heddy’s bio here.
• 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.
• The twig will be hosting an online CRA presentation November 25, 2020, and January 22, 2021.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
The Wolfville Editors’ Bunch will be meeting for a picnic lunch at Willow Park in Wolfville on Tuesday, October 20. BYOC*
Editors Nova Scotia will be hosting a Zoom session on Saturday, October 24, 11:00 am in which twig member and professional indexer Alexandra Peace will explain what’s involved in building an index.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
Editors Canada supports many ways to grow your editing career. Where are you along this path?
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• 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.
Where are you in your career? Mentorship can help solidify learned experience while supporting new editors.
Our next WEB lunch will be Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 12:30 pm at Troy Restaurant in Wolfville.
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. English speakers are more than welcome to participate, but be aware that the meeting will be held in French.
• 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!
• 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 email@example.com 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.
Editors Canada AGM
• This meeting was held on Saturday, June 20. It was conducted as a webinar and approximately 80 people attended. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Editors Canada website once they’re approved. Treasurer Michelle Weitzman’s slides may be included in this.
• Our own Alexandra Peace was awarded the Lee d’Anjou Volunteer of the Year! Alex’s many contributions include serving as national recording secretary for five years and as superb co-coordinator of the Nova Scotia twig. Nicole Watkins-Campbell will take on the role of recording secretary and Patricia MacDonald will continue as coordinator of volunteers.
New regional director
• This person-to-be-named will oversee all branches and twigs and will be replacing the two regional directors we have at present. Anne Curry has been eastern region rep—many thanks to Anne for her excellent, helpful service!
• If you registered for the national conference, which was to have been held in Montreal this month and was COVID-cancelled, you may be wondering about a refund of your fee. Refunding has been a gradual process because of the cash flow situation in the national office. All refunds have been made now, except for those who paid by cheque. If you did not pay by cheque and have not received your refund, please contact executive director Natasha Bood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 2021 conference is planned for Edmonton. Fingers crossed!
• Wolfville Editors’ Bunch held a their monthly meeting on Monday, June 22, via Zoom; the general twig monthly meeting was Saturday, June 27.
• PRO TIP: Shelley Egan mentioned that there is a sub-Reddit for grammar, which she finds really handy. You simply set up an account with Reddit and subscribe to the sub-edit.
• The art of the query also came up in conversation. Here’s a good blog post on that: https://westcoasteditors.com/the-art-of-the-query/
• Editors Canada is offering a webinar, Choices Matter: Language in the 21st Century with Rhonda Kronyk on Thursday, July 9. http://training.editors.ca/upcoming_webinar/choices-matter-language-in-the-21st-century/
• Becky and I believe that the top two things our members want are more jobs and better skills, and we’ll be directing our efforts and activities toward supporting those needs. Keep an eye on your email (don’t forget your spam folder) and on our Facebook page (Editors in the Maritimes) for announcements regarding lunch meetings and other goings-on. We normally take a summer hiatus, but this has been an exceptional year, to say the least.