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Working with Self-Publishing Authors

When: Saturday, April 15, 2023, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm PDT

Where: Online via Zoom

Working with self-publishing authors is a unique and often gratifying experience for editors. But if these do-it-yourself writers need extra support on their publishing journey, being “just” an editor is not always enough to help them. Merielle Kazakoff will share how she found her way into the self-publishing field, how she has adapted to the needs of her clients, and why she loves working in this fast-growing book market. You’ll also learn:

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Aligning Expectations: Contracts Between Editors and Indie Authors with Karin Horwatt Cather

When: Saturday, March 11, 2023, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm PST

Where: Online via Zoom

“Aligning Expectations” will discuss the need for a contract between an editor and an author. This webinar is for freelance editors who are interested in protecting the rights and responsibilities of both editor and author with a written service agreement. A clearly worded service agreement aligns the expectations of both authors and editors, which prevents disagreements and hard feelings on both sides. Aligned expectations between the parties prevent editors from feeling exploited and authors from feeling ripped off.

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Editing Okanagan Women’s Voices: Syilx and Settler Writing and Relations

WHEN             Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 7:30 to 8:30 pm PST

WHERE          Online through Zoom

COST               Free for Editors Canada members

                         $10 for non-members

                         $5 for student non-members

Okanagan Women’s Voices: Syilx and Settler Writing and Relations, 1870s to 1960s is a new and unique history book that places together writings by both Indigenous and settler women of the Okanagan. This approach has led to “new perspectives and understanding” (Okanagan Women’s Voices, Introduction, p. vi). Join us in hearing from all three editors of this important book regarding their editing process and the decisions and discoveries they made.

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Antihustle: A One-Day Planning Retreat for Your Freelance Business with Letitia Henville

When: Friday, February 10, 2023, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Running a solo editing business can be challenging, especially when the day-to-day overwhelms or when you’re stuck in a feast-or-famine cycle. But with a little bit of time and focus, you can find your footing, articulate your vision for your business, and determine the steps you need to take to bring it into being.

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Being Edited: Two Authors Share Their Experiences

When         Wednesday, January 18, 2023, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm PST

Where       Online through Zoom

Cost            Free for Editors Canada members

                     $10 for non-members

                     $5 for student non-members

Please join us for a valuable conversation with two authors about their experiences working with editors. They will share how they prepare for the editing process, what editors do that’s helpful, and what editors do that drives them crazy.

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Running Editing Businesses with Data: An interview with Maya Berger

To wrap up the year, the West Coast Editor chatted with Maya Berger about TEA, a data analysis tool she developed for tracking business progress. Maya shares the story behind this tool and how editors can use it. Maya is January’s seminar facilitator. 

WC: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. Can you share a little about yourself and what inspires the work you do?

I’m Maya Berger, an editor, a proofreader, a business admin educator, and an unapologetic Excel fan. I worked as an editor and editorial manager in the higher education publishing sector for over 10 years before deciding to start my own editorial business, What I Mean to Say, in 2016. I love helping authors get their meanings across and working with them to remove any barriers to clear communication.

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