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April 27, 2019: Editing Cake and Proofreading Compote: A Recipe for Successful Cookbook Editing

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Room 381, 3rd floor, BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: $165 for Editors Canada members ($135 early bird), $230 for non-members ($200 early bird), and $100 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes April 23; early-bird rates are in effect through April 9.

Serves: A room full of editors

Time: 6 hours

Cookbook editing can be a satisfying niche with a feast of opportunities. Calling for equal amounts of editing skill and culinary knowledge, the recipe for successful cookbook editing can be mastered by those willing to put in a little time in the editing kitchen. 

It takes skill and practice to grasp the editing and proofreading issues unique to the cookbook genre. So here’s a tip! Take a six-hour workshop where, through discussion and activities, you will learn:

  • cookbook and recipe conventions and usability principles
  • the various ways that cookbooks and individual recipes are structured and how to recognize and tackle special structural editing concerns
  • how to copy edit cookbook elements like ingredient lists, methods, yields, time guidelines, and measurements and conversions for clarity, accuracy, consistency, and usability, all while respecting the author’s voice and style
  • how to recognize a cookbook’s numerous design elements and take an organized approach to proofreading both visual and textual material
  • where to find freelance opportunities in the cookbook- or recipe-publishing market

This workshop is meant for editors who already have editing and proofreading experience and want to explore a cookbook specialization, though editors at all career stages are welcome.

A partner with West Coast Editorial Associates, Lana Okerlund has copy edited, proofread, or indexed dozens of cookbooks for Penguin Random House Canada, Figure 1 Publishing, TouchWood Editions, and Whitecap Books.

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