Meet the Instructor: Lesley Erickson

Written by Carl Rosenberg; copy edited by Katie Heffring

This photo shows a headshot of Lesley Erickson smiling.

On Saturday, November 25, Editors BC presents Lesley Erickson’s seminar on editing academic works. Designed to promote a better understanding of the needs of academic authors and how editors can help them achieve their goals, this workshop will be useful to editors and writers at all stages of their careers.

Lesley has more than 20 years’ experience as an author and editor in scholarly publishing. She has worked as a freelance copywriter, substantive editor, stylistic editor, copy editor, and proofreader for individual clients and university presses, and she is currently a senior editor in the Production Editorial department at UBC Press. As a production editor, she focuses on books in history and Indigenous studies. As a substantive editor, she edits trade and trade-crossover titles and is passionate about helping academic authors make their research more accessible to the general public through well-edited, jargon-free prose.

She holds a PhD in Canadian history and is a graduate of SFU’s Master of Publishing program. She is the author of Westward Bound: Sex, Violence, the Law, and the Making of a Settler Society and co-editor of Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West through Women’s History.

Carl Rosenberg, a volunteer on Editors BC’s communications and social media committee, spoke to Lesley about her advice on academic editing.

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November 15, 2017: A Tribute to Nancy Flight and the Builders of Editors BC

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00–9:00 pm
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members and student affiliates, $10 for non-members, and $5 for non-member students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

This evening we will honour longtime Editors BC member and editor extraordinaire Nancy Flight, who retired from her full-time role as associate publisher of Greystone Books on October 16, 2017—forty-five years to the day after she started her first job in book publishing in San Francisco.

Throughout her career as a highly respected and award-winning editor, Nancy made significant contributions to the editing profession and to our national association and local branch. We’re delighted she will be with us on November 15 so we can thank her in person.
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November 25, 2017: Academic Editing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Room 410, 4th 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 November 21; early-bird rates are in effect through November 7.

Designed to promote a better understanding of what’s at stake for academic authors and how editors can help them achieve their goals, this workshop is open to editors and writers at all stages of their careers. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and real-life examples, participants will learn how to meet editorial standards for clarity, consistency, and correctness while still respecting academic authors and the writing conventions of their disciplines.

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Event Review: SEO for Editors by Lisa Manfield

Written by Wendy Barron; copy edited by Maggie Clark

Whether you do business on the Web or edit for clients who do, understanding search engine optimization—SEO—is crucial to creating compelling web content and helping people find that content. On September 30, Lisa Manfield shared the principles of good SEO with 15 editors who were eager to improve the Google juice of their own websites and their clients’ websites.

SEO changes constantly, Lisa notes, and Google (which has the largest market share in the Internet search game) never reveals how its algorithms work or which elements of SEO are weighted more heavily than others. But the SEO practices that worked in the early days, such as keyword stuffing of metadata and content farming, can now reduce a web page’s ranking rather than improve it.

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October 18, 2017: Scary Editing Stories—Surviving and Learning from Difficult Situations

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:00–9:00 pm
Where: Welch Room, 4th floor, YWCA Health + Fitness Centre, 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members and student affiliates, $10 for non-members, and $5 for non-member students with valid ID. Registration at the door.

Unlike Halloween, editing isn’t meant to be a scary experience. But not all projects are treats. We’ve likely all experienced tricky situations when a client, employer, or author has been difficult to work with, processes have gone awry, or the project has felt like a fiasco from start to finish. In every such experience, however, there can be a lesson and an opportunity for professional growth. Continue reading