A minimalist map of BC shows that 62% of Editors BC members live in the Lower Mainland, 20% live in Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 11% live in the Okanagan and the Kootenays, 3% live in the Sunshine Coast, 2.5% live in Northern BC and Yukon, and .8% live in the West Coast of the U.S.
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Getting to Know Our Members from All Around BC: Merielle Kazakoff

Written by Ana Scherders; copy edited by Annette Gingrich

Editors BC is a big chapter: in fact, we currently have 252 members.

In this series, our volunteer writers interview some of these members to find out what editing life looks like in this spacious province.

Today, Ana interviews Merielle Kazakoff.

Merielle lives in the Christina Lake area of the West Kootenay region, about 70 kilometres southwest of Castlegar, BC. She’s the owner of MMK Editing and Design and has been a member of Editors BC since 2018.

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October 21, 2020: Marketing Your Editing Business

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7:30–8:30 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors BC members, non-members, and students.

Are you a new editor starting your freelance business? Or an experienced professional wanting to expand your client base? In either case, marketing your business is an essential factor in acquiring new clients and staying relevant.

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A minimalist map of BC shows that 62% of Editors BC members live in the Lower Mainland, 20% live in Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, 11% live in the Okanagan and the Kootenays, 3% live in the Sunshine Coast, 2.5% live in Northern BC and Yukon, and .8% live in the West Coast of the U.S.
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Getting to Know Our Members from All Around BC: Błażej Szpakowicz

Written by Janice Love; copy edited by Taisha Garby

Błażej Szpakowicz

Editors BC is a big chapter: in fact, we currently have 252 members. In this series, our volunteer writers interview some of these members to find out what editing life looks like in this spacious province.

Today, Janice interviews Błażej Szpakowicz.

Błażej (pronounced “Bwa.sey“) resides in Kamloops, BC, and owns B+ Editing Services. He has been an Editors BC member since 2017. Błażej sits on Editors Canada’s training and development committee, assisting with the webinar program. He was the July 2019 volunteer of the month.

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October 13-November 3, 2020: Introduction to Children’s Book Editing

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Four Tuesdays, October 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 2020, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: $140 for Editors Canada members ($110 early bird), $195 for non-members ($165 early bird), and $70 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes October 9 at 11:59 pm; early-bird rates are in effect through September 22.

Children’s books are a resilient and growing part of the publishing industry, ranging from simple board books for babies and toddlers to complex and sophisticated fiction and non-fiction books for older children and teens. But how do you develop the skills needed to work as a children’s book editor? And how is editing for children different from editing for adults?

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September 16, 2020: September Wine and Cheese

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:30–8:30 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors BC members, non-members, and students.

Welcome back, members!

Join us virtually on Zoom at 7:30 pm PDT, and don’t forget to BYOWAC (Bring Your Own Wine and Cheese). Meet our 2020–2021 executive and learn more about our plans for this fall’s programming and professional development as we adapt to today’s online reality. Mingle with other members in our Zoom breakout rooms and test your skills in an online game of STET! Dreyer’s English.

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Getting to Know Your New Editors BC Board: Five Quick Questions

Written by David Marsh; copy edited by Janet Millar

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In June, Editors BC elected its new executive for 2020-2021. We felt now would be a good chance for members to get to know these 11 volunteers a little better.

We’ve asked each of them a set of five quick questions aimed at giving members a glimpse of the person occupying the position, along with some choice professional wisdom.

Here they are:   

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Can You Find Inner Peace During a Pandemic?

Written by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Meagan Kus

Editors find comfort in the stable predictability of grammatical rules, of univocal styles and definitions—with some exceptions to keep us on our toes. We turn to these to balance the everyday chaos in the world beyond the word. But what happens when the thread in the fabric of our daily lives is so forcefully yanked that our safety blankets are completely torn at their seams? Is our respite in linguistic structures enough to offset the surrealness of a world dizzied by a viral outbreak?

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Introducing the Editors BC 2020–2021 Executive

During our online chapter meeting on June 17, Editors BC held elections to fill positions becoming vacant on the executive.

Before we list the new executive, we’d like to thank outgoing executive members Alexandra Bogdanovic (programs), Maggie Clark (publications and West Coast Editor managing editor), Marianne Grier (past chair), Ellen Michelle (professional development), and Tiffany Sloan (treasurer) for their dedication to serving all Editors BC members.

We are also extending a warm welcome to new executive members Katie Beaton (publications and West Coast Editor managing editor), Tania Cheffins (treasurer), Joyce Chung (programs), Letitia Henville (professional development), and Marta Orellana (programs). These new executive members will take over from their outgoing counterparts on July 1.

In addition, Barbara Johnston is moving from volunteer coordinator to professional development, Jesse Marchand from branch chair to past chair, and Liz Warwick from communications to branch chair. Continue reading

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June 17, 2020: Season-End Editors BC Executive Elections

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 7:00–8:00 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors BC members and students.

Join us in winding down the Editors BC 2019–2020 season with an online meeting to recognize our volunteers and to elect the 2020–2021 executive team. This is usually our wine and cheese event, so bring a beverage of your choice and get to know our incoming exec! 

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