SfEP Toronto Editing Mini-conference Nov. 5 & 6 — CAN’T WAIT

Editing and Writing

SfEP Toronto Editing Mini-conference Nov. 5 & 6 — CAN’T WAIT

Five fists bumping over top of computers and notebooks

A great conference is more than a learning experience; it also lets you meet new friends, share ideas, and learn from everyone else at the conference. And that is just what the Toronto Society for Editors and Proofreaders mini-conference does, so you can imagine how I’m looking forward to the upcoming editing conference and workshop on November 5 and 6. That’s right—this year, we’ve got even more networking and learning possibilities coming, with an afternoon workshop on Nov. 5 about resetting your mind and approach to your editing business.

Can you see why I’m so excited? Especially since I’ve been semi-dormant lately, businesswise. There’s simply no better way to get back into the swing of things! And this conference is valuable for writers as well as editors.

At last year’s conference, we got several useful business templates from Erin Brunner (Right Touch Editing), some of which I use today. Time-savers! And Adrienne Montgomerie (SciEditor Editorial Consultant) taught us the million things you can do with the free version of Adobe Reader. Who knew? I had thought all you could really do with it was, you know, READ. But I’ve used many of those tips in marking up PDFs recently, and I am thrilled that I now have confidence to pick up PDFs to do occasionally.

This Year’s Conference

This year’s guest speakers, like last year’s, are stellar. From the UK’s Paul Beverley (Archive Publications), the absolute Wiz at Word macros, to Amy Schneider (Featherschneider Editorial Services), with her massively time-saving editing templates, we editors are going to be paragons of efficiency before we’re done.

I’m also eagerly looking forward to Heather Ebbs (Editor’s Ink), who will talk about “An editor’s guide to indexes.” Editors tend to specialize, but we still often run into tasks outside our specialty. I can’t wait to take copious notes on indexes, because I just know I’m going to need to know how to do them eventually. (I’ve often thought of playing with Word’s indexing function just for some trial runs, in fact.)

Then, Erin Brenner returns from last year, a delightful prospect. She’s going to help with another time-saving issue these days—the need to publish your work Right! Now! or lose your audience. How does an editor handle that, when good editing is usually meticulous, thorough, and above all, NOT RUSHED.

Then. Imagine a talk with the original editor of A Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Jennifer Glossop also returns from last year to instruct us about finding gaps in the narrative of a story.  As a fiction editor—and a writer!—I really need something like this, and who better to present it?

Between sessions, as I mentioned, there will be lots of time to network and get to know other editors. And there’s plenty of time for questions, to fill up those knowledge gaps. But what’s wonderful about this year’s conference is that the workshop on the day before will provide the same sorts of opportunities.

The Workshop

Dr. Malini Devadas (MD Writing and Editing) is coming all the way from Australia to guide this workshop, “Money Matters: How to increase your income by understanding your mindset.” This is a treat, because this workshop stems from Malini’s own experience in her successful editing and coaching business. Malini’s first trip to Canada—our getting this workshop—what a great experience for all of us.

The workshop covers everything from finding your own appropriate niche to knowing what to charge for your services. One thing new (and sometimes even more experienced) editors find is that they fall into the trap of “Do every type/genre of editing there is, just to pay the bills.” However, while being a generalist like this can work for some, it’s often disastrous for others, decreasing the quality and enjoyment of their work—not to mention the paycheck!

So if you can find those one or two specific genres you want to work in (Novels? Academic papers? Children’s books?) or the one or two types of editing you do and like best (Developmental? Copy-editing? Proofreading?), you can start to shed some of the time-consuming, unenjoyable projects you might have taken on (which might be perfect for someone else) and take work that you know you’re best at and really enjoy.

General Information

Doesn’t this all sound delectable? I am so looking forward to these two days! If you’re interested too, the conference day will be a feast of great information for you, while the workshop will be just what you need to get a clear sense of how you want to proceed with your business.

The costs for SfEP members are $100 for the workshop and $150 for the mini-conference. For non-SfEP members, who can be added to the wait-list, the costs are $150 for the workshop and $250 for the mini-conference. (Contact the organizers for information.) And you can attend both or either one separately if you wish—but wouldn’t you want both, when you really think about it? (Talk about value for the money! It’s a good business decision.)

To register, SfEP members can use the Eventbrite link (, but you’ll need to get the password from either the Toronto local group forum or from the main SfEP forum. Non-SfEP members must contact the organizers (Toronto to ask to be put on the wait list.

The venue for both events is 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto. And after the conference, many attendees will be decamping to the Bedford Academy Pub across the street. Networking! Friendship! Laughter!

Doesn’t this all sound exciting? I know I’m counting the days. To see all these editing friends again and learn so much in their company—I can’t think of a better way to spend two days!