EAC: National e-news update, May 13, 2010

News, events, tips and updates for members of the Editors’ Association of Canada

In this issue:

1. CONTEST NEWS: Barbara Tryfos wins free EAC membership
2. CONFERENCE: Speed mentoring, shop ’til you drop and more!
3. PUBLICATIONS: Start the presses!
4. GET INVOLVED: Volunteer needed to assist EAC president
5. AGM: 2009–10 Annual Report coming soon
6. SHOP EAC: New products

1. CONTEST NEWS: Barbara Tryfos wins free EAC membership

Congratulations to Toronto branch member Barbara Tryfos, the final winner of EAC’s free membership raffle. 

Each month between December 2009 and May 2010, the national office drew one name from EAC’s Membership List. Winners received one year’s free membership in the association.

Congratulations to all six winners!

Amanda Growe (BC)
Renate Preuss (BC)
Susan Reaney (BC)
Carole Saint-Père (QAC)
Stephen Sanborn (BC)
Barbara Tryfos (TO)

Connecting with your fellow EACers is one of the greatest benefits of membership. Not listed in the Membership List yet? Sign up now and start networking today.

Remember: There is no cost for members to activate their profiles or to search the Membership List. The Membership List is only accessible to EAC members, not to the public.

2. CONFERENCE: Speed mentoring, shop ’til you drop and more!

Are you thinking of a career as an editor but aren’t sure how to get started? Are you a junior editor who would benefit from the insight and wisdom of a more experienced editor? Speed mentoring gives you the opportunity to meet with a senior editor who will help dispel the myths and unravel the mysteries of an editing career.

Speed mentors

Janice Dyer (EAC certification, freelance business practices, rates, resume writing, editing for educational publishers)
Jennifer Glossop (copy editing, stylistic and substantive editing, trade fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, teaching editing and writing)
Anita Jenkins (substantive editing, freelance business practices, volunteering for networking, editor/client relationships)
Georgia Montgomery (starting out in editing, client-contractor relations, structural and stylistic editing, copy editing, plain language editing and writing, developmental editing of educational textbooks and teachers’ resources)
Frances Peck (copy editing, plain language editing, government documents, investigative/audit reports, marketing material, freelance business practices, networking, rates)
Jan Walter (structural editing, nonfiction editing, ghost writing, project management)

Pre-register for Speed Mentoring

Send an email to Helena Aalto listing your top three choices of speed mentors in order of preference (we’ll accommodate as many first choices as possible). Please also note if you’d like more than one speed mentor consultation.

Speed Mentoring is consistently one of the top-ranked sessions at the conference. Sign up early to get a spot!

Shop ’til you drop at the vendor fair!

Montreal is a city full of drummers with their own beats. You’ll meet some of them at this year’s Exclamation Mart! conference vendor fair, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind wares—many of which are made by the proprietors themselves.

The Exclamation Mart! will be open on Saturday, May 29, from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., in the hallways outside the session rooms.

NOTE: Please plan to bring cash for shopping at the vendor fair. While some of the vendors will accept payment by credit card, payment by debit card will not be available.


T-shirts featuring Montreal iconography, such as poutine, the angel statue, Orange Julep, Guaranteed Pure Milk, Tabarnac and more

Chocolats de Chloé

Handmade chocolates with orange peel, hazelnuts, ginger and fleur de sel (Chocolats de Chloé was featured in Gourmet magazine’s Montreal issue)


Clever jewellery made from Scrabble tiles and typewriter keys—yes, you can buy a vowel!


Creative jewellery designs, scarves, bejeweled bookmarks, necklaces for spectacles and other treasures

Bibs by Valerie Bienvenue

Children’s bibs that are as colourful as they are practical

Honey and Jam by Huguette Dupont

Homemade organic jams and honeys from Isle-aux-Coudres


T-shirts featuring French literary quotations by Voltaire, Baudelaire and others


Books autographed by keynote speaker Michael Redhill and banquet speaker Mark Abley and EAC’s own publications

Simultaneous interpretation

Don’t forget, EAC is pleased to provide simultaneous French interpretation for the following events:

  • Keynote Address—Michael Redhill
  • Networking with Integrity: Selling Your Services without Selling Out—Riça Night
  • Editing for Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games—Andrew Tzembelicos
  • So, You Want to Be an Editor Who Makes Money—Carolyn L Burke
  • Professional Status: Getting Editors the Recognition They Deserve—Marielle Godbout
  • Finding Work Together—Greg Ioannou
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Closing Plenary

We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage for this valuable service.

Register now

Haven’t registered yet? Don’t delay! Registration closes on Friday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Attend this unique professional development opportunity at the very heart of the Montreal experience! Visit the conference website to register today!

3. PUBLICATIONS: Start the presses!

EAC’s newest publications hit the press

We’re proud to announce that EAC’s newest publications, Proofreading: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards and Copy Editing: Certification Study Guide, have gone to press! Many thanks to all of the dedicated volunteers who saw these huge projects through from concept to delivery.

Want to get your own copy of these new publications? We’re planning to have them available for sale at the Exclamation Mart! conference vendor fair on Saturday, May 29. Of course, they’ll also be available for purchase through EAC’s distributor and co-publisher, Captus Press. Stay tuned for official sale dates.

Revised Professional Editorial Standards to be printed free of charge by Pearson Canada

We’re also happy to announce that Pearson Canada has generously agreed to print the new edition of Professional Editorial Standards (revised and updated in 2009 to reflect the skills and knowledge required by editors today) free of charge.

Many thanks to EAC members Anita Jenkins (chair, Marketing and Public Relations Committee) and Cy Strom who, together with David Jolliffe and Melva McLean (chair, Publications Committee), orchestrated this generous arrangement.

4. GET INVOLVED: Volunteer needed to assist EAC president

The national executive council is looking for a member volunteer to assist to EAC’s president, Michelle Boulton. The volunteer will organize and carry out tasks for Michelle over the next six months. Tasks will include correspondence with members, external contacts and partners, document management (e.g., report summarization), and other assignments as necessary. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other EAC members and to learn how EAC and the national executive council work.

If you’re interested in this volunteer position, please contact Ursula Acton.

5. AGM: 2009–10 Annual Report coming soon

New publications, awards and a web migration project? What else was EAC up to this year? Read all about it in EAC’s 2009–10 Annual Report, which will be posted to the annual general meeting page in the coming days.

As we ramp up to the annual general meeting, be sure to check the page often for the Annual Report and other supporting documents.

EAC’s annual general meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 29 at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec’s Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal.

6. SHOP EAC: New products

Spread the word about the EAC with these stickers and magnets featuring the catchy “You write it. We right it.” slogan. Use the stickers to jazz up a plain binder, folder, notebook or any other flat, smooth surface you can think of. Consider a bulk pack to share with others if you can’t use them all yourself.

These items are available for sale only until June 30, 2010, so hurry over to EAC’s CafePress shop to make your secure online purchase today.

The EAC national e-news update is produced on behalf of the national executive council by the national office.

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