EAC: National e-news update, April 17, 2012

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

In this issue:

1. CERTIFICATION: The results are in!
2. CONFERENCE: Making the most of Conference 2012 is as easy as (June) 1-2-3!
3. MARKETING & PR: Wanted: Your favourite grammar tips
4. OOPS AWARDS: Send us those slip-ups!
5. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your recent accomplishment
6. ONLINE DIRECTORY OF EDITORS: Give your career a boost

1. CERTIFICATION: The results are in!

The 2011 test results are in! EAC’s Certification Steering Committee is pleased to announce that we have nine new Certified Copy Editors and eight new Certified Stylistic Editors. A media release is currently in the works, so keep an eye on your inbox to learn more about the latest editors certified by our landmark certification program.

In the six years the program has been running, EAC has awarded 182 certifications. We have recognized 50 Certified Proofreaders, 68 Certified Copy Editors, 30 Certified Structural and Stylistic Editors, 16 Certified Stylistic Editors and 18 Certified Professional Editors.

If you’d like to boost your career (and your self-confidence) by becoming certified in one or more areas of specialty, start planning now!

The 2012 tests for Proofreading and Structural Editing will be held on Saturday, November 17, in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Get a head start on studying by checking out EAC’s Certification Study Guides and Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, available for purchase now.

To learn more about EAC’s world-class certification program, visit the certification page or attend one of the following meetings, which will include presentations about EAC Certification:

  • British Columbia Branch, April 18
  • Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph Twig, April 14
  • National Conference, Ottawa, June 3

2. CONFERENCE: Making the most of Conference 2012 is as easy as (June) 1-2-3!

Logo for the 2012 National Conference

1. Friday, June 1: Not participating in the pre-conference workshops? Take a guided tour of the Centre Block of Parliament or join a guided cycling trip, perhaps meeting up with diners from the previous evening’s pay-as-you-go dinner! (Email conference@editors.ca by May 11 with “bike tour,” “tour of Parliament” and/or “pre-conference dinner” in the subject line to reserve a spot.) Then, during a 5–7 p.m. reception, show your true stripes, feathers, spots or any other animal theme, and meet Fox and Squirrel at the fabulous Ottawa Convention Centre, site of Conference 2012. An Algonquin elder will welcome us, an Aboriginal women’s drum group will perform traditional songs and EAC’s own Marie-Lynn Hammond will entertain with a song or two.

2. Saturday, June 2: If you’re a multi-tasking EAC member with books, crafts or other products to sell, take part in this year’s Exclamation Mart, running Saturday and Sunday. Goods will be displayed during lunches and breaks; some restrictions on products apply. (For details, email conference@editors.ca by May 4.) At night, conference-goers will head over to the stately Lord Elgin hotel for the Awards Banquet.

3. Sunday, June 3: After two full days of sessions, say farewell to new friends made through Conference Buddies, the program that matches up editors in small groups (to take part, email conferencebuddies@editors.ca by May 11). You may also have discovered new friends through Beds for Eds, the conference billeting service. Ottawa–Gatineau residents can still volunteer to host out-of-town members.

Prefer a hotel or B&B? Browse Accommodations for suggestions. And get ideas on how to enjoy the nation’s capital at Ottawa Experience. Other events taking place at the same time include the conference of the Indexing Society of Canada (EAC members qualify for ISC member rates) and the Canadian Library Association trade show ($10 admission for EAC members).

With more than 35 sessions ranging from “The Great Text Talk Debate” to “Plain Language in 2012,” Conference 2012 is the perfect chance to invest in yourself. Register by May 25. The fee is $430 for EAC members, $290 for student members and $600 for non-members.

Fox and Squirrel can’t wait to see you!

Christine LeBlanc and Gael Spivak, Conference Co-Chairs

Two stuffed animals, a fox and a squirrel, sitting on a bike

Squirrel and Fox have already booked their spot on the cycling tour!

3. MARKETING & PR: Wanted: Your favourite grammar tips

How do you use a semicolon? When should you use “who” vs. “whom”?

EAC’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee wants your best grammar tips! The committee is developing an English-language poster for sale that will serve as an office reference for writers and editors. This reference will prove useful for years to come, provide fundraising for the association and serve as powerful brand recognition, promoting EAC members as language experts. Members whose tips are selected will receive a free poster.

Send your best grammar tips to Annie Leung at grammartips@editors.ca by April 30. Grammar tips must be your own and not copied from another source.

Please note that while this is an English-language project, we also plan to produce a similar poster in French. Details to follow. Stay tuned!

4. OOPS AWARDS: Send us those slip-ups!

The word "oops" with two cracked eggs instead of "o."

There’s still time to send your submissions for the 2012 Oops Awards!

You’ve spotted humorous blunders in advertisements, not-so-scholarly journals, newspapers, bedtime reading, billboards, menus and signs around the globe. Help us recognize the best of the bad by submitting them for this year’s Oops Awards!

Visit the Oops Awards page for submission instructions and entry guidelines.

Submit your Oops Awards entry by April 20. Online voting for your favourite blunders begins May 3.

5. MEMBER NEWS: Tell the world about your recent accomplishment

EAC Member News is where we share information about EACers who win awards, publish books and make their mark on the communications world in other important ways.

Do you have a recent achievement? Let EAC help tell the world about it on EAC’s Member News page. If you have member news to share, contact member news coordinator, Marguerite Watson.

6. ONLINE DIRECTORY OF EDITORS: Give your career a boost

Looking for work? Look no further than the Online Directory of Editors (ODE), the official advertising directory of association members for use by clients, employers and colleagues. This popular searchable online resource helps employers find the right editor fast.

These days it’s vital for successful businesses to have an online presence. With a listing in the ODE, you can give potential clients the link to your personal directory web page to promote your skills. Personalized listings also rank high in online searches. A well-written ODE listing can pay for itself many times over.

More than 500 EAC members have already listed in the ODE and a listing costs just $80 plus tax per year. Don’t pass up this opportunity to promote yourself. Learn more about your ODE listing.

Try before buying

Remember, any member can create a profile in the ODE—even before paying for it. It won’t be published until you pay for it, but you can still create and preview your profile to see how your entry would look in the ODE. To create your profile, visit your Online Profile.

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

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