EAC: National e-news update, July 19, 2012

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

In this issue:

1. EAC CERTIFICATION: Register this month!
2. ACTIVE VOICE: Spring 2012 issue now available
3. MEMBER COMMUNICATION: National member survey coming soon
4. TWIGS: KWG year-end garden party
5. GET INVOLVED: Feedback and volunteers wanted
6. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!
7. CONFERENCE 2012: Speaker conference session materials now available

1. EAC CERTIFICATION: Register this month!

Registration for the 2012 certification tests opens on July 23.

The Proofreading and Structural Editing exams will be offered on November 17 in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The discounted fee for EAC members is $400 to write one test or $750 to write both tests.

To register, visit the certification page of the website.

Order your Certification Study Guides!

Each Study Guide contains a practice test with answer keys and studying tips. The practice tests help you develop your test-taking skills and show you what the real test is like. Preparing mentally is just as important as practising your editing skills, especially if you haven’t written an exam recently.

To order a Study Guide, visit the publications page.

Follow a study plan!

Begin preparing early. Whether you work alone or with a group, set aside regular study time.

Work through the Study Guide and Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, and review your reference books. In addition, you can increase your skills by taking courses. Time yourself when you take the practice test—you may find that you need to increase your speed to finish the test in the allotted time.

Enjoy the process! Working through the study materials is a valuable professional development exercise.

To learn more about EAC Certification, visit the certification area.

2. ACTIVE VOICE: Spring 2012 issue now available

A compass labeled "EAC's strategic plan"

If you’re subscribed to receive the print edition of EAC’s national newsletter, Active Voice/Voix active, you should have received the Spring 2012 issue (featuring a bilingual cover story on EAC’s new strategic plan) in this month’s mail.

You can also download the electronic edition and all of the online extras—such as articles about this year’s award winners—by visiting the publications page.

Spring 2012 print edition

Éditorial: Est-ce déjà fini ?
Editorial: A brand new start
Le volet francophone de l’ACR est en plein essor
Defining a strategic plan and why EAC needs one
Le Ramat de la typographie : un ouvrage hors du commun
Brefs propos sur la lecture, nourriture et plaisir des réviseurs

Active Voice Online/Voix active en ligne

How to edit a graphic novel
Marie-Lynn Hammond profile
Honouring new EAC lifetime members
Une journée pour les langues maternelles
Barbara Dylla: Lee d’Anjou award for volunteerism
Les prix du président de l’ACR
Iva Cheung: Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence
Compte rendu de lecture de Profession lexicographe
Bilan de la gestion éditoriale en français du bulletin national de l’ACR 2009–2012

3. MEMBER COMMUNICATION: National member survey coming soon

This summer EAC’s member communication committee will launch a revised national membership survey that will serve as the new baseline survey for the association. The revised survey is now more streamlined than in previous years and easier to complete. It is designed to gather data on how much members charged/were paid in 2011. The survey will also gauge member satisfaction with EAC’s activities, programs and services.

Keep an eye on your inbox for your invitation to participate in EAC’s 2012 National Membership Survey.

4. TWIGS: KWG year-end garden party

EAC’s Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph twig (KWG) wrapped for the summer with a lovely garden party hosted by Krysia P. Lear. The potluck attracted members and non-members alike, and the twig’s incoming coordinator, Emily Dockrill Jones, gave a mini presentation on editing for the web. Twig volunteers were thanked for their contributions, each receiving a card and a beautiful bookmark. Snacks were eaten, stories were told and laughs were shared! We look forward to the KWG get-togethers in the fall.

Micaela Hardy-Moffat, Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Emily Dockrill Jones

Micaela Hardy-Moffat, Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Emily Dockrill Jones

For information about upcoming local events, visit your local branch or twig.

5. GET INVOLVED: Feedback and volunteers wanted

Volunteering is a benefit of membership and it’s the backbone of the association. Consider enriching your EAC experience by getting involved today. Volunteering has many benefits for the association, but it can be beneficial to your career as well. EAC member volunteers work with influential members of the publishing and communications industries, learn new skills, expand their portfolios and boost their career options. We’re also looking for member feedback on a number of EAC initiatives.


Bilingual Editor-in-Chief, Active Voice/Voix active

EAC’s national newsletter, Active Voice/Voix active, urgently needs a bilingual editor-in-chief to oversee issue planning and production, and engage in the dialogue between the English- and French-language editors. If you have the right background and interest, or if you can suggest another member who might, please contact Adrienne Montgomerie, director_communications@editors.ca.

Writer, Voix active

Active Voice is looking for writers for a new feature on neologisms in French. If you’re interested in this project, please write directly to the French editor, Carolyne Roy, at voix.active@reviseurs.ca.

Make volunteering fun and easier

Our volunteer management committee seeks motivated and experience volunteer organizers. But we won’t ask you to organize anything. We want to pick your brains! This year, we’re going to launch an EAC volunteer portal, a place where all of us can find the right volunteering opportunity easily. What should it look like? How should it work? How can it be fun? Put your experience to the test. Contact Micaela Hardy-Moffat at branchservices@editors.ca to get involved.

More services and benefits!

Want more services and benefits? Yes! Each new membership benefit and service is negotiated with the supplier. While we have lots of ideas and suggestions for additional services, we need help negotiating something all EAC members will appreciate. That’s where you come in. Want to work with us to set a few great deals up? Join the member services committee. Contact Micaela Hardy-Moffat at branchservices@editors.ca to get involved.

Feedback, ODE Task Force

The task force examining the Online Directory of Editors (ODE) seeks your input. The team wants to hear about your successes (and any frustrations) with the ODE. Does your listing generate inquiries and assignments? Tell us what works, so we can keep or improve those features. How is the ODE working for your clients? Contact us if you would like to survey your clients or prospects about how the ODE serves them and how they would like it to work. We have a list of questions to get your conversation started. To offer your comments, please email Adrienne Montgomerie, director_communications@editors.ca.

Testers, Website Revitalization Task Force

The association’s website is undergoing a major restructuring this month. If you’re interested in testing the relaunched site, please email Adrienne Montgomerie, director_communications@editors.ca.

6. MEMBER NEWS: A round of applause!

Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook, written by Candace Plattor and edited by BC branch member Arlene Prunkl, has just been named the recipient of two 2012 International Book Awards: Winner in the Health: Addiction & Recovery category and Finalist in the Self-Help: Relationships category. Candace Plattor’s first book, Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction, also edited by Arlene Prunkl, was the winner or finalist for seven book awards: Winner in the Health: Psychology/Mental Health category, finalist in four additional categories in the 2010 International Book Awards and finalist in two categories in the USA Book News Awards.

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.

7. CONFERENCE 2012: Conference session notes now available

Handouts and presentations for many of the sessions at EAC’s 2012 conference in Ottawa are now available for download on the conference sessions page. We hope these materials give you useful content for sessions you might have missed. Please note that not all session materials are on the website; speakers may not have provided materials or they may have elected not to make them available for download. Where session notes are available, click the “Download the session notes here” link to save the file to your computer.

A big thank you to all the terrific speakers at our Ottawa conference. 

We hope to see everyone at EAC’s 2013 conference in Halifax (June 7 to 9).

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

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