EAC: National e-news update, November 13, 2013

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

In this issue:

1. MEMBER SERVICES: Home and auto insurance policies for members not renewed
2. HIRE AN EDITOR: Thanks for your participation
3. ACTIVE VOICE/VOIX ACTIVE: Autumn 2013 issue now online
4. GOVERNING EAC: Changes for discussion
5. THE EDITORS’ WEEKLY: Managing editor position available
6. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: Submit your nomination for the 30th anniversary award
7. BRITISH COLUMBIA: EAC-BC connects with authors at Word Vancouver
8. HAMILTON-HALTON: Upcoming events
9. PETERBOROUGH: Winning Contracts with the Government of Canada
10. PROMOTE YOURSELF: Member news

1. MEMBER SERVICES: Home and auto insurance policies for members not renewed

Back in the July e-news update we sent notice that Economical Insurance (formerly Waterloo Insurance) decided to stop offering home and auto insurance to EAC members. Economical informed the national office that members who had already signed up would still be insured for the remainder of their terms, but the plans would not be renewed once the terms were up.

We were stunned to hear from one member whose policy was cancelled by Economical without notice. The national office contacted Economical immediately and was assured that EAC member policy holders whose policies had been cancelled would be contacted directly.

EAC works to offer excellent member benefits and services and we rely on our partners to operate responsibly. The national office is currently working with brokers to source new providers for discounted home and auto insurance. Although the office has not found an adequate offering for EAC members as a whole, members are invited to contact Affinity Insurance directly to discuss individual home and auto insurance options.

Janet Graham, Affinity Insurance
905 831-9572

Learn more about EAC’s member services.

2. HIRE AN EDITOR: Thanks for your participation

For three weeks in October we piloted a social media campaign to promote hiring an editor. Over the course of the campaign, we ran ads geared toward hiring managers in the finance and IT sectors and encouraged editors to take part in daily #hireaneditor discussions. We learned a lot about the editors in our network.

  • We work on projects as varied as crossword puzzles, federal government communications and speeches, and in industries as diverse as science, sports and international relations.
  • We are former lawyers, teachers, writers and reporters who found a niche in the magic that happens behind the scenes.
  • We are constantly learning to improve our skills and we are indebted to the mentors who helped us to find our true calling.
  • We understand the challenges in creating the best communication possible. We strive to ensure that our clients and employers look great.

Thanks to all who took part in the daily discussions and pushed the #hireaneditor message forward. It was a treat to watch the clout (and Klout scores) of our active participants climb.

The supporting ad campaign directed at hiring managers will continue. In the meantime, you can do your part to raise the profile of the editing profession. Keep spreading the word about the importance of hiring editors. We encourage you to make the #hireaneditor hashtag your own. In the coming weeks we’ll have a report for EAC members on the outcomes of this campaign. We’ll be back in 2014 with #hireaneditor 2.0.

3. ACTIVE VOICE/VOIX ACTIVE: Autumn 2013 issue now online

Cover for Editors Canada's "Active Voice"

If you’re subscribed to receive the print edition of EAC’s national magazine, Active Voice/Voix active, you should receive your magazine in the mail any day now.

You can also download the electronic edition and all of the online extras on the Active Voice/Voix active web page.

Autumn 2013 print edition

New Trend—Co-working Space
13 sous ou les traductions à 5 cennes
L’ACR sur les ondes de Radio-Canada Acadie
Anchors Aweigh: Halifax 2013
Halifax, un congrès lumineux et une bouffée d’air frais
Certification: Worth Considering
Le point sur l’Agrément de l’ACR
Co-working, you say?
Le « troisième lieu » : entre travail à domicile et travail en entreprise
The Woman Behind the Dark Glasses—Profile of Carolyn L Burke
Quand le bénévolat rapporte—profil de Jacqueline Dinsmore
Past Due: The Canadian Oxford Dictionary
Usito sera-t-il votre nouveau meilleur ami?
Mots croisés sur le Congrès 2013
Le paiement en bitcoins est-il à privilégier?
A Walk on the Wild Card Side

Active Voice Online/Voix active en ligne

A Word A Day
Mots de tête [bis] de Frèdelin Leroux fils – Un compte rendu de lecture
On nous fait des éloges ! / Mots croisés sur le congrès 2013 : Les réponses

4. GOVERNING EAC: Changes for discussion

Since fall 2012, EAC’s governance task force has been reviewing the association’s bylaws and policies for compliance with new federal legislation. The result: some changes are required.

Members will be asked to formally approve a new bylaw and associated policies at the 2014 AGM. The task force has prepared a draft of the new bylaw, together with a backgrounder and FAQ document providing further information. Documents are available for download from the EAC website. All EAC members are encouraged to review the documents now. Comments and questions are welcome and can be sent to governance@editors.ca.

5. THE EDITORS’ WEEKLY: Managing editor position available

Do you love blogs and all things blogging? Do you have project management and assignment editing experience? If so, The Editors’ Weekly needs you! EAC’s highly successful blog is in need of a new managing editor to coordinate weekly blog updates and assign articles as needed. This is an excellent opportunity to work on a well-respected, high-profile EAC product. You will build management and online publishing experience, and liaise with talented writers, all while adding impressive credentials to your resumé! If you’re interested in this position, please contact marketing and public relations committee chair Tina Dealwis.

6. TOM FAIRLEY AWARD: Submit your nomination for the 30th anniversary award

It’s our time to shine!

Editing might be an invisible art, but that doesn’t mean great editors should hide in the shadows. Help us shine a spotlight on editing excellence by submitting a nomination for the 30th annual Tom Fairley Award!

The recipient of the 30th annual Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence will receive a $2,000 cash prize and will be recognized at EAC’s 2014 conference banquet in Toronto on June 7. What’s more, finalists will receive a cash prize of $500 each, because being shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award is also recognition of outstanding editorial performance.

The deadline for your letter of nomination is Friday, January 10. Supporting material must be received by Friday, January 24.

Please spread this message far and wide. Nominees don’t have to be members of EAC and self-nominations are encouraged.

For complete nomination instructions and other information about the award, visit the Tom Fairley Award page.


Editors know that the fine art of editing extends beyond books and print media. While EAC’s Tom Fairley Award has been awarded to many outstanding book editors since it was created in 1983, we encourage nominations for a variety of written projects. Whether it’s a magazine, corporate or government report, software documentation or a book, we want to hear about it. When it comes to editing, the variety of material is limitless!

7. BRITISH COLUMBIA: EAC-BC connects with authors at Word Vancouver

 On Sunday, September 29, the British Columbia branch (EAC-BC) participated in Word Vancouver, the signature event of The Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society. On behalf of EAC-BC, Shelagh Jamieson gave a presentation on Finding, Hiring, and Working with a Freelance Editor, to explain the benefits of working with an editor and to help writers through the process. The audience of about 25 was quite receptive, with many follow-up questions and requests for business cards. Janet Love Morrison was on hand to assist with the Q&A after presenting an earlier talk, Get Published. Susan Safyan also spoke about Editing: Both Sides of the Fence, and several EAC-BC members helped staff the EAC booth. The event was well-attended despite afternoon rain, which brought the festivities indoors. Word Vancouver describes itself as “A Free Festival of Reading & Writing” and features exhibits, performances, readings, workshops and more. The five-day event is held in Vancouver’s historic Library Square in the heart of downtown.

8. HAMILTON–HALTON: Upcoming events

Hamilton–Halton Twig (HH) November Meeting: A Professional Meet-up that offers HH members and the members of the local Canadian Authors Association and Professional Writers Association of Canada an opportunity to network, explore collaborations and socialize, on Thursday, November 14, at the Mulberry Street Coffee House in downtown Hamilton, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The next Hamilton–Halton Twig Koffee Klatch is Wednesday, December 4, at 12 p.m. at India Village Restaurant, 370 Wilson St. E. in Ancaster (905 304-1213). Everyone is welcome to join the group for coffee or lunch and conversation.

The Hamilton–Halton Twig December Social will be held at Paradiso Restaurant in Burlington (2041 Pine Street) on Thursday, December 12, starting at 7:00 p.m. Come and re-connect with HH members in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy one of Burlington’s finest—but affordable—restaurants. Spouses and partners are most welcome. For more information about Paradiso Restaurant, visit the restaurant’s website. RSVP by Monday, December 9, to Cathy Tell.

We also want to wish the very best of luck to all HH members who are writing the November 16 certification editing exams!

9. PETERBOROUGH: Winning Contracts with the Government of Canada

Peterborough twig event

What:Marion Soublière seminar: Winning Contracts with the Government of Canada
Date:Saturday, November 16
Time:9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where:Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
175 George St. N.
Peterborough, ON K9J 3G6
705 748-9771 (free parking)
Cost:$45 + HST for EAC members
$55 + HST for non-members
Registration:Email Charise Arscott,
Call 705 657-7727, or
Register online

Ottawa writer and editor Marion Soublière, author of Getting Work with the Federal Government: A guide to figuring out the procurement puzzle (iUniverse, 2010), will explain how to get onto federal government supplier lists, and how to search out upcoming contracts. The federal government changed the rules recently to make bidding on contracts easier for small businesses. Marion, an experienced editor who works mainly on government contracts, will explain the new procedures and show attendees how to qualify.

10. PROMOTE YOURSELF: Member news

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 EAC’s member news coordinator, Kim Wiegand.

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

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