Editing Globally: Recognizing dedication

Here at Editing Globally, we are all about teamwork, networking, and supporting each other. So it was with great pleasure (but very little surprise) we recently learned that one of our own and a close colleague in the wider editing world have both been nominated for the Editors’ Association of Canada’s Karen Virag Award for their dedication and unfailing commitment to the editing community.

Editing Globally’s Janet MacMillan is a familiar face and name to many in editing communities across the world, especially the Editors’ Association Canada and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). Janet dedicates a large portion of her life to helping others, whether it through formal mentoring, running the SfEP’s Skype club for far-flung members of the editing community, giving workshops and seminars at conferences, or just being a sounding board for editors with problems. And we’re very fond of her here at Editing Globally too!

As if Janet’s nomination wasn’t enough, the indefatigable Louise Harnby, a friend to all of us here at Editing Globally, has joined Janet on the shortlist. Many of you will probably have seen her fantastic books and guides on editing and proofreading. Her advice on starting a business and marketing one’s editorial services has been invaluable for many new editors and proofreaders (and for established ones too). She is unfailingly generous with dispensing her wisdom and lending her time.

The award ceremony takes place this weekend and typically both Janet and Louise each want the other to win! The rest of the Editing Globally team are just delighted that the hard work of two valued editorial professionals is being recognized.

Well done, Janet and Louise.

You can find out more about the Karen Virag award here.

Editing Globally: Not just a name

The Editing Globally team is now almost through our fourth month as an international editorial collective. In the first weeks, we were very busy – designing and ordering postcards and business cards, responding to queries from potential clients, letting past and current clients know about Editing Globally, tweaking terms and conditions, doing joint professional development – all the things professionals need to do – alongside our editing work.

Not long after, one of our number did exactly what our name suggests: she travelled to a conference in another country, meeting with academics, researchers, publishers and clients.

Remaining on the international theme, two of our members, along with a colleague from yet another country, committed to present a panel session at the Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ (SfEP) conference in September 2017. One of us has almost finalized her session for the Editors’ Association of Canada’s conference in Ottawa in mid June 2017 and another of us has been preparing her own session for the SfEP conference. We like sharing our knowledge!

And still on the international theme (well, it might be odd if there wasn’t one, given what this collective is!), one of our Canadian members has been in England, meeting with fellow editorial professionals, clients and potential clients. She also led a discussion, on efficiency tools and editing efficiently, for one of the SfEP local, in-person groups.

One of us has travelled to Guyana to a conference of Caribbean medical professionals, then to Brazil, and is now on their way home from the G7 in Taormina in Italy, via Germany.

Three of us continue to attend the SfEP Skype Club meetings and engage with other editorial professionals in many corners of the world. And now two of us are part of the new, in-person SfEP group in Toronto.

Recently, two of us met up on one side of the Atlantic for some mutual CPD and some Editing Globally brainstorming. And shortly thereafter, three of us got together on the other side for the same purpose. One of us was at both – the marvels of travel in the world today.

Editing Globally gets everywhere!

We have all been heartened by – and grateful for – all the positive comments and support we received, and continue to receive, from both clients and colleagues, as well as potential clients. It is lovely that almost everyone ‘gets’ that we are global editors, not tied to our respective nationalities or countries. Globalization, and people getting on the world over, is vital these days. As one of us is wont to say: if people are talking they can’t be fighting.

Although it’s not a particularly surprising discovery, in that we’ve all answered each other’s questions in the past, the fact that we now do it seamlessly and quickly is a bonus. Got a knotty problem about reference numbering or some quirky turn of phrase or wondering how to style a gaggle of solicitors general? For the member of Editing Globally team who asks the question, the answer is forthcoming quickly, and just as often with responses from more than one of us. Yes, that’s a value-added benefit for our clients, be they our individual clients or our collective clients. A pool of knowledge and easy access is an excellent thing.

Looking outward, we are drafting a selection of blogs that we hope will be of interest and use to our clients, potential clients and to at least some of our colleagues in the wider editorial world. If you have a topic or question you’d like us to address, please let us know.

In various configurations, we’ve worked on projects together for the benefit of clients, who have expressed their pleasure about the service we provide.

And, above all, we are all continuing to work hard for our many clients, pitching in to help each other where necessary (with the client’s knowledge and agreement, of course) and enjoying life as an international collective of editors.

Editing Globally: An international editorial collective 

Welcome to the first Editing Globally blog post!

We would like to explain a little more about who we all are, why the international editorial collective concept enables us to provide a full editorial service for clients all around the world, and why we formed Editing Globally.

Who are Editing Globally?

We are a group of experienced editorial professionals who have joined together under the Editing Globally banner to offer thorough and comprehensive editorial services to clients across the world. Etty Payne, Janet MacMillan, Katherine Trail, Kelly Lamb, and Madeline Koch are all experienced editors; four of us are Advanced Professional Members of the UK’s Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and two are members of the Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) – Janet being a member of both. We are all incredibly passionate about words and communication.

Why did you form Editing Globally?

We are stronger when we work together! Before forming Editing Globally, we all collaborated on an informal basis, referring work between each other, supporting each other in our professional endeavours, and working on projects together where a team was needed. We came to realize that each of us benefitted from this collegiality and partnership. A collective enables us to offer a more formal collaborative service to clients. Between the five of us, we have a vast range of skills, knowledge, and life experiences, and we can almost guarantee that one of us will know something about any particular topic that arrives in our inbox.

What can you offer clients?

Lots! First and foremost, we aim to offer clients excellent and comprehensive editorial services. By pooling our resources and forming such a clear and cohesive unit, we are able to take on work in almost any discipline, genre, or sphere. We can also undertake big projects with tight deadlines, as we are able to draw on the individual expertise and resilience of the five Editing Globally members. It’s our hope that clients will appreciate having a one-stop shop for their editing needs, and where they know they are working with seasoned, well-trained professionals. A look at the services we offer and our areas of expertise confirms that clients (both potential and current) will be hard-pressed to find all that anywhere else in one place!

What are your qualifications?

Anyone can hang up their shingle and call themselves an editor. However, to offer a professional and knowledgeable service to clients, an editorial professional needs both proper training and practical experience. Four of our members are Advanced Professional Members of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, which means they have attained the highest level within the organization and have had their training, experience, references, continuing professional development, and other involvement in the profession (such as mentoring or presenting at conferences) verified and assessed by a panel of editorial experts. In addition, two of us are members of the Editors’ Association of Canada. We have all worked as editors for years and have undertaken comprehensive training and continue to do so.

Our biographies show the breadth of both experience and training we all possess, and our testimonials show what other clients have said about us.

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