£60 – £96

Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) North-East mini-conference

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A one-day conference for editors and proofreaders in the North East and beyond.

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Registration will be from 9.30am, with the first session starting at 10am. Lunch will be provided and there will be breaks throughout the day for coffee, tea and networking. The venue is fully accessible and is located right next to the railway station.

If you're on Twitter, you can follow us @NEEditors and follow the chatter with the hashtag #SfEPNEConf.

Sessions

Marketing Your Editing Business – Denise Cowle

Being a freelance editor isn’t just about keeping your editing skills current, it’s about finding clients, keeping them and, of course, getting paid fairly for what we do.

In this session we’ll look at the different ways we can market ourselves, how to best showcase our editing skills, and how we can target our ideal clients and build our business. We’ll also discuss the perennial issue of rates – how to get paid what you’re worth!

MO(B)T: Ministry of (Business) Training – Melissa Middleton

What we want to do in this session is get you talking and sharing with each other, as, let’s be honest, I’ll not teach you anything in the word world that you don’t already know!

To do that, we are going to focus our time together on the following areas:

CPD – where are you? And when does it end? Do we see CPD as a something we are mentally programmed to do all the time, or do we have specific ‘things’ that we need to do?

Skills swap – what do you have and what do you need that can be shared amongst the different people in this room? Is it contacts, is it confidence, is it a need to learn?

And finally: Am I sustainable? – a quick check-box exercise on things to consider when running your own business that means you stay in business. We pride ourselves in helping people to start up businesses that remain active for years and years.

Efficient Editing: How to Make the Most of Your Fee – Hester Higton

Fees for editing are rarely as high as we would like them to be. This session will look at how to use our existing skills to make the best use of our time by increasing our editorial efficiency. We will discuss which tasks are essential for preparing a text and which may need to be relegated to the ‘in an ideal world’ pile. Workshop exercises will focus on making timed work plans and assessing the working process for a complex project. Analyses such as these allow the editor to judge whether the fee is worthwhile or whether to go back to the client and renegotiate, with evidence to back up their position.

Panel Discussion: Navigating a Course in Our Changing World

Three North East publishing professionals will discuss the varied careers they've carved for themselves and give their perspectives on the role of editors in the ever-changing landscape of our industry.

And...

There will also be a session with Matt Deacon, Senior Project Manager at Wearset, a leading publishing services company based in the North East. More details to follow.

Confirmed Speakers

Denise Cowle

Denise is a freelance editor and proofreader based in Glasgow. She specialises in non-fiction, particularly education and business, and edits for a variety of global publishers, companies and organisations.

She has an interest in continuing professional development and content marketing, and when she’s got spare time she loiters on social media, writes her blog and makes videos. Most recently, she has created The Editing Podcast with Louise Harnby.

Denise is an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and has been its marketing and PR director since 2017.

Hester Higton

Hester has been copy-editing since 2005. Before moving into editorial work, she was an academic historian and museum curator. She specialises in editing academic books and journals in humanities subjects for a variety of publishers and educational institutions. She also works directly with individual academic authors, particularly in development editing for non-native speakers. She is a tutor for the SfEP online courses in proofreading, copy-editing and references.

Melissa Middleton

Melissa is responsible for PNE Enterprise, a business support organisation in the North East, and for ensuring the work PNE Enterprise delivers meets its objectives for contractors and users. She writes and delivers a number of business courses in the North East and delivers one-to-one advice and mentoring for a number of clients. Melissa has a PGCE focusing on Business & Enterprise as well as an MSc in Social Research and a BSc Hons in Politics and Media Studies.

She has received the Natwest National Unsung Hero Award and the If We Can You Can’s Supporter of the Year Award. Her team is also the current holder of the National Enterprise Team of the Year Award.

She is described as a participative deliverer and is comfortable delivering sessions to groups as well as one-to-one coaching to established businesses when needed.

The event will take place at the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne. This hotel is located right next to the railway station and so is perfect for those travelling by train or metro. The venue is fully accessible.

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