Thursday, June 11, 2009

Editing societies, publications, etc.

I was searching the Internet for editing associations or societies and came across the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), which, unfortunately, is based in England. According to the web site, the association's aims are to:
* to promote high editorial standards
* to uphold the professional status of editors and proofreaders
* to encourage the use of services offered by SfEP members and associates.

There's also an Association of Freelance Editors Proofreaders & Indexers (AFEPI) in Ireland. (Sadly, the AFEPI doesn't OOWe ri use commas.) According to the web site, "The Irish Association of Freelance Editors Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI), was established to provide information to publishers on freelancers working in this field and to protect the interests of those freelancers. Membership is restricted to freelancers with experience and/or references. We do not test or evaluate the skills of members."

There's a theme going here; most are in the United Kingdom.

I found one simply called 26, based in London. The About page says that "26 is a diverse group of people who share a love of words, and believe their potential is hugely underestimated. Many of us work with words for a living, as writers, language specialists, editors, designers or publishers, but anyone who cares about words is welcome to join. Together, we hope to raise the profile and value of words not only in business, but also in everyday life."

Why 26? I don't know, but they charge 26 pounds (probably more than $50 US) for membership.

There's the Society of Editors, based in the UK. According to the web site, "The Society of Editors works to protect the freedom of the media that is part of the universal right to freedom of expression and champions the importance of a vital news media to a democratic society."

There's Better Editor, which appears to be more of a resource than an association.

There's Editors Only, a publication based in New Britain, Conn. (They did get Britain in there, though.)

I found the Twin Cities Professional Editors Network (PEN) is a group of editors, writers, proofreaders, indexers, and allied professionals. What we have in common: we all work with words. As the name implies, it's based in Minnesota; and, yes, a few people from other places join, too.

There's Editcetera, which, since 1971, has been referring qualified editors, writers, and other publishing specialists to businesses, institutions, publishers, and independent authors. Our members understand changing communications technologies and tight deadlines. With decades of history and hundreds of clients, Editcetera has built a reputation for doing the job right—and on time.

Proofreading and Copy-Editing appears to be a one-man web site done by Trevor Horwood.

The Electric Editors appears to be a resource for editors.

The American Copy Editors Association (ACES) promotes excellence in copy editing. I'm a member, and my wife is head of the Southeastern chapter.

There are lots of other associations, including Editorial Freelancers, the National Writers Union, etc., but we're looking at associations and resources just for editors and proofreaders. If you know of any, please send the info to

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