Island Editor: January 2020

In this bulletin:

A Message from your Executive

We’ve turned the corner on the year, and the decade. Best wishes to all PEAVI members for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

In this edition of Island Editor you’ll find the results of our membership survey. Fifty-three members shared their information with us—a big thanks to everyone who participated. It’s great to put a “virtual” face on fellow PEAVI members, and very helpful to the Executive to understand the professional activities of our members.

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of PEAVI. In our archives is the following account, by founding member Jean MacDonald, of the inception of PEAVI, “In the summer of 1995, a group of Editors Association of Canada (EAC) members who had been meeting regularly in Victoria decided to form an independent organization to serve area editors, recognizing that we had a unique local market and distinctive island culture.” Today PEAVI continues to serve island editors through website resources, educational presentations, social events, “hire an editor” job postings, and member promotion. For example, look for a PEAVI article by Sally Jennings in an upcoming issue of the Federation of BC Writers’ journal WordWorks as well as an ad promoting PEAVI member services.

Stay tuned for other PEAVI events and news. As always, your Executive is eager to have your feedback and ideas for speakers and activities. Contact the Chair, Susan Grant, at

Your Executive Committee

Member Meeting and Presentation

Presentation by UVic's Susan Doyle

Monday, January 27th @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Salvation Army Victoria Citadel,
4030 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8X 5J6

(in the Christmas Hill area of Saanich, just off McKenzie Ave. at the Pat Bay/Hwy 17 overpass. There is a light at Douglas Street for easy access and plenty of free parking. Salvation Army Victoria Citadel map)

We'll have a short update on what's in store for PEAVI this year and then we'll hear from UVic's Susan Doyle on Whose Grammar? The Copy Editor’s Dilemma:

It's not easy being an editor these days. As the anything-goes style of Twitter, Instagram, and online comments displaces the standard written English that many of us were taught, the question of whose standard should prevail can leave editors wondering not just whether anyone cares but whether anyone even knows the difference. 

In this presentation, Susan will bring her many years' experience as an editor and teacher of copy-editing at UVic to bear on questions of the changing standards of correctness and the problems they pose for editors. Bring your favourite issues, bugbears, and questions for what should be a provocative discussion.

Please RSVP using this link: Register for January 27th event

Guests are welcome.

Coffee, tea, and goodies provided. Please bring your own cup if you can. 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Upcoming Professional Development Event

Something’s Missing…
with Betsy Warland

April 18, 2020 (was February 8)
Accent Inn on Douglas Street, address 3233 Maple Street, Victoria.

How often have you been hired to edit a piece of writing, short or long, fiction or non-fiction, and you discover it requires more than copyediting or is not ready for copyediting? You realize that something's missing from this process—and from the manuscript. Many editors are familiar with the blue-pencil session, an early-stage intervention that many authors would benefit from but they don't know editors who can help.

This day-long, hands-on workshop with Betsy Warland, an author and editor who has been doing this type of editing for thirty years, will expand on the skills editors use in blue-pencil sessions or manuscript evaluations and introduce some new ones. Betsy will also provide insights into the business side of incorporating these skills into the services editors offer.

Watch for more details next issue.

Brunch Social Saturdays

The James Bay Inn
10:30 - Noonish
Friends and family welcome, and those interested in finding out more about PEAVI.
Parking right there.
Wheelchair accessible.
Come and make friends!
RSVP if you can so we get a table that fits.
Join our coffee get-to-know-you sessions. Delicious food, cozy atmosphere, and excellent company!

Coming? Need a ride? Contact

Survey Results

We had a great response to our membership survey with 73% of members sharing their information. So what did we learn?

Among the respondents, 87% were women and 83% were more than 46 years of age (29% were older than 65 years). It may not be surprising, therefore, that one third of PEAVI members have been editing for more than 20 years, and another third for between 11 and 20 years. Eleven percent of respondents are relative newbies with 5 years or less of experience.

So, how does editing stack up as a job? It was interesting to note that only slightly more than half (54%) of respondents said editing / publishing activities were their primary source of income. The great majority—79%—are strictly freelancers. Public entities like government and universities employ 9% of PEAVI members while private enterprises like publishing houses and the not-for-profit sector each employ another 3% of members. But 67% of members working as editors in these settings also do freelance work.

And what type of editing / publishing work are PEAVI members regularly called upon to do? The chart below shows the breadth of activities our members undertake.

Were you surprised by any of the results? If you have any thoughts or comments on these results, feel free to share them via your PEAVI Chair at

Upcoming Conferences for 2020

PubWest Conference
February 20–22, 2020, Portland, Oregon.
American Society for Indexing Conference
April 23–25, 2020, Raleigh, North Carolina.
ACES: The Society for Editing 24th Annual Conference
April 30–May 2, 2020, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Indexing Society of Canada Conference
June 12–13, 2020, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Editors Canada International Editors Conference
June 19–21, 2020, Montreal, Quebec.

Links for Clients

Here are some links that could be of help to your clients.
The Chicago Manual of Style blog:
Why hire an indexer?
What does a developmental editor bring to the table?
Productivity tips (for writers but applicable to everyone facing down their desk duties every day).

Share Your News

Do you have news you would like to share—an interesting project, perhaps, or a new job? Has a book you edited recently been published? We would love to hear your editing news!

Ideas? Content? Feedback?

Do you have content, ideas, or feedback to share, an idea for a monthly meeting topic or a suggestion for a particular speaker? We're all ears!

Please contact Colin Grainger at
Island Editor is coordinated and compiled by Colin Grainger. This issue was copy-edited by PEAVI's Executive Team. PEAVI members provide the content.
Copyright © 2020 Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island, All rights reserved.

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