Island Editor: April 2018

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Mark your calendar 

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Please watch the listserv for topic updates. We're awaiting confirmation from a speaker for this month's meeting.
  • May 30, 2018
Member meeting location: 
Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street (between Douglas and Blanshard).  FREE PARKING in the parkade underneath GVPL. 
Join our coffee get-to-know-you sessions on Saturdays at 10:30 am at the Breakwater Cafe, Ogden Point. Delicious breakfasts, the best views in town, and excellent company!

Coming? Need a ride? Contact

Annual Pub Night

What a great turnout for the Annual Pub Night at the James Bay Inn. The atmosphere was lively, and the conversation and food were, as usual, excellent.

Did you know, this staple on PEAVI's calendar began 22 years ago when exec members were all so busy with their editing lives they didn't have time to organize a monthly member meeting? Jean Layland suggested hosting a social evening instead. Members gathered at The Snug in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in March 1996, and so began the Annual Pub Night tradition.

Here are a few photos of the 2018 evening.
Blue Pencil Success
From Lenore Hietkamp

On April 4, six editors met with sixteen writers from the Victoria Writers Society for our fourth (fifth?) blue-pencil session. What a great way to hone one's skill in providing feedback! Plus we each received a little gift bag of delicious chocolate. 

New Members 

Welcome to new members Mark Grill, John Barton and Marianne Grier! We look forward to seeing you at one of the member meetings.


Again, congratulations to Rhonda Ganz on having her book Frequent, small loads of laundry nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Rhonda, we're absolutely thrilled for you and will be thinking of you on May 4. 

The listing on the BC Book Prizes website for Frequent, small loads of laundry (Mother Tongue Publishing) is, itself, a delight. Be sure to take a look.


Learning the art of indexing

Susan Grant writes:

The New Year saw me take the plunge and begin the six month University of California at Berkeley program in indexing. I had been exposed to the basics of that editorial art when I did an elective on indexing as part of my Editing Certificate from Simon Fraser. So now I’m swimming in the deep end and learning some surprising things along the way.

A recent module on indexing personal names was an eye opener. Names are transposed when indexed; it is the surname that is alphabetized. It turns out that identifying the surname can be a challenge. There are culturally proscribed maiden name conventions and compound name conundrums. There are cultures that place the surname first. There are surnames that start with a preposition or an article or both, and different languages have different rules about where those prefixes end up when transposed. Then there are titles (of religion, of office, and of nobility) to be accounted for. Don’t even get me started on pseudonyms.

Thank goodness librarians have had a handle on this surname problem for some time, and there are rules and resources to help the novice indexer. There are even insights to be had in biographical encyclopedias, references I’d never come across before this module. Turns out they make an interesting read at your local library. And that reminds me of something I read in a recent indexer discussion group post. Indexers are gifted with gems of knowledge because they must glean information on topics in books they would never normally pick up and read. As Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

The Indexing Society of Canada (ISC/SCI) Conference is coming up on June 8-9th in Winnipeg . If you would like a thorough overview of indexing, Sylvia Coates has a free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) via Canvas Network accessible at


Social Media Camp

PEAVI member Jessica Woollard will be leading a session on clear, persuasive writing at Social Media Camp, Canada's largest social media conference. Now in its ninth year, the conference will be held May 2 and 3 at the Victoria Conference Centre. Jessica has attended the conference several times and says it's a great environment to learn how to leverage social media in your business, contemplate big picture issues about social media, and connect with professionals from all industries. If you can't attend the conference, you can follow along on Twitter with #SMCamp.

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

Volunteer corner

Professional Development Coordinator/s: PEAVI's workshops are always a treat. We all leave feeling inspired and excited to get back to editing. We've enjoyed vibrant discussion, learned a lot, made new friends and reconnected with old ones. We're already looking forward to the next event.

The challenge this year is we don't have folks to coordinate a workshop. What we do have are excellent notes from past coordinators. Our previous team of Paula Marchese and Rowena Rae described the role as
 "very rewarding . . . a wonderful opportunity," and Paula would be happy to mentor the next coordinator/s. 

If you'd like to facilitate PEAVI's professional development or share the role with someone, please contact Did I mention the great notes?

Editors Canada Annual Conference

This year's EAC conference<> is in Saskatoon, May 25-27. Yann Martel, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, will be one of the keynote speakers. A number of sessions will focus on Indigenous publishing issues. 

Interesting reads

Chris Banner sent the first link in a message with the subject line, Are editors defunct? It had my head spinning, and I suspect you might have the same reaction. It's a fascinating read and time well spent. The second article is a long but interesting history of MS Word's love-it-or-hate-it autocorrect feature.

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 Lynne Graham at
Island Editor is coordinated and compiled by Lynne Graham and copyedited by Dave Henry. PEAVI members provide the content.
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