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Seminar: That’s the Chicago way: Learning to use The Chicago Manual of Style

Any good editor will tell you she’d be lost without her well-thumbed, heavily flagged, and coffee-stained copy of The Chicago of Manual of Style. But just what is this mysterious tome? And why is it so critical to the work we do?

This seminar will introduce you to the joys and sorrows of the book that most people simply call Chicago. We’ll start with a brief history of its publication, exploring how it grew from what was essentially a guide for compositors into the most trusted and widely used editorial style manual in North America. But the fun won’t stop there! We’ll also look at what it covers, how to use it, what has changed between the most recent edition and the previous one, and much, much more.

This course is highly recommended for anyone just starting to work as an editor or hoping to become one. (more…)

Seminar: A is for author: An introduction to editing picture books

Editing picture books for children is a uniquely creative undertaking. Children’s book editors need to understand how words and pictures work together to tell a story, so they must possess not only a facility for language but also an appreciation for illustration and a keen eye for design.

This seminar will introduce you to some of the special skills needed to edit picture books, with a particular focus on the relationship between the editor and the illustrator. We’ll take a close look at the process of creating these types of children’s books, from concept to illustration roughs to final layouts. How does this work differ from other types of editing? What kind of feedback should the editor offer the illustrator? What roles do type, layout, and other design choices play? How do you know where the page breaks go, and how can those decisions support the storytelling?

In this seminar, you’ll get a thorough overview of this unique area of book publishing. (more…)

By the Book: Freelance editor and author Janice Weaver’s reading highlights

WeaverQ&A conducted by Jennifer D. Foster

Have you ever wondered what fellow editors like to read? We have, too. In our interview series, “By the Book,” we get the inside scoop on editors’ all-time favourite books, their top style guide, and what their alternate-universe career would be.

Tell us about your current job, Janice, plus a little-known quirky fact about you.

For many years now (too many to mention!), I have worked as a Toronto-based freelance trade editor. I do all kinds of editorial work—structural editing, copy editing, and proofreading, as well as project management—on fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books, and I teach a copy editing course in the Ryerson publishing program. In my spare time, I also write non-fiction books for younger readers.

A quirky fact, eh? Don’t travel with me! Something bad always happens when I travel—one airline went bankrupt, my pocket was picked, a hurricane struck. Probably the wildest one was in New Orleans, where a bolt of lightning travelled down the chimney and came out the fireplace four feet from where I was having my morning coffee. It was one of the most frightening experiences of my life!

What is your all-time favourite book and why?

Well, like any book lover, I’d say this is an impossible question to answer. It’s kind of like asking a parent to name his or her favourite child! There are many, many writers whose work I greatly admire, of course, but I read different authors at different times for different reasons.

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