We want to give the Editors Toronto members and student affiliates another way to get to know the executive and find out what is involved in being on the committee. So, we asked executive committee members to introduce themselves and their roles by answering a few questions.
Meet Indu Singh, treasurer. She’s been a member of Editors Toronto for three years. She views editing as a lifelong journey in learning and evolving, in expanding one’s judgement and skill set. Each day, she is humbled and delighted by the written word.
What kind of editor are you? Tell us a bit about your experience.
I enjoy all the branches on the editing tree. As a freelancer, I’ve done most types of editing, from substantive on down (or across, as I like to think of it), in fiction and non-fiction. I have an abiding love of children’s literature but just haven’t had the opportunity to work on a kids’ book yet. So, I would love to do that.
What is your favourite part of the role you hold on the executive committee (or the exec, as we call it)?
I love authorizing payments to the exec members. Even though the payments are basically reimbursements for expenses they’ve incurred on behalf of Editors Toronto, it makes me feel generous.
Give us an elevator pitch for your role.
Really, this would be the shortest elevator pitch ever because this is not a very demanding role. All you really need is a basic understanding of Excel. Other than that, you can choose your own adventure, like writing pieces for the blog, editing social media posts, offering program suggestions, helping to organize parties, or whatever other ways you want to contribute.
What’s your favourite part of an exec meeting?
Believe it or not, I enjoy explaining the monthly spreadsheets to the exec and watching their eyes glaze over.
If you didn’t have your current role on the exec, what role would you pick?
In the past couple of years, I’ve served as the communications chair and vice-chair, and am currently the treasurer, and each of these roles has been enjoyable in its own way. But I’ve found that it’s not the particular roles that make this endeavour fun; the real reward is getting to hang out with a multi-talented and dynamic group of people who are constantly raising their own (and everyone else’s) game.
Editors Toronto holds elections to fill the executive positions every May. If you are interested in the positions and their availability, please contact us at [email protected].
This article was copy edited by Ann Kennedy.