Conference Announcement

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Book early for the SfEP conference: early-bird discount if you book and pay by 18 April.

The SfEP 25th annual conference, which takes place at Royal Holloway, University of London, from 13 to 15 September, is now open for booking. If you book and pay in full by 18 April, you will receive an early-bird discount of £45 for a residential place (£17 discount per day for day delegates).

Our theme this year is Editing: fit for purpose. This is at the core of what editors and proofreaders do and is becoming ever more important as the publishing landscape changes and the market for freelance editorial services widens. How can freelance editors do the best possible job for their clients, whether from the publishing sector or another area of business? How can we help to guide an author through the self-publishing process? These questions and others will be explored at this year's conference.

Workshop options include working with Word styles, proofreading e-books of various kinds, working for business, editing manuscripts for scientific journals, editing fiction, using the web and online resources efficiently, and learning about calligraphy and illumination. Seminars include the self-publishing process, developments in workflow tools, and marketing tools for the freelance editor. In the 'Something for everyone' sessions, find out about setting up and maintaining a website, editing cookery books and sourcing useful CPD, among other topics.

We have some exciting speakers lined up. Robert McCrum, associate editor at the Observer and previously editor-in-chief at Faber & Faber, will give the Whitcombe lecture. Mark Forsyth, author of The Etymologicon, The Horologicon and The Inky Fool blog, will be the after-dinner speaker. There will also be an invaluable 'Meet the client' panel, with panellists representing different areas of publishing.

Whether you work in-house or freelance, are an experienced editorial professional or just starting out, we would love you to join us. The conference is an opportunity to meet others, develop new skills and widen your horizons - both professionally and socially. The conference is excellent value - and remember, you will receive the early-bird discount if you book by 18 April.

For more information about the conference programme, visit the website or email Christine Vaughan, the conference director.