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This newsletter isn’t landing in your inbox on the usual day of the week (Wednesday) because yesterday I was recovering from attending a three-day online conference.

I thought I’d have the capacity to write a quick newsletter, but apparently not!

Starting off by telling you how knackered I am doesn’t do the experience justice, though. I had a fantastic time, and I came away with lots of ideas.

The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) puts on a three-day conference every year, and this was the fifth one I’ve attended.

Last year, because of the pandemic, the conference moved online, and this year it was the same. Last year’s conference was good, but this year’s was even better. I was super-impressed with the conference organisation and how the organisers made the most of the available technology.

This year’s conference was even better for me personally, too, because I actually took advantage of the networking opportunities.

Last year I didn’t because I was in a bad headspace, for obvious reasons. This year, I jumped in – and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Also this year, I presented a session. 😱

This was my second time presenting for the CIEP. The first time was a couple of years ago, in-person, and … well, it didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped.

It was the first time I’d done anything like it, and I was nervous as hell.

I must have lain awake at night with heart-pounding anxiety for at least seven months leading up to the conference. On the day, I had tech issues with my slideshow and I didn’t manage to get through all my content. It wasn’t fun and I decided to never do it again.

Then I changed my mind.

Last year was the Year of Video, and it turns out this form of interaction was the perfect middle step between having little presenting experience and presenting confidently in-person. Talking to my laptop in my own living room is far less daunting than standing in front of a crowd!

I was still nervous, but nowhere near as much as I was before.

And it went well, I think!

I spoke to 130 people about guiding principles for developmental editing, and the session seemed well received. I’m chuffed.

If I’ve managed to convince any new editors that developmental editing is a brilliantly rewarding service to offer, and if I’ve helped any established editors refine their service and develop their mindset, I consider that a success.

Overall, I found the conference immeasurably helpful in helping me take a step back and think about my business as a whole. On top of that, I learned even more useful things relating to editing.

Even after 10+ years in the business, there’s always more to learn!

I’m still doing a lot of processing, but I think I have some ideas in the works …

I’ll keep you posted!
 
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  SOPHIE PLAYLE
 

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