I am a member of several professional organizations that have been helpful in different ways over the years.
Back in about 2004, before Microsoft purchased LinkedIn, I joined up as a way to publicize my business. I have added to my profile over the years so that it reflects my background and skills well, and I enjoy making connections.
Northwest Editors Guild
This Seattle-and-Portland-centric group has been around since 1997. Shortly after completing my master’s in Technical Communication at the University of Washington (a department now known as HCDE) in 1999, I looked around and found the Guild. The bimonthly meetings and biannual Beyond the Red Pencil conferences are enjoyable. From 2005 through 2012 I was on the steering committee and then the board, volunteering as website change agent and treasurer and helping to shape the programs. Here is my listing.
This week I finally joined ACES, the Society for Editors. Here is my Editor for Hire listing in the ACES directory. I am looking forward to reading the Tracking Changes newsletter, making editor friends, and participating in the 2019 conference in my hometown, Providence, Rhode Island.
Association of Art Editors
PubWest is “a vibrant, dynamic trade association of small- and medium-sized book publishers, printers, editors, proofreaders, graphic designers, binderies, and related editorial and service companies. Established in 1977 as the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association, PubWest is now dedicated to helping member book publishers succeed and has grown to include members in 31 states and 4 countries.” In August 2018 I added an Associate membership to my publisher membership for Granite Peak Publications. My online listing is just a link to this blog and portfolio, but a longer listing will appear in the print directory.
In the past I have been a member of several other excellent organizations that turned out not to be directly relevant to my work as editor because either I moved away or my interests changed.
- American Society for Indexing
- Bay Area Editors Forum
- Freelance Editorial Association (Boston), which became part of the Editorial Freelancers Association
- Society for Technical Communication, Puget Sound chapter
Updated September 6, 2018