Name Change FAQ

The Northwest Independent Editors Guild has become the Northwest Editors Guild. This change acknowledges that our organization welcomes both freelance and in-house editors. 

Q. Why did the Northwest Independent Editors Guild change its name?

A. We wanted to be clear that we represent editors regardless of their employment status. What began as an organization primarily for freelance editors has grown into a community of all types of editors of the written word.

The new name better reflects our mission goals of fostering community among our members and providing resources for their career development, and it promotes future growth and expansion.

Q. Did the Guild change what it does?

A. No. Our name and logo was changed to reflect the current composition of the Guild’s membership. The organization’s core mission of connecting clients with professional editors of the written word in the Pacific Northwest has not changed.

Q. How did the name change affect membership going forward?

A. The name change has not affected member benefits. We will continue to improve the Guild’s offerings to achieve our mission goals.

Q. Are there plans to change the website URL or social media account names?

A. Our website URL ( and social media account names were not affected by this change. Only the Guild’s written name and logo has changed online. Your member login and password will not change.

Q. How much did the name change cost?

A. There was a nominal (less than $50) upfront cost to officially change the Guild’s name with applicable government agencies and financial institutions.

The work required to change Guild documents and forms was done by board members who are volunteering their time, and we paid our administrator to update instances of our old name and logo on the Guild’s website (estimated three to four hours’ time).

To minimize costs, marketing materials and other supplies with the old name and logo were used up before they were reprinted with the new name and logo, with the exception of the Guild’s display banners.

Q. What about the Red Pencil conference?

A. The Red Pencil conference will not be affected by the Guild’s name change. We look forward to seeing you there on September 21, 2019!