Past Blog Posts
Now that our blog has been running for a few years, we’ve run out of space to list every entry in our navigation listing! So we’ve moved the oldest entries to this page so that you can easily find them.
Guild Administrator Jen Grogan offers some pointers on getting the most out of the Guild’s member-only listserv. Read more . . .
Members Bruno George and Jesi Vega continue the discussion about Voice and Voices begun at our 2019 Red Pencil conference. Read more . . .
In this State of the Guild address, presented at our October 12 potluck, then-president Elaine Duncan acknowledged the many volunteers who made things happen in 2019 and suggested ways volunteers can move the Guild’s mission forward in 2020. Read more . . .
Marilyn Schwartz, guest blogger and co-author of the new Copyeditor’s Handbook and Copyeditor’s Workbook reflects on the changes that the publishing industry and the English language has experienced in recent decades. Read more . . .
In April of 2019, Nevin Mays, in Portland, became our new Mentoring Program Coordinator, and we thought it would be fun to hear some of Nevin’s thoughts about professional mentoring. Read more . . .
Thoughts on accessibility, privilege, and our biennial conference, written by member Kyra Freestar. Read more . . .
Interested in serving on our volunteer board of directors, but not sure what it entails? Find out here! Read more . . .
Learn strategies for offering client samples without giving away the farm in this post from member Stephanie Amargi. Read more . . .
Get more details on sessions and speakers here, as well as how you can get involved with our 2019 conference! Read more . . .
The 2019 Red Pencil conference committee shares details on our conference scholarship program and a sneak peek at speakers and sessions. Read more . . .
Erica Akiko Howard introduces our 2019 conference keynote speaker, and talks a little about the conference’s theme, Voice & Voices. Read more . . .
Matthew Bennett explores the difficult question of freelancing rates. Read more . . .
Jody Gentian Bower, PhD, takes on the oft-heard advice to avoid all adverbs. Read more . . .
The enthusiastic volunteers who guide the Northwest Editors Guild kicked off the year with a daylong board of directors’ retreat on January 13. Get to know the 2019 board in this post! Read more . . .
In early 2018, Portland editors and Guild members Julie Swearingen and Alison Cantrell took over planning of the happy hours for the Portland contingent of the Northwest Editors Guild, hoping to bring their local editors together and continue to provide them with a space for communication and collaboration. Read more . . .
The speech delivered by then-president Pm Weizenbaum at our annual member potluck in 2018. Read more . . .
What kind of holiday gifts would a discerning editor enjoy? How about the editor who seems rigid but has a secret sense of humor? The basic go-to coffee shop gift cards and sets of red pens are appreciated, but you can do better than that for your closest edibuddies and word nerds. Read more . . .
Member Matthew Bennett reviews Scott Norton’s Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, a book he calls an inspiring and comprehensive introduction to this corner of the editing craft. Read more . . .
Get a friendly introduction to the twelve-person all-volunteer board of directors who serve two-year terms and work on committees that support the Guild’s mission of connecting clients with professional editors, fostering community among our members, and providing resources for their career development. Read more . . .
Guild member Beth Jusino talks about how getting to the core of your writing or editing project can help you improve your results. Read more . . .
The Northwest Editors Guild’s oversized writing implement mascot, Giant Pencil, has been making appearances at events and on social media during the last year. We sat down with Giant Pencil to get to the point (pencil puns included). Read more . . .
Approximately a dozen Editors Guild members convened in Chicago with more than 700 other editors during the ACES 2018 conference April 26–28. Find out what they learned! Read more . . .
A Halloween-themed editing cartoon by 2017 board president Jill Walters. Read more . . .
The programming committee of 2017 answers questions about board service and what their committee does for the Guild. Read more . . .
Member Lea Galanter discusses the takeaways from a May of 2017 discussion on marketing for editors. Read more . . .
Member Julie Klein works through the lessons she learned from a difficult job. Read more . . .
The Guild’s board of directors gains some new faces every year in January as former board members step off and new ones rise to the challenges of leadership. Read more . . .
Then-administrator Rebecca Brinbury muses on the history of editing and its meaning throughout the ages. Read more . . .
Written by Jill Walters, then Guild Board VP of Member Services, and Polly Zetterberg, then Guild volunteer. How the heck is an introvert supposed to make small talk with a bunch of strangers for several hours? What are you supposed to do during the downtimes? Can you just sit there with a pile of flyers and hope they magically drift into the hands of attendees? This post has all the answers, illustrated with adorable cartoons by Jill Walters. Read more . . .
Our first entry, written by then-president Kathleen Walker, based off the speech that she delivered at the annual Northwest Independent Editors Guild potluck, hosted this year at the Sky Lounge at the Post Apartments in downtown Seattle, and features fabulous pictures of the view, as well as of our many wonderful members. Read more . . .