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IPEd is sponsoring a workshop at GenreCon 2022, the annual conference for genre writers hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre.

GenreCon 2022’s theme is The Storyteller, and will be both a virtual and in-person event at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, on 18–22 February 2022.

IPEd’s three presenters, Jess Gately, Kerry Davies AE and Sally Asnicar, will deliver a panel session entitled What do editors do?

One of the most common questions editors are asked — even by writers — about their work is, “What exactly do you do?” 

Answer: Editors work with writers for the benefit of readers. They help writers get their message across with greater clarity, elegance, forcefulness and insight.

The session will explain what editors can do for GenreCon writers and their genre, where to find an editor and “anything else you would like to know about editors and publishing in Australia”.

Here’s the schedule for  What do editors do? IPEd event — GenreCon 2022, on Sunday 20 February, 1.30pm—3pm.  

You can attend in person by purchasing a general admission ticket: 

General Admission — GenreCon 2022

Or you can join virtually with one of these tickets:

Workshop: IPEd event — GenreCon 2022

IPEd’s sponsorship of the session is assisted by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund as part of its support for the Ambassador Program.

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

About the presenters

Jess Gately is a Perth-based freelance editor specialising in science fiction and fantasy literature. She holds a Master of Arts in Professional Writing and Publishing from Curtin University and is the EdWA President. She sat on panels for the Aurealis Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and was part of the judging panel for the 2021 Small Press Network Book of the Year Award. Jess presented a talk at the 2021 IPEd Conference on editing SFF manuscripts that use fictional languages.

Kerry Davies AE has been a professional editor for more than 40 years. She became an IPEd Accredited Editor in 2011 and is an Honorary Life Member (Professional) of IPEd and a Professional Member of CIEP, in the UK. Much of Kerry’s work has been freelance, for publishing companies in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and for educational institutions, government departments and non-profits. In-house she has worked as Manager of Indigenous publisher Magabala Books; Senior Communications Officer with the Office of Women’s Affairs for the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet; and Senior Editor for Focus Publishing in Sydney, before returning to Brisbane to again set up her freelance business. In the past decade, much of her work has been for independent authors, particularly in memoir and historical fiction, and PhD candidates. She served on the IPEd Board from 2013 to 2020, was Chair from 2015 to 2020, and EdsQ President from 2010 to 2016.

Sally Asnicar is a Sydney-based editor and founded Full Proofreading Services in 2007. She developed a lifelong passion for writing and a meticulous eye for detail during a career at law firms and as a researcher and report writer for Mitsui Australia. 

Clients include businesses, government departments and agencies, not-for-profits and writers. She helps people to express themselves eloquently and clearly in their writing, and to produce polished and engaging material for their readers. She is an IPEd Professional Member and has volunteered for IPEd in various roles, including as a mentor and an ambassador.