Subway Closure

The Toronto Transit Commission was tipped off that a gaggle of editors is coming to Toronto on June 7 and 8. Just for us, the subway is being shut down and all the signs will be copyedited and revised.

They’re going to decide once and for all about the period in St George Station…

St George stationAnd clean up the last of the typos…

Northbound Southbound Exit to StreetSo that we can relax and stop working for a weekend!

But oh no! We just found out… they’re behind schedule! The downtown subway loop will be shut down on June 7 and 8!

The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute is between Dundas and Queen stations, one street to the east.

The Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute is between Dundas and Queen stations, one street to the east.

OK, maybe the closure is actually for regularly scheduled maintenance, but an editor can hope, right?

Fortunately, bus shuttles will run above ground, with friendly TTC personnel at each stop to help direct you to your destination.

Friendly bus driversAsk the driver for a transfer when you get on, so you can switch buses without paying again.

More information about the closure can be found at

What to Bring to the 2014 EAC Conference

With the Editors’ Association of Canada 2014 Conference only weeks away, perhaps you’ve already started packing your bags for Toronto! Don’t forget to include the following items to make the most of your conference experience:

Pens, pencils, and a notebook You’ll be learning lots of valuable editing tips and tricks from the speakers and conference workshops and will definitely need paper and a writing instrument to take notes throughout the day.

Business cards Conferences are a place to meet people, and business cards are the easiest way to share all of your contact information so you can keep in touch — whether it’s for future collaborations or just as friends. If you’re getting new business cards made for the conference, consider adding a photograph of yourself to help fellow editors put a face to your name.

Smartphone/tablet With a smartphone in hand, all the conference information you might need will be right at your fingertips — check the schedule, Google one of the speakers, or get walking directions to the nearest coffee shop! Smartphones are also essential for participating in social media, and we want to see your tweets and pics with the hashtag #EAC2014.

Smartphone charger Considering how useful a smartphone can be, the last thing you want is to be is running out of power mid-day!

Comfortable shoes and clothing The EAC Conference is full of rewarding editorial insight, but the days can be long, so you might as well dress comfortably! We suggest comfortable footwear for racing to the next seminar, walking to one of Toronto’s excellent restaurants for lunch, or perhaps joining one of the organized walking tours of downtown Toronto.

Evening wear If you’ll be attending the Conference banquet at the Hotel Eaton Chelsea, you may want to dress up a bit for dinner.

Cash Remember to bring some money. The Exclamation Mart! has loads of word-y goods for sale and 15% of all sales goes back to funding EAC.

Camera Last but not least, don’t forget a camera for capturing all the fun conference moments (and perhaps taking a selfie with celeb-editors like keynote speakers Terry Fallis and Douglas Gibson!).

Tracking Conference: t minus ten days

The Conference committee is in full-on countdown mode: the big weekend is now less than two weeks away! The speakers are set, the events are planned, and the schedule is final. We still have a few last-minute details to attend to, and we’re still looking for volunteers (hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge), but all of the major elements are in place for a fabulous weekend of professional development and some slightly-less-professional fun.

If you’re coming into town early, be sure to join your fellow editors at the pay-as-you-go dinner Thursday or for one of the organized walking tours on Friday. And if you’re staying a little later, extend the experience with Monday’s pay-as-you-go brunch.

In between, there are all the regular conference trappings: reception, banquet, keynotes, AGM, and two jam-packed days of sessions, plus plenty of breaks for networking.

Pack your bags and rest up — it’s going to be a busy weekend. On the behalf of the entire conference committee, we can’t wait to welcome you to Conference 2014.

See you in Toronto!

Attending the EAC Conference? Get Your Money’s Worth by Networking

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Macfie. Elizabeth has built a successful editorial business, much of it through personal contacts. She has been presenting on the topic of networking since 2007.

Why do we invest effort, money, and travel time to attend industry events in person? It’s because we learn certain things best when we’re face to face with live experts and in a group of colleagues. So to maximize your money’s worth, prepare to mix, meet, and share with your fellow registrants and the speakers. (And you may make some new friends, too.)

Don’t fear “having to network.” The conference will offer you interaction opportunities that suit your personality — introvert or extravert. (And realize that others — including the speakers — will welcome your talking with them.)

Plan your networking goals to give yourself a project while at the conference. For example, here are some of my (Elizabeth Macfie’s) goals: meet Daniel Heuman of PerfectIt; discuss future projects with my colleague Chris; make one new solid business contact; and learn more about workshop presentation skills. Arrange in advance when and where you’ll meet the individuals with whom you want to connect, or just watch for them on-site. Think ahead about what you’ll say.

Bring business cards. Even if you haven’t yet got a job or started a business, make a card that includes your contact information, a description of your field of endeavour, your LinkedIn address, and maybe a picture of you. Tuck your business cards in the back of your conference name tag holder or in the right-hand pocket of your jacket; put cards you receive in the left-hand pocket. Carry a pocket-sized notebook and pen. Consider bringing work samples on your phone or tablet.

Wear semi-workwear, because you’re promoting yourself as a business person. Example: nice jeans and a blazer; a dress and blazer. Bright, strong colours are most noticeable and impressive, and they achieve the semi-workwear effect (white says “business formal”). Shoes: balance smart with comfortable. Add a conversation-sparking accessory that says something about you, such as an industry pin. You may dress up more for the Friday reception; some people will wear fancier attire at the banquet.

Take these opportunities to mix:

  • At the pre-conference seminars:

o   Meet your fellow participants.

o   Invite some to get together during the conference — perhaps at a meal — to discuss the seminar content.

  • In lineups:

o   At registration, waiting for meals, etc.

  • At meal tables:

o   Sit with people you don’t know; move to a different table for each course.

o   Go around and meet each person before sitting down when joining a table where people are seated.

o   Stand up to greet people who join the table after you’re seated.

o   Talk with all the people around you; don’t leave your back turned on one of the people beside you.

  • In sessions:

o   Invite people to sit with you.

o   Talk with people around you.

  • With speakers:

o   Sit near the front.

o   Be a friendly face in the crowd.

o   Engage in the Q&A.

o   Thank the speaker afterward.

o   Tweet about the speaker or what the speaker said.

  • In the halls, between sessions.
  • With conference volunteers.

Keep your name tag on all the time. To make it visible, tie the string short; keep it facing frontward; keep your hair, bag strap, sweater, etc. from covering it.

Try these conversation techniques:

  • Before you enter the room:

o   Think about something happy: your resulting smile will make you look (and feel) confident, approachable, and successful.

o   Breathe deeply and relax your shoulders.

o   Hold a power pose for a minute.

  • Approach:

o   Individuals (you could give yourself a mission of rescuing one or two people who seem as though they are looking for someone with whom to talk).

o   Groups of two who are standing at an angle — the open space is for you.

  • Realize that even “celebrities” want to meet people, and everyone (including you) has experiences and knowledge to share.
  • Introduce yourself — your first and last name, where you’re from, what you do (or plan to do) in the editing world.
  • To remember names, tell yourself in advance to pay attention; after being introduced, repeat the person’s name aloud; ask the person to spell it if it’s unusual.
  • Tell a bit yourself (maximum of four points and 30 seconds). Be specific enough to distinguish yourself from others in the editing field — give people something to remember. Practise aloud in advance. Be ready with more details for conversations that are extra-long: interesting projects, particular skills, planned projects.
  • Asking questions is the easiest way to make conversation: “Where are you from? What do you do in the editing world? How did you get into the business? What are you hoping to learn at this conference? What useful content did you get from that last session?”
  • Listen carefully to what your conversation partner is saying — don’t peek around, looking for the next person you’re going to meet.
  • To move on:

o   At a break in the conversation, say, “I want to meet a few more people before I leave, and I’m sure you do, too, so I’ll let you move on. I’m glad I got to meet you, [insert name here].” If you can’t remember the person’s name and can’t see the name tag, peek at the person’s business card (or ask for it), or admit that you need a reminder.

o   Introduce someone else to the person with whom you’ve been talking (say each person’s first and last name). Explain their common ground to help launch their conversation. Then leave them together and move on. This also shows respect to each of those people and gives them someone relevant with whom to talk.

  • Write a note in your notebook or on that person’s business card when you want to remember a person or follow up on a conversation.

Make connections in ways that suit your personality. If you’re an introvert:

  • Set a goal to talk with just one or two people at each event.
  • Skip the small talk — get right to your business goals.
  • Join groups of people who are already talking, and just listen.
  • Circulate with a friend and introduce each other.
  • Sit at tables with just two or three people at meals or workshops.
  • Take breaks away from the crowd, as needed. You’ll return ready to mix again for a while.
  • Communicate electronically: start or join in Twitter feeds about the sessions you attend.

Follow up to hold onto your new connections. Sort through the business cards and notes you collected and choose who to contact. For example, invite an interesting person to connect on LinkedIn, then comment on that person’s postings; send links that might interest your new connection; and if that person lives nearby, suggest a get-together (individually or in a small group).

And you can use your conference experience to demonstrate your professional knowledge and your writing skills: tweet or blog about your favourite presentations and panels.

Travelling Toronto

As Torontonians, we weren’t expecting culture shock at last year’s Editors’ Association of Canada Conference in Halifax. But at one point, we were standing on the side of the road, dumbly staring at the car that had just stopped a few feet from where we were about to jaywalk. What’s going on? Did his car break down? The driver smiled and waved, signalling that we could cross. Looking around for the invisible stop sign, we could not find one. Is he going to speed up and hit us if we walk in front of him? What’s going on?

To Haligonians, and to editors from some other parts of this country, street etiquette may seem a little pedestrian, but if you’ve never been to Toronto, host city to the 2014 conference from June 6 to 8, there are some things you need to know about navigating our city.

Be careful when crossing the street. Whenever possible, cross at the lights or crosswalks. Drivers don’t stop for jaywalkers — they might even speed up. We’re not all psychopaths, but the anonymity of being in a vehicle combined with the stress of navigating some of the worst traffic in North America sometimes puts us over the edge. Wherever you cross, check that the traffic is slowing down and walk briskly — at some intersections, making the cross before the lights change can feel like James Bond sliding under an almost-shut garage door. Watch for vehicles making turns (just because it’s your right of way doesn’t mean they’re stopping), and watch for other moving things: people on motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades all share our crowded roads. And streetcars and buses move faster than you think.

Wear a hat. Between 11 AM and 1 PM, when the skyscrapers cast no shadows, it’s very possible to get a sunburn (ouch!) on your face, shoulders, and hair part in 15 minutes.

PATH networkWalk the PATH. Fortunately for those who prefer the great indoors, the underground pedestrian network called the PATH connects the best downtown attractions. The easiest entrance from the conference venue is the Toronto Eaton Centre. From there you can enjoy an air-conditioned, shop-lined walk to Union station, the Hockey Hall of Fame, City Hall, and more! Check out the PATH map before going, as it can be quite tricky to navigate for the first time.

There are lots of pedestrian joys as well, like eating from hotdog stands, collecting free samples, and spotting fashionistas trolling for street-style blog photographers. Walking the city is the best way to explore, and we can’t wait to share it with you! But if you are going farther or the weather turns nasty, check out our helpful hints for navigating the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

Getting on a streetcar, subway, or bus costs $3 in cash. After paying a subway fare inside the station, get a transfer from the automated machines (they’re red). On streetcars and buses, ask the driver for a transfer, which allows switching between connecting routes along a continuous, one-way journey, valid on the day of issue and within an immediate time period. Note that you cannot board the same route where you obtained your transfer.

When exiting a subway station, find a spot that is out of the way and take a moment to orient yourself. Tip: find the CN Tower — that’s an approximate south marker. Also, in general, downhill is south and uphill is north.

The best way to take multiple trips in Toronto is to buy TTC tokens at a subway station from a machine or the ticket booth. When making four or more trips in one day, you get the most bang for your buck with a day pass. It costs $11 for an all-you-can-travel buffet. On Saturdays and Sundays, a family day pass is good for two adults (and up to four kids, ages 19 and under). Buy passes from Shoppers Drug Mart or at a subway ticket booth. For more info, check out the TTC website.

Need directions? Ask a TTC staff member or a fellow passenger — we’ve all gotten lost on the TTC at some point.

Session Sneak Peek: Pamela Paterson on Resumés

Not having job success? Your resumé may be the problem. In the session Resumé Strategies for the Online Job Search, speaker Pamela Paterson will dive into reasons why your resumé may not be landing you the work you want—and, in fact, why hiring managers might not be seeing your resumé in the first place.

Pamela Paterson is the bestselling author of Get the Job: Optimize Your Resumé for the Online Job Search and, in addition to her session, she has a special offer just for EAC’s conference attendees. Attendees who purchase Get the Job and post an Amazon book review will be entitled to a free resumé and career consultation, valued at over $100. Pamela is selling her book at the conference, so stop by her table at the Exclamation Mart!

Get the Job is based on Pamela’s experience working directly with job candidates, as well as her extensive experience in the information technology field. As part of a team that implemented an applicant tracking system for a global company, Pamela gained a unique perspective into how online job systems work. She saw that highly qualified job candidates routinely failed to advance through online job systems due to a lack of understanding of online systems’ screening criteria. Realizing that job application success now required a new, scientific approach to resumé writing, she set about outlining such an approach and presenting it at colleges, workshops, and conferences in Canada and the United States.

Her scientific approach to the job hunt provides a step-by-step methodology for getting top-ranked in HR online job systems. These techniques allow her an unprecedented 90% success rate when helping job candidates gain employment.

Join Pamela in her session on beating online job systems on Saturday, June 7, and be sure to sign up for your free career consultation!

Toronto Experience: Let the Fun (and Eating) Begin!

Catch up with friends and make new connections at social activities during the conference.

Kick-Off Dinner

Don’t miss the first official conference event. Join us at the Hot House Restaurant and Bar on Thursday, June 5, at 7 PM for dinner and drinks. Directions, menu, and more are available online. Diners will receive separate bills. Please RSVP to with the subject line “Thursday dinner.” 

“Old Toronto” Walk with Muddy York Tours

Friday, June 6, 10 AM to 12 NOON

Get to know the history of Old Toronto on this fascinating walk, led by expert Richard Fiennes-Clinton of Muddy York Tours. Learn about notable landmarks such as St. Michael’s Cathedral, Massey Hall, and the Yonge Street theatre district. We’ll also wander through Toronto’s “Old Town District” and visit the world-renowned St. Lawrence Market, which was voted amongst the world’s best markets by National Geographic.

The tour distance will be up to 1.5 km. Cost: $10 cash, payable to your tour guide. RSVP to with the subject line “Muddy York Tours.”

“Magical Mystery Tour” of Coach House Books

Friday, June 6, 1:30 to 3:30 PM

Michael Ondaatje, Allen Ginsberg, Gwendolyn MacEwen… these are just a few of the literary luminaries whose stomping grounds have included Coach House Books over the past 40 years. On this free 45-minute tour, you’ll see everything from the 1917 linotype machine to the “Magical Sleeper Chair.” To register, RSVP to with the subject line “Coach House Books.”

On Friday, meet group leader Nancy Foran in the lobby of Li Ka Shing by 1:30 PM. You’ll need two TTC tokens, or $3 each way, for the subway.

Opening Reception

On the evening of Friday, June 6, join us for the opening reception in the Li Ka Shing Exhibit Hall, where George Elliott Clarke, Toronto’s poet laureate, will speak about the role of editing in poetry.

Awards Banquet

On Saturday, June 7, gather at the Eaton Chelsea hotel for a night of food, friends, and fun at the annual awards banquet, where we’ll recognize the winners of the President’s Awards for Volunteer Service, the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, and the Claudette Upton Scholarship. And, of course, there will plenty of laughs with the Oops Awards.

Breakfast with Friends

Squeeze in a little more networking over breakfast platters, smoothies, and more at our tasty pay-as-you-go breakfast on Monday, June 9. We’ve reserved tables at The Pickle Barrel (entrance on Yonge Street, just north of Dundas) from 8 AM to 10 AM — just drop in when you like, no RSVP required. Diners will receive separate bills.

For more information about your upcoming Toronto experience, check out the EAC Conference blog and the EAC Toronto Experience webpage.