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The below workshops are not run by PANZ but may be of interest to the book publishing industry.

Register now for the online IPEd Editors Conference

Super earlybird registrations are available for the IPEd Editors Conference, a virtual event from 2 to 9 May 2023.

This highly anticipated biennial event is open to freelance and in-house editors, publishers and people from related professions from all levels of experience. It also features a panel of international speakers from Canada, the United Kingdom and South Africa as well as a publisher’s panel from Australia and New Zealand.

With the theme of the 11th conference being “Futureproofing the editing profession”, it will be highly relevant for anyone watching the fast-changing face of publishing.

“Editors have seen many developments in the last 20 years of the digital era and that is just accelerating, IPEd CEO Karen Lee said. “We have increasing commercial pressure on publishers, a pandemic that is changing how people access information and now the emergence of the next generation chatbot: ChatGPT. But we’re also making great strides in improving accessibility and the reach of materials for all users.”

The conference will include keynote speaker presentations, workshops, panels and “inside the mind of” interviews which will be focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the editing profession.

“Our panel of international editors will discuss what our counterpart organisations are doing to prepare for the future and how this affects the editing profession, and attendees will also have the opportunity to network and meet international peers,” Lee said.

The sessions include:

  • “Trauma-informed editing practice: A framework” from Camilla Cripps, editor
  • “5 tips for optimising your metadata to boost book sales” from Joel Naoum, Head of Trade Product, Booktopia
  • “Books without barriers: A practical guide to inclusive publishing” from Julie Ganner, editor, and Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya, publishing professional, Maryanne Park AE, editor, and Kayt Duncan, author
  • “Better books: Cultural intelligence and Indigenous strengths in editing” from Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies and Publishing Studies, Western Sydney University
  • “Neurodivergence and editing: a view from inside” from Dr Louise Merrington (Australia) and Tanja Gardner (NZ), who are both editors.

Super earlybird tickets are available until 9 March 2023. Members of IPEd and affiliate organisations can purchase tickets at member-only rates.

Visit the conference website to see the program, find out more about the speakers and book your ticket:

IPEd is the professional membership association for editors in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with around 1400 members. It supports a thriving membership by offering professional development opportunities, valuable member benefits and advocacy for the profession.

PANZ Workshops

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PANZ Webinars

How to be an Amazon Ninja
Thursday April 27th, 1pm – Dixie Carlton – How to be an Amazon Ninja – Part 1
Thursday May 4th, 1pm – Dixie Carlton – How to be an Amazon Ninja – Part 2

There is so much more to Amazon than meets the eye and a good listing can help to track sales and marketing efforts, provide useful analytics, track customer reviews and identify keyword rankings. Optimizing an Amazon listing can increase the likelihood of books appearing in all global and local relevant search results. Whether searching by topic, author name, or keywords, the options for maximising the use of these is easy to overlook or misunderstand. Dixie will share insider secrets on how to best research and use keywords, metadata optimisation and formatting descriptions. . Dixie is a member of PANZ and has a strong track record of supporting publishers and writers locally and internationally.

Cost: PANZ members free.
Non-PANZ Members $30 plus GST for one webinar or $50 plus GST for both.

Register for How to be an Amazon Ninja – Part 2

Thursday  July 13th, 1pm – Karen Workman – Creative Rights for Creative People

One of the challenges we creative people face is that common knowledge of copyright is sometimes at variance with the actual law, leading to misunderstandings, infringements and confusion. Let’s talk about knowing and protecting our rights, why they exist and the cultural and financial value of our work and rights.

In this session presented by Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ), Karen Workman will be giving us an overview of our rights as creators, to build on our understanding and guide in strengthening business practices. Let’s demystify the Copyright Act, and learn how to “do the right thing” as we sharpen our business acumen and build a stronger creative platform.

About Karen Workman

Born in Taupō, Karen has been around the world and back again, with a hand in the creative arts at every turn. She gained her B.C.A. in Marketing and Management and her B Mus (Hons) in Piano from Victoria University of Wellington, Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio, USA, and her certificate from the life of hard knocks by working with parents of child actors in Hollywood for 8 years. Karen has played with orchestras and accompanied soloists around the world, and speaks regularly at talent showcases for the entertainment industry in the USA. She has spearheaded the development of curriculum for film programmes for high school students, and training for film apprenticeships, and self-published a limited edition book to guide parents of aspiring young actors. Karen is passionate about sharing information and supporting creative people in their endeavors and career development, and, with the majority of her family working in the arts, creative rights is a frequent dinner table subject. When not researching, reading, learning and teaching (who are we kidding – that’s all the time!) Karen enjoys travel, chasing events at theatres, films, street art, concerts, galleries, and bookstores, meeting new friends and having interesting conversations over a chai latte.

Register for Creative Rights for Creative People

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