Event Information

Soft Skills of Editing

November 16, 2016 - 11:30 AM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall), 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $25 (student rate $15)

Event Description

Join freelance editor Kellie Hultgren, acquisitions editor Josh Leventhal, and project manager Madeleine Vasaly as they discuss the specific types of interpersonal skills needed to be successful in their editorial careers. Panelists will cover everything from contract negotiations to meeting tough production timelines to delivering tough edits. This panel is intended for current and aspiring editors, as well as publishing professionals who are looking for ways to improve their production process.

Josh Leventhal is acquisitions editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He has worked in publishing as an editor for more than twenty years and has acquired books in a range of subject areas, including history, sports, music, travel and transportation, gardening, and nature and wildlife. He is also the author of seven books, most recently A History of Baseball in 100 Objects.

Madeleine Vasaly is a project manager at Quarto Publishing Group in downtown Minneapolis. She sees twenty to twenty-five nonfiction books a year from content edit through preproduction, working with acquiring editors and authors on in-house editing and directing the work of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, and book packagers. She is also the senior editor of local online magazine Twin Cities Geek, where she content edits and copyedits articles, screens prospective writers and editors, and reviews the work of the site’s current editing staff.

Kellie M. Hultgren started KMH Editing after stops at every other stage of the book business, from slush review to production, marketing, distribution, and sales. Thanks to this varied background, she knows how to wield both an en-dash and a hydraulic knife. She has worked in-house at Bookmobile, Beaver’s Pond Press, and Lerner Books and now provides developmental editing, copy editing, and project management for trade and academic publishers and individual writers from Saint Paul to Singapore. Kellie specializes in inspiring writers to up their game without blowing (too many) deadlines.

Laura Zats (moderator) is the editorial manager of Wise Ink Creative Publishing and a literary agent at Red Sofa Literary. She is also one half of the publishing-focused podcast Print Run. Currently, she sits on the board of the Minnesota Book Publisher’s Roundtable, where she acts as vice president.

Where & When
Open Book (Target Performance Hall)
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Wednesday, November 16; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registation Information
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at approximately 12:00 p.m. Fees, which include lunch, are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required. If space allows walk-ins, those without reservations will be charged $30 at the door. For this event, we are also offering a special student rate: $15 in advance, and $20 on the day of the lunch. If you reserve a place, a lunch will be ordered for you and you'll be expected to pay for it whether or not you attend.

Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
  • Meters along 10th and 11th; most cost $1.00/hour
  • Guthrie ramp. Enter on 9th Avenue (between Washington and 2nd Street South).
  • Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South).


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